It’s no secret that the DC Expanded Universe is not doing so hot. Outside of Wonder Woman, a lot of their films have not done very well critically. This, of course, has led to a restructuring of people at Warner Bros. that put producer Walter Hamadain charge of the DC film division. A shake-up like this can put into question the future of films that have been announced such as Green Lantern Corps. For all the fans of Green Lantern, don’t worry. Screenwriter David Goyer (Batman Begins) has told IGN that the movie is "still in the works." When pressed for a bit more info, Goyer responded with:
Seems fair enough since the changes are still new. I hope that this movie goes through and I hope it’s better than the last one we got. Green Lantern is in my top 5 of DC heroes and there’s a lot they can work with. How do you think they should handle the Green Lantern Corps movie?
If you're a fan of Michael J. Fox, you'll be happy to learn that he's joined the cast of ABC's drama series Designated Survivor. I enjoy watching this show and it's so cool that Michael J. Fox is going to be a part of it.
The series stars Kiefer Sutherland, who plays Tom Kirkman, "a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack."
Fox will appear in a five-episode story arc. He will play a character named Ethan West, "a high-flying and connected Washington attorney who is hired by the President’s Cabinet and ultimately appointed as special prosecutor to investigate former President Cornelius Moss’s alleged leak of classified information."
It's also explained that west is "a hyper-competitive, wily, relentless lawyer who plays his cards close to the vest and whose only allegiance is to his mandate — a single-mindedness that makes him an unpredictable and formidable adversary for President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland)."
This actually sounds like it will be a great character for Fox to play! Designated Survivor is set to return to ABC on February 28th.
TNT has officially ordered a full season of the upcoming Snowpiercer series with Jennifer Connelly. I'm actually excited about this show. It's based on the French graphic novel called Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette. Director Bong Joon-ho previously adapted it into a film, which turned out to be really freakin' good.
I'm not only a fan of the story, but I'm a fan of Jennifer Connelly, and it will be great to see her in a series like this. She will play a character named Melanie Cavill, "a First Class passenger who works as the Voice of the Train – responsible for making the daily announcements over its PA system. Though many in her VIP position are dismissive of the lower class passengers, Melanie is curiously fascinated by them."
The story is set seven years after an apocalyptic ice age leaves Earth as a frozen wasteland, and the story will focus on the survivors who “inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe.”
The pilot episode of the upcoming series is being helmed by Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson. The show also stars Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), who plays Layton Well, “a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his days sniffing the industrial-waste-turned-drug Chronole and tending to his cage full of rats, Layton becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.”
Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT had this to say in a statement:
“I’m a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho’s epic film, and jumped at the chance to honor his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast. Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling. Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride.”
The DC Extended Universe is no stranger to cameos. Batman and Flash both appeared in Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman was in Batman VS Superman. I would be a little shocked if there weren’t cameos in Aquaman and Shazam! at this point. And now Zachary Levi has said who he would want the cameo in Shazam! to be and that is Wonder Woman. In an interview with ET, Levi said:
I think that could lead to some great humorous moments if handled correctly. I would love to see Wonder Woman show up. So far she’s my favorite in the DCEU.
In addition, to talking about a cameo in the movie, Levi doubled-down on his comparison of Shazam! to the Tom Hanks classic, Big by saying:
The more I hear about this movie, the more excited I become. I hope it’s able to do well amid all the changes at Warner Brothers and with the less than stellar reception of their other films in the DC Universe. Who would you want to see as a cameo in Shazam!?
During the height of Capcom’s classic survival horror franchise Resident Evil back in the late 90’s, the team behind the game quietly introduced a new title that is inspired by Resident Evil’s formula. However, instead of having zombies and other bio-organic weapons in the game, Capcom introduced a different enemy, an enemy that is believed to have gone extinct precisely 65 million years ago.
Dino Crisis, created by Shinji Mikami, which was released back in 1999, introduced dinosaurs in the survival-horror genre. Fans of Resident Evil, and newcomers alike, were quick to jump in the Dino Crisis bandwagon, and the game was recieved positively by the community. A year later, the sequel, Dino Crisis 2, was released and shocked players on how the franchise quickly shifted from horror, to a more action-oriented gameplay. Usually, when developers make drastic changes to their game’s style, they do it gradually, to let their fans get used to the idea first. However, Capcom did the unusual move and made Dino Crisis 2, a fast-paced dino shooter.
Surprisingly, despite the major overhaul with the game’s play style, fans still loved Dino Crisis 2. Everything from the setting, to the story, to the characters, worked well. The ending of Dino Crisis 2, even had me emotionally invested and teary eyed as I finish the game. I'm sure a lot of the fans felt the same way too. As the series produced two successful games, fans anticipated if Regina, the heroine on both games, was able to fulfill her promise to Dylan, the main character in Dino Crisis 2, and patiently waited for the next installment. Check out the ending scene of Dino Crisis 2, WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Unfortunately, when Dino Crisis 3 was released, fans were disappointed as Capcom completely rebooted the series. The game took place in space that had mutant space dinosaurs replacing regular ones. No one knew how the new game fits into the canon story of Dino Crisis and people were wondering on who these new characters were. Eventually, Dino Crisis 3 was not received well by fans and Capcom decided that this will be the final game in the series.
Fourteen years later after the release of the third game, many fans have already forgotten about Dino Crisis and its potential to be as successful as Resident Evil. However, just last month, talks about the possible return of the franchise has been circulating the Internet. When Twitter user, Jawmuncher asked about the chances of Dino Crisis making a return, everyone was surprised when Capcom’s Division 1 replied on Twitter:
Capcom’s tweet may not guarantee that the series will return. However, the fact that they showed interest in reviving it if fans would wish, is already a step in the right direction for the return of the series. Personally, I would love to see Capcom bring back Dino Crisis whether as a remake for modern consoles, or better yet, by creating a completely new game that would take place after the events of Dino Crisis 2. Capcom can disregard Dino Crisis 3 completely, or at least tie the story properly to its predecessors. With “dino fever” on the rise again with the upcoming release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I believe that a fresh Dino Crisis game, with modern mechanics, infused with all the fun and suspense of battling dinosaurs, would make for a pretty exciting game.
In the end, Capcom made it clear in their tweet that it is now up to us, the fans of the game, to make it possible for Dino Crisis to make a comeback. A spark has already been ignited with recent discussions online. All we have to do is to make our voices louder and let Capcom know that yes, we would like to see Dino Crisis make a return in the gaming industry. I mean, we have to know if Regina was able to keep her promise!
Would you like Capcom to #BringBackDinoCrisis? If so, let your voice be heard and let’s make this happen!
It's looking like Marvel's Black Panther is shaping up to be a huge box office success. Tickets for the Ryan Coogler-directed film went on sale on Monday following the new trailer that was released and it has already outsold all of the previous MCU movie advance ticket sales!
Black Panther set a record selling more advance tickets in its first 24 hours than any previous Marvel Studios movie, which was previously held by Captain America: Civil War. Fandango managing editor Erik Davis made the announcement on Twitter today:
Deadline is reporting that non-Disney estimates say that Black Panther will have a $80-$85 million opening, and may possibly hit the $100 million-plus mark. I personally think it could do much better than that. Captain America: Civil War had a $179 million opening in 2016. If Black Panther is already tracking better in pre-sales, does that mean it will at least have just as big of an opening as Civil War? After all, it will be the first big highly anticipated movie released in 2018. I have no idea, so we'll just have to wait and see. It would be cool to see it explode at the box-office, though!
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and, returning from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Andy Serkis.
The movie will be released in theaters on February 16th, 2018.
While The Shape Of Water looks primed to be the first monster movie to win major awards at the Oscars, folks like James Corden are poking fun at it in a hilarious way. Sally Hawkins goes on a Tinder date only to find out she's been "Catfished" by Corden, who's actually a sea monster. To be honest, the skit could be better, but I gotta share it for the amount of time it probably took to get in and out of that fish costume! Check it out below, and let us know what you think.
The team at How It Should Have Ended has released their latest animated video and it puts the focus on Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. They offer us various amusing alternate endings for the film that you'll probably get a kick out of. The best one involves Doctor Strange coming in and stopping everything before it gets out of control. It's the simple things! Of course, had he done what he does in this video, we wouldn't have ever seen Thor fight Hulk and gotten such an awesome movie!
SteamWorld Dig 2, one of the most successful indie games in 2017, is already available for digital download on the PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Switch, and the PC. The game has been extremely popular and sold well on multiple platforms that several fans of the game voiced out their wish for SteamWorld Dig 2, to have a physical release.
Recent information recently surfaced that hints at the game’s possible physical version. The USK, also known as The Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body has listed Rising Star Games as the publisher. If you remember, Rising Star Games was the company behind the physical version of SteamWorld Collection for the Wii U a few years ago, so it is possible that they will be releasing the physical copy of SteamWorld Dig 2 as well.
As for now, the only platform that could be getting the physical version of the game is the Nintendo Switch. This makes sense in a way, given the console’s small internal memory, which is why Switch fans of SteamWorld Dig 2 would love the physical version of the game as it would help them save storage space on their Nintendo Switch.
In a video blog series by The Engine Room, Image & Form’s founder Brjann Sigurgeirsson and community manager Julian Guldbog talked about how they are committed to bringing more games on the Switch. They were thankful to fans who have made SteamWorld Dig 2’s digital release on the Switch successful and said that:
“We launched SteamWorld Dig 2 now and it’s by far, and I don’t even know what you say in English, far and beyond, best launch we’ve had for any game.”
When asked if they sold more on the Nintendo Switch than on Steam, Sigurgeirsson said, “Yup, and many, many more than we’ve sold on PS4 and Vita at this point”. This goes to show that SteamWorld Dig 2’s success on Nintendo’s hybrid platform could lead to a physical version coming soon. However, since no official announcement has been made, talks about the physical version of the game should be taken with a grain of salt.
Would you like to see a physical release of SteamWorld Dig 2 on the Switch?
A lot of fans were disappointed with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. One of the main complaints that I've seen is that director Rian Johnson didn't explore Supreme Leader Snoke's backstory before he surprisingly...
... killed him off! During a recent BAFTA Q&A with the director, he explained why he decided not give us any information on Snoke and his past.
“In this particular story, it’s much more like the original trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give a 30-second monologue about who he was, it would have kind of stopped the scene in its tracks, I realized. Even though it could have been interesting, something that fans were interested in, as storytellers, we have to kind of serve what the scenes need to be."
I understand that to an extent. There are lots of other ways that he could have interjected a backstory. Hell, the movie could have started out with a backstory much like The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King started off telling the back story of Gollum. But the director opted just to ignore it.
"It was a tough thing, even though I knew some fans were interested in it I also knew it wasn’t something that dramatically had a place in this movie."
There's always the chance that J.J. Abrams will address it in Episode IX. Johnson doesn't rule that out, but adds that it's not that important to Rey's story:
"Hopefully it can be addressed elsewhere or even [Episode IX director] J.J. [Abrams] may address it in the next movie. But it’s not something that’s particularly interesting to Rey, so we kind of had to follow through.”
But Snoke is particularly interesting to Kylo Ren! As much as I have liked these first two films... if Episode IX doesn't address certain things like Snoke and answers the questions that have been built up over the past two films, I'm gonna be pissed! One of the reasons that I'm so invested in this is that there's going to be the big payoff in the final chapter. At least I hope there's a big payoff that answers questions!