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The Matrix 4 has a lot of people excited and confused since it seemed like The Matrix Revolutions was the definitive finale of this film franchise. Then again, with nostalgia basically making the most money these days, it was only a matter of time before they decided to bring this franchise back from the dead. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is Black Manta in Aquaman and Doctor Manhattan in HBO’s Watchmen, will be the lead of the new installment but, as expected, he still can’t talk about it.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the actor was asked if he could say anything about his lead role in this new Matrix installment but the actor couldn’t give any new information, even though he would love to talk about it. It’s not that surprising since this is expected to be a big movie and no one wants spoilers spreading anywhere.
"Nah. I would love to talk about The Matrix! But I’m very excited to do it. A great team and I think there’s going to be a lot of … it’s a very exciting relevant script that I’m honored to be a part of."
Considering how much we don’t know about this movie, we can’t blame Abdul-Mateen II for not sharing anything yet. While he seems to have read the script, there probably isn’t a final release date yet. We know Keanu Reeves is expected to return, which is going to be really interesting since he died in Revolutions.
No release date for The Matrix 4 has been revealed.
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Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is one of the big DC films coming out next year and fans are pretty pumped to see how it continues Harley’s story from Suicide Squad. While the film won’t have any overt references to the anti-hero flick, the themes of Harley’s character development will directly follow it as Birds of Prey is about how Harley deals with the fact that she’s out of an abusive relationship.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, Birds of Prey star Margot Robbie was asked about the Suicide Squad connection. Robbie said that it will be about Harley moving on from her co-dependence and how the character adjusts to her new relationships with Black Canary, Huntress, and Cassandra Cain. There’s a lot to explore with Harley’s character and since she’s going to be an unreliable narrator, it should make the movie an interesting and ambiguous tale.
"I think something I explored a lot in Suicide Squad, the first film, was Harley's co-dependence with the Joker. And obviously, he has a huge influence on her. But, obviously, she was very much in a relationship with him when we first saw Harley onscreen in Suicide Squad. And I did want to explore what is the version of Harley out of a relationship, and whether she's out of a relationship on her own accord or he's kind of kicked her to the curb. But it still affects her, but in a very different way. And I thought we'd see a very different facet of her personalities. Personalities, I would say. Because I think she has multiple."
Knowing that we could have an unreliable narrator with multiple personalities sure makes the Birds of Prey movie sound more interesting. While fans are complaining about the lack of comic book-accurate costumes, there’s no doubt that the art design, colors, and the premise has a lot of people interested. Plus, when was the last time you saw an all-female superhero movie?
Birds of Prey will be coming out on February 7, 2020.
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DC and Warner Bros’ Joker movie has surpassed/met expectations and is currently seen as one of the best comic book adaptations out there, albeit one with some controversy. However you feel about the movie, there’s no doubt that it was well-made and well-acted, which is why it has four Golden Globe nominations, which is pretty great. The fact that it’s up with The Irishman in the Best Motion Picture nomination should prove its worth.
Joker has been nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Director (Todd Phillips), and Best Original Score (Hildur Goanadottir). It’s pretty great seeing the movie get so much love from the Golden Globes and many are hoping that it continues to be showered with appreciation when Oscar season comes, even if that awards show has become less credible as the years go on.
Seriously, Green Book as Best Picture winner? What. The. Hell.
Warner Bros. is quite pleased with the success of Joker and many are hoping that similar films based on other DC villains are made. A fascinating movie based on someone like Lex Luthor would be pretty awesome to see, even if the lack of a superhero to fight them is going to annoy some. I mean, why bother setting Joker in Gotham if Batman isn’t going to appear? Just put it in New York City.
Joker finished its theatrical run and will be available on digital services come December 17.
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Before Dave Bautista was making us laugh our butts off in Guardians of the Galaxy, he was a WWE Superstar named Batista who won multiple world championships and put on plenty of great matches. After he performed in his final match in last year’s WrestleMania 35, the wrestler turned actor will be getting his due as People has announced that Dave Bautista/Batista will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame 2020 lineup next year.
The Drax actor will be joining infamous WCW/WWE faction the NWO (New World Order) as the main headliners, with more names to be added in due time. Dave definitely deserves it after all the memories he has given us wrestling fans during his time as an in-ring competitor. He and John Cena were the flag-bearers of this company from 2005 onwards after their memorable title wins in WrestleMania 21.
Dave has commented on the matter, telling People that Vince McMahon called him about the induction and though he wasn’t surprised, the actor said it was an honor. Funnily enough, he stated that the feeling hasn’t sunk in yet and is nervous about giving a speech:
“I don’t think it’s sunk in. And I was thinking about it because I mean, it seems like a long journey, but it also feels like yesterday when I started my career. And it also feels … because I’m still working so much, it doesn’t feel like an end of a journey. And I said that at WrestleMania last year: It’s the end of my in-ring journey, but it’s not the end of my journey with the WWE. I will always be connected with them, I’ll always be affiliated with them, I hope that I will always have a good relationship with them. So it doesn’t really feel like an ending for me, it feels like, kind of, I’m right in the mix. … All I can say is it feels good, it’s just satisfying. I feel like I accomplished something. I feel like it was all worth it.”
As someone who started watching wrestling around the time Batista started becoming a main eventer, seeing him inducted into the Hall of Fame sure makes me feel old. I still remember when he fooled Triple H and Ric Flair into thinking he signed to SmackDown before doing the infamous thumbs down and putting his former mentor through a table with the Batista Bomb.
Batista will be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2, 2020.
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With all the hype surrounding the awesome Wonder Woman 1984 trailer, fans might not know that there is a less-awesome Stargirl teaser trailer as well. We can’t blame most fans since the teaser is only 35 seconds long and doesn’t really tell us anything, though it does show the title character in motion for the first time. It will be interesting to see what future trailers of this series shows since it could be really good, especially with Geoff Johns at the helm.
The JSA, who are going to appear in Black Adam, will play a big part in the series since they will choose and mentor the newest heroes of this generation, which includes Stargirl. This teaser does show the potential candidates but none of them appear in their costumes, nor do they show what their abilities are.
The brightest star always shines. ️? #DCUSTARGIRL arrives in Spring 2020. pic.twitter.com/oZnGkgenfC— DC Universe (@TheDCUniverse) December 9, 2019
Honestly, it’s a pretty lackluster teaser and we were hoping for more, though that brief shot of Stargirl in costume was kinda neat. Sadly, we’ve been groomed to expect more bombastic teasers when anything superhero-related is released, especially after the awesome trailers of Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984 just came out.
Let’s be optimistic and hope for better footage once the second teaser or first official trailer comes out. It’s pretty cringing that there are so many terms for trailers these days, not to mention teasers for trailers and trailers for trailers, but that’s the world we live in. Here’s hoping that they nail it since the more JLA media the better.
Stargirl will debut on DC Universe sometime in 2020. The series will also broadcast on The CW.
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With Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and The Eternals expected to theaters next year, and a number of MCU shows coming to Disney+ in 2021, it’s clear that Marvel Studios has changed things up. The Disney+ Marvel shows have garnered a lot of attention since they’re being used to tease a number of movies coming to Phase Four, with WandaVision being the biggest suspect.
Not only will WandaVision tease huge events for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness but it’s also going to turn Wanda Maximoff into the Scarlet Witch, a name synonymous with the character and has yet to be used in the MCU. During CCXP 2019 (via Omelette and Comic Book Movie), Kevin Feige continued to tease what that name could mean for Wanda and the wider MCU in Phase Four.
This is what Feige told the crowd in CCXP:
"Having the opportunity to tell more of their story, to see more of what Wanda can do, more of what makes Vision Vision, and — most importantly — reveal a name that I'm not even sure we've said in the MCU yet, but we absolutely make a big deal of in the show, which is that Wanda is in fact the Scarlet Witch. What does that mean, that she is the Scarlet Witch? And that's what we play into in this show, in ways that are entirely fun, entirely funny, somewhat scary, and will have repercussions for the entire future Phase 4 of the MCU."
During her comic book struggles as the Scarlet Witch, Wanda has done a number of horrible things to The Avengers and the wider MCU. In Avengers: Disassembled, her warped psyche forced the superhero team to face down their old threats in a continuous gauntlet, which led to the deaths of Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Hawkeye, and The Vision. She also wiped out 98% of the Mutant race after House of M, which was only reversed after the events of Avengers Vs X-Men.
Basically, s**t is going to hit the fan once Wanda becomes Scarlet Witch. WandaVision hits Disney+ in 2021, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.
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The first Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer has arrived and it actually doesn’t have too many spoilers, which is shocking since this movie is coming from Sony Pictures. Granted, the movie is coming out in Summer 2020 so there’s a lot of time to spoil this movie whole if Sony feels like it’s the right thing to do. Anyway, enough of Sony always spoiling their movies, here’s what the trailer has to offer.
Rather than go for the all-out comedy approach that the 2016 reboot went with, Afterlife seems to be taking a more serious approach, bearing more similarities with Stranger Things or It than even the original Ghostbusters, which feels appropriate since Finn Wolfhard is in the movie. That doesn’t mean this movie won’t be paying tribute to the original classics since this is clearly set after the original films since the trailer hints that one of the kids is related to an original Ghostbuster.
Also, Slimer appears. Good look trying to get a clear shot of that thing.
Going with a completely different tone while still paying tribute to the past is a nice touch and is arguably what the 2016 reboot should have done. Just to be clear, it’s not the all-female cast that plagued the reboot, it was the decision to go with the pure comedy route that worked for films like Spy but didn’t jive with the reboot. Thankfully, some of the IDW comics have made the 2016 universe work but most of us will be happy to see Afterlife change things up while not forgetting its past.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be coming out in Summer 2020. Who you gonna call?
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If you’re loving the new Dawn of X era that Jonathan Hickman has started for the X-Men then we have some great news for you; there’s another new comic book coming out to spend $3.99 on! Marvel Comics has announced a new X-Book called Hellions, a group of mutants who have caused trouble for the X-Men before, mentored by Psylocke and Havok, two characters that know what it’s like to be on the side of bad.
Psylocke and Havok aside, the group will also consist of Mr. Sinister, Wild Child, Empath, Nanny, Empath, Orphan Maker, and Scalphunter. Obviously, if you want it to be known that your X-Men book is going to be filled with troublemakers, you add characters named Orphan Maker and Scalphunter.
The book will be written by Spider-Ham and Robot Chicken writer Zeb Wells, who seems to be making a minor Marvel comeback, while artist Stephen Segovia illustrates the series. Wells has expressed excitement in working on Jonathan Hickman’s mutant masterpiece, while the architect himself has praised Wells’ previous comics.
Here’s the synopsis from Marvel.com:
When the X-Men invited all mutants to Krakoa, they meant ALL mutants, even forgiving the past sins of some of their fiercest enemies. Chief among them was Mister Sinister who now tasks himself with finding purpose for mutantkind’s most dangerous outcasts: Wild Child, Nanny, Orphan Maker, Empath, and Scalphunter! Also on hand to do Sinister’s dirty work will be X-Men favorites Psylocke and Havok! Will they be able keep these murderous baddies in line or will the team’s deadly missions have them succumb to their own sinister natures?
Honestly, given the comics he has worked on, I’m looking forward to seeing how well Wells does. He has written some excellent comics before - the Shed arc of Amazing Spider-Man comes to mind - so this should be fun. Here’s hoping he nails this series.
Fans will be able to buy Hellions in March.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is going to be one hell of a ride for fans of the franchise, thanks to a number of returns from older movies, along with the definitive ending for this long-running Skywalker Saga. However, it could be a bumpy ride for certain people, which is why Disney has decided to advise fans that there will be certain parts in the film that could induce seizures.
Disney, through the Epilepsy Foundation, stated that there are parts in the film that feature flashing lights and other special effects that could cause seizures, which is something no one wants. As we wait for more details about the movie, this is a pretty good warning from the company so those that could be epileptic can wait for the Blu-ray or Disney+ release.
This is likely a response to how some felt that The Incredibles 2 had moments in the movie that could cause seizures. The warning gained online traction really quickly, which resulted in malls having cautions in their theaters. It’s good to see Disney think ahead and we’re sure a bunch of people will appreciate this move on the part of the company.
Here are the steps an epileptic person should take if they’re considering watching the movie:
Ask a friend to watch the movie first
Take your friend with you when you go see the film to alert you to which scenes contain the flashing lights so you block your eyes during those scenes.
Teach your friend the three simple steps of seizure first aid — Stay, Safe, Side — so that they can assist if you have a seizure
Stay safe everyone! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters on December 20.
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Avengers: Endgame really was one hell of an event wasn’t it? While it did use a number of heroes and villains from the comics, a lot of the story was pretty original and only had a couple of references to the source material (Hail Hydra). However, as the movie has passed and more details about the behind-the-scenes progress has started becoming public, leading us fans to wonder about some of these “what if” situations.
One of these “what if” moments would have had Spider-Man and Hulk doing the fan-favorite X-Men maneuver, the Cannonball Special. This is a move that Colossus and Wolverine usually do when they need Logan to either dig his claws into a Sentinel or to get somewhere far real quick. We can assume that Hulk would have done this to Peter so that he could get the Infinity Gauntlet or something silly like that.
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These are some rough key frames for the final battle in Endgame. Always wanted to see the speedball throw happen in a movie, scroll to see it get ridiculous! Edit: fastball!
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Funnily enough, another piece of art has Ant-Man sized up and preparing to throw Hulk, who is also preparing to throw Spider-Man. Cannonball Special-ception? Definitely.
The image was shared by artist Ryan Meinerding so fans should follow him or just check out some of his cool art. It’s always cool to see some of the sequences that didn’t make it in the final cut of Avengers: Endgame. While it would have been nice to see some of these scenes in the movie, we can all agree that it was perfect the way it was.
Avengers: Endgame is now available on Disney+ and Blu-ray.
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