Kevin Conroy Reveals the True Reason BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Ended and Weighs in on Ben Affleck’s Portrayal

For many, Batman: The Animated Series features the quintessential Batman: Kevin Conroy. When fans are asked who their favorite Batman is, don’t be surprised if Conroy is in their top 3, with chances high that he’ll be number one. If so many love the show and the actor, why did it end after 2-4 years (depending on if you count Batman and Robin as part of BTAS)? Many believe that it was for the same reasons many shows end, the viewership was low or the cast was done. According to Conroy, the reason was neither of those. The reason was simply, the creators were running out of good ideas and didn’t want to write bad episodes. At MCM Comic Con in London, Conroy said:

They didn’t stop making the shows because the audience wasn’t there or the actors weren’t there, they stopped, really, because the creators ran out of ideas for stories. And they didn’t want to compromise on the quality of what they had and start creating kind of silly stories.

So they go, ‘Look, we gotta go in a whole new different direction.’ So then they went to Batman and Robin, they brought in Robin, that was the next series. Then they went into Batman Beyond, you know, recruiting a young guy. And then it was the Justice League. They were always looking at different ways to re-imagine the characters, just so they can get new storylines. A lot of it had to do with trying to come up with stories that weren’t becoming ridiculous.

But all the actors would love to have done more of them. You could get all those actors back today, in a booth, to do more animated series shows because everyone loved it that much.

I applaud the creators for not doing what so many seem to do and drag a show out just because it’s doing well. If you don’t have any more good ideas for stories, just stop. Plus, by looking for more great stories we got Batman Beyond which was awesome and Justice League which was amazing.

In addition to this nugget about BTAS, Conroy doubled-down on his approval of Ben Affleck as Batman.

Well, the one thing I will say about that, and I’m not going to get into commenting on actor’s performances. I don’t know if you’re aware, you probably are, in the Twitterverse and on the Internet, there was a lot of criticism when he got cast. Saying ‘Oh my god! He’s going to be terrible!’ And I was telling people ‘Wait a minute! Give this guy a chance! He’s a good actor. Let’s see what he does with it, you know?’

And I think he surprised a lot of people. He really pulled it off. I thought he was really good. So I’m more in his court than a lot of people are, I guess. I think people gave him a hard time before they even saw what he would do with it. There’s a lot of pre-judging.

This of course, is him backing up his claim from August, when he said:

I love seeing all the different takes. I think some of them get Bruce Wayne more than they get Batman, and some of them get Batman more than they get Bruce Wayne. I think Ben Affleck has probably gotten the best balance of the two. He’s a really good Bruce Wayne and a really good Batman.

Who’s your favorite Batman?

Source: Comicbook

Andrew Lincoln Will Reportedly Leave THE WALKING DEAD After Season 9

A new report has surfaced saying that by the end of the ninth season of The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, will be "walking away" from the show. I guess it's been a long time coming. He'll come back for one more season before he exits and according to Collider, "fans can only expect to see Lincoln in half-a-dozen episodes of the upcoming season."

They also say that Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, will only show up in six episodes as well. There's no word on how exactly Rick will leave. There are a lot of options that Rick could bow out. I'm sure a lot of fans think that he'll just be killed off, but that's something we just don't know. There have been rumors that there will be a time jump from Season 8 to Season 9. We just don't know how much a time jump that it will be. 

The report goes on to say that that "To fill the void in the show’s leading man status, we’re also hearing that AMC has offered substantial compensation to long-running series star Norman Reedus to not only stay on board but to take over the show’s leading role."

So, if you're a fan of Daryl, his role in the story is about to grow even more. The series has had its ups and downs over the years, but I did enjoy how the story played out last season. I'm not sure how many more seasons the show has left in it, but, we'll have to wait and see what happens once Rick is gone. 

What do you think about Lincoln leaving the series and having Reedus take over the male lead in the series? Do you think it's time for Rick to go, or do you want him to stick around a little longer?

The Creators of THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS Respond To SESAME STREET Lawsuit with a Puppet Lawyer

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Yesterday we reported that Sesame Street filed a lawsuit against STX Entertainment regarding their upcoming raunchy R-rated puppet film The Happytime Murders. Why? Because Sesame Workshop isn't happy with the movie using the following tagline in their marketing, "No Sesame, All Street."

The suit claims The Happytime Murders tarnishes the Sesame Street brand by using their name in the marketing. Now the creators of The Happytime Murders have responded to the lawsuit in kind of a mocking way. They sent a photo of a puppet lawyer named Fred, Esq. and they included the following response:

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“STX loved the idea of working closely with Brian Henson and the Jim Henson Company to tell the untold story of the active lives of Henson puppets when they’re not performing in front of children. ‘Happytime Murders’ is the happy result of that collaboration and we’re incredibly pleased with the early reaction to the film and how well the trailer has been received by its intended audience. While we’re disappointed that Sesame Street does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position. We look forward to introducing adult moviegoers to our adorably unapologetic characters this summer.”  - Fred, Esq., lawyer for STX Entertainment

So, it looks like they are going to fight it. I'm not sure why they want to fight it. I don't see why removing the tagline "No Sesame, All Street" from the marketing would hurt anything, but it looks like they are going to fight for right to use it. In case you want a little reminder, this is what suit says:

"Sesame seeks to enjoin Defendants’ deliberate effort to appropriate its SESAME STREET mark, and its trusted brand and goodwill, to promote their R-rated movie, The Happytime Murders, by way of a violent and sexually-explicit trailer. SESAME STREET is a registered trademark of Sesame, an organization with a long and storied history of ‘helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder.' Defendants’ widely-distributed marketing campaign features a just-released trailer with explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating, and even ejaculating puppets, along with the tagline ‘NO SESAME. ALL STREET.’ Defendants do not own, control or have any right to use the SESAME STREET mark. Instead, they are distributing a trailer that deliberately confuses consumers into mistakenly believing that Sesame is associated with, has allowed, or has even endorsed or produced the movie and tarnishes Sesame’s brand.”

I can see where both sides are coming from, but come on... it's Sesame Street! Everyone loves Sesame Street! I think they've earned a little more respect than what STX Entertainment is giving them. That's just my opinion. All they are asking to is have that tagline removed from the marketing. 

The Happytime Murders was directed by Brian Henson, previously helmed The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. He is the chairman of The Jim Henson Company and the son of esteemed puppeteer and Muppets creator Jim Henson.

What do you think about STX's response to Sesame Workshop's lawsuit? Do you think they should really fight it? 

ViaL HuffPost

Jamie Foxx Officially Cast in Todd McFarlane’s New SPAWN Movie

Jamie Foxx has been wanting to play Spawn for Todd McFarlane for years. McFarlane has talked about how there was an Academy Award-winning actor pushing him to get the film into production so that he could play the character. A few weeks ago we learned that Foxx was offered the role and now today, Deadline confirmed that the actor has accepted and is officially the first actor to join the cast! 

McFarlane, who created the original comic, is on board to write and direct the film for Blumhouse Pictures. I wasn't sure if Foxx would actually take the role because we've learned the Spawn character will be lurking in the shadows through most of the film. The movie will not focus on Spawn, it will focus on the character Twitch, who has yet to be cast. McFarlane previously explained:

"There's two big roles in the script. There's obviously sort of Spawn himself, although in a weird way it's not the biggest role, and then there's the cop. The cop is this character Twitch who's been there since issue #1. Twitch is the role in this one, and I sort of refer to him as my sheriff Brody, who is the sheriff in the Jaws movie. Although it was called Jaws, Jaws didn't really talk a lot in his movie, right? He just kind of showed up at the opportune time to make the movie worthwhile."

He goes on to elaborate on how his Spawn movie compares to Jaws, saying:

"It was sheriff Brody, the humans talking, chasing the fantastical thing that sort of made the movie, and to me, there's that element. Everything else is normal in this story other than (gesture) the shadow moves, and at times even when it moves, the cop just sort of thinks he's losing his mind so he doesn't even trust that the shadow's moving. If you're a bad guy, then this thing is going to come and it's going to get you."

He also said that Spawn himself won't talk in the movie. He'll just be this thing lurking in the shadows. Now that Foxx is on board, I wonder if McFarlane plans to change some things up on how the character will be presented in the film.

When talking about casting Foxx in the film, McFarlane Says:

“There are five or six moments where I’m going to need things from my actors, and a couple of them have to come from Jamie, and I’ve seen him deliver them onscreen. He gets into a zone, with body language and a look that basically will say way more than anything i could type on a piece of paper, and this movie is going to need those moments. And in the odd moment where he has to deliver a line that’s short, curt and has impact, he can do it in a way that makes you go, ‘Whoa, I don’t want to mess with that guy. What a badass.'”

McFarlane goes on to say that Foxx was the actor in his mind when he wrote the script.

“Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it. I never forgot him, and when I was writing this script, you sort of plug people in, and he was my visual guy and I never let go of him. When I got done and my agents and everybody was talking about what actor, I said, I’m going to Jamie first and until he says no I don’t want to think about anyone else because I’ve never had anyone else in my head. Luckily, he hadn’t forgotten either. I said, ‘Hey, I’m back to talk about Spawn again, and he was like, let’s do it.'”

Blumhouse chief Jason Blum added:

“We are thrilled Jamie Foxx will be playing the title role in our movie adaptation of Spawn. He is an incredible actor and a huge fan of the Spawn Universe that Todd McFarlane created. With the depth of talent Jamie can commit to the role and Todd at the helm bringing the world of Spawn to life, we could not be more excited for this film.”

Then Foxx himself said:

“A few years back I flew out to Arizona to meet the man behind one of the most incredible comic book characters in the universe… Todd McFarlane. He was taken aback when I told him with the enthusiasm of a young child that more than anything I wanted to put my name in the hat to embody his beloved character Spawn…. I told him no one would work harder than me if given the opportunity… well… the opportunity is here!! I’m humbled and ready to transform… and to top things off the young Jason Blum is lending his brilliance to the project! Time to be great!!!! #Spawn.”

Spawn only has a budget of $10 million dollars. It's set to start shooting in August and will be released sometime in 2019.

Are you happy to hear that Foxx is officially on board to play Spawn!?

What Do STAR WARS Fans Want Out of a Star Wars Movie?

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and J.J. AbramsThe Force Awakens was released, fans have been torn on the direction that the filmmakers have taken the franchise. Some fans have loved the films that have been made, while others have expressed their hatred for them. 

Personally, I haven’t really had any issues with any of the films. I've enjoyed them all for what they are, the stories they’ve told, and the characters that have been introduced. I'm not saying they are perfect, but I'm happy with how they've all turned out.

Some films are better than others, but I’ve been 100% entertained by all of them. One thing that I’ve noticed from a lot of fans online is that there is a lot of hate for the films and a lot of fans don’t seem to be enjoying these new Star Wars films at all. In fact, some fans even prefer the prequel trilogy over the new films! 

As a long time fan of Star Wars, it’s strange to me that some fans are just pissed off at these films and that they can’t seem to find any kind of joy in them. Some fans are even giving up on the franchise! Are these films really that bad?! I'm honestly not understanding this because at the core of all of the films is fun entertainment.

I just thought I’d open up a discussion to talk about this. I’m curious to know what it is that fans want out of the Star Wars franchise?

Right now, Lucasfilm is playing with a little bit of everything. We’ve got the continuing saga, the stand-alone "A Star Wars Story" films that play with other characters and storylines connected to the saga, and then there are the new films being developed by Rian Johnson and the Game of Thrones series creators. Those will be completely separate from the saga.

So far, I think Lucasfilm has done a great job with the films. They’ve had everything that I wanted and expected from them. I’ve especially enjoyed the surprising unexpected stuff that has been thrown into the films because it shows that they are experimenting with stuff. But obviously, people don’t like the experimentation, which I understand. At the same time, the fans have been asking for something different, unique, and out of the box.

If you haven’t been enjoying what Lucasfilm has been delivering since Disney bought them and Kathleen Kennedy took over, what is it that you want to see them do with the franchise? Do you even want more movies? Do you want them to stop making Star Wars movies? 

Can Lucasfilm ever make another Star Wars movie again that all fans can agree is a great film!? I think the closest we may have come to that is Rogue One, but that even got a lot of crap from fans.

So... what do you want Lucasfilm to do with the Star Wars franchise!?

ABC Cancels ROSEANNE After Roseanne Barr’s Racist Twitter Post

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Well... that's the end of Roseanne! After a successful revival of the classic series, ABC has canceled it because Roseanne Barr decided to do something really stupid and post some racist remarks on Twitter. 

The cancellation comes after Barr made a comment on Twitter Tuesday morning referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of the "Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes." Barr ended up deleting the tweet and followed up with an apology saying:

"I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste. I am now leaving Twitter."

That didn't help the situation, though. Upon cancellation, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey made the following statement.

"Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."

I don't blame them. Hollywood isn't tolerating this kind of behavior anymore. Not only is the racist remark terrible, but Roseanne's stupidity also cost the jobs of all the people who were working on the show. 

Source: Variety

Pennywise The Clown Faces Off with Batman, Ghostbusters, and More in New How IT Should Have Ended Video

The latest episode of the animated web-series How It Should Have Ended has been released and it takes on the latest big screen adaptation of Stephen King's IT. This is a great episode that offers us several different outcomes for the story in which characters use common sense. Then at one point while the Losers Club is confronting Pennywise the clown, Batman, Ghostbusters and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pop up to help them take down the evil being. Enjoy!

Colin Trevorrow Speaks Out For The First Time About His STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Exit

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Eight months after being removed as director of Star Wars: Episode IX, director Colin Trevorrow is opening up about losing the job. Granted, he doesn't say much regarding what happened, his vision for the film, and what caused Lucasfilm to ultimately drop him, but you do get a sense that he really wanted to share his story with the world:

“I don’t want to talk too much about it because I don’t want to affect the way that fans get to see these films. When we were kids, these movies came to us from far away. They were a gift. And the more we talk about how they’re made, the more it reveals that they’re just movies. But they’re not just movies, they’re more than that. Beyond that, I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Good for Trevorrow for seeing the positive of it all. I'm sure that isn't easy to get and then lose a dream job all in the same year, so hopefully his good nature about it will be rewarded down the road. After all, there's gonna be a lot more Star Wars films in the future, so surely there will be another where he's a good fit? 

Evan Peters Discusses Quicksilver and How He’s Changed in X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Evan Peters' Quicksilver will be racing back into action in director Simon Kinberg's upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. I've really enjoyed this film version of the character and the way that Peters has played him. He had the best scenes in both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse

During a recent interview with ScreenRant, Peters talks about Quicksilver and how he's changed for Dark Phoenix. Things are going to be a little different for the character this next time around. He explains that Quicksilver has done a little growing up.

"He's definitely a little older and more mature, a little more subdued, sort of trying to make a, not a name but trying to do right by the X-Men and be a good guy and use his powers for good, so I think he's on that path at the moment."

It makes sense that the character would mature over time. I hope that Quicksilver plays a good sized role in this next movie and I can't wait to see what kind of crazy scene that they have planned for him this time!

Quicksilver was most recently spotted in Deadpool 2. It was just a brief cameo, but one that brought on some big laughs. Peters talked about that scene in a previous interview with CinemaBlend, saying:

"We were shooting [X-Men: Dark Phoenix] and were like, 'Okay, we're going to do a quick thing for Deadpool 2,' And I was like, 'Oh, that's awesome!' I thought it was going to be at the end of the film, in the credits, like some sort of funny Easter egg thing. And we had a lot of different versions for when they open that door and turn to us. But the one they used was pretty chill, and was in the first half of the film, which I was like, 'Oh, Jesus, that's kind of weird.'"

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is said to be a grounded film that is loyal to the comics. The film is set in 1992, "roughly a decade after Apocalypse and finds the X-Men dealing with being heroes. An unfortunate side effect is how that fuels Charles Xavier's (James McAvoy) ego. He starts sending the team on more dangerous missions, including one to space that ends with Grey going to some very dark places."

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn it into a Dark Phoenix. Mystique, Beast, Storm, Nightcrawler and the rest of the X-Men spring into action when a malevolent, power-hungry force threatens to overtake Jean Grey’s mind.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix also stars Michael Fassbender, Sophie TurnerJennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult and Jessica Chastain. It opens on February 14, 2019.

Character Details Revealed For James Wan’s Live-Action SWAMP THING Series

DC's live-action Swamp Thing series being produced by James Wan is actually one of the most exciting projects for me that is coming from DC Entertainment. I'm just such a huge fan of Swamp Thing and the fact that Wan is helping develop it is exciting because he's such a great storyteller. 

We learned from the initial announcement that the story will follow "CDC researcher Abby Arcane, who returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. She develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all."

Now today, thanks to That Hashtag Show, we have some new details regarding the main characters that the series will focus on. Those characters are Abby Arcane and Alex Holland a.k.a. Swamp Thing.

Here are the details revealed on the female lead in the series Abby Arcane, who made her first appearance in DC Comics in Swamp Thing #3 back in March 1973:

The live-action version is a 30-something intelligent woman, who is a bit of a lone wolf. She works for the Center for Disease Control who ends up assigning her to investigate the “Houma Flu”, which happens to be in her hometown. Abby’s tragic past consists of losing her mother when she was only 8 years old and in turn, ended up making her move between multiple foster families. Once she was done with high school, she left Houma to pursue her dream of developing a medical career. While she performs well with her job, she has a bit of a power struggle with her employer. There is a tragic reason why Abby left Houma to begin with, that she keeps a secret and it has caused her to develop a pill addiction.
When she left her hometown, Abby left things on an awkward note with her high school ex-boyfriend Matt, who is now a cop for Houma. But when she befriends Alec Holland, who works as a researcher for the Sunderland Corporation, it starts out on a good note between them. However, their efforts of investigating the Houma flu in the swamp is not appreciated by the town people when the researchers suggest for the swamp to be shut down temporarily. For some reason, the swamp is where the Houma citizens make their living from it. Not only does Abby have to deal with a possible epidemic in her own hometown, where the people are getting hostile with her, she also begins an odd romance, in the tone of Shape of Water, with a creature that was born in the swamp.

The male lead character in the show is Alex Holland. He is the one that turns into Swamp Thing, the character of which was created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson:

Alec is a 30-something wise man, with a hot temper and a big passion for his work as a researcher for the Sunderland Corporation. The company is seemingly building a hospital in Houma. When Abby Arcane returns to the town to investigate the Houma flu, Alec forms an instant bond with her, he discovers that they are very similar people. Both being incredibly invested in science and not caring too much about having a love life. Alex discovers that there is a connection between the Houma flu and the swamp, which is making the people in town hostile with him as well. Despite the bad attitude he gets from the citizens, Alec is determined to get to the bottom of this flu. However, things go haywire when Alec is put through an odd transformation in the form of a swamp-like creature with extraordinary abilities.

Exciting stuff! I just can't wait to see how this series turns out. I'm excited to see the design aspect of the series, especially what the Swamp Thing character ends up looking like. 

Swamp Thing is being written by Mark Verheiden (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel’s Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (IT), and they will also serve as showrunners. 

Are you excited about this upcoming Swamp Thing series? What do you think about these first details revealed for the two leads?