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After several months in lockdown and a lot of anxiety and isolation, a COVID-19 vaccine has been finally produced, and it’s set to steadily roll out to people who need it most to the rest of the world. While people like Gina Carano may be busy mocking masks and vaccines, Gandalf himself Ian McKellen is ‘euphoric’ over having received the vaccine.
Here’s McKellen’s post about it:
I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. https://t.co/gBLRR0OeJc
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) December 17, 2020
And you can watch him get the vaccine here.
I guess it’s also worth noting that this clip of Magneto getting injected with the Mutant cure is making the rounds online:
At 81-years-old, McKellen is considered to be high-risk when it comes to COVID-19, so it’s essential that he would be one of the first people to receive it. McKellen says, "I would encourage everybody to do the sensible thing, not just for themselves but for everybody else because if you're virus-free that helps everybody else, doesn't it?"
For now, a lot of conspiracy theorists have been going around mocking the importance of masks and questioning just really what is in the vaccine. While I think it’s necessary to have some critical thinking, the evidence of the virus is just so overwhelming that it would be highly ignorant to think otherwise. Besides, wearing a mask is only a minimal thing to do to protect yourself, and most importantly, others; and the sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner things can get back to normal.
Kudos to Gandalf for showing everyone how it’s done, and hopefully the rest of the world will follow suit.
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Gal Gadot was not too well-known even when she was in Fast and Furious, but her career blossomed more when she was cast as Wonder Woman, and based on what we’ve seen from her so far, she was perfectly cast in the part. With the WB hype machine chugging to promote the release of Wonder Woman 1984, Zack Snyder has shared a photo of Gadot on her first day as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman.
Check it out:
Gal's first day on set in the costume July 2014, shot on my iPhone 6. I knew when I cast her back in the fall of 2013 she was not just my Wonder Woman, but a Wonder Woman for the world. So proud of how she's embodied this character with love & grace. #WW84 @GalGadot @PattyJenks pic.twitter.com/oxOTz2WvwP
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) December 17, 2020
Fans can gripe about Zack Snyder all they want but cast the roles of each JL member perfectly. Gadot may not have been as huge a star as Affleck or Cavill, but she certainly had her own screen presence, and she fit right in as Wonder Woman when she made her fantastic debut in BvS.
Hopefully, we get to see more of this great casting shine in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. I have to say, Joss Whedon’s cut of the movie was very hard to watch, but it’s undeniable that all of the actors had very fantastic chemistry with each other. Fingers crossed that we would get to see more of them down the line, depending on how Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be received.
Gadot will return as Wonder Woman when ZSJL hits HBO Max in March 2021, but she has the full spotlight when Wonder Woman 1984 comes out on HBO Max and theaters on Christmas Day, December 25.
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Though Marvel has made it clear that the Netflix shows like Daredevil and Iron Fist aren’t connected with the main universe, rumor has come out that they are planning on salvaging some characters from the series like Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil. What’s interesting is, Marvel allegedly wants another Defender in the MCU as well.
According to insider Daniel Richtman (via Knight Edge Media), Marvel is looking to bring back Kristen Ritter’s private investigator Jessica Jones. We don’t know where they want to bring her back in, but seeing as Spider-Man 3 is already pretty crowded, it’s possible they could just have her back in another movie or series like Spider-Woman or Captain Marvel.
While I didn’t think that Jessica Jones was perfect, there are a lot of elements that worked, especially when it came to David Tennant’s Kilgrave. The use of his mental powers was just so terrifying, and he really was a formidable villain for Jessica who basically just has Captain America’s strength with Tony Stark’s alcoholism.
Maybe they’ll find a way to do a soft reboot of the character in the MCU. It would be great to have some more established superheroines, especially with Black Widow gone and Captain Marvel just starting out. Then again, this is all just speculation for now, but I think the introduction of a multi-verse can pretty much make it happen.
Jessica Jones hasn’t been officially announced, but MCU Phase 4 launches with WandaVision on January 15, 2021.
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Despite having cast stars that were each a leader of large box office franchises, Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking has had some behind-the-scenes problems and the movie was deemed ‘unreleasable’. While the film was set to come out in January, it looks like the studio has had a change of heart and will now have it release in March.
Here’s the official announcement:
Meet us in the New World of #ChaosWalking – In Theaters & @IMAX on March 5, 2021. pic.twitter.com/NPB4E9FJZs
— Chaos Walking (@ChaosWalking) December 17, 2020
While some may think that a delay means that the film is terrible, that isn’t always the case when it comes to the box office. Chaos Walking was originally set to come out in January which is considered a ‘dump month’; where studios release films they don’t think will do well. Moving it to March could mean that the studio has gotten renewed faith in the project and will be releasing it around the time that blockbusters are usually released.
Then again, that ‘dump month’ mentality only really works with the traditional setting of the box office. With the pandemic putting an emphasis on streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, a March release could bode different for Chaos Walking. I guess we’ll really just have to wait and see to find out.
Chaos Walking is now set to release on March 5, 2021.
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We’re finally down to the last episode of The Mandalorian, and one thing fans are curious about is who directed the episode. As it turns out, it was someone who had already helmed a released chapter.
Talking to ExtraTV (via DiscussingFilm), Pedro Pascal has revealed that the director of the finale episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 is none other than Ant-Man’s Peyton Reed.
Admittedly, Reed’s episode, The Passenger, is considered to be one of weaker episodes of the season, but if you ask me, it was actually very well directed from the flight scenes to the cave. If anything, the only weak part was the writing, as it felt like the episode didn’t really go anywhere significant to the whole story.
We don’t know specifically what’s going to happen in the finale episode of Season 2, but we do know that we’ll finally have Mando clash with Moff Gideon, which has been teased ever since the first season. While a clash is inevitable, I’m also hoping that we get some revelations about what Gideon wants to do with Grogu. I also hope it’s not too much to ask for Mando to get a new ship by the time the credits start rolling. Some are speculating that Boba Fett is going to die and leave Din the Slave I, but I hope they keep him alive just a little while longer, as we only really got him ‘back’ now after so many years of speculation.
The finale episode of The Mandalorian Season 2 comes out this Friday on Disney+.
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Probably one of the good things to come out of 2020 was the announcement of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and though we don’t have a specific release date for the movie yet, Snyder has at least given us the month his film is expected to hit HBO Max.
As Snyder revealed on Vero (via @Fandom), his Justice League movie will come out sometime in March 2021.
Zack Snyder tells fans that his cut of 'Justice League' arrives on HBO Max in March 2021
(via @ZackSnyder | Vero) pic.twitter.com/KOAbz9NtVI
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) December 17, 2020
From what we can piece together, the movie will be split into four 1-hour parts, and it will all be compiled into one film by the release of the final episode. While Snyder does have the visuals and dialogue down, I do think that his films suffer narratively most of the time. I guess it was the right move to split the film into four parts, but at least there’s also the option to just marathon all of it at once.
While a lot of people are seeing the release of ZSJL as the industry pandering to whiny fanboys, I like to think that this one is a win for the creatives like Snyder. Sure, some less-than-admirable people want the Snyder cut, but the chunk of the fandom that raised money for Suicide Prevention and knows how Snyder and the rest of the cast were mistreated behind the scenes—this win should be attributed to them instead.
No specific release date has been announced, but Snyder has confirmed that his Justice League comes to HBO Max sometime in March 2021. In the meantime, check out Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max and theaters on Christmas Day, December 25.
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While everyone was celebrating the anniversary of Star Wars: The Last Jedi yesterday, Lucasfilm has gone ahead to release a BTS reel of never-before-seen footage from Empire Strikes Back to celebrate the movie turning 40-years-old.
Check it out:
See never-before-seen on-set footage and outtakes from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, with commentary by members of the cast and crew who brought the first Star Wars sequel to life. Featured are rare behind-the-scenes moments captured by the film’s documentary crew, including the frozen exteriors of Hoth, the Rebel base hangar, interiors of the Millennium Falcon, Cloud City, and the film’s climactic duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Also included is an all-new and archival audio commentary by George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and Lawrence Kasdan.
It’s fantastic how clear the footage looks as Lucasfilm probably did some restoration to the 40-year-old footage. Besides watching Mark Hamill try his best to rehearse for Luke Skywalker, you also have to love all the extra scenes with Carrie Fisher fooling around the set as Leia.
Though Empire Strikes Back is regarded as one of the best Star Wars films today, it was actually very poorly received when it came out because it went so far from the formula of the original one. A lot of people believe that the same is kind of happening with The Last Jedi, and time will eventually be one the side of TLJ when it goes down as one of the best entries of the Sequel Trilogy.
In the meantime, you can catch The Mandalorian Season 2 now on Disney+.
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A lot of people have been excited for Obi-Wan Kenobi’s return on Disney+, but Investor’s Day has confirmed that Darth Vader is also going to play a major part on the show. With no official promo material out yet, internet artist BossLogic has given us this Vader-centric mock-up poster for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Check it out:
Darkside #obiwankenobi @starwars @disneyplus pic.twitter.com/SFJD0Lo2aG
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 16, 2020
It’s going to be very fascinating to watch how Vader will be depicted in the series, seeing that the latest version we got was a lot closer to David Prowse’s Vader from the Original Trilogy. With Hayden Christensen coming back, we should expect some flashbacks of Anakin and Obi-Wan during the Clone Wars, plus moments of Vader inside his meditation chamber where he doesn’t have to wear the armor.
Is it too much to ask for a battle-damaged Vader when he finally clashes with Obi-Wan?
For now, details are still a bit vague when it comes to the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. We know that it will take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and it will also have Vader trying to hunt down Kenobi.
Though a lot of fans love The Mandalorian, it’s episodic nature is kind of a pain to follow, and we haven’t really gotten any ‘real’ stakes until the last few episodes. Hopefully with Kenobi, we can have a proper serialized story, and we get to really delve deep into the psyche of both Obi-Wan and Vader and how they’re dealing with the aftermath of RotS.
The Obi-Wan series release date is expected to hit Disney+ sometime in 2022, but you can catch The Mandalorian Season 2 now streaming. It will be directed by Deborah Chow. The Obi Wan series timeline will take place about 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
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A lot of people thought we’d have seen the last of Jared Leto’s Joker, but he’s apparently coming back for Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. We don’t have an official look for him yet, but some word has come out on what the Clown Prince of Crime will look like at the end of the world.
Insider Daniel Richtman posted this on Twitter, with a .gif of Leto’s Joker:
Long brown hair with a bit of green. Has lots of guns and police badges attached to his clothes. pic.twitter.com/IRugS4oqS3
— Daniel Richtman #BlackLivesMatter (@DanielRPK) December 16, 2020
It has been said that Joker in the movie will appear alongside Batman and Deathstroke as the three have teamed up to fight against the greater evil which is Darkseid. My mind is just going crazy wondering what Leto’s final look is going to be. I thought he looked too sleek and clean in Suicide Squad, so it would be great to see how someone like the Joker would deal with the end of the world. I guess hanging police badges all over your outfit is morbid, but I don’t expect any less from Mr. J.
So far, the teasers for ZSJL have just shown us members of the League, but Joe Manganiello has already shared with us a look at his Knightmare Slade Wilson. With the movie rumored to come out ‘in a few months’, I’m hoping that HBO Max gives us a teaser with the new Knightmare footage before the year ends.
This is also probably asking for too much, but hopefully, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad also gets the greenlight.
No release date has been set for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but it is expected to come out on HBO Max sometime in 2021.
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Very few manga properties manage to make their mark, and Jump Comics’ Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi was probably one of the biggest shonen anime to come out in the 90s. What’s interesting is, it looks like Netflix is interested in adapting the story of Yusuke Urameshi.
As announced on Twitter, Netflix is going to be adapting Yu Yu Hakusho into a live-action series:
When Yusuke dies saving another’s life, he’ll embark on a journey across the world of humans, spirits, and demons to return to the land of the living. Yoshihiro Togashi’s legendary manga Yu Yu Hakusho will be a live action series on Netflix! pic.twitter.com/K4t5eNta9d
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) December 16, 2020
It still isn’t clear if the main language of the series is going to be in English or Japanese, but with other announced adaptations like Cowboy Bebop and One Piece expected to be in the English language, it would make sense for Netflix to do the same with something like Yu Yu Hakusho. Until we get some official details, I guess all we can really do as fans is to guess.
Here's the series synopsis:
One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World was caught by surprise that he would sacrifice himself. Yusuke soon finds out he wasn't supposed to die and has a chance for resurrection and bringing his body back to life. After being resurrected, Yusuke becomes a Spirit Detective, along with his comrades, and one adventure after another happens, whether it be an investigation or a fighting tournament.
Admittedly, Netflix has made a meme out of itself after the bomb that was the adaptation of Death Note. While it would have been easy to get past the cast being American this time around, the series kind of just forgot what made the original story interesting—the high stakes cat and mouse game between Light and L trying to outsmart each other.
It’s probably too early to be excited for Yu Yu Hakusho right now, but people have their fingers crossed that Netflix will eventually find a way to get their anime adaptations done right. Hopefully, they don’t have to sacrifice too many properties before they get that done.
No release date has been set for Netflix’s Yu Yu Hakusho, but I’m speculating a possible 2022 release.
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