New Trailer and Poster For HIGH-RISE, Starring Tom Hiddleston

Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing sent over this new trailer and poster for Ben Wheatley's newest film High-Rise, and it's another good reminder that this movie looks super interesting. I haven't seen the film yet, so I'm not sure if it gives away any of the story's best moments, but just to be safe, I'd say if you're already intrigued by the premise and the cast — which includes Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Moss, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, and Luke Evans — it might actually be worth skipping this trailer just to be safe. This one seems to put more of an emphasis on the societal allegory than any of the other trailers, and it looks like it could get pretty trippy. Wheatley is a hell of a filmmaker, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel turns out.

High-Rise hits theaters on May 13, but will be available On Demand starting on April 28.

HIGH-RISE stars Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Moss); and Mr. Royal (Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war. HIGH-RISE is the latest film by cult British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England), an ambitious adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name.

How To Make The Utility Belt From Tim Burton’s BATMAN For Only $9

The utility belt is one of Batman's greatest assets in his fight against crime in Gotham City. While many incarnations of the character tend to de-emphasize the belt and its seemingly infinite compartments in order to make the character feel more realistic, Tim Burton's version in his 1989 Batman film is bright and cartoonish, serving as a bit of a throwback to the comics and even, to a lesser degree, the ridiculous and campy Adam West TV show and movie.

DIY Prop Shop has released a video that teaches you how to build your own replica for only $9. It isn't perfect, but it's about as close as you can get for under ten bucks. Check it out below if you're interested:

Disney and Lucasfilm Narrow The Search For Young Han Solo

Disney, Lucasfilm, and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are still on the hunt for an actor to play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off film. As you might expect, finding someone to fill Harrison Ford's shoes has been a huge challenge. After narrowing the search from 2,500 actors down to about ten, THR reports that "a final shortlist has quietly emerged" for the coveted role.

Though the outlet cautions that there could still be a few other names on the list, they reveal that tests were conducted in London this past weekend that involved Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle). While Ehrenreich was terrific in Hail, Caesar!, I don't know if he's the best fit for the swaggering Solo. Of this trio, I'm leaning toward Egerton right now, but that's because I've only seen Reynor in Transformers 4, which was basically a pile of hot sewage. I've heard he's really good in the upcoming film Sing Street, and he definitely has fans who know his range goes far beyond what Michael Bay required in that garbage pit of a movie.

Variety reporter Justin Kroll chimed in on Twitter to add two more names to the list of contenders:

Blake Jenner appears in Richard Linklater's upcoming Everybody Wants Some!!, while Jack O'Connell delivered standout performances in Starred Up, '71, and Unbroken. I'm still leaning toward Egerton because I haven't seen a lot of those films from the other actors yet. If it gets narrowed down to just these actors, who do you think would make the best Han?

Lionsgate and Comic-Con Set to Release New Streaming Platform

Lionsgate and Comic-Con International have teamed up to create a new video-on-demand streaming platform called Comic-Con HQ. 

Last year, they announced that Comic-Con HQ was in the works and yesterday, word came out that a free beta for the streaming service will debut May 7, and the full version will be released sometime in June. The cost of the service is unknown at this time. Hopefully, this will give them enough time to work everything out before the main event in San Diego actually begins in July. 

Here are some definite features the service will provide: original series (scripted and unscripted), with one of those being the series Kings of Con; two roundtable discussion shows, one featuring female perspective of pop culture; and a 1:1 interview series from Adam Sessler (X-Play).

As for coverage of the con, not much has been verified as to what the service will actually host. We do know that the Masquerade and the Eisner Awards will be featured, as will "select" panels, and there will be some convention floor footage.

The service was created in order to appease the overwhelming number of people who make up the Comic-Con community and an attempt to reach out to those unable to attend the actual con. Comic-Con International Vice President Seth Laderman stated:

"There is a demand for Comic-Con. And until now, it was an experience that only lasted five days a year with only so many badges to buy and so much floor space to give. So Comic-Con International and Lionsgate –- two companies who know and respect genre entertainment -– teamed up to launch Comic-Con HQ, because there is a strong need and equal opportunity to provide our community with a premium platform that uniquely and authentically extends everything we love about Comic-Con all year round."

While I agree with his sentiments — I would probably crawl under a blanket and cry for all of July if I missed a year of Comic-Con — I haven't really made up my mind on how I feel about the actual streaming service. Do I think Comic-Con should be enjoyed by everyone? Of course. But do I also think that people will PAY to see the things listed above? Maybe not, unless they start streaming Hall H panels or even the very intimate Nerd HQ panels, I don't think the demand for this service exists. However, if they start streaming those things (including the exclusive footage in the halls), I think I would feel under-appreciated as a fan who battled, Hunger Games-style, to get my badge. 

I'm still very unsure about this, but it will definitely be interesting to see what happens.

17 Action Figures/Cartoons From The 1980s That Could Be Awesome Movies

Hollywood always seems to be looking for the next big lucrative film franchise. Studios have looked at several existing properties in hopes of finding their big meal ticket, and some of those properties include classic action figure toy lines and cartoon series from the 1980s. We’ve already seen films for G.I. Joe, Transformers, He-ManTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a few others, but there are a helluva lot more out there that would make for some great movies!

I’ve put together a list of several different action figure and cartoon properties that I would love to see adapted for the big screen. Most of the properties on this list are ones I loved as a kid, and it would be so cool to see them brought to life in a way we've never seen before. I briefly talk about each franchise on the list and give a little commentary about what we might expect to see in each of the (theoretical) movies.

There have been attempts to adapt some of the films on this list already, but there's nothing really concrete on them yet. I'm leaving Robotech off the list because James Wan (The Conjuring) is attached to direct it and that project is finally moving forward at Sony Pictures. 

I'm sure I may have missed something. If that's the case, please let me know in the comment section so I can kick myself in the ass over leaving it out. I hope you enjoy the list I've come up with!


Dino Riders

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Oh man, this movie would be huge! Dinosaurs running around with insane-looking weaponry on their backs and headgear!? Sign me up! At one point, a similar concept to Dino Riders became the basis for Jurassic Park IV. It wouldn’t have worked with that franchise, but as a standalone film series, it would totally work! Everyone loves dinosaurs, and look how successful Jurassic World was. If this movie was done right, it could be one of the greatest things ever. 

There was also a cartoon series that was set on a prehistoric Earth, and the story focused on the epic battle between the good Valorians and evil Rulons. The Valorians were a superhuman race, and the Rulons were a mixture of humanoid creatures who both came from the future. They ended up being transported back in time to the age of dinosaurs and they used the creatures to help fight their war. The Valorians befriended dinosaurs, while the Rulons brainwashed them. I can already imagine the incredible visuals a movie like this could offer.

The Smithsonian Institute praised the toys for how detailed and accurate they were and they had the toy company Tyco reproduce the dinosaurs for their "Dinosaur and other Prehistoric Reptile Collection," minus all the awesome weapons that were packed on them. Mattel is reportedly looking to actually make this movie. I hope it's something they are pushing hard.


Starcom

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These toys never really got popular in the U.S. but I was one of the few who owned some of these action figures and vehicles, and I remember having a lot of fun with them! One of my favorite things about them was the Magna Lock technology. Basically the figures had tiny magnets in their feet which would allow them to stand on their vehicles and playsets without falling off. They also activated certain devices in the playsets. 

The toys were followed by an animated series that was made to help promote NASA and get kids interested in the Space Program. The show focused on the adventures of an American astronaut brigade as they fought off attempted invasions by Shadow Force, an evil collection of aliens and robots who were led by the villainous Emperor Dark.

The animated series kinda sucked, but with a solid team of talent, Starcom would make for a great retro-looking sci-fi film set in an alternate 1980s universe.


Power Lords

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It’s so weird for me going through old toys that I had as a kid and coming across something like Power Lords that I completely forgot about. The action figures featured humanoid characters that could change themselves. For example, Adam Power could change himself into his alto-ego, Lord Power, by pushing a button. After you pushed it, the torso of the figure would turn around to reveal the other character.

The toy line was adapted into a 3-issue comics by DC, and it also got its own video game, board game, and coloring book. 

The story behind Adam Power was that he is a human who is given the cosmic Power Jewel to protect the galaxy from an evil dictator named Arkus. Arkus is an invincible villain, who is determined to take the Power Jewel away from Adam as well as Volcan Rock, which is Adam’s secret stronghold. These items would help Arkus conquer the galaxy. The other characters include Shaya, the Queen of Power, and Sydot the Supreme. I know the story has kind of a serious tone, but I think it would make a great comedy!


BraveStarr

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These figures were 8” tall, and the ones for Marshal BraveStarr and Tex Hex came with a Laser Fire Backpack which shot infra-red beams and included cool "space-age" sound effects. There was also a cartoon series in which each episode had a moral to the story, as well as an animated movie in 1988. There was also a side-scrolling video game that was released on the Commodore 64.

Bravestarr is set in the 23rd century and takes place on a multi-cultural desert planet that is called New Texas. What’s funny about this is I don’t recall ever watching the cartoon series, but I do remember playing with the action figures.

I’m one of the few people that actually enjoyed Cowboys vs. Aliens. I loved the concept of combining the old west with science fiction. It’s just one of those things that really appeals to me. BraveStarr is exactly that — it’s the wild west in space, a good vs. evil adventure comedy about a marshal trying to bring lawn ’n’ order to a western planet full of crazy mutant outlaws. That just sounds like a good time to me.


Shogun Warriors

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This was a Japanese anime import that was licensed by Mattel. The Shogun Warriors were giant robots, and who doesn’t like giant robots!? The figures were 24 inches tall and they included watchdog-bothering spring-loaded weapons for kids to fire at each other. There was some controversy over that because kids were getting hurt from them. This led to new regulations that toy manufacturers needed to follow.

There was a tie-in Marvel comic that gave us a backstory on the Shogun Warriors. They were created by a mysterious group called the Followers of the Light and human operators were gathered from around the world to operate the massive robots in order to battle evil. I would give this film a western-style theme and the pilots of the robots would be the cowboys. 

I know we already have Pacific Rim, but this would be a completely different story, with drastically different giant robot designs. 


ThunderCats

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For the life of me, I can understand why ThunderCats has not been made into a movie. It was one of the most popular cartoons and toys lines in the '80s and no one can seem to figure out what to do with it but one day it needs to be done, and I imagine the furries will love it.

ThunderCats has had a toy line, a cartoon series, and a comic book series. This was such a fun property. This is a movie that would have to be made using motion capture technology. Just imagine what James Cameron did with Avatar and now think about that but with Lion-O, Tygra, Cheetara, Snarf, Panthro, Mumm-Ra, and more. It would kick ass! 

The film would tell the tale of a team of exiled cat-like humanoids taking on the threat of Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living. 


Madelman 2050

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Here’s another toy line that incorporated magnets into the action figures. These Spanish action figures were inspired by G.I. Joe and basically banked on the success of that property, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t cool. These were high-quality action figures that had some fun features.

The villains, which were called Zircons, had a double face: one is reptilian and the other is human. The reptilian identity was revealed when one of the heroes stood in front of one villain. The magnets built into the chest of the figures made this possible. The C.O.T.A. were the heroes in the toy line, and magnets in their feet allowed them to stand upside-down in the Basetron 2050, which was built with some metal parts.

This would make a great sci-fi film in which futuristic heroes the C.O.T.A. go to war against the extraterrestrial militant Zarkons, who are invading Earth. This would prove to be a challenge for the C.O.T.A. because the villains look and sound just like them. The commando team would have to devise a way to identify them, and I’m not sure if magnets would do the trick in real life. 


Inhumanoids

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As a fan of horror/monster movies, I thought it was a blast playing with these action figures when I was a kid, and they had this cool “glow in the light” feature. These things were awesomely disgusting. There was also a cartoon series, which, weirdly, I have never seen. I just was a fan of the figures and how crazy they were.

The story for Inhumanoids centers on a scientist-hero group called Earth Corps, and they have to battle a trio of subterranean monsters called the Inhumanoids with the aid of elemental beings called the Mutores. The creatures are awakened by volcanic activity after being buried for a millennia in the Earth’s core.

I’ve always loved a good creature feature and that's exactly the kind of movie Inhumanoids would have to be: a straight up B-movie style monster movie with cheesy dialogue and practical special effects.


M.U.S.C.L.E.

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I had a ridiculous amount of these little 2-inch tall figures when I was growing up. I wasn’t a big fan of wrestling, but these weren’t just your average wrestlers, these were mutant wrestlers from outer space! M.U.S.C.L.E. stood for Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere and the line included 236 figures in total. There was also a board game and a NES video game.

If these ever became the subject of a movie, it would have to be a stop-motion animated film that had the same vibe as an early '80s-style grindhouse movie. A film with these kinds of characters is sure to turn out being something ridiculously wacky and off the wall. 

There was a character in the set called Muscle Man and he was the leader of the Thug Busters. There was another character named Buffaloman who was the leader of the Cosmic Crushers. Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers) would be the perfect director for this movie.


Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light 

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There are a few toy and cartoon properties on this list that Paramount Pictures is trying to get off the ground, but they haven’t succeeded yet. Visionaries is one of those properties, and I hope they can figure out a way to effectively adapt it because it could be awesome.

The toy line wasn’t a big success and neither was the cartoon, but they sure did leave a lasting impression on me! The toys featured holograms with a 3D effect on the chests of the figures and the staff they carried. That hologram include an emblem of an animal that they could transform into, and the staff had magical powers.

This could be a fun Harry Potter-style film. The story is set on a planet called Prysmos, which is an advanced society where all electronics have failed so the people are forced to rely on magic to survive. The Visionaries consist of two factions of knights: the Spectral Knights and the Darkling Lords. Everyone who wants to gain magic is invited to a competition by the wizard Merklynn, and that could be the main plot of the story. During the competition, they have to survive traps, dangerous creatures, and each other. The survivors are then rewarded with their animal, which is chosen based on their personalities or abilities they exhibited during the competition.


Battle Beasts

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This is another one of those great small collectible toy lines that I spent lots of time playing with. I’m not sure if you remember or not, but they had those heat sensitive stickers on their chest and when you rubbed them it would reveal the strength of the Battle Beasts, which included wood, water, fire, and the ultra-rare Sunburst. These were armor-clad beasts with weapons who would do battle with each other. They were actually a Transformers spin-off series.

The 1980s story was set in 2011 on a planet called Planet Beast which resided in the galaxy territory of the Deceptions. It centered on an intelligent peaceful race of animals called Beastformers and they were ruled by the Lion Family. With the Decepticons trying to dominate the universe, Galvatron gives a character named Alligatron the weapons he needed to overthrow the Lion Family and take over Planet Beast.

If a movie was made with these characters I don’t think that it should tie into the Transformers films. This needs to be a separate standalone film, and I think the best way to handle it would be to do something in the same vein as what Duncan Jones is doing with the Warcraft movie. I imagine that the Beasts will have to rise up, find the Sunburst, and use its power to save their planet.


SliverHawks

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Warner Bros. currently own the rights to this property, and it’s a shame that they haven’t really done anything with it. The action figures for Silverhawks were based on the cartoon series, which I enjoyed watching. It was just such a cool series that was different from everything else at the time. Each of the figures came with a companion bird and they also had an action feature.

The SilverHawks team is recruited by a bionic police man named Commander Stargazer, and tasked with fighting the villainous Mon’Star, who is an escaped alien mob boss that transforms into an enormous armor-plated creature. This would make for a visually stunning film, especially with the setting and characters that are partly metal and partly human. This kind of film seems like it would have a Guardians of the Galaxy-type vibe, which is why I’m surprised WB hasn’t jumped all over it. I can see it as an action-packed adventure movie with some great humor.

The SilverHawks team consisted of Quicksilver, the leader who has a metal bird companion named TallyHawk. There are a couple of twins that go by the names of Steelheart and Steelwill. They are the technician and strongman. Then there’s a country singer character named Col. Bluegrass who plays a sonic guitar and piloted the team’s ship, the Miraj. Rounding out the team is a younger character named Copper Kidd, who is a mathematical genius who spoke in whistles and computerized tones.


Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

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This was seriously one of my favorite things to come out of the '80s. It was an sci-fi action interactive toy that you could play with while watching the TV series that blended live action with early CGI. During each episode, there was a segment that included visual and audio material that you could use your toys with by firing at the TV. It was so cool!

The series was set in the 22nd century on Earth after the Metal Wars, which was a cybernetic revolt that resulted in the subjugation of the human race by intelligent machines known as Bio-Mechs. The story centered on Captain Jonathan Power and a small team of guerrilla fighters, called "The Soldiers Of The Future," who would oppose and fight agains the machine forces that dominate Earth.

It would be pretty awesome if there was a way to incorporate the interactive aspect of the toy and series into the movie-going experience. Even if they couldn’t do that, it still has the potential to be a fun action-packed sci-fi adventure film.  


Super Naturals

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There really weren’t a lot of horror-themed action figures when I was growing up, which is why I was a big fan of Super Naturals. These were action figures that included 3D holograms of the characters they represented. Their hands and swords also glowed, which made them creepy in the dark. I thought they were a really fun, underrated, and unique property and I loved the packaging which commanded the buyer to "Release their HOLOGRAM POWERS!"

Each of the toys came with a mini comic, and the story revolved around an army of heroic and villainous warriors who were sealed in the Tomb of Doom. That tomb was opened after hundreds of years and the ghostly warriors are fighting it out. The Super Naturals were split into two factions of warriors: the heroic team was lead by Lionheart, and the evil team was lead by Skull.

This kind of film is left wide open for someone to build an original story around. There was no cartoon to go off of, so the basic plot could be shaped into anything. I loved the concept of the toys, though, and if there's a cool way to incorporate that into a film…awesome! I think the Army of the Dead in The Lord of the Rings is a perfect visual way of bringing Super Naturals to life on the big screen.


The Centurions

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One of the main reasons why I enjoyed this sci-fi property — other than the fact that the action figures and cartoon were awesome — is that it was designed by comic book legends Jack Kirby and Gil Kane. If you're familiar with The Centurions, then it’s not hard to see the style of these artists in the characters. 

The story is set in the near future and there's a villainous cyborg genius named Doc Terror out to conquer the world with the help of his cyborg sidekick Hacker and an army of Doom Drones. Luckily for Earth, the heroic Centurions are there to stop him. The Centurions are a team who wear special exo-frame suits that allow them to fuse with some awesome assault weapons when they shout the term "Power Xtreme." At that point, they become what the series called "man and machine, Power Xtreme!"

The toys and cartoon were cheesy as hell, but if the right team came together, this could be adapted into a grounded, realistic, kick-ass, action-packed movie. Just look at the stuff they’ve done with Iron Man and Edge of Tomorrow. This film could be kind of a mixture of those two movies.


M.A.S.K.

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There’s a chance that Paramount Pictures could do this one day. I hope it’s true because it’s another one of those properties that I’m shocked hasn’t been adapted into a movie yet. The series centers on a group of vehicles that can transform into combat-style armored vehicles. Each of the drivers of the vehicles had a mask with a certain ability.

The main story revolved around an underground task force team called M.A.S.K., which stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand. They would fight against a criminal organization called V.E.N.O.M., which stands for Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem. 

I can’t help but envision M.A.S.K. as a film that could bring on some of that badass Mad Max flare. I think M.A.S.K. could be just as insanely radical as Fury Road was, it could even take it to the next level!


Voltron

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It’s Voltron — why wouldn’t someone want to adapt this into a feature film! It’s definitely one of the most obvious things on this list. As I write this, the memories just come flooding in of playing with these figures and watching the animated series. This was seriously one of greatest properties of my childhood.

The story centered on a young team of five young astronauts that pilot five robot lions which combine into a giant super robot known as Voltron. The team was in charge of protecting the planet Arus, which was ruled by Princess Allura, from the evil King Zarko, who was from the planet Doom. He and his gang, which consisted of his son Lotor and the witch Haggar, would create giant Robeasts to terrorize the people of Arus.

People have been trying to get a Voltron movie off the ground for years, but for some reason it just hasn’t happened, and that’s insane! This franchise has the potential to be bigger and better than films like Pacific Rim and Transformers. A Voltron movie could put those properties to shame.

What do you think?

Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford Reunite for Indiana Jones 5 in 2019!

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We all knew it would be happening at some point, but today Disney made it official after a couple years of speculation… Harrison Ford will be back to play Indiana Jones for director Steven Spielberg once more! Not only that but the as-of-yet untitled film has a release date:

July 19th 2019!

I’m so glad that everything worked out and that it will be Ford and not Bradley Cooper or Chris Pratt or someone else taking up the fedora and bullwhip. There really only is one Indiana Jones.

Press Release:

Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

Famed archaeologist and explorer Indiana Jones was introduced in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time – and later thrilled audiences in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four films have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office.


Final Kickass Trailer for DAREDEVIL Season 2

"I fear the path you've chosen, it's not going to be an easy one."

Marvel has released the final trailer for Daredevil Season 2 and it sure did a great job of getting me even more pumped up to watch it! This next season looks absolutely insane! This trailer teases some incredibly badass looking fight sequences as well as some pretty heavy intensity.

Daredevil is not only going to war with the Hand this next season, but he also has to deal with his deadly ex-girlfriend, Elektra, and a new ruthless vigilante in Hell's Kitchen known as the Punisher.

Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios. Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.

Daredevil Season 2 premieres on Netflix on March 18th and there will be 13-episodes of awesomeness. 

INDIANA JONES Sequel Officially Coming to Theaters in 2019, Spielberg and Ford Returning

Indiana Jones is swinging back into theaters in just over three years, and fans will probably be pleased to know that Steven Spielberg is directing and Harrison Ford will be donning the iconic fedora once again.

Disney just announced that a still-untitled fifth Indiana Jones film will be released in theaters on July 19, 2019, with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall producing. One name noticeably absent from the press release? George Lucas. Lucas co-created the character and wrote the stories for all of the Indy films thus far, but since he's now retired, it seems like he's sitting this one out. I feel like if he were involved, his name would be among those listed in the press release. I know he's buddies with Spielberg, but even the director has essentially blamed the worst aspects of Kingdom of The Crystal Skull on Lucas, so as much as I respect Lucas as a major player in the success of this franchise, I'll be excited to see what an Indy movie looks like that doesn't have his name on it (if that truly is the case here).

When Disney bought Lucasfilm, we knew it was only a matter of time before a new Indian Jones movie was going to arrive in theaters, and discussions about it have ramped up over the past year or so. Marshall and Spielberg both said they wouldn't be recasting the role, and we knew Ford was up for reprising it once more, so if you've been paying attention, this announcement isn't much of a surprise. But here's a theory: Ford will have just turned 77-years-old in 2019 (!), so my guess is that they're bringing him back to play an older Jones while also introducing a younger actor to play him in flashbacks. That way it can serves as one last hurrah for Ford, paying respect to the man who originated the role, while also providing Disney/Lucasfilm with a new actor to play the iconic character in future movies. (Because we all know there are going to be more movies after this one, whether Ford or Spielberg are involved or not.)

Read the full press release below:

Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

Famed archaeologist and explorer Indiana Jones was introduced in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time – and later thrilled audiences in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four films have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office.