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The Hunt Begins In Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1 First Look

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Despite thinking the Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil mashup was alright, the wealth of DC’s recently released Looney Tunes crossovers just haven’t managed to capture my interest. But, when you throw in the Dark Knight, I’ll give just about any absurd idea a read. Thus, I’ll be investing some time in Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1 when it comes across my desk.

Some of the more stone-faced of you out there may ask how I could bring myself to do such a thing (the more light-hearted among you may very well be all in), but you, too, may give it a chance upon reading that “after a chance meeting with billionaire Bruce Wayne, Elmer Fudd’s obsession quickly escalates into stalking Batman through the dark alleys and high-class social settings of Gotham City. Welcome to Bat Season!” Yes, that all came from the official synopsis, showing us that we may end up seeing a darker side to Elmer.

Actually, if you’ve managed to browse through the gallery at the top, you’d see that writer Tom King and artist Lee Weeks somehow managed to make this look about as hard-boiled as something by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, and as noir-ish as the legendary works of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Sure, we may not end up putting this in the same class as either Broken City or The Long Halloween, but you have to admit that it’s showing promise.

Also included will be a backup story more visually in line with classic Looney Tunes, also written by King, but with art provided by Byron Vaughns. That one, however, may not end up enthralling me as much, but I’ll still give it a whirl.

Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1 arrives in comic shops next Wednesday, June 28. »

- Eric Joseph

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Time Is Running Out In Final Promo For Tomorrow’s Doctor Who

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This weekend’s Doctor Who is really something special, and the BBC is making sure you don’t miss it, under any circumstance.

Already, we’ve seen a whole host of promo videos to both remind us and get us excited for what’s to come tomorrow. We’ve had two separate trailers, two introductions (from writer Steven Moffat and stars Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie) and now, there’s one final swanky trailer, courtesy of the official Doctor Who YouTube channel.

As you can see above, the theme here is clearly that “time is running out” for the Doctor, with a motif of clock gears running through it (tying into the opening credits sequence). It doesn’t contain any new footage, but a few snippets of dialogue from the episode can be heard throughout.

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Though they’re not seen in the clip, the Doctor is heard saying “Mondasian Cybermen” – referencing the fact that the original versions of the cyborgs will feature in the episode. Likewise, the video ends with Bill saying, “I said this was a bad idea.” Given that previous promos have hinted that she won’t make it out alive, this is a very ominous line indeed.

Visually, the video emphasizes the massive threat the Doctor’s about to face – namely, two separate incarnations of his old enemy the Master. Michelle Gomez’s Missy is ostensibly turning good at the moment, but that’s bound to change when she meets her previous self, John Simm’s bad to the bone Time Lord.

Simm’s return is a big deal, as he’s been absent from the show since 2010’s “The End of Time” (David Tennant’s final story as the Doctor). This will also be the first occasion that more than one version of the Master has appeared in the same episode. Suffice it to say, it’s going to be an absolutely explosive outing.

The penultimate instalment of Doctor Who season 10 is titled “World Enough and Time” and airs Saturday at 9Pm on BBC America. »

- Christian Bone

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Aunt May And Peter Share A Quiet Family Moment In New Spider-Man: Homecoming Promo

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As Marvel’s marketing machine begins to fire on all cylinders in anticipation of July 7th, the new Spider-Man: Homecoming promo finds Aunt May sharing a quiet family moment with Peter.

Sitting over dinner while a news report plays in the background – a news report in which Spidey’s heroics are placed front and center – today’s all-too-brief clip is another reminder that Jon Watts’ franchise reset will place a particular focus on Peter Parker and his struggles to balance a double life of cutting class and tackling crime.

Armed with a bleeding-edge suit gifted to him by Stark Industries, Holland’s Web-Head is able to approach criminals with that signature sense of confidence. From the hyper-responsive eye-slits to sophisticated web shooters, web-wings to that cute little detachable Spider-Drone, the Spidey suit featured in Spider-Man: Homecoming is arguably the most advanced one yet, and it’ll no doubt stand Parker in good stead as he takes the fight to The Vulture (Michael Keaton) and his unruly associates. The Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and The Tinkerer (Michael Chernus) will be another two goons for Spidey to apprehend, but given how Keaton’s unhinged Adrian Toomes has uncovered alien tech from the aftermath of the Battle for New York, doing so won’t be easy.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is due to make a beeline for theaters on July 7th and when it does, it’ll signal the beginning of a brand new trilogy of Spidey solo movies. That means that, once Avengers: Infinity War drops on May 4th, 2018, Tom Holland’s Web-Head will return to Queens for Homecoming 2, and will do so without Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark by his side. Who will replace Iron Man for the sequel? Who knows, but let the speculation commence. »

- Michael Briers

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Jared Leto On The Possibility Of A Joker Cameo In Gotham City Sirens

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Gotham City Sirens is a DC tentpole still in its infancy.

Announced in the aftermath of Suicide Squad’s launch late last year, what we do know is that David Ayer’s anti-hero spinoff will be anchored by Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Tomb Raider scribe Geneva Dworet-Robertson is on script duties, and Warner Bros. is currently in the process of casting the net in search of two actresses to play Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

From Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) to Jessica Chastain, Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) to Haley Bennett, the Internet has been awash with casting rumors over the past few months, none of which have been confirmed – or indeed denied – by the studio. Because the project has been pitched as an ensemble piece, there have even been suggestions that Warner Bros. has drafted up a series of cameos, with the main attraction being Jared Leto’s Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker.

It would all but complete the Suicide Squad reunion, given Harley Quinn and her pumpkin first shared the screen in David Ayer’s botched spinoff – in the DC Extended Universe, at least. But at least so far, it seems Jared Leto’s involvement is yet to be confirmed. Entertainment Tonight caught up with the actor/musician to discuss his enigmatic role in Blade Runner 2049, before Et narrowed down the focus to Leto’s potential role in Gotham City Sirens.

Here’s what the actor had to say: “I have no idea, there are a lot of moving parts with that stuff and we’ll see what happens next.”

There have been rumblings that Warner Bros. will fast-track Gotham City Sirens for a theatrical launch next year, possibly with Joel Edgerton in tow as the villainous Black Mask. However, it’s important to remember that David Ayer will likely commit to Universal’s Scarface remake first, so don’t expect Gcs to enter production until 2018 at the earliest. »

- Michael Briers

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Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland Praises The “Very Cool” Venom Movie

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We’re not yet totally sure what the relationship will be between the Spider-Man: Homecoming movies, produced by Marvel Studios but licensed by Sony, and Sony’s own cinematic universe built around the wall-crawler’s supporting cast. You would think, though, that there might be some rivalry or competition between the two franchises, right?

That doesn’t seem to be the case, however, as Peter Parker himself, Tom Holland, has nothing but praise for the upcoming Venom solo movie – which will kick off Sony’s series – and its star, Tom Hardy. Holland spoke about the film while promoting the release of Homecoming, saying the following at a recent press conference.

“It’s very exciting. I think Tom Hardy will really play that character with, you know, a lot of energy, a lot of life. It could be a very cool movie,” said the actor.

Holland then went on to explain that he doesn’t know anything about Venom, as he’s knee-deep in his own work, promoting Homecoming and shooting Avengers: Infinity War. He also reminds us that he’s played Tom Hardy’s son in 2013’s Locke, which many might forget.

“It’s not something that I know about or am involved in. As of now, I’m just sort of focusing on Spider-Man and a little bit of Avengers. But, yeah, I don’t know anything about that… I have already played [Tom Hardy’s] son… Plot twist!”

Most fans are with Holland on this one. While the reaction to a Venom solo movie has been mixed, just about everyone’s behind the idea of Hardy as Eddie Brock. The man has the physique, the star power and most importantly, the acting chops to be a perfect adaptation of the character. Let’s just hope he’s backed up by a strong film.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is due any week now, as it lands in cinemas on July 7th. Venom, meanwhile, is currently set for release on October 5th, 2018. »

- Christian Bone

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Arrow Ep Discusses Black Siren’s Allegiance

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Although many of us were ready to break something after Laurel Lance Aka The Black Canary was killed off in Arrow season 4, we were pleased to at least see Katie Cassidy remain in the fold, albeit as Black Siren, an evil doppelgänger from Earth-2. Originally having been introduced over on The Flash, this counterpart eventually found her way to Star City, which obviously seemed like a more natural home for her.

In the time since, she’s effectively toyed with the emotions of Oliver Queen before later playing a vital part in Adrian Chase’s endgame in the explosive season finale that has since left DC TV devotees reeling. As it turns out, the decision as to which side she would choose came down to the wire, something executive producer and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly’s Superhero Insider show on Sirius Xm:

“Black Siren went back and forth. We had discussions about whether or not she should be allied with Chase at the end, or allied with Oliver at the end, albeit begrudgingly. We went back and forth and debated the pros and cons of it, and we really felt that true to Evil Laurel’s character, she wouldn’t help Oliver out in this circumstance. It would make more sense that she would be aligned with Chase, who she actually has to thank for her freedom for getting out of the pipeline where she was being held captive on Flash. It also gave us more interesting places to go with her character in Season 6.”

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Ultimately, it was best that she remained on the side of evil, at least for now. After all, you wouldn’t have wanted the final two episodes of one of Arrow’s finest showings to become bloated with too many subplots, now would you? Besides, they could still play around with the idea of her going down the road of redemption next season given that Cassidy is once again a series regular.

In addition to that, Guggeheim reflected on the fan favorite actress venturing to the opposite end of the spectrum:

For us, it was really simple. When Katie came back to be Black Siren in 510, we watched the cut of 510 and we were so excited about this iteration of Laurel. Katie just crushed it. I think it shows how much fun Katie is having playing this version of Laurel. We did what we always do, which is if something’s really working on the screen, we find a way to write towards it.”

Arrow returns for its sixth season on Thursday, October 12 on The CW. Will you be tuning in? Let us know in the usual place below! »

- Eric Joseph

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Is Deckard A Replicant? Expect Blade Runner 2049 To Deliver A Firm Answer

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June 25th, 1982 is a day long remembered by old-school science fiction nuts, for it was on this day 35 years ago that Ridley Scott unveiled Blade Runner to the world, only to watch it flop spectacularly at the box office. A $27.5 million box office total was just enough to recoup the cost of production, but it wasn’t long thereafter that Scott’s genre oddity achieved cult status for its provocative themes and mysterious storytelling.

Even to this day, there’s a certain legacy underpinning the Blade Runner series, and that’s a legacy Denis Villeneuve (Dune) will hope to honor in a few months’ time with the launch of Blade Runner 2049, a sequel 35 years in the making. Perhaps the biggest element set to tie the two films together is Rick Deckard, the gruff Lapd detective played by Harrison Ford.

Back in 1982, Ford was the lead star of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, and fans have long wondered whether his character is a human, or Replicant. In the eyes of the director, the answer is pretty clear-cut: Rick Deckard is an android, and that’s something he expects to be reaffirmed in 2049. What’s particularly interesting is that Villeneuve has gone on record to say that the sequel won’t, in fact, address Ford’s true identity, but Scott says otherwise.

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Per IGN:

Oh, it was always my thesis theory. It was one or two people who were relevant were… I can’t remember if Hampton agreed with me or not. But I remember someone had said, “Well, isn’t it corny?” I said, “Listen, I’ll be the best f***ing judge of that. I’m the director, okay?” So, and that, you learn — you know, by then I’m 44, so I’m no f***ing chicken. I’m a very experienced director from commercials and The Duelists and Alien. So, I’m able to, you know, answer that with confidence at the time, and say, “You know, back off, it’s what it’s gonna be.”

Harrison, he was never — I don’t remember, actually. I think Harrison was going, “Uh, I don’t know about that.” I said, “But you have to be, because Gaff, who leaves a trail of origami everywhere, will leave you a little piece of origami at the end of the movie to say, ‘I’ve been here, I left her alive, and I can’t resist letting you know what’s in your most private thoughts when you get drunk is a f***ing unicorn!’” Right? So, I love Beavis and Butthead, so what should follow that is “Duh.” So now it will be revealed [in the sequel], one way or the other.

For better or worse, Blade Runner 2049 will continue that genre-defining legacy on October 6th, and Scott has even entertained the possibility of expanding the franchise a la Alien. »

- Michael Briers

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Batman And Harley Quinn To Get One Night Only Theatrical Release

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Although Warner Bros. have found much success in recent decades when it comes to animated films based off DC Comics properties, very few of them have gone beyond the direct-to-video market. Maybe it’s because when Batman: Mask of the Phantasm debuted in theatres nearly 20 years ago, it unfortunately didn’t pull in much money despite being a critical darling and one of the best movies to ever feature the Dark Knight. Period.

In the time since, dozens of stellar flicks have materialized, and the mainstream popularity currently being enjoyed by superheroes has certainly helped the cause. In fact, just last year, both Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders were released in theatres as limited engagements. Now, to the surprise of not very many, Batman and Harley Quinn is following suit.

Seeing as how this is WB Animation’s first 2017 offering to get this treatment, it quickly becomes apparent that they’re going with whichever ones they believe will be the biggest moneymakers. Sure, both Justice League Dark and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract included either the World’s Greatest Detective himself or related characters, but anything featuring him as the headliner – let alone sharing the bill with the white hot Harley Quinn – is going to take top priority.

As it turns out, Batman and Harley Quinn will arrive in theatres on Monday, August 14 for yet another “one night only” engagement, which happens to be the very day before its home video release. Tickets go on sale on June 30, so be sure to follow the source link to Fathom Events, and to keep watch as to which cinemas near you will be taking part. »

- Eric Joseph

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Latest Avengers: Infinity War Set Photo May Be Hiding A Story Clue In Plain Sight

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Two days ago, Iron Man himself and all-around Marvel mainstay Robert Downey Jr. shared a photo from the set of Avengers: Infinity War, in which the actor was joined by Benedicts Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Wong (Wong), along with his ol’ science buddy, Mark Ruffalo (Hulk).

Taken in between shots, the picture found all four actors enjoying a spot of a lunch and was, for all intents and purposes, fairly unremarkable. But a new report compiled by Cbm suggests otherwise.

We’ve included the image in question down below for reference, and if you pay particular attention to Robert Downey Jr. and, more specifically, the actor’s torn T-shirt, on first glance it would appear that Rdj’s costume is making room for the arc reactor.

It’s the mechanical heart that has not only powered all of the many Iron Man suits, but it’s also the same device that has kept Tony Stark alive by preventing any remaining shrapnel from entering his heart. Stark actually ditched the device at the tail-end of Iron Man 3 after undergoing surgery, and later used the arc reactor technology to power numerous iterations of the Iron Man suit – including the Mark Xlvii, set to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming next month.

So, why would Tony Stark require the chest reactor in Avengers: Infinity War? It could well be that a near-fatal incident leaves Rdj’s hero in need of an upgraded chest piece. Or there’s the very real chance that today’s report is clutching at straws. It’s a stretch, of course, but we’ll leave you in the company of that image up above so you can make up your own mind.

All will be revealed when Avengers: Infinity War lights up theatres on May 4th, 2018. It’s shaping up to be a superhero event movie unlike anything we’ve ever seen, but despite rumors to the contrary, it would appear Marvel has no plans to introduce any new characters in Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster sequel. Perhaps Brie Larson’s debut as Captain Marvel will come at a later date then? Time will tell. »

- Michael Briers

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Another Round Of Set Photos For Jessica Jones Season 2 Finds Krysten Ritter’s Defender In Civvies

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Filming is well underway on the NYC set of Jessica Jones season 2, and the latest pictures find Krysten Ritter’s Defender in civvies – and no, we’re not talking about that signature combination of leather jacket, black boots and pale blue jeans.

Rather, Ritter’s whip-smart private eye is seen here donning a varsity jacket, a blood-red tee…and a pair of pale blue jeans. Also included in the gallery below is a shot of Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), along with what appears to be a malfunctioning Atm. And though it’s impossible to know for sure, there’s a very good chance this is actually a flashback scene plucked from Jessica and Trish’s storied history.

After all, the show’s cracking debut season toyed with expectations by hopping between the past and the present – a technique that helped flesh out Jessica’s troubled upbringing, not to mention her abusive relationship with Kilgrave (David Tennant) – so we wouldn’t be too surprised if Jessica Jones season 2 employed the same trick. It would certainly go some way to explaining those comments that the show’s sophomore run will be “dark and heavy” when it arrives in 2018.

Granted, further details on an exact release date were not disclosed at this time – all we know is that Ritter’s reluctant hero will be joining forces with her fellow Defenders on August 18th. Until that ensemble series arrives, though, here’s the latest round of set stills straight from Hell’s Kitchen.

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It’s seemingly even more binge-worthy than the first and, if an Entertainment Weekly report is any indication, the second season of Jessica Jones will premiere sometime next year. 2018 is also set to host new installments of Daredevil and Luke Cage, while Finn Jones himself has hinted at a big announcement regarding the future of Iron Fist. Stay tuned for more on that one as additional information comes to light. »

- Michael Briers

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Justice League Merch Takes You Up Close And Personal With Gotham’s Dark Knight

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You didn’t think Gotham’s Dark Knight would sit back and let Iron Man hog the limelight now, did you?

Earlier this morning, Hot Toys published a more thorough overview of its Mark Xlvii figurine, thereby giving us a closer look at Iron Man’s latest armor as it’ll appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming next month. Priced at $354.99, it’s a remarkably detailed collector’s piece that ought to appeal to the Marvel aficionados out there, providing you have the necessary funds.

On the DC side of the fence, Cbm has now uncovered an S.H. Figuarts Batman action figure that will soon be swooping onto store shelves in anticipation of Justice League‘s release on November 17th. There are three pictures in total, and they offer up what is perhaps our best look at the Caped Crusader’s new duds yet. Ben Affleck’s masked vigilante will need all the help he can get, too, what with the impending arrival of Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) and his subsequent reign of terror.

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Up until now, Warner Bros. has kept the film’s primary antagonists in the dark, instead choosing to focus on DC’s finest roster of heroes – Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel included – as they set aside personal quarrels in the face of a common enemy. All signs currently point to Justice League‘s second trailer lighting up Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con next month, so it’s surely only a matter of time before WB begins peeling back the many layers of Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s mega-budget ensemble pic.

Justice League swoops into theatres on November 17th. It’ll set the stage for a new era of DC movies, too, with Aquaman expected to follow suit on December 21st, 2018. Speaking of which, it would appear as if director James Wan is ready to double down on the film’s flashback scenes. »

- Michael Briers

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American Gods Actor Pablo Schreiber Lobbies To Play Wolverine; Starz’s Second Season To Be “More Exciting”

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Even before Hugh Jackman hung up the adamantium claws for the final time thanks to the release of James Mangold’s Logan, many considered his version of Wolverine to be irreplaceable, and any attempt to do so would only tarnish a 17-year legacy.

But in a time when moviegoers are bracing for the sixth Spider-Man movie in almost 15 years (Spider-Man: Homecoming), recasting Hugh Jackman seems inevitable. Heck, even the actor himself has been fairly candid about the possibility of another actor playing the iconic hero, and if Pablo Schreiber has his way, the American Gods star could become Jackman’s successor somewhere down the line – either that, or Schreiber could play the part of Sabretooth.

Chatting to ComicBook.com, the actor, who plays Mad Sweeney on Starz’s acclaimed series and is actually the younger brother to Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth), revealed his desire to don the adamantium claws.

I was a huge fan growing up of Wolverine and of Daredevil. Those are my two favorite guys and I would jump at the chance to play either one of them in a second. And you know I think Hugh is done now with Wolverine, so maybe it’s time for a reboot Maybe it’s time for a new Wolverine. Maybe we can reboot Sabretooth. I don’t think he would agree to play Sabretooth to my Wolverine.

Whether Fox takes heed of Pablo Schreiber’s lobbying is another question entirely, but we can at least look forward to his return in the second season of American Gods – a second season that will seemingly be much more exciting than the first. That’s according to showrunner Bryan Fuller, who told The Wrap that the extended season 2 will run for ten episodes in total.

Much of the pacing and dreamlike quality of Season 1 was about Shadow Moon’s mental state, and now that he’s been activated [as a believer], we can expect something a little different from how we’re going to tell the stories. Whenever anyone engages in a faith bargain and they commit to it, they change their perspective in a massive way.

So the story we get to tell with Shadow in the future is one of a character who’s crossed that first benchmark, which was non-believer to believer. Now that he believes, how does he believe? And how will what’s happened with his wife and Mr. Wednesday shift those beliefs? Suffice to say, Shadow will have a much more exciting arc in Season 2 than he did in Season 1.

Starz’s roster of deities will return for a ten-episode second season of American Gods sometime in 2018. »

- Michael Briers

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Arrow Season 5 Finale Will Have “Other Consequences” Than Just Death

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The finale of Arrow season 5 ended on the show’s most explosive cliffhanger yet. And we mean that literally. The closing moments of the episode titled “Lian Yu” saw Oliver Queen helplessly look on as his friends and family members were apparently blown up by his latest nemesis Prometheus. Obviously, few fans believe that the series has just wiped out its core cast, but surely not every one of Team Arrow could have escaped the bomb’s blast alive?

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, exec producer Mark Guggenheim has teased that maybe we’re asking the wrong questions about the repercussions of the finale. According to him, there are other possible consequences to the events of the episode than just the deaths of some of the characters.

“A lot of the discussion that we’ve had and a lot of the discussion we’ve seen online is very binary — people either live or they’ll die. There are other consequences that can come out of what happened at the end of [episode] 523. While everyone is focused on one thing, you know us on Arrow, we may be doing something else.”

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Guggenheim’s comments are intriguing, as they suggest that there might be issues other than just dying that could plague Team Arrow next year. Maybe the characters who survive will suffer from the guilt and grief they feel at making it through when others didn’t? Alternatively, this might be Guggenheim’s way of saying that no one – at least none of the major characters – will die from the blast, and fans should expect a different kind of fallout from the event.

Still, someone we can personally see being up for the chop is Samantha Clayton, the mother of Oliver’s son William. If she dies, Oliver will have to raise the boy himself, which will give a whole new dynamic to the character and the show that could be quite interesting.

Arrow returns for its sixth season on The CW on October 12th. Will you be tuning in? Let us know in the usual place! »

- Christian Bone

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Edgar Wright Stands In Solidarity With Phil Lord And Christopher Miller Over Han Solo

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If you’re going to ask an uninvolved party about the situation currently facing the Han Solo spinoff – which saw its directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, replaced five months into principal photography – there are few more qualified to respond than Edgar Wright. The Hot Fuzz filmmaker faced a somewhat similar scenario, albeit earlier in the production process, when he tried to make the Marvel movie Ant-Man.

While speaking to Digital Spy about his new effort, Baby Driver, the outlet asked Wright if he would have considered stepping in to take the reins of Han Solo, had it been offered to him. With his response, Wright firmly planted his feet on the side of Lord and Miller.

“No they’re friends of mine – I would never do that. Also, having been in that situation myself, the idea of finishing someone else’s movie is not something I would do on an ethical level.”

Though at first glance this seems like a passive-aggressive swipe at replacement director Ron Howard, Wright’s further comments make it clear that it’s the actions of some studios, when it comes to their biggest budget properties, with which he has a significant issue.

“That’s not to say I wouldn’t do a big franchise movie. Those movies are at their best is when there’s some authorship, whether it’s Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 or Nolan’s Batman movies.”

Like Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Edgar Wright is obviously a fan of big budget studio franchises, which is why they all signed up to make them in the first place. The problem that Wright’s highlighting here is that which happens when filmmakers are hired, and then prevented from fully delivering their vision for the movie. It really comes down to the idea of ownership. While studios such as Lucasfilm and Marvel exert ownership over franchise instalments, Wright considers the act of replacing a director as “finishing someone else’s movie.”

It certainly would be an exciting prospect to see an Edgar Wright-directed “big franchise movie,” but the likelihood of one of that being a Star Wars film is probably now a lot slimmer than it was before Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were “let go” from the Han Solo spinoff. But, as Wright’s new movie, Baby Driver, proves – there’s always a great project around the corner for these excellent filmmakers. »

- Sarah Myles

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Director Corin Hardy Posts Bts Photos From Conjuring Spinoff The Nun

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Piece by piece, the Conjuring Universe is beginning to establish itself as a cornerstone of Hollywood’s horror genre. Up until now, Warner Bros. and New Line’s nerve-shredding franchise has made room for three feature films – namely The Conjuring and its unnerving sequel, The Enfield Poltergeist, along with Annabelle – but already there are plans in place for Annabelle: Creation, The Nun, and The Crooked Man.

The latter two are based on characters introduced via The Conjuring 2, and while The Crooked Man is a project still in its infancy, The Nun has already set sights on a firm release date: July 13th, 2018. The Crow director Corin Hardy is at the helm of New Line’s spinoff, and over the past few weeks, Hardy has been busy posting status reports via Instagram.

Pulled together by the folks over at Bloody Disgusting, below you’ll find a series of behind-the-scenes pics from The Nun, including stills of a tight-knit crew, exterior shots of a graveyard, and dusty old ornaments from a bygone era – so everything you’d expect from a Conjuring spinoff movie, really.

Day 1 of #TheNun. And. We're off.

A post shared by Corin Hardy (@corinhardy) on May 3, 2017 at 10:08am Pdt

Day 15: A grave end to a long week shooting #TheNunMovie. My natural habitat.

A post shared by Corin Hardy (@corinhardy) on May 27, 2017 at 2:37pm Pdt

Day 31. #TheNunMovie Legends. @taissafarmiga @bonnieaarons1 @demianbichiroficial

A post shared by Corin Hardy (@corinhardy) on Jun 15, 2017 at 3:35pm Pdt

Who goes there? Spooked out end to Day 21. #TheNunMovie

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The Power Of Christ Compels Me. #TheNun

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Set within the universe created by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes, The Nun has tapped an all-star cast, too, including Taissa Farmiga, the daughter of series stalwart Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren). Demian Bichir, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Jonas Bloquet and Ingrid Bisu round out the ensemble cast.

Here’s the official logline, courtesy of WB:

The story centers on a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania taking her own life, with a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret and confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun from The Conjuring 2.

The Nun will be with us on July 13th, 2018. »

- Michael Briers

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Fox Will Summon The Exorcist Back Onto The Small Screen This September

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Though The Gifted may be the highest-profile series premiere lining Fox’s fall 2017-2018 slate – Bryan Singer and Matt Nix’s X-Men family drama has been booked in for early October – the network still has plenty of fan-favorite shows returning for another crack of the whip. Case in point: The Exorcist.

Whereas a small number of movie-to-tv adaptations bombed spectacularly back in 2016 – namely Minority Report and the recently-canned 24: Legacy – Fox’s horror anthology series struck a chord with audiences and even managed to maintain a relatively healthy threshold of two million viewers per episode. Even after all these years, it turns out there’s still an appetite for William Friedkin’s film classic of ’73.

And so, to strike while the iron was hot, Fox quickly ordered a second season of The Exorcist, which is now expected to loom over the small screen on Friday, September 29th. As previously reported, the Rance family won’t be returning, meaning that Geena Davis, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey, and Alan Ruck have parted ways with the series – for now, at least.

Gone but not forgotten? According to series creator Jeremy Slater, there’s still a small chance that the Rances will make an appearance somewhere down the line.

“A potential season two would find Marcus, Tomas and Bennett tasked with helping a new family or a new case of possession,” he shared with us ahead of the renewal.

“Our challenge now is to create a new family that you care about just as much as the Rances, and to find ways to make their story feel just as compelling and unique as what came before. That doesn’t mean we’ll never see any of the Rances again.

Ready for another season of supernatural thrills and spills? The Exorcist anthology series returns via Fox on Friday, September 29th, at 9:00-10:00 pm Et/Pt. The Gifted, on the other hand, begins its mutant family saga on Monday, October 2nd. »

- Michael Briers

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Hot Toys Figure Offers A Detailed Overview Of Iron Man’s Mark Xlvii As Two New Spider-Man: Homecoming Promos Scurry Online

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By the time Spider-Man: Homecoming rolls around in two weeks’ time, Tony Stark will be rocking Iron Man’s Mark Xlvii suit – a quantum leap from the rudimentary hunk of junk that allowed Robert Downey Jr.’s whip-smart Avenger to escape that cave all those years ago – and thanks to a remarkably detailed new Hot Toys figure, we now have our best look at Stark’s flagship product yet.

As relayed to us by Sideshow Toy (via Screen Rant), the well-crafted collectible is 1/6th scale, and would no doubt earn a place on the shelf of any Marvel aficionado – providing you have enough expendable income, of course, given the figure below is priced at an eye-watering $354.99 before shipping. Nevertheless, for those of us who simply want to take a closer look at Tony Stark’s Mark Xlvii as it’ll appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the gallery below ought to sate your appetite ahead of the movie’s imminent release.

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July 7th is the date for your diaries, and we know from previous reports that Robert Downey Jr.’s genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist will have “five or six” scenes opposite Tom Holland’s budding Peter Parker, in which we expect to see their pseudo-father-son dynamic reach new heights following Holland’s McU debut in Captain America: Civil War back in 2016. And fans will want to savor every moment, too, after it was confirmed earlier this week that Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s inevitable sequel will replace Iron Man with another superhero plucked from Marvel’s ever-expanding roster. Captain America, perhaps? Or someone from left-field like Doctor Strange?

It’s the sixth Spidey movie and third reincarnation in the space of 15 years, but thanks to Sony’s licensing deal with Marvel, Spider-Man: Homecoming still feels garden-fresh. We’ll be able to see what all the fuss is about on July 7th, before Parker and Ton Stark join forces once more for Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.

Meanwhile, Sony is making headway with its own Marvel Universe, which begins with the launch of Venom on October 5th, 2018. »

- Michael Briers

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Graphic Sexual Content Unlikely To Appear In New Line’s It Adaptation

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Stephen King is not known for handling sexual content with the utmost delicacy. Sure, there are exceptions – Tommy and Sue finally getting together in Carrie or Dead Zone, which carves out a delicate little moment for lead heroes Johnny Smith and Sarah.

With It though, it’s a totally different story. King’s horror classic has stood the test of time for its engrossing story of friendship, coming-of-age drama and shapeshifting entities from another dimension, as the Losers Club go up against an otherworldly, child-hunting demon named Pennywise. But in repackaging It for the big screen, New Line and director Andy Muschietti (Mama) seem to have nixed the novel’s somewhat controversial pre-teen sex scene – and that’s despite the recently confirmed R rating.

First reported by Screen Geek, it appears that while those scenes were present in early versions of Cary Fukunaga’s original script, most, if not all of It‘s sexual content has been left by the wayside. Disgusted parents voiced their disdain toward the original script on a casting forum for young actors, with one post stating that:

I don’t remember it being anything more than suggested in the original either. But it goes farther than that in this script. Much farther in a couple scenes, the father kissing her bare stomach, hands up her skirt to slip off panties, in addition, she describes being gang raped to another character. Add it all up and it’s just too much for us. We were so excited when we got it, but there was a pretty hefty email from agent to read the script and approve before agreeing due to content.

The original script purportedly went so far as to include a scene in which Henry Bowers raped a Hanlon sheep and “masturbated onto a birthday cake,” so it’s little wonder why New Line decided to tone things down during the film’s production. On that same casting forum, another parent was particularly critical of the proposition.

This is just gross. And I’m not talking about the content… I’m talking about directors/producers who want to hire underage actresses to make out with creepy old men.

It creeps into theatres on September 8th and will be the first in a two-part saga involving the Losers Club and their battle against Pennywise. Providing the box office numbers are to New Line’s liking, the second and conclusive chapter will be unleashed sometime in 2018. »

- Michael Briers

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Ron Howard Hopes To Honor The Great Work Already Done On Han Solo

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Disney is ready to stick a fork in Han Solo‘s recent production woes.

After parting ways with Phil Lord and Chris Miller due to creative differences, the Mouse House quickly drafted in Ron Howard to take the reins on its second Star Wars Anthology pic. A May 2018 release date remains intact, and Entertainment Weekly has now relayed an official statement from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, in which the franchise veteran reveals that filming is expected to resume on July 10th.

That lends the Oscar-winning Howard two-and-a-half weeks to suss out the finer details, which will include meeting with the film’s ensemble cast – namely Alden Ehrenreich (Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), Woody Harrelson (?), and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke (?) – to identify what still needs to be done before the Han Solo spinoff can begin its journey toward post-production.

It seems he’s quite excited about the opportunity, too, as the director took to Twitter earlier this evening to say the following:

I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017

Though he wasn’t many people’s first pick for a replacement, it should be interesting to see what a seasoned Hollywood pro like Howard can do with the film. Especially given that Lord and Miller only had a few weeks left of principal photography before their cut would have been complete. Will the studio and their incoming director scrap some of what the duo already put together, or will they just attempt to repair the damage during the edit and in reshoots?

Time will tell, but without any official Han Solo material out in the open – barring that group photo of Lord and Miller in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon – and therefore nothing to compare between the two versions, it’ll be difficult to gauge how Ron Howard’s style affects the final product. With filming due to recommence on July 10th though, at least that original May 25th, 2018 release date seems to be safe…for now. »

- Matt Joseph

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Avengers: Infinity War Won’t Introduce Any New Characters

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Avengers: Infinity War is going to be one heck of a big movie. Not only will it feature Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – a rather large group in and of itself – but they’ll also be joined in their fight against big bad Thanos by a number of other characters. Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy and more will all be showing up here. And if that wasn’t enough for you, there’s also the supporting players that have been confirmed for the flick (Man-Ape, Wong, Okoye, etc.) In short, if you’re in the McU and still have a pulse, you’ll be involved in Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster in some capacity.

It’s a lot to handle, to be sure, and though the directors proved themselves capable of juggling numerous plates in Captain America: Civil War, this is a whole different beast and it’ll be interesting to see how they balance everything out. To date, we still don’t know exactly how many characters the film will feature, but from what we’ve been hearing, it’s going to be a lot. With that in mind, you’d think that Marvel would use the superhero extravaganza as a chance to introduce us to some fresh blood, but apparently, that won’t be happening.

According to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, there won’t be any new faces in the movie. On the one hand, that’s fairly surprising, as it’s been rumored for a very long time now that Captain Marvel would make her debut in Infinity War. It was all but confirmed, actually, but it seems like the studio may hold onto her until Avengers 4 now. If Boseman’s to be believed, that is.

On the other hand, the fact that Marvel won’t introduce us to anyone new actually isn’t all that surprising when you think about it. Like we mentioned above, Infinity War is already going to be a jam-packed affair. We doubt they’d even have room to bring in anyone we haven’t met before, as he/she would just be overshadowed and not be able to get a proper introduction. As such, the studio may want to wait a bit before they start throwing the fresh faces at us.

Then again, Boseman could just be toying with fans, as he obviously can’t reveal too much about what Marvel’s got planned. At this point, it’s hard to say what’s going on. Either way though, whether we get any new characters or not, this is shaping up to be an absolutely massive film and with more and more details spilling out about it, the excitement is definitely starting to mount.

Don’t expect the hype to slow down any time soon, either. With Comic-Con quickly approaching, we’ll no doubt hear even more about Avengers: Infinity War in the not too distant future, and though we wouldn’t expect to get a first trailer at the convention next month, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine Marvel finally – finally! – confirming the full cast.

Fingers crossed, eh? »

- Matt Joseph

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