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No matter what film universe he’s in, the Joker is someone who simply loves to pose in the back of police cars.
New photos from the set of director Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker origin movie features Joaquin Phoenix in full costume and makeup as the Clown Prince of Crime as he is hauled away in the backseat of a Gotham Police squad car, with a massive smile on his face.
Several other photos accompany the ones of the Joker’s apparent, glee-filled arrest, including one shot of him looking much more somber in the backseat as the cops take him away. Another photo also shows one of the Joker’s clown mask-wearing henchmen as he stands ominously next to a phone booth, baseball bat in hand.
Finally, a candid shot shows what appears to be Phoenix’s stunt double in a simplified version of the Joker’s makeup and suit, chatting with an actor playing a riot control officer in between takes.
Seeing as how a huge part of the Joker’s reputation is that everytime he gets locked up, he manages to get out in about the time it takes to have a cup of coffee, it probably won’t be the officers bringing him in who have the last laugh when all is said and done.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, and Bill Camp. The Warner Bros. film is targeted for release on Oct. 4, 2019.
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Dave Bautista returned to a WWE ring Tuesday night in celebration of Smackdown‘s 1,000th episode. The Guardians of the Galaxy star took part in a segment that saw the reunion of the wrestling stable Evolution, consisting of Bautista, Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton.
While Bautista didn’t take part in any physical activities, there were a few tense moments as he teased a confrontation with the former Evolution leader, Triple H.
When Orton grabbed the microphone, he started to run down each Evolution member, specifically calling Bautista out for going Hollywood and leaving the wrestling business behind him. However, Bautista was quick to point out that the reason he returned to “SmackDown 1000” was for the WWE Universe and his Evolution brothers.
After Bautista was done handing out compliments, he reminded Triple H that while he’s won a lot of matches and defeated many opponents in the WWE, he’s never beaten him. Of course, Triple H didn’t take too kindly to being called out, but the two ended the face-off with a hug — though they continued to give each other a side-eye as the group’s music played and the foursome got ready to exit the ring.
In September, Bautista revealed the reason he left the WWE was to prove to the company that he could become a better actor. Bautista left the WWE in 2010 to pursue his acting career, which saw him in minor roles in Scorpion King 3, The Man with the Iron Fists and Riddick, before making the move to Marvel Studios as Drax the Destroyer in 2014.
On the heels of Avengers: Infinity War, Bautista’s slated to appear in Avengers 4, although director James Gunn’s firing has left him in an uncertain position with Disney and Marvel, as he has spoken out in defense of the director. His role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is also up in the air, with the actor going so far as to say he’s not sure if he will return as Drax the Destroyer for the third installment in the Marvel Studios film.
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If you’ve been trying to unlock all of Spider-Man’s suits in Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man, your video game to-do list just got a little bit longer.
Insomniac director Ryan Smith revealed the game’s first batch of downloadable content on the official PlayStation Blog, titled Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist. The addition will feature three brand new costumes based on the second Scarlet Spider, Spider-UK and the Resilient Suit, an original design by Gabriele Dell’Otto.
While it’s not clear whether or not these new suits will unlock any new abilities, these new outfits will bring the total number of suits available in the game to 31. The Scarlet Spider II costume will bring the fan-favorite look that former Spider-villain Kaine has worn since he became the Scarlet Spider in 2012. While Spider-UK hasn’t had a great time in Spider-Geddon, this alternate reality Spider-Man costume has been around since the original Spider-Verse in 2014. Although the gleaming metallic Resilient Suit is Dell’Otto’s first original design for the game, Marvel’s Spider-Man already includes a few original suits and the Dell’Otto-designed Secret War suit.
In addition to the costumes, the DLC will include new trophies, enemies and story missions that revolve around the Black Cat, Spider-Man’s ex-girlfriend who’s also the second most famous feline thief in comics. This is the first of three releases in the Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps DLC series, with the other two set to be released before the end of the year.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is on sale now, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist will be available for download on October 23.
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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for this week’s episode of Black Lightning, “The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues.”
All superheroes need a central location where they can hide their equipment and meet up with their colleagues. Perhaps the most famous headquarters is Batman’s Batcave, which helped spawn the creation and nickname for Arrow‘s “Arrowcave,” where Oliver Queen and Team Arrow would store their electronics, weapons and costumes.
Season 1 of Black Lightning revealed Jefferson Pierce’s confidant, Gambi, provides him with his super-suit and hides the vigilante’s headquarters underneath his tailor shop. While we’ve seen Black Lightning and Gambi make improvements to the costume and perform training activities there, it was missing a section to display Black Lightning’s costume. Black Lightning finally unveiled this missing piece of its cave in “The Book of Consequences: Chapter Two: Black Jesus Blues.”
Gambi calls in Jefferson and his daughter Anissa, aka Thunder, to fill them in on Wendy Hernandez, a green light baby who escaped from her pod and is on the run. After they narrow their search to three possible locations, Jefferson turns to Anissa and says, “Let’s hit the streets.” From there, the Dramatics’ “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” begins to play in the background as the superhero duo walk into a hidden room that houses their suits, which are encased in display pods similar to those seen in the Batcave and Arrowcave.
CBR got a chance to walk through the room with Black Lightning and Thunder’s suits during a set visit attended by the press. While the room currently holds two costumes, there is more than enough room to add one for Jennifer if she ever decides to follow in her father and sister’s footsteps to protect the citizens of Freeland.
Cress Williams, who plays the titular hero, talked about the revelation of the secret room and what it could mean for Jennifer down the line. “Yes, the room. We were excited about that because we all last season are like, ‘Okay, just go off in the background. We haven’t built that yet, just go up into that direction so it’s cool.’ And then eventually I think we’re going to have to add another one in there and all that. But it’s really cool, it’s that Batman-esque.”
Airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Thunder, Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale, Damon Gupton as Billy Henderson and James Remar as Peter Gambi.
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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Blocked,” the latest episode of The Flash.
The Flash just dropped a major clue about Cicada. In “Blocked,” the latest episode, Team Flash faced off against their freak of the week, only to encounter something much more insidious. The ensuing battle against Cicada and Nora’s reaction to seeing him suggest he may actually be from her time period.
When Cicada arrived, Barry instructed Nora to take someone to the hospital, leaving himself, Elongated Man and Vibe to fight Cicada alone. Cicada immediately demonstrated why he is a formidable foe by nullifying their powers with his lightning bolt-shaped dagger. Even without their powers, Team Flash fought valiantly, but Cicada overcame them easily. In fact, he was about to kill Flash when Nora returned. As soon as they locked eyes, Nora and Cicada shared a moment of recognition. Nora froze, allowing Cicada to shuffle away without a word.
As Team Flash recovered from the fight, Iris revealed what she had discovered at CCPD. She replayed footage from the night Gridlock died and pointed out the noise, which Caitlin said sounded like an insect. “Like a Cicada,” Nora said with a grim expression. Everyone turned to look at her when she said that, and Barry asked who Cicada was. She didn’t respond before the episode cut to black, but the scared look on her face spoke volumes.
The promo for “The Death of Vibe,” next week’s episode, only confirmed the worst. In it, Cicada is described as “one of the worst serial killers in history.” However, it isn’t clear whose history is being discussed.
Introduced in 2001’s The Flash #170 by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins, the Cicada of the comics is David Hersch, who was filled with regret after murdering his wife when he was struck by lightning. As a result, he gained the ability to absorb the life-force of others, allowing him to dramatically extend his life. Believing he was somehow linked to The Flash by the similar accidents in which they gained their powers, Hersch founded a cult whose members were dedicated to murdering everyone the Scarlet Speedster ever saved, using lightning bolt-shaped daggers. As the result of a vision, Hersch believed that the energy from all the people The Flash saved, and from the hero himself, would allow him to resurrect his dead wife.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, The Flash stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanaugh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet, Hartley Sawyer and Jessica Parker Kennedy.
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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “outMatched,” the latest episode of The Gifted.
Former Sentinel Services agent Jace Turner has started down a dark path. In “outMatched,” the latest episode of The Gifted, the disgraced officer made his first steps towards joining the Purifiers, an anti-mutant hate group. According to executive producer Derek Hoffman, fans — much like Jace himself — weren’t supposed to realize what was happening until it was already too late.
“Hopefully, you don’t see it coming until it’s happened, and then you’re kind of like, ‘Wow,'” he told CBR. “You know, I think it was in 2005 or something, the FBI released a document saying that the biggest danger to the country was not ISIS at the time; it was alt-right hate groups infiltrating law enforcement. And there was this feeling of somebody like him is very useful to them and the idea that where Jace is emotionally leads him to places where suddenly he looks around and isn’t quite sure who he is or why he’s doing the things that he’s doing. It’s a very strong theme that we play with.”
“I think it would be hard for any of us to accept a character blindly walking in and being that overt. So we tried to make it happen as realistically as we could imagine. It’s tough! And it’s a hard thing to imagine,” he added.
“The Purifiers, again, we try to honor the comic origins, but put them in a modern day place. Oddly enough, bigotry at that level is rather cartoonish, so you need to sort of slide into it slowly and kind of reveal that it’s around you before you can be fully in it, so they don’t as much have a headquarters or things like that,” he explained. “I mean, honestly, it’s like that feeling — you know, Handmaid’s Tale does it very well. Our nightly news sometimes feels like it’s doing it. But that idea of, ‘Wait a minute. How did we get here?’ We’re trying to explore that more of the thing that like, when people truly reveal their true natures, sometimes you didn’t see it coming.”
“I don’t have them on the set tour because they are so realistic. Actually, a lot of their set, we’ve converted places in our offices. We converted one place that looks like a conference room that we use all the time and there was a production meeting today, so we couldn’t go in today, but that gets converted into a church basement,” he shared. “It’s very disconcerting to have your office space turned into a hate rally. It’s very unnerving, and — even though you know all the people in the room — you look around and you go, ‘Wow. This is scary.’ And I think it’s possibly the most real thing we have in the show, for better or worse.”
The Gifted Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox and stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Polaris/Lorna Dane, Blair Redford as Thunderbird/John Proudstar, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker and Skyler Samuels as the Frost Sisters.
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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The Gifted Season 2 episode “outMatched,” which debuted Tuesday on Fox.
Virtually from the 1963 debut of the X-Men, Marvel’s mutants have been viewed as representing minority groups, whether African-Americans, the LGBT community, Jews or Muslims. The metaphor doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny, as the oppressed don’t possess extraordinary abilities that might enable them to fight back against their oppressors, but it endures, and it frequently results in powerful stories. Fox’s The Gifted leans into that theme, albeit inconsistently, with Season 2 opening on a raid on an apartment complex, no doubt intended to evoke the actions of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, before pivoting to interpersonal drama and the conflict between the Mutant Underground and the Inner Circle.
But with the fourth episode of the season, “outMatched,” the X-Men spinoff returns to timely societal issues, if only briefly, with the reintroduction of the anti-mutant hate group the Purifiers.
Debuting in the 1982 graphic novel X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills, the Purifiers were a group of Christian fundamentalists, led by Rev. William Stryker, engaged in what they viewed as a holy war against mutants. They’ve clashed time and again with the X-Men and X-Force, determined to carry out their crusade to eradicate mutants.
The Purifiers were introduced to The Gifted in the first season in a flashback to Clarice (Jamie Chung) and her friend being harassed by a group of men in black hooded sweatshirts emblazoned with white crosses. Their presence was felt again in the season finale as members of the Mutant Underground traveled with the Frost sisters (Skyler Samuels) to an anti-mutant summit as part of a high-risk plot to kidnap Dr. Roderick Campbell and bring an end to the Hound Program. But apart from a passing mention, the Purifiers had seemingly been forgotten by the series, at least until this week, when the group’s anti-mutant fervor finally intersects with the aimlessness and despair of Jace Turner.
Played by Coby Bell, the disgraced former Sentinel Services agent has arguably become even more driven to bringing fugitives to justice. Bristling at life in the private sector, and increasingly at odds with his wife, he sought to make his skills and knowledge useful to a Washington, D.C., police precinct, and perhaps in the process bring down the Mutant Underground, only to be rebuffed. Torn between saving his marriage and pursuing justice, or revenge, for the daughter killed in the mysterious 7/15 event, he chooses the latter. And that brings him into direct contact with the Purifiers, who we learn aren’t all hooded goons harassing mutants in theater parking lots. Some of them are even police officers.
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Officer Wilson (Tom O’Keefe), whom Turner encountered at the precinct, reaches out, identifying himself as a Purifier by the cross tattoo on his arm. When Turner indicates he has no interest in joining a hate group, Wilson replies, “I get it, you hear the lies in the media, about how we’re all bigots. The fact is, we’re regular folk who love our species, our country and our families.” He seems perfectly harmless, friendly even, reminiscent of white nationalists occasionally trotted out as spokespeople to help normalize the movement’s repugnant views. When Turner politely refuses his offer, Wilson offers him his phone number, in case he should ever change his mind.
However, he doesn’t have to wait long, as the Inner Circle’s plot to free a mysterious mutant from the Linwood Mental Hospital is provided cover by the release of all the super-powered patients. The “mutant attack,” as media reports describe it, is all that’s required to make Turner dial the phone, and find a placed where his knowledge can be put to use.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Fox’s The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Polaris/Lorna Dane, Blair Redford as Thunderbird/John Proudstar, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker, Skyler Samuels as the Frost sisters and Grace Byers as Reeva Payge.
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In the upcoming flashback episode of Riverdale Season 3, titled “The Midnight Club”, the young stars of the popular CW series will be stepping in to play their characters’ respective parents when they were students at Riverdale High School during the early ’90s.
A set of photos released by Entertainment Weekly provide a first look at the previous generation of Bulldogs as they try to solve a mystery years before their children would be doing the same.
The photos in question show off K.J. Apa rocking his natural hair color to play a young Fred Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Alice Cooper before she renounced her Southside roots, Cole Sprouse as former football star F.P. Jones, Camila Mendes as Hermione Gomez (soon to be Lodge), Ashleigh Murray as Sierra Samuels (now known to the town of Riverdale as Mayor Sierra McCoy) and Madelaine Petsch as a young Penelope Blossom.
It was also revealed by showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa that the case Riverdale’s parents tried to crack in their youth is connected to Season 3’s main mystery, which revolves around a peculiar tabletop game.
“One of the things that the kids discover pretty early on is that the murder victims in the present were playing a game called Gryphons & Gargoyles, which is of course the Riverdale version of Dungeons & Dragons,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “And what our kids in the present day discover is that their parents, when they were in high school, were also playing this game and there was a similar murder that happened in the past.”
Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper and young Alice, also commented on the episode, adding, “Young Alice is so different from the Alice that you see today. She’s not just this uptight, precocious, looks-down-upon-everyone teen — like she was a Serpent. So that gives her young personality a lot.”
“The Midnight Club” is set to air on Wednesday, Nov. 7. In addition to the pictured cast members, the episode will also guest star Mark Consuelos’ son Michael Consuelos as a young Hiram Lodge, as well as Breakfast Club alum Anthony Michael Hall as Principal Featherhead.
Airing on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madeleine Petsch, Ashleigh Miller, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols, Madchen Amick and Luke Perry.
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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the series premiere of The Conners, “Keep on Truckin’,” which premiered Tuesday on ABC.
Viewers have known since August that ABC’s Roseanne spinoff The Conners would kill off Roseanne Barr’s character, and with tonight’s eagerly anticipated series premiere, they finally learned how.
“Keep on Truckin'” opens weeks after the death of Roseanne, with the remaining Conners still struggling the finish off all the funeral casseroles and return the dishes to their owners. The family had been operating under the belief that Roseanne died from a heart attack, until Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) receives a call from the coroner, and delivers the news that the actual cause was an overdose of painkillers.
That picks up on a plot thread from the Roseanne revival (the 11th season of the comedy), in which Roseanne became addicted to opioids following knee surgery. In the penultimate episode, “Netflix & Pill,” it’s revealed she had been hoarding other people’s leftover medications, and taking them as well. The revelation floors the family, who looks for someone to blame, before concluding that Roseanne was going to do what she wanted, and no one could stop her.
The loss of the Conner family matriarch comes nearly five months after ABC canceled its hit revival of Roseanne following a racist tweet by the often-controversial Barr. Within a month, the network announced plans to move forward with a spinoff featuring the entire Roseanne cast, except for Barr. That raised the immediate question of how The Conners would explain away Roseanne’s absence, something answered, perhaps inadvertently, in late August, when John Goodman said in an interview that his character, Dan Conner, will likely be “mopey and sad because his wife’s dead.”
ABC stoked curiosity about how exactly Barr’s iconic character would be written off The Conners, promoting the premiere first with Carly Simon’s “Anticipation,” and then with a TV spot teasing, “There’s one thing on everyone’s mind.” At the same time, the network kept a tight grip on spoilers, only making the premiere available to critics at exclusive screenings in Los Angeles and New York City.
Inspired by Barr’s own standup comedy, Roseanne originally aired from 1988 to 1997 on ABC, and is typically ranked among the greatest television sitcoms of all time. It was revived last year for a nine-episode 10th season, which earned high ratings, resulting in a Season 11 renewal before its ultimate cancellation. The network has ordered 10 episodes of The Conners.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, The Conners stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, Jayden Rey and Maya Lynne Robinson.
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When a show has been around as long as Supernatural, it is easy to make mistakes, whether they are plot holes, continuity errors, or head-scratching inconsistencies. With 13 seasons under its belt, the battles between demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean and both the forces of Heaven and Hell in Supernatural have resulted in monster ratings for the series. Fans have supported it through thick and thin to ensure that the series has lasted longer than just about any fantasy television series in history. All things considered, they’ve done a good job keeping track of things, but with well over 200 episodes in the can, the writers are bound to slip up once in a while and they’re especially liable to start pulling narratives out of nowhere. It’s hard to blame them considering they thought they were going to be done after season 5. Had they known the legs that their little show would have, they might not have brought out the apocalypse until much later.
With so many angels and demons coming and going and so much mythology thrown in, it is easy to see how the writers could get lost in its own deep story and make mistakes along the way. While fans have tried to explain away some of the mistakes, others are just glaring plot holes that make dedicated long-time fans scratch their heads and wonder why the writers don’t pay as close attention to the show as its legion of fans. Here, are 25 plot holes in Supernatural that fans have a hard time getting over:
SAVING PEOPLE OR HUNTING PEOPLE
During the early seasons of Supernatural, Sam and Dean would save people who were possessed by demons through exorcisms and so forth. However, as the years have gone by, the brothers no longer seem to care about the innocents that the demons possess and just take out the demons by eliminating the hosts as well.
This means that the brothers are taking out innocent people for the greater good. This goes against their motto of saving lives. With that said, most fans can just dismiss this by stating that the brothers are doing the right thing at the end of the day.
THEY WERE WANTED
From the first ever episode of Supernatural, we’ve seen Dean and Sam posing as police officers, and we learn that Dean is a wanted criminal with a long history of charges. Throughout the early seasons, Dean and Sam are often arrested and told how long the FBI have searched for them.
What’s confusing here is how they manage to hide so well in plain sight. With the number of cops they talk to, don’t you think they should be recognized sometimes? Yet both brothers never even bother to change their appearance in any way at all.
Kevin Tran was one of the coolest, most loved Supernatural characters ever. Kevin was a high school kid who turned out to be a prophet of God. This meant he had the knowledge to help out Sam and Dean, and they all became friends. It was a very dark day in Supernatural when Kevin perished.
He was ended by Gadreel, who was ordered by Metatron. Kevin came back as a ghost because he had attached himself to his class ring. Our issue is that Heaven was apparently shut at this time, so Kevin couldn’t go back. When Heaven reopens we don’t hear anything about Kevin or if he went there to live.
CONFUSING TIME FLOW
It was revealed time flowed differently in the underworld and four months on Earth was equivalent to forty years in there. Going by this logic, it would mean Sam was in Lucifer’s Cage for over a century, while poor Adam has been down there for millennia. But this fact does not line up with what we’ve seen on the show since.
For instance, when Bobby was rescued, he didn’t act like he was stuck there for a century. Sam went to hell to retrieve Bobby and from Dean’s point of view was gone for hours, meaning he should have been hell for a few years at least.
ANGELS AND EATING
There are several things about the angels that make no sense. However, one of the things that the show seems to waffle on is their desire to eat food. In season 9, Castiel is complaining about becoming an angel again.
In the episode, he said that one of the things that he will miss the most is enjoying food because angels can’t taste food as it just tastes like molecules to them. However, in season 5, Castiel is seen eating hundreds of hamburgers due to the influence of Famine. When asked about the food, he says that he thinks they taste delicious. So which is it?
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER HORSEMEN?
In Season 5, the apocalypse was in full swing, even including the four horsemen as foretold. Sam and Dean faced each of these horsemen which included Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death.
Although for the most part, these beings were way above the boys’ pay grade, it was only Death who displayed the level of power he brought and willingly gave away his ring. The other three rings had to be taken away through physical means. Ultimately the four rings were used to open a portal to Lucifer’s cage, but we never found out what happened with the three horsemen. Their attributes still lived, but what of the beings themselves?
HOW THEY IDENTIFIED DEMONS
One of the methods of spotting a demon was revealed in an early Season 1 episode to be uttering the word ‘Christo’, which would force the demon to flash its black eyes. By saying this one word, a demon flinched and allowed them the chance to defeat it.
This plan works and the brothers are able to prevent the demon of the episode from crashing a plane and save numerous lives in the process. With that said, they never used the word again in the next 12 seasons, despite having numerous chances for it to help them win a fight with a demon.
THE LEVIATHAN’S DISAPPEARANCE
The Leviathans were the main antagonists of Season 7, with their threat of such magnitude that they were easily able to dispose of Angels, and had all the other monsters in their grasp. To top it off, they had manufactured a corn syrup, which had been mixed in the food supply that gave them control of the human population.
This plan was well underway before they were thwarted at the season’s end. You’d think there would be some fallout to all this in the next season, but the leviathans have in fact never been referenced to again. We would like to know, what happened to the remaining Leviathans?
Ruby’s knife was a weapon capable of ending demons. It was noticed that this would make things too easy for the protagonists. In order to combat this, some demons were made too powerful for the knife to have an effect on them, given their attribute as being among the oldest demons.
But this brings up a glaring plot hole in the form of Lilith, the very first and supposedly most powerful demon. Lilith was clearly terrified of the knife when Sam tried to attack her with and fled her vessel. Wouldn’t she logically be immune to it if she was the most powerful among all demons?
NOT SO POWERFUL ANGELS
Angels commanded fear in the hearts of all lower beings upon their introduction. Demons, in particular, were wary of them with Ruby keeping a distance from Sam due to his association with Castiel as she was afraid of getting caught.
The reason for said fear was appropriate as well, as angels could effortlessly smite demons upon placing their palms on demons’ forehead. In the beginning seasons this was displayed quite a lot, but in recent times angels don’t seem to use this ability much. In fact, higher levels demons such as Princes and Knights of hell can shrug off high-level Angels. So they are not so powerful after all, huh?
THE BROTHERS TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING
While this is something that the show has explained, it still makes no sense. Dean and Sam, from the start, are able to drive across the country, stay in motels, buy food and clothes, and survive without having a real job. Where do they get their money?
As the show reveals from the start, the boys get credit cards under false pretenses and then use them without care since they consider credit card companies to be immoral anyway. Also, Dean is a pool hustler. And while on the subject of credit cards, where do the companies send them?
SAM AND DEAN AND RESSURECTION
Despite many curve balls, Supernatural has one guarantee: Sam, Dean, and Castiel will keep dying to save the world and they’ll always come back. At first, it’s incredibly moving to see a beloved character accept their fate and sacrifice themselves for the greater good.
But after a while, it starts to lose emotional weight. Sam and Dean have literally been to Hell and back while Castiel has died and transformed numerous times. Sam, Dean, and Castiel are likely never going to be anything worse than “mostly dead.”
THE GRAND CANYON TRIP
In Season 2 episode 9, Dean makes a comment about all the driving they do, but he’s still never been to the Grand Canyon. It was the episode where, yet again, they thought Sam was going to pass, so Dean literally locked himself in the room and planned to perish with him. The plot hole came in season 8.
In Season 8 episode 21 Sam asks Dean if he remembers that time John took them to the Grand Canyon on a donkey ride. Dean says that Sam was only four and that he can barely remember it. So does Dean have selective memory loss?
THE VILLAINS TALK TOO MUCH
Supernatural has a tried and tested formula that just works for the show. One of the most common parts of an episode would be where the antagonist is confronted by the boys only for them to be taken aback by the villain’s feats and get flung around the room.
More often than not the villain immobilizes the boys by pinning them against a wall and rendering them motionless. In the end, though, the heroes win, not because of their skill but because the antagonist wastes time with a monologue to take note of some outside interference. Storyline wise, however, why do the bad guys do this?
THE POWER THAT WAS NEVER USED
Angels and the extent of their powers have been wildly inconsistent on the show. On occasion, they are great reality benders who only need to snap their fingers to make anything come true while on others they seem incapable of doing much. One of the most useful powers they could possess is, or was, resurrection.
Castiel displayed this ability by bringing Bobby back to life in the Season 5 finale. This ability is scarcely used. It’s a wonder as to why this isn’t brought up whenever someone bites the dust. It’s not clear either if this power still remains in the angels or if they lost it.
THE NUMBER OF ANGELS
Right from their introductory season, the angels are said to be on the verge of extinction. In that season alone we see numerous angels brought to an end as the war with the demons rages on. Fast forward over to Season 13. We’ve seen hundreds upon hundreds of angels pass away on the screen.
Many are mentioned to have met their demise during the great fall in season 9. And yet still there seem to be quite a lot of these beings running around on Earth and in Heaven. So how many angels were there, really?
THE BOY WHO FLED
Jesse Turner appeared in the season 5 episode “I Believe the Children Are Our Future”. He looked like a cute little kid, but he was actually the son of a demon and human. Not only that, but little Jesse is also the Anti-Christ – yes, according to Castiel, Jesse could eliminate all angels in Heaven with just one single word.
Castiel rightly wanted to destroy the child before he could, in turn, destroy Heaven and Earth. However, Dean and Sam had other ideas and allowed Jesse to live. The problem is that this is the Anti-Christ and the harbinger of the end, yet he has never been seen again since season 5.
LUCIFER’S ESCAPE FROM HELL
It took millions of years for Lucifer’s plan to work, and a whole lot of plotting to make it so before the villain was released to kick-start the apocalypse. All that trouble could have been so easily avoided. In the eleventh season, Lucifer escapes his cage when he possesses Castiel and returns to Earth.
This was made possible thanks to Rowena, who was able to shift Lucifer away from his cage into another. However, there were many powerful witches the likes of Rowena. Why didn’t any of Lucifer’s followers have this idea to release him? It was certainly a whole lot easier than breaking the 66 seals.
TWO BEINGS IN ONE BODY
For the most part, Supernatural was very consistent with its mythology. As of Season 13, Lucifer has switched a number of vessels with hardly any problems. For the most part, it has been explained how he stays in a different vessel without deterioration. But there was none in Season 11.
He took possession of Jimmy Novak while Castiel also inhabited the same person. It is said containing an archangel is impossible for someone who is not their true vessel. Yet, here Jimmy was harboring not only Lucifer but another angel simultaneously. How is this possible?
THE QUESTION OF PURGATORY
The introduction of the realm of Purgatory brought a whole lot more questions than answers. For one thing, why is there a backdoor to Purgatory? If this is where the sinners and monsters go to stew, why would there be backdoor at all?
There is one plot hole that was never answered about purgatory: where do things go when they pass away in Purgatory? All that beings in purgatory do is hunt each other. But they are already dead when they end up there; which brings about the confusion of where they go after they have been taken out.
JOHN WINCHESTER’S SOUL
By this point, we have a clear understanding of where individual souls go for most beings. Humans, who have proven themselves worthy, go to Heaven. John Winchester was the original ‘Righteous Man’ as part of the 66 seals that contained Lucifer.
That means after his escape from confinement down under, at the end of Season 2, his soul should have rightfully ascended to Heaven. We’ve never gotten a clue of his current whereabouts. And yet no one from Heaven has ever been able to locate him. Sam and Dean couldn’t when they were there themselves. Castiel can’t give them a straight answer on the matter.
THE FORGOTTEN WINCHESTER
The Winchesters talk a big game about the importance of family. They do all sorts of things in the interest of saving and/or resurrecting one another. Dean even kills Death, knowingly unleashing the Darkness, just to avoid killing Sam. But when it comes to their half-brother, Adam, that all goes out the window.
Presently, Adam languishes in Hell’s Cage, along with Michael. Though they’ve since revisited the Cage numerous times, they’ve made no further attempts to extract Adam. At one point, Sam was in there with Adam and Death offered to spring one of them for Dean. Dean barely hesitates to choose Sam.
THE LEVIATHAN’S POWERS
As the Big Bads of season 7, the Leviathans were truly scary, and as God’s first creation, they were bound to have flaws. The first question was what their powers were. There’s lots of talk about how dangerous and indestructible they are.
Yet, they never really bring out the proverbial big guns when faced with the two hunters famous for killing monsters that could not be killed. They’re allegedly more powerful than angels, but a lot of them go down like storm troopers. It was said that they could heal from anything but fell down like flies at the brothers’ hands.
SAM AND STANFORD
Sam was originally meant to be 20 years old, but at the last minute, they changed his age to 22. The implication was that Dean was pulling him away from his senior year of undergrad, thus lending more weight to his sacrifice.
When Dean delivers his famous pitch about their dad going missing on a “hunting trip,” he references that they haven’t seen each other in 2 years. Without the knowledge of the writing oversight, it doesn’t make any sense that a smart 22-year-old on a law school track would only be a sophomore in college.
HAIR GROWTH IN PURGATORY
At the start of season 8, we learn that Dean has been trapped in Purgatory for the past year, having been sent there with Castiel when they killed the Leviathan leader, Dick Roman. When Dean finally finds a way back to Earth, having fought countless monsters in the process, he’s understandably scraped up and worse for wear.
That is, apart from his usual haircut and clean-shaven mug. One might assume that since Purgatory is a sort of after-life, human body functions don’t apply. On the other hand, Castiel emerges from Purgatory with a full beard, while his hair remains the same length. Interesting.
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Steve Aoki’s ideal future for humanity involves the onset of cybernetics to an astonishing degree. The DJ made his first appearance at New York Comic Con in 2018 to promote his inaugural comic book Neon Future.
Grown out of the broader concept that served as a basis for two of his previous albums — with Neon Future 3 dropping in November 2018 — the comic introduces a more distinct narrative to further promote the tech-positive ideology of Aoki.
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Created in collaboration with Eisner award winner Jim Krueger, Tom Bilyeu and artists Jheremy Raapack and Neil Edwards, Neon Future explores a dystopian world in which humans have outlawed all advanced technology in an effort to reclaim jobs eliminated by automation. The result is a future in which economic class divides have gotten even worse and humans implanted with technology (Augments) are persecuted by those who aren’t (Authentics).
Neon Future’s protagonist is an Augment named Kita Sovee, who makes it his mission to end the persecution that’s victimized him and help others who find themselves in government crosshairs.
It’s an interesting twist on the kind of future so many science fiction stories create; instead of making technology the root cause of whatever dystopia is at work, it’s the human application of and attitude toward tech that threatens the world.
Listening to Steve Aoki’s personal philosophy regarding the application of AI, it’s easy to see the roots of the ethos behind Neon Future. Not only does Aoki reject the idea that technology is dangerous in and of itself, he fully embraces the idea of humanity merging with tech as our next stage of evolution.
But just how far does it go?
“I’m definitely far-leaning past Mark Zuckerberg,” says Aoki. “I want to embrace AI to its fullest potential, and feel like we could use it to eventually become cyborgs. That’s how we will eventually become part of the cloud.
“I’ve been obsessed with the convergence of technology and our humanity in a way where it’s positive, where we live in this utopian future. I agree with Ray Kurzweil in that that every technological development and every moment it happens… we find our own safeguards. I don’t think we’ll allow ourselves to be taken over by AI.”
When asked whether such a notion concerns him, Aoki is quick to point that it doesn’t. On the contrary, he says, “it’s just a part of our evolutionary process.”
“It’s part of where we’re meant to be,” he continues, “and I don’t really see it as a negative, or as a downfall. In most sci-fi comic book stories, technology is the problem. It is taken away or it’s the evil machine. This story we tell [in Neon Future] is something different.”
It’s certainly a more optimistic and refreshing future than The Terminator‘s Skynet, so here’s hoping Neon Future inspires the kind of positivity and stewardship that could actually result in responsible innovation, rather than the kind that results in more… unpredictable outcomes.
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Stop right there—without moving, do a posture check. Back rounded? Chin sticking out? Don't worry, strength training can help fix your hard-to-break slouching habits. (These yoga poses will help your tech neck too.)
Slouching doesn’t just visually pack on pounds; it also causes neck and back pain, decreases oxygen flow to your muscles, and reduces flexibility, upping your risk of injury. This workout—designed by Doug Holt, a trainer and owner of Conditioning Specialists in Santa Barbara, CA and Natalie Miller, a doctor of physical therapy at Vaida Wellness Center in Minnesota—combats chest tightness (which exacerbates bad posture) and strengthens the muscles that pull back the shoulder blades to build better posture. (It's one of most people's major muscle imbalances.)
Grab some light (2- to 5-pound) dumbbells, a 6- to 10-pound weighted Body Bar, a few other odds and ends, and tackle this routine to score a sculpted upper body that not only looks tall and strong but also feels and functions better too. (No equipment handy? Try this weight-free posture workout instead.)
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