与之相比，手游研发则成为更具性价比的项目，在更明确的市场回报率下，很多端游厂商也会全力发展手游项目，像是《剑网3》、《天涯明月刀》等曾经红极一时的端游IP都已经进行了手游化，而2018年上市的《逆水寒》也在2020年5月20日正式宣布了手游研发，并且根据内部玩家透露，《逆水寒》手游游戏制作布局比大部分玩家想象中更早，引擎是用端游的引擎修改制作，可以说是目前国内最好的引擎了，网易完全是想把《逆水寒》建立起的高品质特性顺利延续到手游产品上，可能今年游戏就会进行首次测试…… (Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)There were a handful of forgettable war-related films released in 1999: The General’s Daughter, All The King’s Men, the Robin Williams-starrer Jakob The Liar. And then there was Three Kings (Certified Fresh at 94%), part action comedy, part heist movie, and 20 years later, still holding up as one of the best and most subversive war films ever made.Directed with adrenalized panache by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), Three Kings followed on the heels of Steven Spielberg’s heroic 1998 WWII epic Saving Private Ryan, which canonized the sacrifices made by the Greatest Generation. But Russell had no such patriotic flag to wave. Like Catch-22, Three Kings satirically probes the insanities of war; like Apocalypse Now, it revels in surreal set pieces and sharp visual juxtapositions; like M*A*S*H, it mixes black humor with moral complexity.Its heroes are reluctant ones, soldiers who start out consumed by their own self-interest until forced by untenable circumstances to take a moral stand.IT HAS A KILLER VISUAL LOOKInspired by color photos of the war that appeared in newspapers at the time, Russell and his cinematographer, Newton Thomas Siegel, devised a saturated, blown-out look for the Iraqi desert (actually Arizona) in the film. They increased the contrast and graininess and bypassed the bleaching stage of the film process, giving the desert landscape a foreboding, surreal look, which set the visual template for other films about contemporary wars that followed. The Iraqi village was designed by production designer Catherine Hardwicke, who served the same role on films like Tombstone and Tank Girl and would go on to direct the first Twilight and Lords Of Dogtown.IT MAKES ASTUTE POLITICAL POINTS WITHOUT BEING PREACHY(Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)Russell exposes the hypocrisy of American foreign policy in the Middle East and indicts the Bush Administration for its abandonment of anti-Saddam insurgents – whom the U.S. had encouraged to rise up against the Iraqi dictator – all without pedantic speeches or heavy-handed scenes. The soldiers who steal back the Kuwaiti gold from Saddam – George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg, and Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze – spend the latter part of the film, at great risk to themselves, helping a group of insurgents reach the Iranian border, foreshadowing the refugee crisis of future wars to come.IT HAS THE MOTHER OF ALL INTERROGATION SCENESWhat’s a good war movie without at least one hard-to-watch interrogation scene? Most of these scenes tend to follow a simple formula: someone, usually a soldier, is captured behind enemy lines and tortured for information. But the scene between Moroccan actor Saïd Taghmaoui as an Iraqi army officer and Mark Wahlberg as the captured American soldier gets up close and personal in a way few of these scenes manage to.While the Iraqi does torture Wahlberg s character with electric shocks, he’s no faceless sadist; our sympathies are engaged when we learn he’s lost his young son and daughter to American bombing raids. But the capper comes when Taghmaoui forces oil down Wahlberg’s throat, a searing indictment on what many felt was the real point of America’s intervention in Kuwait: to protect its oil reserves in the Middle East.IT’S THE FIRST WAR FILM TO SHOW GRAPHICALLY WHAT A BULLET CAN DO TO THE HUMAN BODYRussell was concerned about viewers being anesthetized to gun violence; his answer was to give the audience the uniquely visceral experience of how a bullet traumatizes the human body. In the scene, Clooney lectures his men: What makes any gunshot wound bad, provided you survive the bullet, is something called sepsis. Say a bullet tears into you right now. It creates a cavity of dead tissue, the cavity fills up with bile and bacteria, and you’re f ed. As the soldiers listen, the camera tracks a bullet as it smashes into the body, tearing through flesh and filling the organs with bile.While doing press for the film, Russell grew so irritated with a reporter’s questions that he made up a story about how the bullet scene was done using a real corpse. Needless to say, the studio did not find it funny.IT TRANSFORMED GEORGE CLOONEY’S CAREERIn 1999, Clooney was still playing a doctor on NBC’s hit TV show E.R. After the disappointment of 1997 s Batman Robin (11% on the Tomatometer), he was desperate for meatier roles in prestige projects. In particular, he wanted the role of Three Kings’ disillusioned Special Forces Major Archie Gate (it didn’t hurt that Warner Bros., who produced Three Kings, also produced E.R.), but his relationship with Russell was volatile from the start. The weather on set in Arizona was hot, and the shoot proved to be chaotic. Clooney would often show up on set only to find that Russell had completely rewritten his scenes. As recounted on Slate.com, the two famously came to blows after Clooney objected to Russell physically manhandling an extra on the set.Nevertheless, the film helped to cement Clooney as a leading man, as he jumped to starring roles in The Perfect Storm and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Late in Three Kings, after Jonze is killed and Wahlberg is wounded by a sniper, he even gets an E.R. moment, placing a flutter valve in Wahlberg’s chest to allow air to escape from a punctured lung.Three Kings opened on October 1, 1999.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Technically, the fall season won t begin until September 23, but as far as the movie industry is concerned, summer is over. While we still have a few high-profile movies on the horizon this month, this means we ve officially entered that time of the year when worthy choices at the cineplex feel fewer and farther between. That said, a little horror sequel about a killer clown dominated our social polls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and earned the most Want-to-See votes on RT by a wide margin. But fans still had room for a sci-fi mystery starring Brad Pitt, the return of an 80s action icon, and a couple of period dramas based on a book and a popular TV series, respectively. Read on to find out the five most anticipated movies of September, as voted by Rotten Tomatoes users and our fans on social media.1. It: Chapter Two (2019) 62%4,955 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter fansOpens September 6The Losers Club is back to contend with the shapeshifting evil that haunted them mercilessly as children 27 years ago. (Or was that just two years ago?) James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, and Bill Hader lead the ensemble cast of grown-ups, while Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, and Jaeden Martell reprise their characters in a series of flashback sequences. Oh, and let s not forget about Bill Skarsgård s take on Pennywise the clown, which is officially a contender to enter the pantheon of all-time greatest horror villains. It: Chapter Two garnered the top spot across all of our social polls for September and earned the most Want-to-See votes of any film this month, and the critics who have seen it already have weighed in to the tune of 71% on the Tomatometer.2. Ad Astra (2019) 83%1,368 Want-to-See Votes#2 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fans, #3 pick by our Facebook fansOpens September 20Originally slated to open in January of this year and then in May, before it was pushed back again Ad Astra s production delays initially inspired some skepticism, but the release of the film s trailer seems to have assuaged most fears. Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut who embarks on a journey to the farthest reaches of space in search for his father, who made the same journey decades earlier. Director James Gray mined somewhat similar territory in his last film, The Lost City of Z, which earned a Certified Fresh 86% on the Tomatometer, and after its Venice Film Festival premiere, Ad Astra has earned similar acclaim, also at 86%.3. Rambo: Last Blood (2019)#2 pick by our Facebook fans, #3 pick by our Instagram and Twitter fansOpens September 20Back in 2008, Sylvester Stallone attempted to revive John Rambo in the pop culture consciousness with Rambo, and while that movie had its defenders, it didn t find the same success that Stallone would later achieve with Rocky Balboa. Nevertheless, more than a decade later, the franchise brings us a new installment, which took almost as long to make it to the big screen. This time around, Rambo takes on a Mexican drug cartel when, in a fantastic display of cinematic bad judgement, they kidnap his niece. It should make for a perfect little popcorn movie for anyone who gets their kicks from occasional ultraviolence.4. The Goldfinch (2019) 25%
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ipation. We know Jenkins, Gadot, and the team can deliver; we now just want to see how they can top themselves (and what fabulous 80s flair they will bring). We also know that they changed the way audiences, and studio decision-makers, think about blockbusters. More women – from Cathy Yan (Birds of Prey) to Chloe Zhao (The Eternals) – are stepping up to helm major comic-book–based movies, and more female superheroes are hitting the big screen (Captain Marvel opens today; Birds of Prey, Black Widow, and more are on the way). Yet, again, the fullest picture of the power of Wonder Woman might be best grasped not on the big screen, but in the people sitting in front of it. Watching people come up to Gal is enough to bring tears to your eyes. “I spend a lot of time with Gal [Gadot] because she s my best friend in the world. Watching people come up to her is enough to bring tears to your eyes – like when you watch what effect she has on little kids when they come up and they look at her and they re so struck and inspired by her. That s really one of the most incredible things to see and that makes it all worth it.”Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot shake hands with a Girl Scout Troop at the Wonder Woman UN Ambassador Ceremony in 2016. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage) When he saw Diana step over the edge in No Man’s Land, willing to brave the world, just like that, it was him. “There s this one fan interaction that really sticks out in my mind. I was at a screening at the Directors Guild of America Theater and a man was there in a wheelchair and he was sitting in the front row and wanted to talk to me after the screening. He reached out and he held my hand and he told me that so many times in the hospital he d had to have help on crutches and he would have no clothing on and he would have to stand up and be helped out of his wheelchair. It took all the bravery that he had in the world, and when he saw Diana step over the edge in No Man’s Land in just her Wonder Woman outfit, willing to brave the world, just like that, it was him. It felt like him and it made him cry and he got emotional as he was telling me. The fact that her decision to stand up and move forward, because she s an unlikely hero as a woman and as a vulnerable person, was striking that chord in other people. She s almost become a religion in my world. “To me, she has expanded in what she even meant to me originally. She s almost become a religion in my world because she s a better version of me and all of us, who really inspires me to be a better person and believe in the better of mankind, that mankind can be better than this. You know? I think that s what she stands for to me.”Wonder Woman was released on June 2, 2017. Buy it at FandangoNOW.
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3.61.1 0月喜迎Monica Castillo for Rotten Tomatoes: Since you mentioned Singin’ in the Rain as one of your favorite movies, do you have a favorite memory from the lot?Rita Moreno: I was under contract to MGM, young, very young. I think I was 18, and I was told that I might be doing it, but Gene Kelly had to talk to me first. He met me in the makeup department, and the first thing he said was – he was kind of a bit off-putting – and he said, Zelda Zanders is this and that and that and this. And he said, You need to cut your hair. And I said, No. He literally said, Excuse me? I said, No, I won t cut my hair. Why? I said, Well, we just don t in my family. We don t cut our hair. And he literally said, Nobody s ever said that to me before. I really got nervous. I said [to myself], You and your big mouth, you thought you were showing off how independent you are – which I wasn t.And he said, Well, we ll see. We ll talk to you later. I thought, S t, I really did it. But he did, and I got that funny red-haired wig. Actually the wig he wanted to put on me, I mean, the do he wanted to do on me was the one that eventually Cyd Charisse did, which was the little bangs and the little chopped-up one, which would have probably looked adorable. But there I was.There s so many things because I was on that set almost every day, watching, learning, observing. I literally lived on those sets in Singin in the Rain. I saw him [Kelly] do that Singin in the Rain number with a fever. I saw Donald O Connor do “Make Em Laugh,” which is an amazing number. What s interesting about that, it s a little tiny bit of movie lore, he had to shoot it all over again after he did it because something was wrong with the camera. I don t remember what it was. And he killed himself on that. And I remember he got a carpet rub on his arm. Those are the things you re going to remember forever. Judy Garland said somewhere, Being at MGM was just a dream come true for a young girl, especially a little Puerto Rican girl.(Photo by Courtesy of Roadside Attractions)Rotten Tomatoes: That’s a chapter of your life that’s featured heavily in the documentary. I’d like to hear more about what your experience was like moving from Puerto Rico to New York City to Hollywood.Moreno: It was unbelievable because MGM was the studio that I always wanted to be with, assuming I had a choice, which is hilarious. But when an MGM talent scout approached my mom after seeing me perform at a dance school recital – because talent scouts really did do things like that – he came backstage and he handed her a business card and said, It can t happen now, but I think Rosita would be a wonderful candidate for MGM studios. I just about passed out. Like six months later, he called my mom, and he would call her now and then just say, I haven t forgotten. One time he called her, and we had just gotten a phone. I keep remembering details like that because phones were expensive. He said, Louis B. Mayer is coming to town and I would like him to meet Rosita. And this is the day and this is where you go, and all that. I about died. We literally went shopping, and I got a cincher because I wanted to be Elizabeth Taylor, [who] was my role model. I didn t have any role models that made sense because nobody like me had them then.What s interesting is that when we got to the Waldorf Astoria, first of all, my mother goes to the desk and she says, We are going to meet Louis B. Major – how do we find Louis B. Major? And the girl said, Who? They said, Go to the special elevator and press P for penthouse. I went in, met him, and the first thing he said – if not the first, one of the first – Why she looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor. And before the meeting was over, he was like, How would you like a contract with MGM, young lady? So, everything that s interesting and important in my professional life has been fortuitous. You know how we all say we struggle? My struggles have been monumental, but somehow when big things happen, they usually happen like that. Go figure.Rotten Tomatoes: In the documentary, you don’t just revisit these memories. You return to them and offer life lessons you picked up from these experiences. Was that intentional?Moreno: Well, it does come out, but it s also intentional in the sense that I made a promise to myself that if I was going to do this documentary, I was going to be as truthful as I could possibly be. I ve seen other documentaries, especially with actors, and I always see a lot of little shifting and stuff, and I always know when they re doing that. I thought, I m not going to do that, and I didn t. It was a promise that was hard to keep sometimes because I was asked some tough questions, and I mean, you can almost see it sometimes when I just hesitate: “Dare I answer this?”I thought: You have to. You made a promise to the most important person in the world: you. (Photo by Courtesy of MGM Media Licensing)And yes, to answer your question in a light manner, I think it s very important to point out the lessons and what I ve learned because I ve learned a lot. I was a very, very ignorant young woman. I knew almost nothing. Like in this scene where I talk about my agent sexually abusing me. I didn t even know the word rape. I mean, I was really very innocent. What I said to myself was, He attacked me. I didn t know words like that. I was truly, truly a very pure young woman, and going to Hollywood, being that kind of young woman, was really shocking and hard on me. When I talk about that cocktail party, it s brutal. I almost want to say it s not fair, but what is? I think one of the lessons of the documentary with respect to women is you just have to get tough without becoming a tough, hard person. That is not an easy task. You have to learn to bounce with the horrors and the insults to your humanity and to your femininity and yet not get bitter. That is really difficult.I think it s what psychotherapy really brought to my life. I will always talk about it in the most positive way because it helped me immensely. I really grew up with no sense of self. I really despised myself. I did not like myself, but that s because I learned very early on that I was a spic. That s what I learned as a very young girl. And what s a spic? They re nothing. They don t mean anything. They don t have value. It takes a very, very long time to understand that, to find where you are worthy. I think only unless you were immensely lucky, I think the only way to find that when you ve lost it or never had it, is to be in psychotherapy.Rotten Tomatoes: One of the things that the documentary also touches on, and I feel like you could talk so much more about, is your history and activism because you got into activism fairly early on in your career.Moreno: I had a roommate here in California when I was in my late teens, I guess 19, 20, who was very political, a girl named Phyllis. She was the one who really introduced me to that world, to the world of caring for others and doing for others. I think actually she was a real lefty. I m guessing now because I didn t use those words then, but she made me understand that it isn t enough to help yourself, but that you really, really have an obligation, if you re a human being, to help others in any way that you can. And that really turned me around. I thought she was an extraordinary one and still do.Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It is in theaters Friday June 18, 2022. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.Thumbnail: Photo: ©AMPAS / Courtesy Everett Collection (NCDACAD EC186), © Universal Pictures, © United Arists, © Focus Features
Troys from across different realities charged with the defense of the DC Multiverse and, most recently, a magical golem created to kill Diana. A few more origins for the character are even more convoluted with false memories, Titans of Myth, and the old multiverse.“I’d be a crazy person if I tried to be all these Donnas,” said Leslie of the more esoteric multiverse concepts for the character. Ultimately, it was Wolfman s idea of an orphaned Donna taken in by Diana that appealed to her the most, because “it feels the most inspiring and relateable and it feels like you can go more places. I also like the idea of Diana taking this girl under her wing. You can create this character as an adult based on how she was raised or what she was raised around and who was her guardian,” she explained. “The other [versions] also feel like there’s an end point. Someone will die or it will be the end of all.”Luckily, the actress discussion with Walker leaned toward that reading of the character’s history. But Leslie said she picked up on “the common character traits people love about her” across several versions and incorporated that into her performance.“She’s really cool,” Leslie added. “A friend of mine was like ‘you’re just like her,” and I said, “No, I just try to be like her sometimes, but this girl is pure cool. Nothing ruffles her feathers. ”Who Is Donna Troy?(Photo by DC Universe)Thanks to oblique references made during the episode, viewers can glean that some of the Wolfman origin was indeed incorporated into the series. Donna mentions Diana “took her in.” At the same time, she exhibits heightened abilities more in line with Diana than human vigilantes like Batman or Dick, suggesting the Amazons also gave her powers.Leslie imagined Donna likely became Wonder Girl earlier than Dick became Robin. “I think she has an additional five years in this [crimefighting] world,” she said, adding her hypothesis that it was the extra experience, more than her powers, that led to the confident Donna glimpsed in the episode-opening flashback. In the scene, she is ready to take Dick to task for brooding because Batman and Wonder Woman excluded him from “League stuff.”She also imagined a very different home life for Donna as well. According to Leslie, “the influence from Diana was much more supportive” than the relationship between Dick and Batman. She also presumes her Wonder Girl wore the red suit her comic book counterpart wore into the 1980s. The character s experiences as a sidekick led to the Donna Troy people met in the episode: “An incredible, strong, fierce, non-compromising woman” and someone who “has a good rein on who she is,” Leslie said. “She’s a force to be reckoned with and she’s very inspiring. Comic book fans know that Dick and Donna have a friendship — forged during Donna s time as Wonder Girl — and in the TV series the two are essentially best friends with a sibling-like dynamic. They grew up around the same time and they have similar backgrounds. They were guarded by these guardians that happened to be superheroes,” Leslie said. But their relationship won t get romantic, and Leslie appreciated that the characters dynamic on the show is strictly platonic. She added, “I can see why people would want to put these two together because they’re so comfortable with each other, but that comfort comes from this loving brother-sister relationship. It’s refreshing because we don’t show it a lot in television. You can have a [male] friend for a long time that you don’t do anything with. We need some of that in television.”Who Is Dick Grayson?(Photo by DC Universe)The characters’ sibling bond makes Donna the only person Dick can really turn to after his final days as Robin, and Donna’s transition out of the hero world gives her a unique insight into Dick’s troubles. As the episode opens, Dick feels he doesn t have control over his situation. He feels that Robin owns him,” Leslie said. That feeling highlights one key difference that made Donna’s move away from Wonder Girl less traumatic than Dick’s current experiences: the support of her adoptive parent. Diana was willing to offer her wisdom and tools when Donna chose to leave superheroes behind, and, most importantly to Leslie, Diana was capable of saying “you can be your own person.”“Dick has cut Bruce out of his life, he’s taken the chip out of his arm, and he’s burned the suit. He’s trying not to have ties to it,” she explained. “It’s a struggle for Dick.”Thanks to the support she received, the Donna viewers meet in the episode is quite comfortable in her own skin as a photographer and investigative journalist. She can still enter places of conflict and save people, but as someone who documents important events and shares them with the public.“She wanted to figure out how to do good in the world without being on the front line,” Leslie said. “It probably didn’t take her a thousand jobs to figure out what she was going to do.” Plus, “she’s able to be Donna Troy in her day to day and live that life, but she can be Wonder Girl in a sense behind that camera.”Will Donna Be Wonder Girl Again?(Photo by DC Universe)At the end of Donna s debut episode, the character becomes embroiled in what Leslie called “Dick’s mess” and joins him on Angela’s farm, where a new trouble awaits all of the Titans. In subsequent episodes, viewers will see “aspects of [Wonder Girl] come through,” Leslie said. This will be particularly true as Donna gets to know the other Titans. She added that Donna has also been “keeping some accessories,” which could be a reference to Wonder Girl’s bracelets or even to the comic book Donna Troy’s lasso, which could compel people to do her bidding if their will was weaker than hers.Leslie said Donna’s status as a full-time Titan will depend on “how the team is formed.” But she also said Donna is “getting slowly dragged back into it, and that might be hard to walk away from.”“I see the possibility of her joining the team,” she added. If she does, Leslie said she believes Donna will have to decide on a new version of who she wants to be.” Considering her comic book counterpart, she will have plenty of personas to choose from.Titans airs Fridays on DC Universe.
On Sunday night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) handed out the 2019 Golden Globes and, as is often the case with the Golden Globes, they delivered some surprises. Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody, Glenn Close, and Green Book didn t walk into the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night favored to win, but each walked out with a Globe statuette. Check out our recap of the best moments from the ceremony here.Owing to its position on the calendar and ability to host a star-studded awards ceremony, the Globes are often looked at as a measuring stick for awards season. But with such a small voting body it’s unwise to put too much faith in the Globes results as a predictor of Oscar winners or nominations. No slight on the HFPA, but a group of 90 international film journalist cannot be expected to predict the voting habits of 7,258 industry professionals. Since the Academy expanded the Best Picture category to include up to 10 nominees in 2009, only 59% of Golden Globe Best Picture nominees have earned Oscar nominations.Looked at more closely, it can seem that the Golden Globes are more a reaction point than any sort of clear indicator. A snub by the HFPA can spark indignation that helps, or damages, a film or performer s Oscar chances. Last year Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri won the GG for Best Drama and the backlash that was already brewing to that film finally bubbled over, likely turning some Oscar voters toward Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which later won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The same could be said for La La Land vs. Moonlight in 2016; Moonlight won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, but was shut out in all the other categories – snubs that only added supporters to its bandwagon come Oscar time.With all this in mind, what do Sunday night’s wins and losses mean for this year’s awards landscape?A Star Dims, But Only Somewhat(Photo by @ Warner Bros. )A Star Is Born has fizzled but not completely faded; save the win for Best Song, the film was shut out of many awards, notably Best Actress Drama for Lady Gaga. It s not out of what is still a very wide-open Best Picture race, but it needs some wins. Look to this weekend’s Critics Choice awards for added momentum, but if Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper fall short again then the movie s chances of big Oscar wins will be er, shallower.Best Supporting Actor Is Still Undecided (Photo by © Fox Searchlight)Can You Ever Forgive Me? s Richard E. Grant lost to Green Book s Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor, but we think that has a lot to do with Ali s having been shut out of a GG nomination for Moonlight a few years ago (and going on to win the Oscar). With a healthy number of wins from the critics guilds, Grant is still very much in contention. Same can be said for First Reformed s Ethan Hawke (for a Best Actor nomination), Eight Grade s Bo Burham (writing and directing), and Roma s Yalitza Aparicio (Best Actress), none of whom were nominated for the Globes but each of whom have enough momentum with critics groups to keep them top of mind with Academy voters.King Continues Her Reign(Photo by @ NBC)Regina King’s winning streak continues – after a slight bump with that bizarre SAG snub. King s work in If Beale Street Could Talk is the most honored performance of 2018 – with nearly 40 nominations and 20 wins – and her Oscar win is looking more and more assured. With momentum and buzz being just as important as the performance, King’s rousing acceptance speech was a final word to silence any naysayers (we pity the conductor who tried to play her off).
She is chosen by Edgar to replace Translucent, but immediately challenges Homelander thanks to her ease with social media and her large following on those platforms.“In the age of social media we have a whole new group of celebrities; this whole group of people who are successful on the internet. She is one of those people,” Cash said during the recent livestream.But considering she is one of The Seven, it is unlikely she will use her influence for any sort of good.“I’m such a bad guy that there will be questions coming my way,” she added. “Right now, I’m just reading history books.”Other new additions include Goran Visnjic as Alistair Adana, another church leader with a tenuous grip on the faith, and Claudia Doumit as congresswoman Victoria Neuman.And while Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) isn’t exactly a new character, he will have a lot more to do in the second season. During an appearance at C2E2 in February, Starr told an audience of fans, “I think they probably wrote to him the strongest in season 2 in my opinion. Black Noir is like a f king force in season 2.” Setting him against the Boys will no doubt result in plenty of the blood-splatter we saw in the trailer. Also, as readers of the comic book will know, Black Noir’s true identity is one of the comic’s big reveals and may yet become a plot point on the television show.When Will It Run?(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)The new season will debut on September 4. But in a twist on Amazon’s usual model, not all of the episodes will be available that day. Instead, fans can binge the first three episodes of season 2, then come back each week for the remaining five episodes through October 9. As Kripke explained during the livestream, “We decided there’s so much crazy sh this season that we want the audience to absorb it and recover.”We also think the sustained social media conversation about The Mandalorian during its weekly first-season run may have also had a hand in the change.Will There Be More Boys?After it was revealed that a season 2 episode title utilizes the name of the comic’s final major storyline, “The Bloody Doors Off,” some fans were afraid that two seasons were all we were ever going to get. But during the show s Comic-Con@Home panel on July 23, producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg announced that the series had already been picked up for a third season. Of course, things are a little up in the air right now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Rogen quipped, When can we film season 3? Anyone’s guess! Hope sometime this decade. Thanks to the original comic book series, there are plenty of stories to draw from, to say nothing of the show’s departures from those tales creating more stories of their own. The show has legs and may be with us for some time yet.
Highly rated horror-comedies are always a fun watch, but when you add in werewolves, things just get even better. Werewolves Within utilizes this formula and serves as a whodunit and a what-dunit. Moreover, this is worthy watch whether or not you were a fan of the VR game on which it s based. If you re into Among Us, you would also feel right at home; just add a werewolf into the mix. Stacked with an all-star cast of comedy/improv heavyweights led by Veep s Sam Richardson, Werewolves Within is a new comedy classic whodunnit in the honored tradition of Clue [that] finds the laughs in the jump scare and brings back the uproarious joy of the it s behind you! creeping fright, writes Richard Whittaker of the Austin Chronicle.Playing Select theaters.
What do you get when a DCEU movie features DCEU fans? Only one of the most reference-filled DC movies, ever! Those who saw Shazam! this weekend – and it was a lot of people – were treated to the kind of in-jokes, comic-book references, and obscure allusions that sort the true from the casual fans. Want to play catchup and join the elite? Check out our Easter Eggs video above for all the references and hat-tips you missed – then let us know if there were any we didn t catch in the comments.Shazam! is in theaters everywhere.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. (Photo by Katie Yu/The CW)Even superheros who battle impossibly powerful villains on a regular basis need to slow down every now and then, especially around the December holidays. That s why, beginning with Wonder Woman in the mid-1970s, superhero shows on television have a longstanding of tradition of celebrating the season with Christmas episodes.We ve compiled a list of our five favorite superhero Christmas episodes. These installments can revolve around Yuletide cheer, or simply provide a festive backdrop for general superhero action. We happen to think they are the best overall, but opinions can and will diverge. For instance: you may notice all but one of the episodes we love are from shows based on DC Comics characters. As it happens, those superhero shows put more of an emphasis on Christmas with only the animated Guardians of the Galaxy series and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. representing the notion of a Marvel holiday season. Considering the trouble characters like Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Dagger (Olivia Holt) get up to on their programs (Marvel s Daredevil and Marvel s Cloak Dagger, respectively), it is probably no accident they never stop to dress a Christmas tree.With that out of the way, here are our five picks for the best superhero Christmas episodes ever.5. Smallville 78% — “Lexmas”(Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection)Television shows often lean on one of three stories for their Christmas episode inspirations: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life. In Smallville’s fifth season, it chose to mix up the latter two and give Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) the life he always wanted.After getting shot in the back, Lex awakens to find himself in a world where he gave up the Luthor ambitions — and wealth — for a happily ever after. Seven years later, he’s married to Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and good friends with both Clark and Jonathan Kent (Tom Welling and John Schneider). He also has a son, with another child on the way. An image of his mother tells him this can all be his if he makes the right decision. Back in the real world, Lex’s father Lionel (John Glover) volunteers him for a dangerous operation to preserve his ability to walk. It s successful, but it ruptures the sanctity of Lex s dream state, leaving his Dream Lana dead after she gives birth to their daughter. Traumatized by watching another person he loves die, Lex devotes himself to the way of power.The episode, while also serving as a play on the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Superman story “For the Man who has Everything,” uses It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol in the most twisted and wonderful way. The lights in Lex s Christmas future are omnipresent and just too bright, giving that dreamland a sickly sweetness despite Lex s fondest wish to be a man more like Clark. In the end, he learns the wrong lesson — or perhaps the right one if you are a Luthor — and awakens from his post-shooting trauma denying his desire to be a good man. It s a surprisingly dark Christmas story counterpointed by Clark s weird encounter with a drunken Santa (Kenneth Welsh) who believes the Christmas spirit has been lost. Lex would certainly agree with that sentiment.4. The Flash 89% – “The Man in the Yellow Suit”(Photo by Jack Rowand/The CW)The Flash made it a tradition to counter the Christmas season with dark developments in its ongoing plotlines, but the concept never worked as well as it did during the show s first-season Christmas episode. Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) spots her presumed-dead fiancee, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), wandering the streets. It is also the first anniversary of the accelerator explosion, which seemingly has Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) down in the dumps when Barry (Grant Gustin) races to the lab full of Christmas cheer.The most important aspect of the episode is, of course, Team Flash’s first confrontation with the Reverse-Flash. Lured into a trap by Wells and Cisco (Carlos Valdes), the titular Man in the Yellow Suit exudes a rare menace he will not have again until he kills Cisco in an alternate timeline. And while cornered, his dialogue proves him to be the most worthy of the Flash s speedster foes. Then there comes the moment when he escapes, kills the anti-Flash task force, and yet spares Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), suggesting for a moment that Eddie may be under the mask.The sequence was genuinely thrilling the night it aired and continues to possess the kind of power and confidence the show often tries to reclaim, whether in big character reveals or Barry’s first confrontation with each season-long big bad. But none of the subsequent episodes contain a scene quite like the moment Wells reveals himself as the Reverse-Flash by offering the audience at home a terrifying “Merry Christmas” wish. The episode may not revolve around Christmas, but it uses the trappings of the season to give this key Flash character a proper introduction.3. The Tick – “The Tick Loves Santa”(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp./Courtesy Everett Collection)High on the Christmas spirit, the Tick (Townsend Coleman) mistakes a lowly hood (Jim Cummings) for jolly old St. Nick. When our hero interferes with the cops’ pursuit, the bank robber ends up electrocuted on a neon sign — leaving Arthur (Rob Paulsen) to explain to the Tick that there is, in fact, no Santa. The hood later awakens with a new ability to make duplicates of himself, and continues his crime spree with a new gang of Santa Clones. They inevitably interrupt the superhero community’s night of Christmas caroling, but the Tick finds he cannot fight any of the rogue Santas. He is admonished for his continued belief in Santa and almost comes to doubt Kris Kringle s existence when Santa’s Little Secret Service appear at the Tick and Arthur s apartment to prepare them for Santa’s arrival. He attempts to convince the Tick that it is okay to hit the false Santas in this particular instance.Like many of The Tick’s best episodes in its animated run from 1994 to 1996, the madness inherent in Coleman’s voice keeps the story electric. Serving as contrast, though, are Cummings’ no-nonsense Multiple Santas and a pair of deadpan security guards who openly question their holiday malaise while The City becomes the Santa Clones’ toy box. And just when you think the story is going in a conventional direction with the Tick learning the sad truth of St. Nicholas, the real Santa appears to offer gifts and serve as a hilarious deus ex machina. It all culminates with the Tick’s improbable Christmas speech, with Arthur joining in the madness as both have visions of sugarplums dancing around their heads.2. DC's Legends of Tomorrow 89% – “Beebo the God of War”(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)Still smarting from their recent losses, the Legends find a new time anomaly to keep their minds of their grief. They arrive in 1000 A.D. Newfoundland, where Leif Erikson (Thor Knai) and his sister Freydis Eriksdottir (Katia Winter) have made landfall. In the original history, Leif s convention to Christanity led to his group going back to Greenland. But in the altered timeline, the Erik siblings remained and conquered all of what would become New Valhalla — all thanks to the new god Freydis discovered just before the Yuletide: Cuddle Me Beebo, the number one holiday gift in 1992.When Legends finally catch up to the anomaly, they discover the Beebo doll was in the possession of the younger Dr. Martin Stein (Graeme McComb), whose 2017 self recently died in their timeline. Once they free the younger Stein, they discover Christmas is no more. It has been replaced with Beebo Day, and their attempts to fix the timeline only make things worse.Coming off the “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover with Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow, the team faced their most serious blow in the loss of Victor Garber’s Stein and the impending departure of Franz Drameh as Jefferson Jackson, the other half of Firestorm. Understanding this, Legends secured the brief return of original cast member Wentworth Miller (as the Earth-X Leonard Snart) and for the silliest episode of the series to that point. It proved to be a defining episode for the show, as it couched the the characters trauma in a patently ridiculous predicament, tried tricks like Sara s (Caity Lotz) multiple plans for getting Beebo back from Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), and offered an early indication that Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) would be a permanent fixture.And then there s Beebo. The throwaway parody of hot Christmas toys like Teddy Ruxpin, Tickle Me Elmo, and Furby proved to strike a chord with fans — many of whom are still waiting for official Beebo merchandise.1. Justice League 95% – “Comfort and Joy”(Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection)After saving a planet of crab-like aliens from certain destruction, the League takes a holiday recess. John Stewart (Phil LaMarr) convinces Shayera Hol (Maria Canals) to enjoy the snow on a nearby winter planet, but she suggests a subsequent celebration. The Flash’s (Michael Rosenbaum) plans to deliver a rapping and farting toy called Rubber Ducky to a group of orphans gets waylayed by the Ultra-Humanite (Ian Buchanan). Superman (George Newbern) convinces J’onn (Carl Lumbly) to come home with him to the Kent farm, where he observes Christmas in Smallville.As the Flash says late in the episode, it’s “kinda cheesy,” but it is also Justice League’s most experimental episode. While the rest of the series was built around two-part tales of high stakes action, “Comfort and Joy” is a single episode with no central villain or conflict. Even Wally’s tussle with the Ultra-Humanite is more of a joke that leads to an emotional end.Instead, the entire episode revolves around the characters as they navigate the holiday. J’onn silently confronts his isolation even as he discovers the magic of sandwich cookies — an in-joke from the Justice League International comic book — while Clark turns into a kid again with his insistence that Santa wrapped his presents in lead-lined paper. John enjoys the snow, while Shayera figures out a completely different way of expressing a similar joy. Then there’s Flash’s Christmas spirit speech, which inspires the Ultra-Humanite to fix the Rubber Ducky toy he destroyed. It should be as cheesy as the aluminum Christmas tree he gives the criminal genius when he returns him to prison, but the situation is just so absurd that it works.Of course, the whole thing is aided by top-notch vocal talent, like Buchanan’s erudite take on the Ultra-Humanite and Lumbly’s definitive performance as J’onn J’onzz. His curious Martian song reminds you that this is still Justice League, even if it is taking a holiday pause. It is heartfelt and kind of corny, but its dedication to the characters makes for a magical 21 minutes of heroes at the holidays.