All Rocky and Creed Movies RankedIn 1976, on the country s bicentennial, America got the the great underdog movie of its time: Rocky. The story of Rocky Balboa is one borne out of the streets, a place where a young fighter could emerge from working class Philadelphia chasing a dream of victory in the ring and in love, paralleling writer/actor Sylvester Stallone s own rags-to-riches story. Stallone directed the next three movies in the series, including the communism-defeating Rocky IV, while original Rocky John G. Avildsen returned for part V.Not one to squander a good redemption arc, Stallone revived the character 16 years later in 2006 s Rocky Balboa, delivering the respectful ending his creation deserved. Stallone was able to rest easy until a young upstart director named Ryan Coogler came knocking, screenplay in hand about the son of Rocky s rival, Apollo Creed. Inspired by Coogler s vision and passion, and the opportunity to bet it all on Rocky once more, Stallone came on-board to train the next generation s underdog hero, Michael B. Jordan. The two Creed movies are among the highest-rated of the franchise, with a third incoming, the director s chair to be filled by Jordan himself. Until then, we re ranking all Rocky and Creed movies by Tomatometer! Best-Reviewed YA Series 2020The Baby-Sitters Club, about a group of girls with entrepreneurial spirit, struck Tomato gold in the first year of our best-reviewed YA TV series category. Netflix delivered the top three titles in the genre, including Christmas romp Dash Lily and Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age comedy Never Have I Ever. Meanwhile, for the not-quite-ready-for-Euphoria crowd, TV-14–rated HBO drama Betty comes in at No. 4, and now-canceled Party Of Five remake rounds out the group.The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2020. Scores might change over time.« Previous Category Next Category »
就像我们刚提到的，端游体量之巨大，是手游无可比拟的。这不仅是设备硬件的差异，更是游戏厂商的运营策略使然。而《战神遗迹》目前拥有超过20个玩法，不仅包括MOBA、“吃鸡”等偏重度的玩法，同时也有消消乐、趣味答题等轻度内容。时而肾上腺素飙升，时而佛系休闲，如此丰富的玩法内容，能够让玩家找到自己中意的那几款。亚博体彩信誉有保障的contenders than ever before.Here’s what else the Tomatometer data revealed about the past, present, and (hopefully) future of February movies.We’re Living in a Golden Age for February Releases(Photo by Universal Pictures)The past two Februarys haven’t just given us a few good movies; they’ve produced some of their respective years’ biggest hits, like Get Out (2017, 98%) and Black Panther (2018, 97%), both Certified Fresh Golden Tomato Awards winners. Those two are the films that got us thinking about the Februar-enaissance in the first place, but it doesn’t stop there. Besides Get Out, 2017 saw a record six Certified Fresh releases – I Am Not Your Negro (98%), The Lego Batman Movie (90%), John Wick: Chapter 2 (89%), Kedi (98%), and A United Kingdom (84%), in addition to Jordan Peele s thriller. That’s more than either March or April had that year.Februray Tomatometer Averages are Higher than Ever in the 2010s(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Boasting an average Tomatometer score of 52% (so far), this past decade has produced some of the best February releases of all time, and it’s not even close. The 2010s saw more than a 10-point jump from the 2000s (41%) and higher average scores than either the 1990s (45%) or 1980s (46%). Or, to look at it another way, we’ve gotten exactly as many Certified Fresh movies in the past nine years as we did in the 1990s and 2000s combined. (That’d be 38 total, with 24 of those coming in the last five.)The streak first started in 2010, which – despite not having any major hits – still got high marks, thanks to the fact that half of its releases were considered Fresh. But it was 2016 that was the decade’s best year to date, with an average Tomatometer score of 60% and Certified Fresh movies like Deadpool (84%), Hail, Caesar! (86%), The Witch (91%), Eddie the Eagle (81%), and Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next (78%) leading the way.There Have Always Been Good Movies in February You Just Have to Look For Them(Photo by Sony Pictures Classics)Even though the 2000s were lean times for February releases, you still have to go all the way back to 2003 to find a time when the month got shut out on our annual list of the year’s Top 100 movies. That’s 15 years and counting. In fact, at least one February release has landed in the Top 50 every year since 2008, and in the Top 20 since 2014.In recent years, art house sleepers and international hits like Academy Award-winner A Fantastic Woman (93%), The Lunchbox (96%), and ‘71 (95%), as well as documentaries like The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (95%), have helped give audiences plenty of Certified Fresh options, so long as you’re willing to look beyond the month’s higher-profile wide releases.February’s Got the Oscars – And a Few Oscar-Worthy Movies, TooBack in 2004, the Academy Awards telecast officially moved from March to late February. That said, just because the month now boasts Hollywood’s most prestigious awards ceremony doesn’t mean it’s been a boon for its releases’ Oscar hopes. That’s mostly because it’s a lot easier to launch a successful awards season campaign in early December than to sustain one for an entire year. But that stigma is starting to change, thanks to recent February Best Picture nominees like Get Out and Black Panther (which won three of the seven Oscars it was nominated for this year). Going back further, in 1992, The Silence of the Lambs (Certified Fresh at 96%) became only the third movie in Oscar history to sweep the Big Five (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay) despite – you guessed it – coming out the previous February.Some of Your All-Time Favorites Are February Releases(Photo by Universal Pictures courtesy Everett Collection)OK, so, yes, you can go ahead and blame February for clunkers like Norbit (9%) and The Roommate (4%). But it’s also given us a few movies that we’re willing to bet might be in your personal top ten. We already name-checked beloved hits like Office Space and Bill Ted and the Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs, but there’s so much more: fan favorite comedies like Billy Madison, Old School, and Super Troopers; adrenaline-pumping martial arts movies like Rumble in the Bronx, Bloodsport, and Ong Bak; and how’s this for a blast from the past? You know all your favorite ‘80s movies – classics like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Hairspray, and Footloose? They all debuted in February, too. (Also a February release: the 1999 Brendan Fraser vehicle Blast from the Past. Just saying.)Surprise! It’s Not a Great Month for Romance(Photo by Ron Batzdorff/New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)You’d think February would be a boom time for movie romance, what with Valentine’s Day helping to get audiences in the mood. But critics were just not that into He’s Just Not That Into You (40%), or the Fifty Shades trilogy, or McConaughey/Hudson rom-coms like Fool’s Gold (11%) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (42%), or Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven (13%) and Dear John (29%). If you’re looking to celebrate with a highly-rated February holiday movie, skip Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day (18%) and opt for 1993’s Groundhog Day (96%), a movie you can easily watch again and again. And again.Sequels Haven’t Fared Much Better(Photo by Philippe Antonello/Paramount Pictures)Aside from The LEGO Movie, which saw its sequel open to strong reviews earlier this month, February historically hasn’t been a great time for would-be franchises. Typically, when a February release performs well enough to merit a sequel, the next movie in the series gets moved to a more prime placement on the release calendar (see: Deadpool, Wayne’s World, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Goon, Kingsman: The Secret Service). And if a series premieres during a more desirable month, but its next installment gets pushed to February? That might as well be the kiss of death.The month is a veritable wasteland of lesser sequels, from Zoolander 2 (22%) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (14%) to My Girl 2 (27%), and A Good Day to Die Hard (15%), among others. The lone exception that disproves the rule is John Wick: Chapter 2 – after successfully beating the February sequel curse with a Certified Fresh Tomatometer score of 89%, Chapter 3 will be coming out this May. (Also, if we’ve learned anything from those movies, it’s never to bet against John Wick.)February’s Comic Book Movies Have Gotten Much, Much Better(Photo by Marvel Studios)Looking over the numbers, one big reason stands out for why Tomatometer scores got so much better in the 2010s than they were in the 2000s: namely, the comic book movies got better. Even though we tend to think of superhero movies as prime summer blockbuster fare, the month of February has seen its fair share of crusading crimefighters over the years. But while proto-Marvel movies like Daredevil (44%) and Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider franchise dragged down their years’ respective averages, critically-acclaimed hits like Black Panther and Deadpool (and the superhero-inspired Chronicle Certified Fresh at 85%) seriously boosted theirs.2001 Was One of the Worst Februarys on Record – And 1993 Was One of the Best(Photo by Universal Pictures)With an average Tomatometer score of only 32%, February 2001 was one of the worst months to be a movie fan, with lackluster fare like Saving Silverman (18%), 3000 Miles to Graceland (14%), and Sweet November (15%). The following February wasn’t much better either. Thanks to the Certified Fresh Monsoon Wedding (95%), 2002 had a slightly higher Tomatometer average at 36%, but overall quality was down, with less than 15% of the monthly offerings earning a Fresh rating. Still, 1990 had it even worse – with a whopping three movies (Madhouse, Loose Cannons, and Heart Condition) all earning zeros on the Tomatometer.On the flipside, 2017 had a trio of films all land scores of 98% or higher (Get Out, I Am Not Your Negro, and Kedi), boosting its average score to 57%. But 1993 was even better, earning top marks with a 66% Tomatometer average, thanks to an impressive run of above-average options (Strictly Ballroom 95%, Like Water for Chocolate 91%, Army of Darkness 72%, and Robert Rodriguez’s breakout debut El Mariachi 93%) alongside very few Rotten ones.And the Title of “Mr. February” Goes To…(Photo by Myles Aronowitz/Universal courtesy Everett Collection)No surprises here, if you’ve been paying attention to the release calendar lately: it’s Liam Neeson. Thanks to films like Non-Stop and Unknown and this month’s Cold Pursuit, “Movies Where Liam Neeson Beats Everyone Up” might as well be its own February-specific genre. The acclaimed actor-turned-action hero has been showing up in February thrillers ever since 1992’s Under Suspicion, giving him a record-tying six February movies for an average Tomatometer score of 51%. Other February fixtures include Adam Sandler (47% over five films) and Nic Cage (24% over six films).Love or loathed something this February – or in Februarys past? Let us know in the comments.
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8.83.2 8月喜迎Much like the DC Comics Multiverse itself, WarnerMedia’s plans for a film Multiverse are always changing. Projects are announced, but then seemingly go into hibernation. The stalwart of the line, Batman, always gets its movies made while Wonder Woman seems poised to join the Dark Knight as a reliable franchise. Superman, sadly, is caught between the worlds of reboots and rival ideas.Nevertheless, DC Films chief Walter Hamada recently revealed a plan to release six DC-related films a year in the coming decade – four will arrive in theaters while two will be made exclusively for HBO Max. The library is certainly deep enough to support such an endeavor. And thanks to Hamada embracing the multiverse concept, it seems plans are in place for a second Batman saga to coincide with Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman. It all means DC fans will get a lot of content in the next 10 years.Listen to our Podcast: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Batman v SupermanListen to our Podcast: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About Wonder Woman 1984Listen to our Podcast: Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong About AquamanThe change is the latest shockwave in the often incredible story of Warner Bros.’ attempts to bring the DC Multiverse to the screen. So before we take a look at the latest changes, let’s go back to the beginning of WB’s ambitious plans for its extended universe…In 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment announced a series of movies based on DC Comics characters. The original schedule included a two-part Justice League project and at least two films a year through 2020. Things did not go according to plan, with Justice League compressing its story into one film and projects like Flash experiencing constant delays. Despite projects shifting around the slate – and the critical backlash against Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League – the original 2014 master plan has been executed for the most part, with only 2018 missing a second DC-derived film and Cyborg disappearing entirely. And even as features like Aquaman and Shazam! went into production, the studio never stopped trying to get new projects off the ground utilizing the comic book characters and the universe initiated by 2013’s Man of Steel. The next several years will deliver a number of projects from that original slate and some surprises in the form of Aquaman 2 and The New Gods. On the TV/streaming front, Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League is finally available on HBO Max.For now, the following represents everything we know about those projects and their place in the DC Films universe, as well as a few DC adaptations that will exist separate from the universe. (Want to see what the other camp has in store? Check out our breakdown of upcoming Marvel movies.)SEE: Most Anticipated 2021 Movies | Most Anticipated 2022 MoviesComing SoonThere is a lot that is uncertain about which DC Comics characters are coming to the big screen, who s bringing them there, and in what order — but nothing is uncertain about these first movies. They re in production, or in pre- or post-production, and we know exactly when they will be hitting theaters. (At least, we know the latest dates, and will update as those change with COVID-19 leaving the landscape a little uncertain.)The BatmanRelease Date: March 4, 2022What We Know: War for the Planet of the Apes’ Matt Reeves took over directing duties on The Batman following the departure of Ben Affleck, who intended to star, co-write, and direct. Creative differences saw his role reduced to star even as his personal problems overshadowed the ongoing question about his continued involvement. Late in January of 2019, Warner Bros. announced a release date while Affleck definitively stated he was leaving the cape and cowl behind. (Though not so definitively, if you skip down to our latest update on Flash). A new man behind the mask emerged that May when Robert Pattinson took over the role. That casting choice confirmed the story would revolve around a younger Batman, and Reeves has confirmed that, telling DC FanDome it will be set during Year Two when a serial killer is stalking Gotham. Across late summer and early Fall, the cast began to round out with Jeffrey Wright joining up as Commissioner Gordon, Paul Dano taking on The Riddler, and Zoe Kravitz signing on as Catwoman. In November, word broke indicating Colin Farrell would play The Penguin and Andy Serkis would be the new face of Alfred Pennyworth. Other cast members include Peter Sarsgaard as District Attorney Gil Colson, Alex Ferns as Commissioner Pete Savage, John Turturro as Falcone, and Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál. Rumors also suggest a new Two-Face will also emerge. Stacking the film with almost all of the notable Batman villains is something of a change for modern Batman movies, which generally only use two at a time – although Batman Begins featured a whopping five when you count lesser known characters like Carmine Falcone, Joe Chill, and Victor Zsasz alongside The Scarecrow and Ra’s Al Ghul. Despite a member of the crew – allegedly star Robert Pattinson himself – coming down with the coronavirus, the film seemed poised to hold its October 2021 release date until Dune took its slot during a subsequent change to the calendar. The film is now scheduled for March of 2022. During DC FanDome in October of 2021, Warner Bros. released a second trailer for the film, featuring a greater emphasis on Catwoman and the Riddler. Additionally, Reeves, Pattinson, and Kravitz offered some comments about the film, with Kravitz calling her Catwoman someone who “wants to fight for those who don’t have someone.” Reeves added that the film will feature a number of “iconic” moments with the character even if she doesn’t map 1:1 to comic book Catwoman.Recommended: Everything We Know About The Batman How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: The project s ties to the established film continuity are questionable. Late in 2018, rumors began to emerge that Reeves’ vision for the film set it outside the Man of Steel universe as a “standalone” story, like Joker. The studio moved quickly to quash the rumors, but it now seems clear the film will exist in its own universe with a HBO Max spin-off series already in development.Black Adam(Photo by © Warner Bros. Pictures)Release Date: July 29, 2022What We Know: After listening to fans when he was initially interested in Shazam!, Johnson signed on to star in a film featuring that character’s greatest nemesis, Black Adam. Jaume Collet-Serra will direct from a script by Adam Sztykiel, with Noah Centineo on board as well to play Albert Rothstein/Atom Smasher, whose superpower is his super strength and ability to grow huge. At DC FanDome, Johnson showed two clips. One, produced by Jim Lee and Boss Logic which gave fans a quick rundown of the character s origins – formerly enslaved, he s in the pursuit of Justice the Black Adam way. The other introduced the idea of the Justice Society of America, and revealed that Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Cyclone, and Atom Smasher would feature in the film. In late September 2020, Aldis Hodge emerged as Hawkman, but the news was soon tempered as the film lost its December 22, 2021 release date entirely during the shuffling of Warner Bros. release slate 10 days later. As for most of the project’s existence, it is once again unclear when it will be released. But with members of the cast already assembled, it is possible the film will arrive in 2023. Aiding this possibility: Sarah Shahi joined the cast in October with a role described as both a professor and freedom fighter. In the months following, Quintessa Swindell joined the cast as JSAer Cyclone and Marwan Kenzari signed up for an as-yet undisclosed role; Pierce Brosnan will star as Dr. Fate. Additional cast members include Bodhi Sabongui and James Cusati-Moyer. In March 2021, a release date was finally announced, with Johnson taking over billboards in Times Square to reveal the movie will release July 29, 2022. In early June, Shahi finally confirmed her character is Adrianna Tomaz – or some version of the DC character. The next month, Johnson released a photo teasing his Black Adam body suit and, later in July, announced he wrapped filming via his Instagram. A brief clip featuring the resurrection of Black Adam was released during the 2021 DC FanDome in October, suggesting the character may not be much of a morning person. A behind-the-scenes reel also offered a few glimpses of Dr. Fate’s helmet and Adam’s costume.(Photo by © Warner Bros. Pictures)How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Black Adam is the archenemy of Shazam, so their film worlds are definitely connected. But he is also a fairly complicated anti-hero when dealing with anyone else. Heroic one moment and brutal the next, Adam could emerge as the powerful leader of his own country – an idea straight from the comic books. At DC FanDome, Johnson hinted that the movie could feature an appearance from Superman, and sent a warning to all those in the Justice League: The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change. The Flash(Photo by DC)Release Date: November 4, 2022What We Know: A Flash film starring Ezra Miller as the Barry Allen featured in Justice League is finally getting made. After losing multiple directors – among them, Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa – and undergoing a title change from The Flash to Flashpoint and back again, the nature of the film is finally coming into focus as we ve learned that Allen will crash through multiple dimensions to change his mother s fate in an adaptation of DC s ambitious 2011 Flashpoint event comic book series, and meet various versions of some of DC s biggest heroes along the way. It helmer Andy Muschietti signed on as the project s fifth director in July, and at DC FanDome revealed a first look at concept art for Allen s new suit, which features embedded light and was made by Bruce Wayne. And someone else has signed on, too. Ben Affleck will return in a small, cameo-style role as the version of Batman we ve seen in Justice League, while Michael Keaton returns, too, as the Batman we met in 1989 s Batman; Muschietti told Vanity Fair that Keaton s role is substantial. Rudy Mancuso will also appear in an as-yet undisclosed role. In March of 2021, Kiersey Clemons, who signed on to play Iris West back when Famuyiwa was going to direct, recommitted to project. Additionally, word broke soon after indicating Maribel Verdú will play Barry’s mother Nora, but due to scheduling conflicts, Billy Crudup will not reprise his Justice League role as Barry’s father Henry. Ron Livingston will play the part instead. Michael Keaton, after suggesting he might leave the project, recommitted late in the summer. His appearance in the film was also teased during a sizzle reel for the film at DC FanDome 2021, which also featured a great look at Barry’s new suit and a first glimpse at Sasha Calle’s Supergirl.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: With the story focusing on the Flashpoint storyline – in which Barry’s attempt to save his mother wrecks the universe – the film will feature Ben Affleck as the Batman, as well as Michael Keaton, and may include other familiar faces. A promo package at DC FanDome also suggested Allen may encounter DC heroes from TV and streaming, with multiple clips of Watchmen playing as the panel discussed the Flashpoint possibilities. And considering how the original Flashpoint comic book radically altered the DC Comics universe, the film may bring about the end of the DCEU as we knew it.Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom(Photo by @ Warner Bros. )Release Date: December 16, 2022What We Know: James Wan returns to direct the sequel. According to reports following the first film s stunning box office debut in December of 2018, the studio wanted Wan to develop the project while he decided whether or not to direct. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, a co-writer on the first film, soon emerged to write the follow-up, and Warner Bros. set it for a 2022 release at the end of February last year. Presumably, any sequel storyline will feature the return of Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his thirst for revenge. We’re also going to presume a wedding between Arthur (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) will occur. Wan will direct the sequel after completing work on the horror film Malignant, due out later this year, and told DC FanDome that the movie will have a more serious tone compared with the original, and that new worlds will be explored. At the same panel, he was joined by Patrick Wilson, and the pair confirmed that Ocean Master will return for the sequel. For the moment, the film is still expected to be the DC holiday release of 2022 – a year now packed full of films based on comic book characters from Warner Bros. and other studios. And considering The Flash is expected in theaters a month earlier, Aquaman 2 may switch to a 2023 release. In early June 2021, director James Wan revealed the title of the film. A behind-the-scenes video showcased during October 2021’s DC FanDome unveiled a new look at Black Manta’s updated costume and a black version of Arthur’s armor.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Aquaman’s seas presumably now exist in a universe all their own. That said, it is always possible for one of the characters to seek his help in a stinger scene.Shazam: Fury of the Gods(Photo by DC)Release Date: June 2, 2023What We Know: Well, as of DC FanDome, we know that the title of the movie will be Fury of the Gods, and that Sinbad – who through the Mandela Effect will always be associated with the franchise – may be in it. Other than that, not much. What we do know is that director David F. Sandberg is back, along with star Zachary Levy and co-stars Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer. The credits stinger at the end of Shazam! revealed our hero could be about to face Mister Mind – one of the tiniest but most powerful villains in the DC canon. We also know the film will be the first of Warner Bros.’ DC offerings in 2023 – for the moment – thanks to the October 2020 scheduling shift. In February of 2021, Rachel Zegler joined the production in a reportedly key role, while it s also been announced Helen Mirren will play villain Hespera, daughter of the god Atlas. In April, Lucy Liu signed on to play Kalypso, one of Hespera’s sisters. In May, Mark Strong confirmed he would not return as Dr. Sivana, saying the film is going in a “different direction” than the one suggested in the first film’s stinger. That change of direction was also signaled during DC FanDome, thanks to a behind-the-scenes video featuring Mirren and Liu’s characters and a number of action scenes.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Black Adam, anyone? Although that film is not on Warner Bros. release schedule at the moment, the title character’s connection to Shazam means a crossover – and a confrontation – is inevitable.In DevelopmentWith its plans for a Justice League-centric film universe abandoned in favor of more standalone productions like Aquaman and Shazam!, Warner Bros. calendar during the first few years of the 2020s reveals a number of re-thought ideas and, to borrow a term from comics, new #1 issues. At one time, the studio planned to release as many as three films per year, a target it will hit in 2022. But it remains to be seen if the projects listed below will ramp up to maintain the pace.Batgirl(Photo by © Warner Bros. )Release Date: TBDWhat We Know: Originally intended as Joss Whedon’s writing and directing debut in the DC Extended Universe, the project is now being written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson while the studio looks for a director. Presumably, the film will establish Barbara Gordon as the Batgirl of Gotham. Her relationship to the Birds of Prey will likely be established in a subsequent sequel to either film, if at all. But considering Hodson’s involvement in both films, she probably has a plan for Babs. In May of 2021, the project became active again with Ms. Marvel directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah signing on to helm the film, which is now set to be one of the first DC-related direct-to-HBO Max features. In July, the casting process seemingly narrowed in on Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch, Leslie Grace, and Haley Lu Richardson. Grace won the role later than month with J.K. Simmons entering negotiations to return as Commissioner Jim Gordan, a role he first took on in Justice League. During DC FanDome in October 2021, Grace described the character as a “girly girl, but she’s capable and strong and determined.” Co-director El Arbi added that the film will feature “realistic fights.” A piece of production art glimpsed during the presentation also suggests Batgirl will utilize a costume similar to her New 52 look in the comics.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Considering the project comes from developments outside of the original Justice League plan, it is difficult to guess how it will fit in. Perhaps Batgirl will be set sometime in the past or see Barbara taking up the cape and cowl after the Batman appears to quit.Blue Beetle(Photo by DC)What We Know: In February of 2021, word broke revealing Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto will helm a film based on the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle. The character is a Mexican-American teenager living in Texas who discovers a scarab that turns out to be an alien battle suit. It gives him fantastic powers, but makes his life much more complicated. In August, Cobra Kai’s Xolo Maridueña entered talks to play the lead role. The film joins Batgirl as one of two DC productions for HBO Max. Maridueña, Soto, and screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer made an appearance at the October 2021 DC FanDome. All expressed enthusiasm for the project, with Dunnet-Alcocer saying the chance to showcase a Mexican-American superhero is a key part of the appeal. “That closeness of family is part of what sets him apart,” he said. An accompanying production painting also suggests the Blue Beetle costume will be surprisingly faithful to its comic book counterpart.How It Fits Into The DC Multiverse: Like Static Shock and some of the other projects, we’re going to assume the film takes place on the same Earth Barry establishes in The Flash. If so, it gives Jaime a chance to join whatever Justice League we might see in the future.Wonder Woman 3Release Date: TBAWhat We Know: Hot on the heels of Wonder Woman 1984’s box office success – well, at least in 2020 metrics – Warner Bros. announced a third film was being fast tracked. Both director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are set to return. Jenkins also said the film will finally bring Diana s film series to the present day. Of course, with Jenkins heading off to a galaxy far, far away to direct Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, it may be another four years (at least) before Wonder Woman returns.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Presuming Diana’s world still aligns to the DC Extended Universe continuity, Diana will finally be a public superhero and, perhaps, serving as an Amazonian ambassador to the world of men. In fact, reuniting her with her people after a century has a very dramatic appeal following the events of Wonder Woman 1984, Batman v Superman, and Justice League. Of course, if the Wonder Woman films are retroactive placed elsewhere in the Multiverse, the story could go in just about any direction.The Other BatmanRelease Date: TBAWhat We Know: In a New York Times profile of Hamada, the DC Films chief made a curious reference to the Multiverse making two Batman feature film sagas possible. One will likely continue the story of The Batman while the other will … well, it’s anyone’s guess right now. The events of Flash may give Ben Affleck’s Batman a new face in the DCEU. Or, perhaps, Hamada has convinced him to keep the cowl on for subsequent appearances. Then again, maybe HBO Max will get its own Batman.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Again, this all depends on the DCEU as we knew it existing after The Flash. But presuming this Batman is meant to interact with the other DC heroes in the established film universe, it is easy to see that aspect of his career invade any solo movies he may star in. Or perhaps, he will finally take on allies in Gotham to support spinoffs like Nightwing and Batgirl.Green Lantern CorpsRelease Date: TBDWhat We Know: Announced back with Cyborg in the 2014 masterplan, Green Lantern Corps continues to slowly move forward. In June of 2018, former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns took over writing and producing the project through his production company, Mad Ghost Productions. According to the company website, the film will feature both the Silver Age Green Lantern, Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds in the 2011 film), and John Stewart, the Green Lantern voiced by Phil LaMarr in various Justice League animated series. An earlier concept developed by Man of Steel’s David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes was said to be a sort of “Lethal Weapon in space” – a description which may still hold true for Johns’ concept as he worked with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner for a number of years. With Johns participating in a Green Lantern television series for HBO Max, the project would seem to be postponed again though it is said to still be a priority for Warner Bros. Pictures.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Teased in a Justice League flashback, the lack of an Earthbound Green Lantern is part of the reason Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) chose the planet for conquest. But the film would presumably see the Corps correcting that mistake by revealing the brave humans involved in that organization. No doubt the fans of Jordan and Stewart – to say nothing of characters like Guy Gardner, Simon Baz, Jessica Cruz, and G’Nort, who could potentially appear in the film – will be excited to see them in an ensemble. Additionally, the film would provide a perfect platform with which to introduce DC’s space-faring characters to a larger audience. At one time, the film was slotted for a 2020 release, but with the announcement of a HBO Max Green Lantern series, it is unclear if the film will ever surface.SupergirlRelease Date: TBDWhat We Know: The Cloverfield Paradox’s Oren Uziel is reportedly writing a script based on the Girl of Steel. Like The Flash feature film, it will presumably ignore the successful television series on The CW and tell its own version of Kara Zor-El’s first few days as a superhero on Earth. With Man of Steel star Henry Cavill s DC future in doubt, it is unlikely that Superman will show up and help greet the cinematic Kara. The producers of the 1984 Supergirl film also tried to get then-Superman Christopher Reeve to appear in the film, but his presence was limited to a poster on a dorm room wall. In February 2021, The Young and the Restless’s Sasha Calle was cast as Kara for an appearance in The Flash feature. Presumably, she will lead Supergirl as well, but it currently unclear.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: If Calle continues as Kara, The Flash will determine if she’s the Supergirl of Barry’s Earth – our de facto DCEU – or one of the Mutliversal realities he visits in the film.Cyborg(Photo by © Warner Bros. Pictures)Release Date: TBDWhat We Know: Ray Fisher has been set to star as Vic Stone in a 2020 Cyborg film since 2014, but no director or screenwriter were announced. Many doubted the film will ever materialize despite still being on the calendar. In September of 2018, Fisher suggested fans of the character may need to become more vocal to make the film a reality. In the summer of 2020, Fisher launched a campaign to expose Joss Whedon’s allegedly abusive behavior on the set of the Justice League reshoots. As the situation expanded to former DC Films chiefs Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, Fisher vowed never to work with current DC Films boss Walter Hamada – whom he alleged was pressuring him to take back his accusations about Johns. Subsequently, Cyborg’s planned role in The Flash was written out and, presumably, any chance of a solo film outing went with it.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: Frankly, we’ll be surprised if Cyborg ever resurfaces in the current DC Films structure, Multiverse or no.BlackhawkRelease Date: TBDWhat We Know: While it is unclear if Blackhawk will be part of the DC film universe, it is a favorite comic book of director Steven Spielberg. He even tried to get a Blackhawk movie off the ground in the 1980s. The current version of the project will see him direct a film based on the golden-age Quality Comics concept later bought by DC in 1957 with The Lost World: Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp adapting the concept. The main character is the leader of the Blackhawks squadron, a famed air outfit of seven ace pilots during World War II. When DC incorporated them into a post-war context, they became mercenaries, battled James Bond-style supervillains, and even flirted with becoming superheroes themselves! Considering the director’s fascination with the Second World War and aviation of the period, the original Golden Age version seems like the best fit, provided the film ever gets off the ground.How It Fits In The DC Multiverse: While current narrative conceits allow the film to take place in the past of Barry’s Earth, the Multiverse means the project could be as closely or loosely tied to other films as Spielberg wants. That is presuming, of course, he’s still interested in making it.Untitled Jared Leto Joker Project(Photo by © Warner Bros.)Release Date: TBDWhat We Know: According to reports, Jared Leto will star and serve as executive producer in his own solo Joker film – a deal which happens to be quite similar to Robbie’s involvement in Birds of Prey. Details are scarce, other than it will be a separate project from both the “Joker and Harley” concept and the standalone Joker. It will also spearhead a batch of films based on the characters featured in Suicide Squad, which means rumors of that Deadshot movie might be more than idle talk. Then again, it has been a long time since the actor has made any mention of returning to the role. Also, the announcement of a Peacemaker HBO Max series – centered on The Suicide Squad character played John Cena – may indicate the original spin-off plan has gone by the wayside. It would seem Leto’s time in the DC Multiverse is already over.How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: The Leto Joker was not only featured in Suicide Squad, but is also the murderer of Batman’s second Robin, as implied in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As of Birds of Prey, his relationship with Harley is kaput, setting the two characters off in separate films series. If the “Joker and Harley” project is still happening, then it may serve as a capstone to the characters storylines across The Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, and Leto’s Joker. But it may also serve as a replacement for that film as Robbie’s Harley projects may preclude “Joker and Harley.” Of course, Joker’s success – and Leto’s comments about being “alienated and upset” when it was announced – may mean the end of this version of the character. His appearance in Zack Snyder’s Justice League and the very nature of the Multiverse offer some glimmers of hope, however.Joker 2(Photo by Niko Tavernise/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)Release Date: TBDWhat We Know: Thanks to the success of the first Joker, a follow-up was inevitable, but details remained scarce through 2020. In May of 2021, word broke indicating the project is still in development with a surprising new tie to the larger DC Multiverse. Star Joaquin Phoenix and direct Todd Philipps will presumably return. Although the early reports were refuted, the more recent claim suggests Phillips is already writing the script.How It Fits Into the DC Multiverse: According to the May 2021 report, the film will tie into The Batman and its spinoff HBO Max series, Gotham PD. If this proves to be true, it is a change from the original film’s entirely standalone nature. Additionally, the two Joker films, The Batman, and Gotham PD would constitute the first true separate universe from the one established in Man of Steel.NightwingRelease Date: TBDWhat We Know: As of February 2018, The LEGO Batman Movie’s Chris McKay was still developing a project centered on the first Robin, Dick Grayson. A final draft from screenwriter Bill Dubuque was due at the time, but there has been no movement since. Reportedly, the film has been postponed in anticipation of The Batman, which may ultimately introduce its own version of Dick Grayson. In June of 2021, McKay told CinemaBlend, I hope it’s still a reality. I hope that we still get to make that movie. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not lost yet. How It Fits in the DC Multiverse: As established in Justice League, the Robin costume in the Batcave is not Dick Grayson’s uniform, suggesting plans for Nightwing go all the way back to the 2014 masterplan. A solo film would presumably see the character living in Bludhaven (Grayson’s adopted city in the comics) and coming to grips with becoming his own hero. McKay also plans to direct a new Dungeons Dragons film and a feature film version of Johnny Quest, so it is hard to tell if Nightwing will happen anytime soon. Last time McKay was asked about it, he said fans will have
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(Photo by ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Lucasfilm Ltd./Courtesy Everett Collection)What do the movies with the highest domestic box office totals for each year since 2010 have in common? None of them have Rotten Tomatometer scores – and they all made over 0 million. In fact, when averaged together, these 10 Fresh blockbusters – Toy Story 3, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Finding Dory, Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, Black Panther, and Avengers: Endgame – have a super-Fresh Tomatometer average of 90.3%.Currently, the highest domestic (and worldwide) grossing film of 2019 is the 94% Tomatometer-rated Avengers: Endgame, which has earned a mind-snapping total of 8 million domestically and over billion worldwide. By crossing the billion milestone, Avengers: Endgame has joined Titanic, Avatar, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, and Avengers: Infinity War in the exclusive “ Billion Club.” What do these movies have in common? Yep, you guessed it again: They’re all Fresh.Recommended: The 50 Highest-Grossing Movies of All TimeRecommended: All 44 Billion-Dollar Movies, Ranked by TomatometerRecommended: 2019 Holiday Box Office PreviewThe success of these Fresh films got us thinking: Are these blockbuster movies Fresh anomalies, or do Fresh movies make more money at the box office generally? Is there a relationship between Tomatometer score and box office performance? (And we stress: a relationship, and not necessarily a causal one; so many factors contribute to box office performance.) To aid us in our data deep dive, we pulled the Tomatometer and domestic box office data for the 1,404 movies that received wide theatrical domestic releases (600-plus screens) since 2010. Here’s what we found…*The box office results have been adjusted for inflation. All calculations accurate as of November 28, 2019.MOVIES WITH FRESH TOMATOMETER SCORES MAKE MORE MONEY THAN ROTTEN MOVIES – ON AVERAGE(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, © Marel Studios)Fresh Movies since 2010: Inflated Domestic Average of 4 millionRotten Movies since 2010: Inflated Domestic Average of millionWhen it comes to Tomatometer and domestic box office results, Fresh movies, on average, make more money than Rotten movies. It may sound obvious – good films draw more people to the theater! – and you are probably thinking, “I could’ve told you that,” but the difference is quite startling. The 1 million average for the 636 Fresh movies in the sample is nearly double the million average of the 799 Rotten films. Even if you removed Disney brands Marvel and Pixar, which produce some of the most critically beloved blockbusters, such as Black Panther, Toy Story 4, and Avengers: Endgame, the average for Fresh films since 2010 is still a respectable million.THE FRESHER THE MOVIE, THE BIGGER THE BOX OFFICE BOUNTYIt’s also worth noting that the more Fresh a movie is, the better it is likely to do at the box office, and the more Rotten it is, the worse it is likely to perform. Movies with a 0-20% Tomatometer score had an average domestic box office of million; movies with 80-100% Tomatometer scores averaged 3 million.However, not every Fresh movie makes money: 58 of the 187 (or 42%) wide-release movies that made under million at the box office since 2010 are Fresh. A Fresh rating doesn’t guarantee massive success, and Fresh movies like Green Room and The Raid 2 don’t automatically collect 0 million dollars domestically.MOVIES WITH HIGHER TOMATOMETER SCORES HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF CLEARING 0 MILLION(Photo by © Warner Bros. Pictures)Some 323 movies have made over 0 million at the domestic box office since 2010. Of those, 219 (68%) have Fresh Tomatometer scores, which means the odds of a movie making more than 0 million increase when it receives a Fresh Tomatometer score. Only 5% of movies with a 0-10% Tomatometer score (or 3 of the 62 movies) – namely Grown Ups 2, The Last Airbender, and Little Fockers – made over 0 million. On the other hand, 41% of the movies with a score above 90% (or 68 of the 164 movies) – such as Spy, Girl’s Trip, and Crazy Rich Asians – cleared the 0 million milestone. That 41% may not seem like a lot, but it’s a big jump over the movies in the 70-80% range, where 33% of the movies broke 0 million.Below is a breakdown of Tomatometer ranges and the average amount of money the movies in them make.0-10% Movies: million10-20% Movies: million20-30% Movies: million30-40% Movies: million40-50% Movies: million50-60% Movies: million60-70% Movies: million70-80% Movies: 0 million80-90% Movies: million90-100% Movies: 2 million
HBO)The Night King flies in on a high pressure storm front and, with a wave of his hand, commands his followers to create wight bridges over the trench fires, so that the others can climb over them. The zombies crawl up and over the walls World War Z style.Arya fighting on the wall is awe-inspiring and strikes Ser Davos silent. It also prompts The Hound to get his ass in gear to save her.7. “Not Today”(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Arya plays a deadly game of hide-and-seek with the wights who have made it inside Winterfell.There are too many of them. So now we know what was obscured in the darkness of the trailer: dozens of wights chasing our petite hero.When Beric and The Hound later come to her rescue, it’s almost as if Arya had given up. She stares almost helplessly when wights attack Beric, which is very unlike her. The trio retreats to a room where Melisandre has been hiding/waiting for them, and Beric dies.“What do we say to the god of death?” Melisandre asks Arya, which immediately summons the ghost of Syrio Forel (not literally).Arya: “Not today.”(Photo by HBO)8. Dragon Fight!(Photo by HBO)The dragons in the moonlight above the storm clouds is a beautiful image – this-dragon-moment-is-brought-to-you-by-Hallmark beautiful. But the scene later turns deadly as Jon and Rhaegal lock together in dragon battle against the Night King and wight dragon Viserion, who tears at his brother’s flesh and snaps his jaws at snack-sized Jon on Rhaegal’s back. The Night King tries to be smooth and grabs for his ice spear, but falls off (not to his death, of course – because that would be too easy).The scene of Winterfell from the air at this point, by the way, looks like a nighttime Burning Man riot: a circle of fire and waves of bodies flowing this way and that.Rhaegal goes down and Jon tumbles off. Daenerys tries dragonfire on the Night King on the ground, but he does not burn (like a Targaryen). She retreats when he aims a spear her way, but Jon pursues him on foot with Longclaw. The Night King raises a new army from the freshly dead, including those inside Winterfell – including, they make a point to show, Lyanna, Qhono, and Edd. Was that Podrick standing behind the Night King before he pimp-walked away? OMG, where’s Podrick?Wights, meanwhile, swarm Drogon, and Daenerys falls off.9. Tales from the Crypt(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Tyrion laments that he’s not out there. Sansa says he’d be dead. Then he suggests they should’ve stayed married. She rightly notes his divided loyalties (aka “You loooove her, you want to marry her…”) for Daenerys.The dead rise in the crypt of Winterfell even (thanks for the heads-up, Jared Harris), and dusty, ancient Starks start tearing at people.Next time, maybe freeze them in carbonite?10. Theon and Jorah(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)The Night King swaggers into the godswood with his court. Bran: “Theon, you’re a good man. Thank you.” Theon charges the Night King and gets a spear thrust into his side.Elsewhere, when a wight wave threatens to overcome Daenerys, Ser Jorah puts himself between them and her and is mortally (maybe, probably) wounded protecting her. He leans on Heartsbane in his final stand.11. “Arya Stark” Becomes a Verb(Photo by HBO)Holy sh ! Arya killed the Night King. She takes a flying leap and, despite being caught by the throat, still manages to thrust that ancient Valyrian-steel dagger into his belly. (To Arya Stark someone will forever refer to that move.) He explodes, his court explodes, Viserion (who Jon has been dodging all this time) collapses to the ground in a pile of loose bones and ragged flesh, as do all of the other wights.(We heard echos of Jon’s voice: “How did you sneak up on me?”)(Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)There’s a roll call of who’s still alive: Arya, Bran, Daenerys, Jorah (until he s not), Drogon, Jon, Tormund, Gendry, Grey Worm, Brienne, Jaime, Podrick, Tyrion, Sansa, Varys, his new little crypt birds, Missandei, Gilly and Little Sam (did anyone see Samwell Tarly in the roll call?), The Hound, Melisandre (until she isn’t), and Ser Davos. Where s Ghost!? Did Rhaegal survive?I hit “replay.”What was your favorite moment of the episode? Tell us in the comments!Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.
(Photo by Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)All Fast Furious Movies RankedFrom bursting out the nose of an exploding plane, to skipping skyscraper to skyscraper, to gently guiding a bank safe across public roads and additional civil engineering, the Fast Furious franchise has made its mission delivering more outrageous action than the previous movies could ever muster. And as the stunts got crazier for Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and the whole F F-in family, critics were just as willing to go along for the ride. It was finally the fifth Furious film that earned the franchise s first Fresh. And since then it s been on a skyward trajectory, like a souped-up Karmann Ghia ramping off an Arrakis sandworm and barrel rolling between a fleet of nuclear dirigibles (you know we re heading in this direction). Furious 7 reached a high emotional crescendo in the wake of Walker s death, while follow-up F8 saw a dip, though stayed in the Fresh lane.The latest include spin-off Hobbs Shaw and the long-delayed F9. Now that the whole family s here, see all Fast Furious movies ranked by Tomatometer! When creator Alena Smith’s biographical drama Dickinson premiered on Apple TV+ in 2019, it almost instantly became television short-hand for the Millennial malaise. After all, what says “stuck in a rut and not feeling like you’re being taken seriously by your family or at work” than an anachronistic-heavy story about Emily Dickinson — a poet whose sole authenticated adult portrait looks like she’s giving what passed for an eye roll in mid-19th century Massachusetts?Depicted here by actress Hailee Steinfeld, she’s a pouting, twerking insomniac who has self-sequestered in her childhood bedroom. She harbors (sometimes unrequited) feelings for her brother’s fiancée and dreams of taking carriage rides with Death (Wiz Khalifa) while her parents breath down her neck about finding a nice young man. The first season was Certified Fresh with favorable reviews mentioning how it “challenges our straight-washing of history” and holds a “sense of fun, if not humor, that pervades even scenes about mortality or misogyny.”(Photo by Apple TV+)The second season, which premieres its first three episodes January 8 on Apple TV+, ups the show’s spooky and supernatural vibe. During the course of the season, Emily and her sister, Lavinia (Anna Baryshnikov), lead a séance with the help of their brother’s employee, Hattie (Ayo Edebiri, who is also one of the show’s writers). And Nick Kroll guest stars as Edgar Allan Poe (even though, for those doing the math at home, the mortality-obsessed poet died a decade before this season’s setting of 1859).But the eeriness particularly resonates with a character known simply as Nobody. Played by The Americans alum Will Pullen, the mysterious figure manifests in a way that helps Emily handle her own inner turmoil over whether she should risk pursuing a career as a published poet – even if it means she could perish from rejection.It’s a topic the real Dickinson pondered exhaustively.“She very explicitly wrote in letters and poems, these really conflicted feelings about fame,” Smith told Rotten Tomatoes, adding that the poet “seemed to think that fame was very dangerous for artists.”But because most of Dickinson’s work was discovered posthumously, Smith said, “the question is whether she kept saying that because she was trying to convince herself that she didn t want something that she actually wanted very desperately. Or whether she was deeply was aware of how poetry comes from a really private place and that if you don t protect that private, hidden inner life, you are going to lose touch with the truth.”(Photo by Apple TV+)Speaking of losing touch with the truth, Smith stressed in a letter to journalists about the series that “this is our fictional look” at Dickinson and her family and friends. Still, fame like Dickinson s “just is so relevant and ubiquitous right now because of social media and the way that our lives are all happening online,” Smith said, making an exploration of the poet s possible inner musings on the topic very timely.“Everyone, on a daily basis is having to struggle with this question of ‘Do I put myself but there or not?,’” Smith said of today’s society. “And also, I suppose on the flip side, [of] being a consumer of social media and of these images that you see from people not knowing what s real and what’s not.”And it’s keenly an issue for the Dickinson cast who, because of the nature of their jobs, are public figures if not outright famous.Steinfeld recalled that Smith met with her and her cast mates, asking each of them what was their relationship to fame and whether they want to be famous. Despite being a former child star who received an Academy Award nomination for 2010’s True Grit before she could legally drive, Steinfeld told Rotten Tomatoes, “I would say it s not something I learned very quickly that I ve thought of, really at all. I love the work that I do. And I love that I m able to do it. And that s really the extent of my thought process.”“A big challenge, for me, was sort of taking myself out of my own life and out of my own thought process in regard to that, and kind of figuring out what [fame] was for Emily,” she said. “One thing this show has never failed to do is really challenge my way of thinking. Her poetry does that alone.”(Photo by Apple TV+)This season also introduces Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones depicting Samuel Bowles, the newspaper publisher and editor who was a close friend of Dickinson’s and her family. In the series, he may seem like he is flaunting his power and influence as he decides whether to publish one of her poems.“It’s easy to feel like we need certain people, men and women, in our lives to help either better our careers or further our careers or personal things in our personal lives,” Steinfeld said. “And I think [this is about] coming to a realization that you can, in fact, achieve what it is you want in life on your own — it might take you longer, it might be harder, but you can. And we see that with these characters in a time where achieving anything outside of their norm was near impossible.”(Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)And how does this compare to Steinfeld’s other TV role this year? In Disney+’s upcoming series Hawkeye, which is based on characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she plays Kate Bishop, a character whom Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye grooms to take over his title.“I do find that the characters I ve played have … this strong will to stand up for themselves, have an opinion and a point of view, and use their voice,” she said. “And I love that. I love that I ve been called on to play those roles as well.”She also stresses that she didn’t necessarily intend to punctuate 2021 with one show about brains and another one about brawn, saying that “the timing of how things evolve and falling into place with everything that s happened this year is sort of coincidental.”(Photo by Apple TV+)But stories of exposure and fame aren’t the only ways that this season of Dickinson — or the people depicted — resonate with today’s audiences. Edebiri’s Hattie is a fictional character, but Smith said, “we looked at some Black women writers from the time and, you know, they lived crazy lives, and they had senses of humor.”And, despite spending much of the series being belittled by his father and underestimated by others, Dickinson brother Austin (Adrian Enscoe) secretly helps fund the publication of a Black-run newspaper and allows it to operate out of his barn.“Abolitionism was really trendy in the northeast at this time,” Enscoe said; however, “there were deeply problematic things with the abolitionism movement just in the way that they that they viewed Black people as, like … some [people] that we have to save — like white saviorism. It’s interesting to apply that that view now to what Austin is doing.”(Photo by Apple TV+)The new season also continues to look at sexual relationships through the female gaze, especially when it comes to Ella Hunt’s Sue Gilbert — a w
This Week s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news (those stories about what movies Hollywood is working on for you next), covering up-and-coming titles like Akira, John Wick: Chapter 4, and Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers.This WEEK S TOP STORYTenet Sets a Release Date, Brings Taylor-Johnson, Caine, Kapadia on Board(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures, @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Except for movies like Dunkirk and his Dark Knight trilogy (where obviously we knew it was about Batman), director Christopher Nolan frequently keeps the details of his films relatively secret during the early phases of development and production. For example, both Inception and Interstellar were relative mysteries for a long while (and that s even though Nolan took over directing Interstellar from Steven Spielberg). This week, we learned that Nolan s next film will be called Tenet when it s released next summer (July 17, 2020), which Merriam-Webster defines as, a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true. Tenet is described variably as an action epic and/or globetrotting adventure to be filmed in seven different parts of the world. John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) will lead an ensemble cast including Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). That ensemble grew this week with the additions of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver from Avengers: Age of Ultron), Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy, and frequent Nolan costar Michael Caine. Tenet is scheduled for July 17, 2020, up against Bob s Burgers: The Movie, the week after Ghostbusters 3 and The Purge 5, and the week before Disney s Jungle Cruise. Speculation about Tenet is just getting started, including this piece that suggests that the premise may involve time travel.Fresh Developments1. Catwoman, Penguin Named as The Batman Villains, Giving Us a Sense of Deja vu(Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures)Since Tim Burton s 1989 Batman, we ve seen a few of the villains of Gotham City depicted more than once, including Bane, The Joker, and Two-Face. The Burton/Schumacher villains that weren t included in Christopher Nolan s Dark Knight trilogy include Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, The Riddler, and The Penguin, but now we re hearing that one of them will return to the movies for the first time in 29 years. That s because the two main villains in The Batman (June 25, 2021) will reportedly be Catwoman and the Penguin, which also makes it a de facto return to 1992 s Batman Returns, in which those villains were played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny De Vito. No casting has been announced for either role yet, but Frozen star Josh Gad has been posting online about his interest in playing The Penguin for years now.2. John Wick: Chapter 4 Set for 2021Joel MearesJohn Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum (89% Certified Fresh) hadn t even been out for a week when a teaser was dropped for the next chapter in the franchise, titled for now, unsurprisingly, John Wick: Chapter 4. The next film in Keanu Reeves high-body-count franchise is now scheduled for just two years from this week, on May 21, 2021. We obviously don t know what the fourth film might entail (though the ending of Parabellum does suggest some hints). This release date announcement did have one immediate response, however, from Warner Bros., which quickly bumped their animated superhero movie DC Super Pets from May 21, 2021 back a full year to May 22, 2022. The DC Comics superheroes expected to be featured in DC Super Pets include Ace the Bat-Hound, Krypto the Super-Dog, and Streaky the Super-Cat. With this move, DC Super Pets will now come after Joker (October 4, 2019), Birds of Prey (February 7, 2020), Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5, 2020), The Batman (June 25, 2012), and The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021). There s no word yet on when Marvel Studios might ever release a Pet Avengers movie.3. Taika Waititi s Akira Adaptation Due in Just Under Two Years(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)There was a time when movie blogs were awash regularly with screeds against the potential evils of a live-action Akira (whether based on the 1988 anime classic, or the original mang
亚博体彩信誉有保障的 The latest iteration of Swamp Thing, debuting Friday on DC Universe, is perhaps the most ambitious and faithful adaptation of the comic book series yet — which is surprising, considering it s one of the more surprising comic book properties to be adapted over the decades into film and television.The character was created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in 1971 for a one-shot story in a horror anthology series, and the pair quickly revamped it to exist within the DC Universe of the 1970s while introducing a number of horror elements to that world. It was an innovation at the time, as horror was verboten in mainstream comics during the mid-1950s and 60s. The duo also introduced Abby Arcane, an environmentally conscious Transylvania immigrant with a unique empathetic ability. She and her eventual husband, Matt Cable, would continue to be part of the Swamp Thing supporting cast for years to come — although Matt made his way to The Sandman in the 1990s as the Raven Matthew — while the series continued to innovate within the confines of DC Comics s superhero multiverse.In film and television, the title character found surprising success with Wes Craven’s 1982 Swamp Thing feature film starring Dick Durock as the creature and Adrienne Barbeau as an amalgamation of Abby and Matt named Alice Cable. It eventually led to the 1989 sequel The Return of Swamp Thing, with Heather Locklear as a very loose adaption of Abby Arcane and Durock returning as Swamp Thing, and a 1990s television series with Durock as the title character once again and Kari Wurher as a character called Abigail for just 10 of its 72 episodes. There was also a short-lived animated series to support an equally short-lived Swamp Thing toy line.(Photo by Brownie Harris/2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)Each of those projects featured a modest budget and took liberties with the source material, but DC Universe s Swamp Thing adheres much closer to the comics. For one thing: Abby is finally a major character — so major that it would be safe to say the series is more about her than the title character. And as star Crystal Reed told Rotten Tomatoes recently, the character will get her deepest rendering since the original comic books even if she is a far cry from the empathic Transylvanian immigrant we first met on the page.As the series begins, citizens of Marais, Louisiana — Abby s hometown in the show — come down with a mysterious illness. Some of the victims even start spitting up vines and leaves. Abby, a doctor for the CDC ( a really great one at that, said Reed), heads home to examine the sick residents.“I think the big draw for her is trying to go home and really help figure out what s going on,” Reed said. And while the disease brings Abby home after a decade or so away, she has another reason to take the assignment personally: “[She wants to] make amends, and try and work out what happened with her best friend and her new family.”That new family, the Sunderlands — Avery (Will Patton) and Maria (Virginia Madsen) — controls much of Marais’ economy and took Abby in when her own parents passed away. Unfortunately, a car accident while Abby was in high school broke her bond with the family and sent her out of town.“She blames herself for it,” Reed said of the accident. “Maria Sunderland blamed her as well, and there was this big falling out. And she ended up leaving Marais feeling like she had absolutely no one and couldn t trust anyone. (Photo by Fred Norris/2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)It is an altogether new story for Abby Arcane, who spent many years in the comics carried along by the force of the plot. In the 1980s, she became a central figure in the Swamp Thing series written by comic book legend Alan Moore and illustrated by artists like Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch. The character became more emotionally rich than any of her portrayals in media during the 20th century and Reed wanted to honor what she found on the page.“It was really fun to bring her to life and make her my own, and also make sure that she had a lot of the same characteristics,” she said. There was one aspect she wanted to keep from the comics, but could not realize on screen: Abby’s vibrant white hair. “I thought the fans would really love it,” she said. “But I lost that battle. Maybe in season 2.”Reed went the distance with the Moore era of Swamp Thing, reading the collected editions whenever she found herself with a moment, a coffee, or a drink.“To my surprise, I became quite obsessed with them,” she said. “Alan Moore s run of Swamp Thing is so exquisitely beautiful, and the language is so rich and vibrant, and full of just love, and hope, and also fear.”That run, from 1984 to 1987, famously re-positioned Swamp Thing away from his initial origin into something more horrific and, at the same time, more wondrous. And though it seems the new television series will take its cues from those stories, it is unclear if it will employ the key idea from that era — is Swamp Thing a transformed man named Alec Holland (played by Andy Bean in this series) or a creature who merely thinks he is Alec Holland?(Photo by Brownie Harris/2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)Swamp Thing himself is played by actor Derek Mears in a full body suit. The look of the character is outstanding and faithful to the comic book design. And as Reed explained, having a man on set playing Swamp Thing is part of the point.“There is a life force within what is seemingly a plant, and there s a beating force behind that. Derek really brought his entire soul to this character, and I don t know what I would ve done without him,” she said. “He really gave everything in every single scene that we had together. If I didn t have him in the suit, if I didn t have his eyes to look at, I m not sure how I would ve believed it myself. And it created such a great relationship.”As teased in some of the trailers — and as any Swamp Thing reader will tell you — the relationship between Abby and Swamp Thing becomes surprisingly intimate. Asked if viewers not aware of the Moore storyline will be ready to see a Gothic romance within the series, Reed suggested the success of The Shape of Water primed audiences for unusual love stories.“I think it was jarring to watch that kind of relationship [at first], but inevitably, it was about love and how that will ultimately conquer anything, including tendrils,” she said. “Hopefully, our audience will embrace it.”She added that the Moore comics, where the romance was first realized, continue to be popular because the story comes from a very human place. While she hopes that is what viewers will take from the storyline, but expects the romance will lead to plenty of discussion regardless. I m sure people will love it, hate it, and there will be a lot of jokes and memes. But I can say that it really moved me. And so therefore I hope it moves other people as well. Swamp Thing debuts Friday, May 31 on DC Universe.Like this? 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