Hellboy Reboot Killed Potential Abe Sapien Spinoff

Hellboy Reboot Killed Potential Abe Sapien Spinoff

Earlier this month, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola revealed that director Neil Marshall had taken the reins of a cinematic reboot of the character with Stranger Things star David Harbour replacing Ron Perlman in the leading role. The new film would be rated R and mark a new launching point in tone for the franchise. But fresh beginnings only come after something else has unfortunately come to an end — and now thanks to Peter Briggs — who scripted the first Hellboy film alongside Guillermo del Toro — we have learned what one of these axed projects was: the highly coveted Abe Sapien spinoff.

RELATED: Hellboy Reboot Will Be a ‘Darker, More Gruesome’ Film

“While I’ve got nothing to do with the reboot, I HAVE been working with Universal Pictures on another Hellboy spinoff project since 2010,” Briggs wrote in a post to Facebook. “Internally, Universal were keen to make a Hellboy spinoff based around the character of Prince Nuada from Hellboy 2…and asked if I was interested in writing it. I said I was, although there was the slight problem of Prince Nuada being…ah…um…slightly ‘dead’ at the end of Hellboy 2.”

“I started working on an outline with my Los Angeles-based Panzer 88 co-writer Aaron Mason while still in New Zealand,” the writer continued. “It was called Hellboy: Silverlance, and we solved the ‘Nuada Problem.’ Although we never really discussed it as such it really was a B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) movie. The aquatic Abe Sapien was the main character, and Hellboy still featured fairly prominently in it. I suppose you could liken it to a Suicide Squad situation: Batman was in there, but the story wasn’t really about him.”

“Universal really wanted to proceed with it, but after further discussions at the studio it was apparent a Hellboy 3 was still on the cards for the studio and more of a priority, so Silverlance got back-burnered. I figured that was the end of that,” Briggs remarked. “Five years later, 2015, I was in Sweden when I got another call from Universal. It was looking like Hellboy 3 wasn’t now going to happen, so would Aaron and myself now be interested in further developing a reworked version of Silverlance?” To which Briggs exclaimed, “Hell yes!”

RELATED: Former Hellboy Ron Perlman Wishes David Harbour Well On The Reboot

The writers were given one caveat, however. Hellboy could not be shown in the movie. “We reworked and expanded the project out…Abe is troubled still by his psychic connection with Princess Nuala from Hellboy 2, so researches the history of Nuala and Nuada,” Briggs added. “We would have seen Nuada’s connection to a rival fairy courtier who seeks control of the fairy kingdom (and Nuala’s hand in marriage), and engineers the machinations that cause Prince Nuada’s expulsion…Doug Jones would have been playing twin characters of both Abe and a reprise of the Angel Of Death, with whom Prince Nuada strikes a bargain. Agent Myers from the first Hellboy film would have returned. The story reached a rousing action climax at the B.P.R.D. Colorado headquarters and used Rasputin’s summoning gauntlet from the first movie (and we did manage to sneak Hellboy in for a cameo in one scene!) If it had been successful, it would have been the first in a series of From The Files Of The B.P.R.D. projects.”

Briggs went on to add that after the script had been turned in, Universal and Dark Horse comics decided to go a different direction with the property. “…We were asked politely to put a pin in the Silverlance project as they were keen to reboot a movie version of Hellboy with an all-new team,” Briggs explained. “Universal were very happy with our reworked Silverlance and wanted to proceed with it, but now it was made clear we couldn’t use any of the characters created for Hellboy 2.”

Briggs later relayed that his time with Abe Sapien and the other members of the B.P.R.D. had seemingly reached its conclusion, and what he thought about the franchise going forward, “With the announcement of the Neil Marshall Hellboy reboot project…I think it’s safe to say Silverlance is now officially dead. As a fan of Hellboy for 25 years, I’m curious to see how the new Millennium project turns out.”

RELATED: Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen Promo Art Spotted at Cannes

The reboot, currently titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, has yet to receive a release date.

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Steven Universe #4

Steven Universe #4

Steven, Peridot and Amethyst go on their wildest adventure yet—a local Renaissance Faire! While the others enjoy fried food and theater, Peridot enters the joust, and is playing to win.

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Over the Garden Wall #14

Over the Garden Wall #14

Greg and Jason might not be able to save Jason’s dad in time, and Wirt and Sara have to decide if they should help Greg or attend to their own mystery.

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Ladycastle #4

Ladycastle #4

Final issue! In order to free Gwyneff from an evil knight, a champion must win three challenges!

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Lennon: The New York Years (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

Lennon: The New York Years (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

In 1975 the most famous rock star in the world moved to New York City to raise his young family, in the process setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. During this reflective time he met with a psychoanalyst, worked to spread peace around the globe, celebrated his wife, and went about the daily business of being John Lennon. Then just five years later he was killed.

Lennon adapts David Foenkinos’ legendary novel to graphic album form, with striking black-and-white illustrations by French artist Horne. Relive the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music’s–and popular culture’s–most influential voice, as captured in this unique and moving graphic novel.

Advance solicited for May release! “John Lennon is here, alive, in this story. He tells us about his childhood, creating a music group, and meeting with a small child prodigy, Paul McCartney…” — Critiques Libres

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2017 Annual

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2017 Annual

The future of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers starts here as Tommy makes a choice that will have huge consequences for the team; Black Power Rangers from across parallel dimensions meet to face off against a deadly foe; and all-new secret origins revealed!

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Garfield: Unreality TV

Garfield: Unreality TV

It’s showtime in this second original graphic novel of Garfield! The infamous Fat Cat thinks Nermal is annoying, but he has no idea what’s in store as he becomes a contestant on a reality TV program. Join Garfield, Odie, and Jon in a series of all-new adventures from legendary Garfield and Friends show writer Mark Evanier, ongoing Garfield contributors Scott Nickel and Antonio Alfaro, and New York Times best-selling cartoonist Judd Winick (Hilo).

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Teaser Trailer Released for Unbelievably Cool Voldemort Fan Film

J.K. Rowling may be busy working on the second film in her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy, but one fan film is getting reading to tell us a much cooler story: How He Who Shall Not Be Named became, well, He Who Shall Not Be Named.

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Spitting Image: 15 Times Image FLAGRANTLY Copied Marvel And DC

Spitting Image: 15 Times Image FLAGRANTLY Copied Marvel And DC

Twenty-five years ago, several high-profile comic creators ventured off on their own and launched Image Comics. Creators like Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, and others created their own characters and topped the charts in the ‘90s. Now, over two decades later, Image Comics has continued that tradition of allowing creators to fully flex their creative muscles with their own original series.

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However, not everything released by Image Comics over the years has been completely original, especially during those early days. When Image Comics released its early series of books, it was clear that the creators were borrowing heavily from Marvel and DC. To say they “borrowed” ideas is actually extremely generous. They basically ripped off the biggest, most popular characters and gave them new, edgy names and costumes. If they wanted to tell a Captain America story, well just use Captain America, change the name, alter the costume, and you’re set! Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men topped the charts, so how about just rip off everything about them for multiple series? Let’s take a look at 15 times that Image Comics ripped off Marvel and DC.

SMASH

15 Smash and Hulk

Does this sound familiar? There’s a character that changes into a big, brightly colored monster that goes around busting things up and grows in size and strength as he gets increasingly angry. Nope, this isn’t The Incredible Hulk. This is Rob Liefeld’s Smash. While all the entries on this list are blatant rip offs, Smash has to take the cake for the laziest, most uninspired.

Smash appeared in the Jeph Loeb and Rob Liefeld book Fighting American (more on that later…), and in it, he does pretty much what you’d expect. He smashes things. One look at the character and you might think something happened at the printer when they made the newest issue of Incredible Hulk. You may even think that there’s satire at play here. You’d be wrong on both counts. Smash is just a purple version of the Hulk. Plain and simple.

DEADLOCK

14 Deadlock and Wolverine

Wolverine is one of the most popular characters in the history of comics. During the early ‘90s, X-Men ruled Marvel Comics, with Wolvie being the headliner. So, you can hardly blame the guys over at Image for wanting to create their own Wolverine to star in their books. However, they didn’t have to be so obvious about it.

Deadlock’s costume is pretty much Wolverine’s with a different color scheme. The signature helmet that is both silly and iconic on Wolverine is duplicated on Deadlock. It’s not just the costume that draws comparisons to the mutant. Deadlock is also a feral hothead that has claws. Oh, but he’s a vampire and doesn’t have metal claws, so totally not Wolverine! See? There’s a difference! Ugh.

CYBLADE

13 Cyblade and Psylocke

Marc Silvestri is one of the greatest creators of all time, and his work on Uncanny X-Men was top notch in the late ‘80s. However, he didn’t have to go and rip off one of the most popular ‘90s X-Men when he joined Image. Cyblade is clearly a thinly-veiled Psylocke. Seriously, just look at the names. You know, you should never judge a book by its cover, so let’s take a deeper look at the characters.

One of them is a dark-haired mutant with the ability to mentally project pink blades from her hands and use them in combat, along with being an adept martial artist. The other one is Psylocke. There’s almost a meta-commentary on the rip off that occurred in a X-Men/Cyberforce crossover. In the story, Wolverine and Psylocke team-up to save Cyblade and Ripclaw, who are clearly rip offs of these X-Men. It was a way for the creators to just admit that these pairs are eerily similar.

SUPREME

12 Supreme and Superman

There have been many analogous characters to Superman throughout the decades. Superman is just an iconic character that lends himself to multiple different interpretations. Almost every comic book publisher has copied Superman at one point. So, since Rob Liefeld was in the business of taking popular characters, putting a new coat of paint on them, and selling tons of books, he gladly created a Superman character named Supreme.

Thank God for Alan Moore, though. Alan Moore was hired to reinvent the character for Liefeld. Instead of differentiating the character from Superman, he embraced the similarities and actually included many more in his revised origin. The issues of Supreme that were written by Alan Moore are some of the best Superman stories that ever existed, without actually starring the Kryptonian. If only Moore took the time to reinvent the rest of the characters on this list.

FIGHTING AMERICAN/ AGENT AMERICA

11 Fighting American and Captain America

Oh, Rob Liefeld. You did it again. This time, you were almost sued. Back in the ‘90s, Marvel hired Liefeld to create a new version of Captain America for their Heroes Reborn initiative. After a falling out, Liefeld had a couple issues already in the can, but Marvel didn’t publish them. He then went to Joe Simon and Roz Kirby (Jack Kirby’s widow) to ask if he could publish a new comic based on the Fighting American character. They couldn’t come to terms, so Liefeld moved on.

Liefeld created some initial publicity art for a “new” character called Agent America (see what he did there?). However, that was quickly stopped by Joe Simon, who threatened to sue the creator since it was a clear rip off. They renegotiated and agreed to terms. Liefeld then released Fighting American. It’s great if you want to see rip offs of Bucky, Red Skull, Hulk, and of course Captain America.

GLORY

10 Glory and Wonder Woman

If you need a strong, warrior-type female character, it only makes sense to rip off the greatest female character of all time, right? That must have been Liefeld’s thought process behind Glory. Raised by the Amazons, away from man, Glory became their best warrior. Not feeling at home among her Amazonian sisters, she goes to man’s world and joins the fight during World War II.

While the character was used throughout the ‘90s as a Wonder Woman rip-off, it wasn’t until after Liefeld stepped back that the character truly got a chance to shine. Similar to how Alan Moore revamped Supreme for a great run of stories, he did the same for Glory, very briefly. Then, in 2011, Joe Keatinge took over with Glory #23 and finally made her a character worth caring about.

SHADOWHAWK

9 ShadowHawk and Batman

No comic book universe would be complete without a Batman rip-off! Image comics has one, courtesy of Jim Valentino, called ShadowHawk. Now, obviously Bruce Wayne’s origin story is iconic and creating another Bruce Wayne would have been hated among the comic community, so Valentino only took bits and pieces to create ShadowHawk.

ShadowHawk has the mysterious costume that takes inspiration from Batman, but isn’t a wholesale copy. The character’s origin is changed quite a bit, but he’s still a vigilante that works only at night in New York City (Gotham). Later, it is revealed that there have been ShadowHawks throughout history, and there was one in the Silver Age that admitted to the Batman similarities. That character worked out of the ShadowCave, drove the ShadowCar, and had a partner called Squirrel, clearly a meta-commentary on how ShadowHawk was conceived as a different version Batman.

YOUNGBLOOD

8 Youngblood and Teen Titans

Back in 1991, artist Rob Liefeld was going to work on a new Teen Titans series for DC comics alongside the legendary Marv Wolfman. However, the artist and writer never did work on their series, so Liefeld was left with all his notes about Teen Titans. When Liefeld and the other artists created Image, he decided to recycle those Teen Titans notes for a new team book that would launch Image Comics, called Youngblood.

This is one of the cases where the artist actually admits retooling a previous assignment for a new Image series. In an interview Liefeld said, “Shaft was intended to be Speedy. Vogue was a new Harlequin design, Combat was a Kh’undian warrior circa the Legion of Super Heroes, ditto for Photon and Die Hard was a Star Labs android. I forgot who Chapel was supposed to be. So there you have it, the secret origin of Youngblood.”

APOLLO AND MIDNIGHTER

7 Apollo Midnighter and Superman Batman

It’s almost cheating putting Apollo and Midnighter on this list. These two characters weren’t part of the Image boom that was notorious for rip offs. Apollo and Midnighter were created, very clearly, to be Superman and Batman-type characters, with a twist. These two debuted in Stormwatch Vol. 2 #4 in 1998, well after Liefeld and Co. had created most of the characters on this list, but they do rightfully deserve a place on it, if a loving one.

The big twist on these two, and what has helped them become amazing characters in the last 20 years, is their relationship to each other. You see, Apollo and Midnighter are married. Their relationship is sort of a “What If?” on a popular Superman/Batman theory. What if Superman and Batman were a happily married couple? Well, you can read all about those adventures in comics starring Apollo and Midnighter. Spoiler alert – It’s bloody, violent, and incredibly sweet.

GEN 13

6 Gen13 and X-Men

Gen 13 is a book about a group of superpowered teens that were training at a remote facility under the tutelage of an older guy. Sounds a little bit like the mega-successful Marvel franchise featuring mutants, huh? If there’s one comic book series that Image Comics liked to rip off the most, it’s X-Men. You can hardly blame Image, though, considering that not only was it the hottest comic on the shelves, but also the basis for a highly successful TV series.

Gen 13 rises above a lot of the dreck, however, due to the characters involved. The teens featured in Gen 13 were stereotypes, sure, but they were fleshed out and more inclusive than many comics on the shelves at the time. It’s just a shame that perhaps the biggest reason it was so popular was the cheesecake art, which was pretty questionable given the subject matter.

WILDC.A.T.S

5 WildCATS and X-Men

You can almost go through every aspect of the WildC.A.T.S and connect it to X-Men. Boring, stubborn leader? Check. Wild, clawed rebel? Check. Older guy who creates team? Check. Telepaths, sexy ninja-women, and a mysterious bad boy in a trench coat? Check, check, and check. Finally, add in an alien race similar to the brood and turn Cerebro into a sexy android, and you have a pretty solid X-Men rip off.

WildC.A.T.S was used as the basis for a blatant copy of the X-Men animated series, as well. Seriously, watch the WildC.A.T.S animated series and you have to just laugh at how badly they wanted to copy X-Men. In later years, Marvel and Image decided to join forces and give everyone what they always thought would be obvious, a X-Men/ WildC.A.T.S miniseries. It featured some great creators, and almost made up for the years of copying. Almost.

DEATHBLOW

4 Deathblow and Punisher

Deathblow is an example of what happens when you want to create a copy of a character but then ruin him by overpowering him. If you want to make a former special ops badass killing machine, hellbent on avenging the death of family members, just copy Punisher and call it a day. What Jim Lee and Brandon Choi did was copy the Punisher, but then give him superpowers and a convoluted backstory.

Everyone knows that the best thing about Punisher is how he is human and can die. He doesn’t have superpowers, so when he takes on the superpowered bad guys (and good guys), it has serious stakes. Deathblow, on the other hand, is Punisher with a healing factor and psionic powers. That makes Deathblow not just a copy of a popular Marvel character, but instantly strips him of everything that makes the original character interesting. But hey, healing factors are dope, right?

CYBERFORCE

3 Cyberforce and X-Men

Jim Lee ripped off X-Men with WildC.A.T.S. J. Scott Campbell did it with Gen 13. Then Marc Silvestri went and did it with Cyberforce. Cyberforce tells the story of mutants that were taken hostage and experimented on. They were given cybernetic enhancements that increased the powers they were born with. Basically, Cyberforce is when you take the members of the X-Men, plus Cable, and make them more violent and metal-ly.

One of the silliest tropes of ‘90s comics was the excessiveness of character designs. Cyberforce is a perfect example. Cable is a popular X-character, so in Cyberforce, they made a Cable-like character with three cybernetic arms. Way cooler than one arm! Wolverine is a badass right? So how about we make his whole hands metal claws? Extra badass! Let’s just give everyone some cybernetic goodness and oversized muscles! Yay, ‘90s!

BLOODWULF

2 Bloodwulf and Lobo

Lobo is a character that works because of how silly and over-the-top he is. He’s a loudmouthed, super strong space bounty hunter who swears and smokes. He’s a crude, funny parody of all those ultra-violent anti-heroes in comics. You know what isn’t funny though? When a creator misses the point completely, and directly copies the character. That’s the story behind Bloodwulf.

Bloodwulf is just a shameless rip off of Lobo, minus any of the actual humor and creativity that went into creating the character. Bloodwulf is that joke that someone tells you but forgets the punchline. It’s painful and just sad. Lobo is already an over-the-top parody of ‘90s badass comics characters, so creating a copy of him because he’s cool is just… redundant. You can’t even say now that Bloodwulf was supposed to poke fun at Lobo because that’s not the truth. He was created to be Image’s Lobo, hoping to capitalize on the trend at the time.

PITT

1 Pitt Wolverine Hulk

Dale Keown is one of the best Incredible Hulk artists of all time. His run with Peter David is still looked at as one of the best runs on the character in Marvel history. So, you can hardly blame the guy for wanting to bring his knack for drawing large, muscular monsters to his first Image comic. That’s what he did when he created Pitt.

Pitt is an alien hybrid from a race called the Creed. Actually, you know what? It doesn’t matter. All you need to know is Pitt is basically the Hulk crossed with Wolverine. Apparently all the Hulk needs to be relevant in the ‘90s is a set of razor sharp retractable claws, gratuitous amounts of chains, and a ponytail. You have to hand it to Keown to use a couple different influences, unlike other people on this list.

Did we miss any other times Image blatantly ripped of their forebears? If so, help us out in the comments!

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Eddie Vedder And Guns N’ Roses Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell During Europe Concerts

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was emotional Saturday during the opening stop on a European solo tour, his first gig since longtime friend and former collaborator Chris Cornell died on May 18.

Vedder made no direct mention of Cornell, the lead vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave, during his Amsterdam show in the Netherlands, according to Consequence of Sound, but he altered lyrics and addressed substance abuse, an issue that plagued Cornell prior to his suicide. During the set’s first song, “Long Road,” Vedder amended the words to say, “Without you, something is missing.”

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Sofia Coppola Becomes Second Woman To Win Cannes Film Festival’s Directing Prize

Ending a 56-year gap, Sofia Coppola became the second woman to receive the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival as the gala wrapped up on Sunday.

Russian Yuliya Solntseva won for “The Story of the Flaming Years” in 1961.Coppola was honored for “The Beguiled,” a Southern Gothic horror that updates the 1971 Civil War drama starring Clint Eastwood. Three of the director’s previous features ― “The Virgin Suicides,” “Marie Antoinette” and “The Bling Ring” ― also competed at Cannes.

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Secret Empire: Who is the New Captain America?

Secret Empire: Who is the New Captain America?

SPOILER WARNING: contains major spoilers for Secret Empire #2, on sale now

Secret Empire #2, like virtually every issue leading up the event, ended with a game-changing twist, this time with the reveal of a second Captain America. Yes, folks, there’s now two different Captain Americas — and this one looks to be a “good” one. But who the heck is he?

After a small narration about hope, playing out over a scene of a woman being chased by the Serpent Society, this (new?) Cap steps out of the shadows, with a shaved hair and a beard, his clothes in tatters, and saves her, declaring, “My name is Steve Rogers. I’m just trying to get home.”

RELATED: What Does Secret Empire #2’s Shocking Reveal Mean for Captain America?

Of course, this begs the question of, what’s home to him, not to mention, who is he? Hopefully we’ll find out more soon, but until we do, let’s run through the possibilities, of where there are a surprising number despite only having seen him in a single panel thus far.

While most everyone’s first response would understandably be, “Well, he’s obviously the real Captain America,” he can’t be. Well, obviously, he could be, but both Marvel Comics and Secret Empire writer Nick Spencer have stated — multiple times — that the villain of the event isn’t a Skrull, an LMD, or any other sort of trick. The Cap who took over the country is the real Captain America, bottom line. So unless Marvel and Spencer are lying (which, sure, that’s a possibility) then the “real” Cap is the one leading Hydra.

So, again we ask, who is this other Steve Rogers?

Well, given that there’s an entire multiverse out there, we’ve got a ton of choices. There’s as many Captain Americas out there as there are stars in the sky, but some of them are more likely than others. So let’s see if we can’t figure out who this new Captain America really is.

Captain-America-Dimension-Z

The Captain America from Dimension Z


One of the more fun and potentially weirder choices would be Captain America from Dimension Z. When Rick Remender was writing Captain America, Steve stumbled into another dimension and found himself stuck there for years, eventually adopting a child and toppling Armin Zola’s reign. If this new Cap is from Dimension Z, it would be a bit weird and involve some serious time travel shenanigans, but we are talking about the company behind Heroes Reborn so let’s not put anything past them. If this theory pans out, this Cap would be from before Kobik “revealed” his true self. As a result, this Cap would likely fight back against the “real” Cap, arguing that it doesn’t matter what’s real or not — only what’s right. This theory, while a bit tenuous, is supported by his beard. A bit thin, perhaps, but this is fiction, and visual cues like facial hair are often important clues.

An interesting choice would be to bring back the Captain America from Marvel: 1602. The ending of that comic has Captain America revealing himself to his allies, telling everyone he became stranded in time, and then beginning a journey back to his own era… which could be the world of Secret Empire. This would actually make quite a bit of sense, given that new Cap’s first words are about him trying to find his way home, the exact thing 1602 Cap was obsessed with doing. Again, it’s a bit of a longshot, but hey, this is comics — everything’s possible.

The Steve Rogers from 1602

Then, of course, there’s the possibility that this is the Captain America from the Ultimate Universe. This is the one that will most likely get the most play among fans, and for good reason. It makes the most sense, arguably, given that Ultimate Thor’s hammer, Ultimate Wolverine’s son, and Ultimate Spider-Man have all ended up in the main Marvel Universe, so why not Ultimate Cap?

RELATED: X-Men Blue Drops New Clues to the Fate of the Ultimate Universe

Two of the reasons I’d argue against this is that, A) it’s boring; and B) it’s everyone’s first thought. While Secret Empire has been highly divisive among fans, the one thing no one can say it’s skimping on is surprises. From the first “Hail Hydra!” to Cap picking up Thor’s hammer, to this new Cap showing up, Secret Empire has had twist after twist. It would almost be a let down if this was merely Ultimate Cap.

Ultimate-Captain-America

Ultimate Captain America

Of course, there’s another, much, much weirder option. If you check out the clothes new Cap is wearing and compare them to the clothes worn by General Rogers in the Secret Wars: Civil War comic, you’ll see a bunch of similarities. While it may seem a bit odd to have a Secret Wars character spill over into the mainstream Marvel Universe, it wouldn’t be the first time. After all, Old Man Logan is busy running around all over the place, having escaped from his dark, alternate future, and most of the Ultimate Universe characters in the Marvel U right now were involved in the Secret Wars story on one level or another. What if the ending of Secret Wars: Civil War didn’t kill General Rogers, but actually threw him through the multiverse, only to have him end up in the 616 reality right when it needed him most?

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Captain America from Secret Wars: Civil War


The truth is, no one knows exactly what the fallout of Secret Wars means for the Marvel U, or Secret Empire, just yet. For all we know, the Ultimate Universe might exist again. (With the developments happening in The Ultimates and X-Men Blue it sure seems like it.) Heck, with the Cosmic Cube in play, and the line-wide impact the story is having, we could come to find out that the world we’ve been reading about for months is actually the new Ultimate Universe. Who knows?

While there’s a bunch of Cap’s to chose from — literally dozens from across Marvel’s multiple dimensions — we’re going with Secret Wars: Civil War Cap if for no other reason than it would be both the most surprising, and most perfect choice. After all, who better to fight against a world leader than someone who had been doing that for years?

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No Wonder: 15 BLATANT Wonder Woman Rip-Offs

No Wonder: 15 BLATANT Wonder Woman Rip-Offs

Princess Diana of Themiscyra first appeared as Wonder Woman just over 75 years ago in the pages of All-Star Comics #8. Created by William Moulton Marston and artist Harry G. Peter in 1941, Wonder Woman was different from other male heroes of her day in that she would use love to triumph over her enemies rather than conventional fisticuffs. Over the years, she’s strayed somewhat from her original Golden Age intent, embracing her status as the DC Universe’s premiere warrior. She now stands beside Superman and Batman as one of the pillars of DC’s pantheon, forming a trinity of superheroes held in the highest regard by their compatriots.

RELATED: 15 Superheroes Who DESTROYED Wonder Woman

Originally, Wonder Woman was formed by her mother Hippolyta from a lump of clay, and while the story of her birth has been updated over the years to reflect the times, it seems fitting that so many subsequent heroines have sought to shape their own fictional lives from the mud of Wonder Woman’s proto-origin. As we get ready to watch (and re-watch) the Wonder Woman feature film starring Gal Gadot in the title role, we thought it was the perfect time to run down a list of Princess Diana’s many imitators. Here, then, are 15 warrior women who rode Wonder Woman’s coattails to varying degrees of glory.

SPOILER ALERT! Spoilers ahead for numerous stories produced by various publishers and television producers.

XENA

WW Ripoffs Xena

It’s hard not to see the parallels between Wonder Woman and Xena. They are both impressive, empowered women unafraid to cross swords with any adversary, be they male or female. Also, both have roots in Greco-Roman mythology. What’s notable about Xena is that she started out as a villain who fought the legendary Hercules in order to regain her reputation as a bad-ass warrior and leader of armies!

Hercules taught her that there was more to being a warrior than kicking ass and after a brief romance with the Lion of Olympus, she set out on a quest for redemption, aided by her young sidekick Gabrielle. Along the way, rampant speculation among fans raised the question of Xena’s sexual orientation. Riffing on the obvious lesbian subtext in Wonder Woman’s origin, Xena and Gabrielle’s romantic commitment to one another was all but confirmed by the series finale.

SIF

WW Ripoffs Sif

With a background rooted in ancient Norse mythology, this Asgardian hammer-chaser’s origins could be said to rival Wonder Woman’s deep ties to Greek and Roman myth. Sif first appeared in 1964 in Journey into Mystery #102. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Sif was Thor’s companion in battle and on-again-off-again lover. She shares much in common with Wonder Woman, not the least of which is her long, black hair and supreme combat skills.

She is widely regarded as Asgard’s most accomplished and respected female warrior. Still, Sif is a supporting character, often depicted as little more than a Thor groupie, pledging her undying love to anyone worthy enough to sling a uru hammer, including the deceased Thunderstrike and Thor’s staunch ally, the horse-faced alien Beta Ray Bill. That’s a shame because she is such an awesome character!

DARNA

WW Ripoffs Darna

Although initially inspired by Superman, this Filipino superheroine really has more in common with Wonder Woman. Created by legendary Filipino “komikers” Mars Revelo and Nestor Redondo, Darna first appeared way back in 1947 in the pages of Bulaklak Magazine, Vol. 4 #17. A staple of Filipino pop culture with slews of comics, films and TV shows under her belt, Darna’s appearance owes much to Princess Diana and fills much the same role in the native comics of the Philippines.

Blessed with a wide array of powers, Darna possesses super strength, speed, stamina and vast psionic abilities, including telepathy and telekinesis. Although Revelo refutes Darna’s connections to Wonder Woman, subsequent writers and artists have undeniably shoehorned this vibrant Filipina heroine into the role of a Southeast Asian Amazon princess, who preaches peace before violence.

JAKITA WAGNER

WW Ripoffs Jakita

Jakita Wagner first appeared in the premiere issue of Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s masterful Planetary, in 1999. Truthfully, less a rip-off of Wonder Woman and more a fulfillment of type, Jakita nonetheless possesses some very Amazonian traits including super strength, speed and durability. The daughter of Century Baby Lord Blackstone (Ellis and Cassaday’s Tarzan analog) and the inhabitant of a lost civilization, Jakita serves as the field leader of the Planetary squad, until founder Elijah Snow regains his lost memories. Easily bored, Jakita relishes Planetary’s expeditions to uncover the world’s secret history, passionately advocating for and protecting its many strange and wonderful discoveries. Not only does she share Wonder Woman’s metahuman skill set, Jakita also possesses her no-nonsense attitude and compassion for those less fortunate than herself.

ISIS

WW Ripoffs Isis

This Egyptian Wonder Woman debuted on TV in 1975 as the heroine of The Secrets of Isis, paired up with the original Captain Marvel in the Shazam!/Isis Hour. She appeared in comics a year later in Shazam! #25. In her original incarnation, high school science teacher, Andrea Thomas gained vast superhuman abilities from an ancient Egyptian amulet.

In 2002, Isis was closely tied to Wonder Woman as the chief goddess of an offshoot tribe of Amazonians. Later still, Isis was re-imagined as Adrianna Tomaz and became a member of the Black Marvel Family, after marrying Black Adam. A relatively minor member of DC’s pantheon, the character is at her core, little more than a pale imitation of Wonder Woman that exchanges Greco-Roman tradition for Egyptian mythology.

ZEALOT

WW Ripoffs Zealot

Perhaps not the most obvious rip-off of Wonder Woman on our list, Zealot does share many of the same traits as Diana, if not a similar appearance. A member of the alien race known as the Kherubim, Zealot first appeared in 1992’s WildC.A.T.s #1, created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi. Stranded on Earth thousands of years ago, this formidable Coda warrior shares Wonder Woman’s ties to Greek mythology and used her peerless combat skills fighting for the Greeks in the Trojan War.

She reportedly gave the wily Ulysses the idea to invade Troy using the infamous Trojan Horse to gain entry to the city. As payment for her efforts, Zealot demanded 99 female babies with which she intended to establish a new order of Coda warriors on Earth. Like Wonder Woman, Zealot is virtually immortal and is one of the most accomplished warriors in the Wildstorm Universe, well-versed in many forms of combat.

FREYA

WW Ripoffs Freya

Freya was one of the many heroic pastiches created by John Ridgeway and Georges Jeanty for their politically-charged, historical exploration of the superhero archetype, The American Way. Ostensibly a female Thor analogue, Freya is a powerful Asgardian goddess who wields a magical axe in battle. However, her characterization in the eight-issue limited series leans more towards Wonder Woman’s recent depictions as an exceptionally formidable and honorable warrior.

Her handlers in the U.S. government even tried to set her up with the series’ Superman/Captain Marvel analogue Pharos, who ultimately shunned her. The force-fed attempt at romance ended in a violent fight between the two heroes, after the condescending Pharos insulted Freya in response to her overt sexual advances. She was one of the few heroes in the series with redeemable qualities, which made her violent death by decapitation, at the hands of the maniacal Hellbent, all the more shocking.

QUEEN MAEVE

WW Ripoffs Queen Maeve

Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s The Boys was akin to a full-blown, super-powered kick to the metaphorical knackers of superhero archetypes. Known for its incisive black humor and gratuitous violence, the series unapologetically deconstructed the deconstruction of mainstream superheroes. Populated by scores of vicious, depraved superhero analogues, the series posited a world where the fascination with metahuman protectors had reached crisis proportions.

Queen Maeve was an unabashed Wonder Woman clone with a deep affinity for gin and orgies. Like Diana, she was immensely powerful and at her core, one of the few heroes in the story with any hope of redemption, no matter how slim. She sacrificed her life to save Starlight, facing off against the Homelander, who used his Superman-level strength to punch her head clean off her shoulders. So much for redemption.

PLANETARY’S DAUGHTER OF WONDER

WW Ripoffs Planetary

Planetary’s exploration of mainstream comics’ innate strangeness and whimsy is chock full of pastiches and parodies of our favorite heroes and villains. Analogues of Nick Fury, Doc Savage, Captain Marvel, the Fantastic Four and a host of others provide new insight into some of comics’ most beloved characters. In Planetary #10, creators Warren Ellis and John Cassaday set their sights on three of DC’s most iconic characters, presenting modern takes on classic versions of Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.

In Planetary’s metafictional universe, their unnamed Wonder Woman pastiche evokes Princess Diana’s original Golden Age mission as an emissary of peace and love more fully than most modern interpretations of the actual character. Alas, in Ellis’ typical warped fashion, such good intent was not to last. Fearing the implications of a hidden civilization of advanced females, the Four assassinated the peace-loving emissary from orbit, ending her diplomatic mission before it began.

THUNDRA

WW Ripoffs Thundra

A feminist anti-heroine created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, Thundra first appeared in 1972, in Fantastic Four #129. A genetically-altered Femizon from an alternate Earth where women ruled, Thundra started out as a villain and member of the Frightful Four but eventually emerged as a more heroic figure. She shares a number of traits with Wonder Woman, including vast, strength, speed and stamina and like the Amazon princess, hails from a society of empowered females.

Thundra carries a chain instead of an enchanted lasso, and is known for her brash, reckless behavior and distrust of men. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, refuses to discriminate based on gender. Thundra was last seen in the pages of Squadron Supreme, where she helped the fugitive super team avoid capture by the Avengers Unity Squad.

SUPERWOMAN

WW Ripoffs Superwoman

There have been several different versions of the villainous Wonder Woman rip-off known as Superwoman since her first appearance in 1964’s Justice League of America #29, although they all hail from an alternate Earth, where evil incarnations of the Justice League rule as the Crime Syndicate of America. Both the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths and post-Crisis versions of the character were Amazons, the latter taking the alias of Lois Lane, an attribute later attached to the most recent New 52 incarnation that appeared during Forever Evil.

Superwoman enjoys all of the typical powers of an Amazon but none of the race’s compassion and tolerance. The first two versions wielded a twisted version of Wonder Woman’s fabled golden lasso. In pre-Crisis continuity, the lasso was capable of assuming different shapes of varying complexity, while the post-Crisis version unleashed its victims’ hidden inhibitions.

BIG BARDA

WW Ripoffs Barda

Big Barda was created by Jack “the King” Kirby in 1971, debuting in Mister Miracle #4. Born and raised on Apokolips, Barda was groomed from an early age to lead Granny Goodness’ Female Furies, which was, as the name implies, a fearsome squadron of warrior women loyal to Darkseid. Barda split from the group after falling in love with Mister Miracle. She followed him to Earth and eventually married him.

Like Wonder Woman, she is a strong symbol of female empowerment, her physical capabilities far out-classing her husband’s, in what was noted at the time as a reversal of comics’ stereotypical male-female dynamic. Barda is a formidable warrior, powerful enough to battle Wonder Woman to a draw, and has served as a member of the Justice League on a number of occasions (and timelines).

ARTEMIS

WW Ripoffs Artemis

Artemis is a warrior of the Egyptian Bana-Mighdall offshoot of the Amazonian tribe. She was created in 1994 by William Messner-Loeb and Mike Deodato as a replacement Wonder Woman, after Hippolyta mistakenly foresaw the death of her daughter and conspired to save her life by stripping her of the title. Far more brash and violent than Diana, Artemis’ tenure as Wonder Woman was short-lived, ending in her death at the hands of the White Magician.

After a stint in Tartarus, where she was married to a duke of Hell, she returned to the land of the living to help reunite the Amazonian tribe as co-ruler alongside General Phillipus. Although widely considered little more than a pale imitation of Wonder Woman, Artemis is a survivor and can be seen in the pages of Red Hood and the Outlaws, alongside Jason Todd and Bizarro.

POWER PRINCESS

WW Ripoffs Power Princess

Zarda, the Power Princess, first appeared in 1982’s The Defenders #112 as a member of Earth-712’s Squadron Supreme. Created by J.M. DeMatteis and Don Perlin, Zarda was introduced as blatant copy of Wonder Woman, in keeping with established Squadron Supreme tradition. Hailing from Utopia Isle, Zarda was a member of an advanced civilization of women who believe in peace, tolerance and education. When her fellow sisters left for the stars, she remained behind to serve as their ambassador to the people of Earth, residing in Capitol City. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

After battling the Defenders, Zarda returned with the Squadron to her homeworld and helped implement her Utopian ideals despite not actually allowing anyone a choice in the matter. Later, as a member of a new Squadron comprised of members displaced by the events of Secret Wars, she was instrumental in the devastation of Atlantis, killing long-time Submariner adversary Attuma.

GLORY

WW Ripoffs Glory

Yet another in a long line of bland Rob Liefeld rip-offs, Glory debuted in Youngblood Strikefile Vol. 1 #1, in 1992. The progeny of the Amazonian Lady Demeter and the demonic Lord Silverfall of the Underworld, Gloriana was a formidable warrior with a long heroic career that spanned decades, starting during World War II as a member of the Allies. Alan Moore attempted to inject a healthy dose of mythology and humanity into what was essentially little more than a one-dimensional clone of Wonder Woman. That lasted for a whole one issue.

Much later, Joe Keatinge and Sophie Campbell repositioned Glory as caught up in a war between extraterrestrial versions of the Amazons and Demons. Most notable for Campbell’s dramatic redesign of her appearance as a scarred, musclebound albino, even this distinguished reimagining of Glory still couldn’t save her from eventual cancellation.

We’re “wondering” who we missed in our Wonder Woman rip-off list. Let us know in the Comments!

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Fate of the Furious Crosses $1.2 Billion at International Box Office

Fate of the Furious Crosses $1.2 Billion at International Box Office

Universal’s The Fate of the Furious has officially crossed $1 billion at the international box office (via Deadline).

The milestone comes just a month after the film hit $1 billion worldwide. The eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise is currently sitting at $1.2 billion worldwide, with $221 million of that coming from the domestic box office. The film currently stands as the 11th highest-grossing film of all time globally.

The Fate of the Furious opened April 14 with a record-shattering $532.5 million worldwide — that’s the largest global debut of all time — and taking the top spot at the box office in every market. It held on to No. 1 domestically, internationally and globally in its first two weekends of release. Most of the film’s profit hails from China where the film had the largest three-day opening ever in that market with $199.1 million and has grossed $387.4 million to date, becoming China’s highest grossing foreign film of all-time.

Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton), the film finds Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto coerced by a cyberterrorist named Cipher (Charlize Theron) to turn against his team. They’re joined by franchise veterans Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell, and newcomers Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren.

The Fate of the Furious will hit Blu-Ray and DVD on July 11th.

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Thor: Ragnarok Model Offers A Closer Look At The Planet Sakaar

Thor: Ragnarok Model Offers A Closer Look At The Planet Sakaar

Set on the world of Sakaar — known dearly to comic book fans as the world the Hulk gets whisked off to in the now classic story arc “Planet Hulk” — Thor: Ragnarok and its location open up unlimited potential for the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it is also the planet where the Hulk had his son, Skaar, after all. Originally, the war-centric gladiatorial planet is where the Hulk found himself enslaved, forced to endure battle after battle, until becoming Ruler of the unforgiving land.

Well, fans now have the opportunity to take a closer look at the planet Sakaar as it’ll appear in the Thor threequel. Pieces from several Marvel Studios releases, as well as director Taika Waititi’s film, are on display at Marvel’s Art Exhibit over at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. Chief among them is the official small-scale model of the planet Sakaar and the gladiatorial arena where Thor and Hulk will throw-down.

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By all appearances, it looks strikingly like its movie counterpart. Smeared with a wide array of vibrant colors, the model boasts an impressive size that gives a sense of how epic the location will appear on screen. It is worth noting that the comic book iteration of Sakaar was grimier, less colorful, and stone-based.

Check it out below.

An official small-scale model of the planet Sakaar, which will be featured in #ThorRagnarok, on display at Marvel's Art Exhibit in Brisbane! pic.twitter.com/p3Q160Zyca

— MCU News & Tweets (@MCU_Tweets) May 27, 2017

Opening Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

(via ScreenRant)

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Shadows on the Grave #5 (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

Shadows on the Grave #5 (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

A stormy night forces a traveler to take refuge at the house of a madwoman who warns him against staying. One woman has her vision restored only to learn that things are not as they appear. A magical quest for eternal youth puts an aunt and nephew at odds. And in the next installment of Denaeus, our hero makes a surprise appearance at a feast to celebrate the return of the prince who believes him dead.

“Richard Corben will continue to entertain me with his creepy tales and I look forward to seeing what he has in store for us next issue.”—Comic Bastards

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The Defenders Will Borrow Key Elements of Previous Marvel Netflix Series

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Leading up to The Defenders, each of the Marvel Netflix shows have notably stood apart from one another. From the darker feel of Daredevil to the noir aesthetic of Jessica Jones, the music throughout Luke Cage, and the various fighting styles used by all four heroes, each series has made it a point to stand on its own. However, when the street-level heroes finally join forces, viewers can expect to see elements of each series carry over into The Defenders.

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In a recent interview with LA Times, co-showrunner Macro Ramirez teased the various elements that they’ll be borrowing from each of the shows. One of the biggest things they’ll be borrowing? Fighting styles, of course. According to Ramirez, the fight scenes were very important to get right, as they help define each character during these big brawls.

When discussing Daredevil, Ramirez was quick to note that out of the four heroes, “He’s the guy who will cover a child, he will use his body defensively.” As for everyone’s favorite private investigator, Ramirez explained that Jessica Jones just wants the fight to be over. “That, as an attitude, is so much fun to watch once she’s fighting,” he continued. As for Iron Fist, who many felt lacked any good fight scenes in his own series, is described by Ramirez as being a bit of a hot-head. “He’s very eager and gets himself into fights and bites off more than he can chew, a lot.”

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Of course, fight styles won’t be the only thing the series will be borrowing. The series will take inspiration from the soundtrack of Luke Cage’s first season, as well as referencing the noir feel of Jessica Jones.

Ramirez also briefly talked about Sigourney Weaver, who plays the mysterious Alexandra, and how the actress was quick to note that she wasn’t really a martial artist, but more of a “hold-the-flamethrower kind of gal.” With little known about Weaver’s character currently, we can at least take solace in the fact that the actress will surely have an awesome fight scene — whether it be with a flamethrower or not.

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Arriving Aug. 18th on Netflix, the eight-episode Defenders stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.

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American Gods’ Ricky Whittle Talks ‘Rock Star’ Gaiman, Adapting Shadow

American Gods’ Ricky Whittle Talks ‘Rock Star’ Gaiman, Adapting Shadow

Ancient gods walk among mortal men in Starz’s acclaimed TV series, American Gods. Based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, American Gods follows Shadow (Ricky Whittle), a convict released from prison early after his wife, Laura (Emily Browning), perishes in a car accident. Mourning, and with no clear direction in life, Shadow accepts a bodyguard job for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). However, as Shadow and Wednesday embark on a road trip across the States to visit Wednesday’s eccentric colleagues and acquaintances, it soon becomes clear that nothing is as it seems. Shadow begins to question his very sanity, especially when Laura pops in for a visit.

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Ahead of this week’s episode, “Lemon Scented You,” Whittle spoke with CBR about Shadow’s state of mind, reuniting with his deceased wife, his character’s journey and the series getting an early Season 2 renewal.

CBR: Congrats on American Gods’ success and Season 2 renewal. How does it feel to be on such a buzz-worthy show?

Ricky Whittle: We knew from the beginning it was an honor to be a part of this because of the rock star Neil Gaiman is. It doesn’t guarantee success. You can pump out famous books and famous adaptations, but never be guaranteed it’s going to work. But, when Neil Gaiman is flanked by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green – Michael Green has come up with my favorite film this year, Logan – this guy is a genius. He’s incredible. You add Bryan Fuller to that, with the mind of Neil Gaiman and his words, and, all of a sudden you have something that is potentially going to be special.

Then you start adding the cast, which I keep saying is the best ensemble cast I’ve seen on TV in one season. Most networks would kill to have that on their whole TV slate. We have it in the first season. That’s incredible. You can’t really go wrong with that kind of concoction. The fact it’s garnered the acclaim and the reviews has been so great. I kind of expected that.

For me, it was the fans’ reaction. The critics will always look at the details and see how it’s beautifully shot and how the acting is. But, they say that about everything because there is so much great TV out there. I love TV and could watch it all day. But, it’s when fans see something that has been going in in their minds for 16 years and turn around and say, “Your Shadow is perfect. He’s even better than the book.” In the book, he’s very blasé and passive and accepts a lot of the fantastical things going on in his mind and in front of him. He’s very neutral, whereas the Shadow in the TV show – I worked with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green to bring this character a bit more off the page, to make him more vocal and give him more anxiety and fear and intensity. Fans have really reacted very positively to that because they could have chewed us up and said, “You ruined the book. You’ve ruined my favorite character.”

When I was first cast, people were judging on appearances. So, if they don’t know me, they are like, “Oh my God. That was great. You are exactly like in the book,” which is a strange and wonderful thing. But, they would always finish the tweets with, “Don’t fuck it up.” Oh, wow. There’s some pressure. But, they’ve reacted and said, “You are perfect as Shadow.” As the episodes have gone on, they are responding really positively. For me, that’s the greatest thing.

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Shadow witnesses a lot of trippy stuff. How does he justify what he sees?

His struggle, as an intelligent man, is to always go to the logical answer. By design, Bryan and Michael have changed the timeline and stopped Shadow from believing so soon. They felt we lose a bit of friction between Shadow and Wednesday. With Shadow staying cynical and not believing until further down the line, it creates more of a journey and struggle for him to believe what’s in front of his eyes. As an intelligent man, he thinks he was high in the limo when he saw Technical Boy, because he was smoking something and it was probably a passive high. Did he really imagine this? Is this really happening? Or, is he having what he read about, where ex-cons are released from prison and go a little bit crazy. It’s much easier to believe his mind is going rather than the fact that everything in front of him is real. If you look inside yourself, would you believe that your wife is back from the dead?

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Shadow’s deceased wife, Laura, shows up in his hotel room. What is running through his mind?

How do you deal with it? Is she dead or is she alive? What happened? Are you a zombie? Are you a ghost? Can I touch you? Will my hand go through you? These are all things that will be going through Shadow’s mind. It’s actually one of my favorite scenes, is when the two actually get to speak. This is the one thing he loved in his life, was his wife Laura. He lost his mother when he was young. He never knew his father, so he traveled. The only thing he found was Laura. That was Shadow’s only home. That was the only thing he believed in, was love. So, when this turns up in front of you, you are questioning everything, but you also want to know what happened. You found out she was having an affair with your best friend. All of a sudden, this perfect image of the one thing you love in the world is shattered. You want to know answers. I love the fact that he wants to know and he asks her. In the book, he’s very blasé and doesn’t ask Laura many questions, which is one part where I pull my hair out. You’d want to know everything. Fortunately, Shadow is straight in there going, “So…. Robbie.” You kind of bypass the “Are you dead? Are you a zombie?” It’s like, “So, my best friend. I was in prison.” I love the realism about that. You forget that one person is dead. The one thing I love is people who don’t even like fantasy or sci-fi can watch this show because it’s so grounded and you are just watching a beautiful moment. You forget one is quite possibly dead.

What’s the turning point where Shadow starts buying into the notion of gods roaming the Earth?

I think when he meets the youngest Zorya sister in episode 3 was a big turning point for him. He was just going along with what Wednesday says. For him, Mr. Wednesday is just a crazy old man, who just rambles on about other things. If you watch Shadow’s face, he’s constantly engaged and thinking, “This guy is an idiot. This guy is crazy. I wish this guy would shut up. He talks too much. Then, wait a second. What did you just say? Are you a dirty old man or are you real?” There are so many different things going through his mind. But, at the end of the day, he’s just a crazy old man who talks a lot to Shadow.

Then, you have this young innocent girl on a rooftop, one of the Zorya sisters, with hundreds of telescopes. I think that opens Shadows’ eyes that something else is out there. She, too, knows more about Shadow than Shadow knows about himself. Now, he keeps getting edged away slowly by different characters. The more people he meets that are part of their world, that doubt is going to be edged away a little bit more, allowing him to slowly start to believe what’s in front of him and he’s not going crazy and there is magic and gods out there. This journey is more of an awakening. It’s always been in front of him, but he’s had his eyes closed.

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Right now, Shadow seems like he’s just along for the ride. What is his journey this season?

His big journey is cynic to believer. That is essentially his journey right now. The fantastical elements are piling up. There is only so far you can go with all this evidence in front of him before you have to make a decision. As Wednesday put it, “Is he mad or is the world mad?” That’s a frightening place to be. If you feel your mind is unraveling and that’s something you can’t control, how do you come back from that? When we get physically injured, you go see a doctor who can fix that. For somebody to lose their mind, it’s a scary place to be. It’s an easier option to take than believe there’s magic and gods walking among us. Hopefully, Shadow figures it out sooner than later.

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Deadpool Blooper Reel Reveals The Merc With An Even Dirtier Mouth

Deadpool 2 is still early in its production process, but fortunately its raunchy predecessor is a gift that keeps on giving. Deadpool took the world by storm last year, becoming one of the most successful rated R films ever, but some moments on set reached a level of vulgarity that not even the Merc with a Mouth could land in the movie’s final cut.

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Check out the (very NSFW) sizzle reel below:

The actors and crew appeared to be having just as much fun making the movie as the viewers later would watching it, and the behind-the-scenes peek also gives a glimpse at the level of improvisation the actors were allowed when filming. In particular, Ryan Reynolds and T.J. Miller appeared to be given almost free reign during some of their scenes to spout whatever obscenities came to mind, many of which presumably did end up making it into the movie.

At one point, Ryan Reynolds even makes a pretty keen observation on how Charles Xavier’s naming conventions leave much to be desired. “Seriously? It’s called the X-Men? I mean, there are women here, right? It’s very sexist,” Deadpool remarks to an agreeing Negasonic Teenage Warhead.

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The two leaders had met briefly earlier that day, exchanging a firm, prolonged, “not innocent” handshake that drew attention for its unbound intensity. Now, hours later, as Macron approached Trump and other world leaders at the opening of NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels last week, the U.S. president offered several non-verbal cues indicating his desire to re-establish the global pecking order.

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A ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Set Features Around $2 Million In Snacks

Blockbusters are caught in an endless cycle of bigger-is-better clichs. Budgets have swollen so much over the past few decades that moderation is now a foreign concept for Hollywood’s major studios. This phenomenon manifests most obviously in the special-effects arena, but don’t for one second assume it doesn’t also mean first-class snacks.

One “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie alone allotted a whopping estimate of $2 million for craft services, the department that provides meals and goodies for everyone on the set throughout production.Jack Davenport, who played Commodore James Norrington in the first three “Pirates” films, told The Hollywood Reporterin an interview published Sunday that a chef once informed him the food budget was “essentially unlimited.”

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Judge Dredd: Funko Universe (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

Judge Dredd: Funko Universe (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW)

Check out the funkiest Dredd of all-time as Funko takes over Mega-City One! Perps like Judge Death and the Angel Gang may strike fear in the hearts of citizens, but Judge Dredd is here to stop them! And he may be cute but never forget—HE IS THE LAW!

Written by John Layman (Chew)! Part of this month’s big FUNKO UNIVERSE event! Variant cover by Francesco Gaston!

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Next Two Avengers Films Will Impact Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Next Two Avengers Films Will Impact Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

While Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, have managed to be their own beasts — though set within a larger cinematic universe — the third film won’t necessarily have the same luxury. Although writer and director James Gunn has confirmed he’ll return to complete the trilogy, there isn’t much else the public knows regarding Vol. 3, other than the fact that it’ll take place after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. And according to Gunn’s brother and Guardians star Sean Gunn, the dependency upon the next two Avengers film has led to his brother being more “patient” with developing the trilogy closer.

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Gunn, who plays Kraglin and also serves as the stand-in on set for Rocket, recently talked about the franchise with the folks at Fan Fest, and briefly discussed the upcoming third film. Although [James] Gunn does serve as a producer on the currently filming Avengers: Infinity War, which will see the Guardians team-up on screen with the Avengers for the first time, the film is far from finished yet, making it hard for him to begin plotting the third film — especially with the still-untitled fourth Avengers film yet to begin filming. (The projects were originally set to film back to back, but that changed earlier this year.) So while James may have plenty of ideas of where to take the third film, Sean says it’s still a bit of a “wait and see” situation.

“I know that James is being a little bit more patient this time around. Partially because some of what happens with the Guardians is dependent on what happens with them in Infinity War. And even though my brother’s a producer on Infinity War, those movies aren’t finished yet so until we kind of see where everything lands there that’s going to have some bearing on what happens with the Guardians. So it’s a little bit of a wait and see but I’m sure there are a lot of ideas already in the works.”

Of course, just because the third Guardians film will need to react to the next two Avengers films, doesn’t mean Gunn hasn’t started working on it in some capacity. For now, Gunn’s main task is seeing that the Guardians we meet in the third Avengers film remain true to the characters fans have come to love thus far.

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Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and Kurt Russell. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is currently playing in theaters. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 does currently does not have a release date, although it’s expected it’ll arrive in 2020.

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DHS Secretary: A Backchannel Between Trump And Russia ‘Not A Bad Thing’

WASHINGTON ― The secretary of homeland security defended on Sunday reports that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushnerdiscussed establishing a secret backchannel between Trump’s transition team and Russian officials, claiming that it was “normal” and “acceptable.”

“Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. “It’s not a bad thing to have multiple communication lines to any government.”

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Forget Wonder Woman – Lois & Superman Have Always Been DC’s Power Couple

Forget Wonder Woman – Lois & Superman Have Always Been DC’s Power Couple

In 1938, Action Comics #1 introduced the world to Superman. Of course, the historic issue also gave us the most enduring supporting character in his entourage: Lois Lane. Over the years, the tough-as-nails reporter has served as a friend, a foil, a competitor and a love interest. But no matter where Lois and Clark have stood as a couple, the all-too-human Lois has never taken a back seat to the super-powered Clark. In many ways, she has always been his equal.

From the very beginning, Lois was anything but a pushover. She was modelled after the fictional reporter Torchy Blane—a wisecracking, fast-talking crime-solving crusader who starred in a series of pre-World War II films that debuted in 1937, and the real-world Nelly Bly, the pioneering investigative journalist who faked insanity to expose conditions in a mental institution. Lois wasn’t the typical damsel in distress.

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In Action #1, Lois agreed to go on a date with the clumsy Clark, mostly out of pity. Things got out of hand when a gangster named Butch tried to cut in as the pair was dancing, and Clark, in an effort to protect his identity feigned cowardice and weakness. He urged Lois to get it over with, and just offer a single dance to the thug. Predictably, she thought it was a terrible idea, slapped the interloper and stormed out of the roadhouse.

Angered by the snub, Butch and his cronies followed Lois’s cab, rammed into it, and took her prisoner. Superman stopped the abducters as they were driving away. It was Butch’s car that  he was lifting on the cover of that historic first issue. Having saved her, Superman grew in her estimation, while Clark was further diminished. Thus began the greatest love triangle between two people in comic book history.

Lois and Clark went through various changes throughout the years, and it took forever for the couple to tie the knot (fifty-eight years to be precise). Along the way Superman died, was resurrected, lost his powers and endured a dreadful haircut inspired by John Stamos. And that was just in the 1990s’ primary DC Universe.

But all that changed when the New 52 rolled around, and Wonder Woman took over as Superman’s new love interest. The rebooted DC Universe had Lois go from being an investigative reporter to running a television news network, with little time for Clark, and a new boyfriend in the form of Jonathan Carroll.

On one level, it made sense to pair up Superman and Wonder Woman. Beyond their powers, both are strangers in the world they fight for. Themyscira, cut off from the rest of the world for Centuries, is as far removed from Metropolis as the doomed planet Krypton. But their respective circumstances couldn’t have been any more different. Diana grew up in her own culture, she was raised—and identifies—as an Amazon. Clark, on the other hand is a farm kid for Kansas, who discovered that he was actually from outer space.

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The nature vs. nurture debate looms large in the history of Superman. Is it his powers that make him the Man and of Steel? Or is it his upbringing? Is Clark Kent Superman’s secret identity? Or is it the other way around? The question has been explored throughout the hero’s history. John Byrne’s post-Crisis Man of Steel, most notably, presented a version of the character where Clark Kent stepped to the forefront, while Superman took a back seat, and was more of a sideline.

It was this post-Crisis Superman who married Lois. At the time of their union, Clark had no powers. When he donned the cape and tights, he did so on as an ordinary human being, and relied on his wits, his agility and what strength he could maintain pumping iron. The fiercely independent Lois, who had previously broken off her engagement to Clark, was just back from a year of travelling. She’d wanted some time away from Metropolis, and from being rescued by her super-powered beau.

When they walked down the aisle, Lois and Clark were on a level playing field. Superman: The Wedding Album #1 showed Lane at her feisty best. Written by current Action Comics scribe Dan Jurgens, along with Karl Kesel, David Michelinie, Louise Simonsson and Roger Stern, the oversized 1996 one-shot was drawn by practically every living artist who’d ever worked on Superman or Action Comics.

The issue opened with Lois in a wedding dress. But she wasn’t getting married to Clark. En route to Metropolis on a private jet, she’d tricked Mr. Naga, a drug lord she was investigating, into tying the knot and flying her back home. Thinking he’d cowed the reporter into submission, the criminal arranged for an in-flight wedding complete with a wedding cake and champagne on ice. The resourceful journalist weaponized the bubbly, popping the cork to take out Naga, splashing one of his henchmen with the sparkling wine, and butting another with the bottle. Grabbing a gun and a knife from the men she had downed, Lois forced the pilot to take her side and land the plane as plane as planned.

When Clark proposed anew, Lois—who had gone straight to the offices of the Daily Planet from the airport—was still in the tattered wedding dress that had been forced upon her by the drug dealer. The dress was a bit of a gag, as Clark and Lois had married before in the comics, but within the main continuity, it had always been a fake-out: a dream or some such. However, the Earth-Two version of the pair had married in the June 1978 issue of Action Comics (#484) and had played a part in the retconning the Multiverse in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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Lois was no stranger to this kind of high-flying adventure. Her first series of solo outings appeared in the 1940s. Debuting in Superman #28, Lois Lane, Girl Reporter featured the intrepid journalist taking on bad guys and facing on challenges without the help of the Man of Steel. This inaugural story had her plummeting from an eighth floor ledge as she tried to talk a suicidal man out of jumping. After realizing that help was not on the way, she managed to break her fall by grabbing onto a political banned and tearing through awnings on the side of the building, before landing in a net deployed by the cops.

To be fair it was mostly chance, rather her wits, that saved Lois in that first instalment. But as the stories evolved, Lois gained a little more agency. After pining for Superman to save her, future appearances showed Lois taking matters into her own hands by force of circumstance.

Lois was given a solo title in the late 1950s. A companion to the main Superman and Action Comics titles, Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane ran for 137 issues from 1958 to 1974. Modelled after Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen, which had started four years earlier, the two titles merged to become The Superman Family after both of their runs had concluded.

Superman’s Girlfriend was a hit for DC. It was a top-ten title during much of the 1960s. Although it featured plenty of silly swooning (Lois begged Superman for a signal watch like Jimmy Olsen’s in issue #16), it also had a healthy dose of sleuthing, even though a lot it involved trying to determine whether Clark was in fact Superman.

Although Lois and her title got a feminist make-over in the late 60s, the romance angle remained crucial to the title. The next-to-last issue of the Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane (February, 1974) told the story of an apparent romance between Wonder Woman and Superman, and had Lois using her reporting skills to follow the superhuman couple, in order to confirm whether she’d been truly dumped.

As convincing as it seemed, the romance turned out to be a ruse. Clark and Diana were feigning a relationship to protect Lois from a super villain called The Revenger. As it turned out, the baddie was Marcia Roche, an “unstable mental patient who once threw herself at Superman” and had “begged him to marry her.” She was hellbent on eliminating any competition. After taking Lois prisoner to ensure that the Supes and Diana were really an item, Marcia went after Wonder Woman, whom she had poisoned. In the end it was Lois, along with GBS news anchor Melba Manton, who rescued the Amazon from her assailant.

Written by Cary Bates, and illustrated by John Rosenberger and Vinnie Colletta, “Wonder Woman: Mrs. Superman” is a classic example of the often problematic nature of the Lois Lane title. The three female protagonists—as capable and rounded as they may have been—were engaged in an adventure that basically amounted to dealing with boy trouble. The insensitive and sexist portrayal of the mentally-ill Marcia Roche didn’t help matters, especially as the entire issue devolved into a group of women fighting over a man.

This Bronze Age version of Lois morphed in the much tougher post-Crisis version, which was retconned by New 52, but was brought back by Dan Jurgens in the wake of the Convergence event that re-established the Multiverse.

The pre-Flashpoint Lois and Clark, along with their son Jonathan, went into hiding in the New 52 universe, and lived an anonymous existence, under assumed names, in Hamilton County, California. It was as far as they could get from Metropolis without leaving the continental United States. When their New 52 counterparts were killed, the pair re-emerged, and reintegrated themselves into their new reality. But their old lives in the previous continuity lingered. They were a couple out of time and place, until a battle with Mr. Mxyzptlk resulted in the merging of their pre-Flashpoint and New 52 selves. The result of this merger only rewrote their lives and their memories, but also the entire post-Rebirth DC Universe.

Is it a coincidence that this was all triggered by Mxyzptlk, who had shown up just before Lois and Clark’s wedding to warn the Man of Steel that he’d be making trouble for the couple in the future?

In her Rebirth incarnation, the pre-Flashpoint Lois — as scripted by Dan Jurgens in Action Comics, and by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason in Superman — is once again very much Clark’s equal. A working mom raising a super-powered son, and the wife of one of the world’s most powerful beings, Lois toiled in the shadows as an investigative journalist using a nom-de-plume before re-emerging from the shadows after her New 52 counterpart was killed at the end of Superwoman #1.

Superman #5 saw Lois take on the Eradicator, who had absorbed her husband, and was taking aim at their son. Secreted away on Batman’s secret moon base, the Kents seemed destined for destruction when Lois donned Bruce Wayne’s Hellbat armor—which had almost killed him when he took on Darkseid—to fight for her husband and son.

In Superman #22 she commandeered the Batmobile. In Superman #23, she lost a leg while trying to find her son. She’s also punched out an alien masquerading as the editor of the Hamilton County newspaper, taken on Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., and stepped into the shoes of the New 52 version of Lois Lane at the Daily Planet, in order to figure out why her other self disappeared. When she’s not crusading for justice as a reporter, or while combatting super-villains, Lois is also tough enough to discipline her super-powered son, and Bruce Wayne’s progeny, too.

Exile and motherhood seem to have strengthened Lois. Although she is a formidable partner, and in many ways a match for her husband, her, her pet name for Clark suggests that she sees things differently. Lois calls him “Smallville,” which is an affectionate jibe at his small town roots, but also connotes protectiveness. An army brat who made a splash in Metropolis, and who can give as good as she takes, the Rebirth version of Lois Lane is very much an echo of that tough reporter who accepted a pity date with Clark in 1938. Time and the times may have softened her mean streak, but her resolve remains intact, and she is just as dazzling to the kid from Kansas as she was, all those years ago.

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John F. Kennedy, Mark Zuckerberg, and the social responsibility of Universities

We celebrate this week the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, a remarkable US President whose leadership appealed to the better angels of the American people, helping all to set high aspirations for the country as well as for themselves. In his inaugural address, Kennedy reminded us of the importance of generous service in challenging times “ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country”. Kennedy understood how in an increasingly interdependent world, this responsibility of service extended to service to the world. In a speech in the campaign trail at the University of Michigan, in October of 1960, he had asked 10,000 students “How many of you, who are going to be doctors, are willing to spend your days in Ghana? Technicians or engineers, how many of you are willing to work in the Foreign Service and spend your lives traveling around the world?” A thousand students responded with a petition to serve abroad. Two weeks later, in another campaign speech at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, he proposed the creation of “a peace corps of talented men and women” over 25,000 wrote him letters responding to this call. These were the origins of the Peace Corps which he created early in his presidency, to foster greater understanding between Americans and people of other nations.

Kennedy understood that the preparation of the people ready to engage in such service, to the nation and to the world, depended on Universities, and that Universities had to educate youth for such leadership not just in the work of the faculty in the classrooms, but also in how faculty themselves engaged in finding solution to matters of public interest. In April of 1963, as Boston College celebrated its centennial, President Kennedy addressed a convocation speaking about the role of the University. His audience included not just students and graduates, but the Presidents of Boston College, Georgetown and Harvard University. In his speech President Kennedy talked about the university’s role in connecting people across their ignorance, and he referred to the critical role of the university in helping solve some of the most important challenges of the times. President Kennedy reminded the audience that Boston College had been founded in the darkest days of the civil war, at a time when the nation was involved in a struggle to determine whether the nation could be half slave and half free, or free, and went on to say that the world was then, a hundred years later, faced with the question of whether it would half slave and half free or whether it would be all one or the other. He intended ‘to impress upon you as urgently as I can, the growing and insistent importance of universities in our national lives…’ to address the important issues of the times. Kennedy underscored four ways in which universities could serve the national interest: 1) ‘The whole world has come to our steps, and the universities must be its students’ and that universities must help accelerate global progress, 2) the explosion of knowledge in all fields, especially science, called for special attention to understanding and cultivation of people as social beings, 3) ‘As the world presses in, and knowledge presses out, the role of the interpreter grows’ underscoring the role of the university in helping educate people to know through one another, to respect truth, and 4) quoting Woodrow Wilson, President Kennedy underscored the importance of universities dedicating themselves to the nation’s service, to the new needs of the age, and ‘the school must be of the nation’.

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Fitness›WorkoutsThis inspired approach to intervals will have you racing for recovery time, so you'll really fire up your metabolism. There's a no-fail way to light a fire under your reps: Make a game out of getting them done in record time. "It's hugely effective for hitting the intensity where you maximize fat burning and muscle firming," says trainer Go Green, a program director at Brick gym in New York City. (Must-read: Everything You Need to Know About Fat Burning and Building Muscle.) His formula has two parts: Jump-start your circuit with an EMOM (every minute on the minute) blast, then race to get in more reps of strength exercises with each of your subsequent firming rounds. Unlike the average warm-up, an EMOM is five minutes performed at warp speed where, at the top of every minute, you complete a predetermined number of reps of a few body-weight exercises, then use the remainder of that time to recover before going at it again when the next minute hits. You probably want as much recovery time as possible, right? Well, then, you've got to haul ass. As you go straight into your circuit of strength exercises—AMRAP style—count your reps. "Your goal is to beat what you did in the round before by at least one rep," Green says. By focusing on one round at a time, you can wrap your head around the small added challenge of cranking out another rep per exercise. "But when you're done, you'll have added at least 50 more total reps despite getting more fatigued with each round," Green says. Boom! You just pushed to your new personal best. Intensity: Hard (RPE: an 8 or a 9 out of 10) Total Time: 30 minutes You'll Need: A set of 8- to 15-pound dumbbells How it works: Start with the 5-minute EMOM warm-up. Next, do each strength exercise for 30 seconds, resting for 30 seconds in between. That's 1 round. Complete 5 rounds. Calories Burned: 136 calories EMOM Complete 6 elbow taps from plank position (lift one hand to tap opposite elbow, alternating hands), 8 air squats, and 10 tuck jumps in 1 minute. You should aim to finish in about 40 seconds, then rest for the remainder of the minute. That's 1 round. Complete 5 rounds, starting at the top of each minute. Strength Swing A. Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees soft, holding a single dumbbell vertically by top end with both hands in front of hips. B. Hinge forward from hips to lower torso to 45 degrees, bringing dumbbell behind you between legs. C. Then immediately stand, thrusting hips forward and singing weight up to eye level, arms extended. Repeat for 30 seconds. Renegade Row A. Start on floor in plank with arms extended and a weight in each hand. Do 1 push-up B. Then pull left weight up to ribs, elbow tight to side. Switch sides; repeat. Repeat for 30 seconds. Thruster A. Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a weight in each hand racked (one end resting lightly) on shoulders with elbows pointing forward. B. Squat until hip crease drops below knees to start. C. Then stand, powerfully pressing weights overhead (biceps will hug ears). Immediately return to start. Repeat for 30 seconds. Alternating Lunge A. Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand with arms by sides. B. Step right foot forward, bending legs 90 degrees. Return to start. Switch sides; repeat. Repeat for 30 seconds. Reverse Crunch A. Lie faceup on floor to start, holding 1 weight horizontally by both ends behind head on floor with elbows bent out to sides. B. Lifting extended legs together, curl hips, lower back, and then midback off floor until toes are just above eyes (into a sort of jackknife position). Slowly lower to start. Repeat for 30 seconds. ,

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Advertisements in the Marvel Universe Must Be AMAZING

Advertisements in the Marvel Universe Must Be AMAZING

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics).

Today, we look at how the Marvel Universe must have the most elaborate marketing campaigns known to man, since the people there seem to think that EVERYthing is a publicity stunt of some sort!

When Paste Pot Pete made his debut in Strange Tales #104 (by Stan Lee, Larry Leiber, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers), people automatically assumed that he was selling something!!!

In Tales of Suspense #79 (by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Frank Giacoia), the public, for some reason, thinks that Captain America is pulling some sort of publicity stunt on them when he says that he sees a bunch of bad guys that no one else can see (the whole thing was an overly elaborate plan to make Cap think that he was going crazy – in the end, Cap defeats them through the use of some circuitry in his mask that blocked their attempt to mess with his head more).

What, precisely, would Cap be promoting there, people?!

In X-Men #11 (by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Chic Stone), despite roughly a dozen famous superheroes who can pull off precisely what the Stranger does here in his first appearance, people in the streets freak out when they see him do it and presume that it must be a publicity stunt…

Strange Tales #120 (by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko) is a tricky one, because the public is GENERALLY correct that the reporter who plans on going into a haunted house over night for a live television special likely IS doing it as part of a publicity stunt, but they all think that Doctor Strange is in on it…

And even when the house (which turns out to be a sentient being from another dimension) is sent to another dimension by Doctor Strange at the end of the story, no one believes it!!!

Finally, my personal favorite is Amazing Spider-Man #1 (by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko), where J. Jonah Jameson has successfully turned the people of New York City against Spider-Man through Jameson’s editorials in the Daily Bugle, but despite Spider-Man being a celebrity and having made a number of television appearances, some people are just too clever for their own good…

Yeah, buddy, you got him. You nailed it!

There are MANY more examples of this thing, so feel free to write into the comments section with more examples and I’ll add in your suggestions later!

If you have an idea for a future edition of Drawing Crazy Patterns, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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Comic Legends: Was There Nearly a Captain America/Jenny Sparks X-Over?

Comic Legends: Was There Nearly a Captain America/Jenny Sparks X-Over?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and twenty-ninhth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

Click here for Part 1 of this week’s legends.

COMIC LEGEND:

Joss Whedon tried to get Marvel and Wildstorm to do a Captain America/Jenny Sparks crossover.

STATUS:

True

Last year, Marvel celebrated the 75th anniversary of Captain America (his actual anniversary was 2015, but I’ll certainly concede that tradition has dictated for years that you celebrate the cover date of the original comic book, and the cover date of Captain America Comics #1 said 1941, even though it came out in late 1940). They had an over-sized issue of Sam Wilson: Captain America #7, with short stories featuring a few of the guys who had been Captain America over the years. Marvel was lucky enough to have the great Jose Whedon and John Cassaday, who had done a dynamite run on Astonishing X-Men together, re-unite for a story about Steve Rogers during World War II.

The concept behind the short story was Steve arguing that the military’s initial idea to pair him with a special gun was a bad idea and that, iconography-wise, it made more sense for him to carry a special SHIELD.

As it turned out, Whedon’s message about the varying positions of American culture vs. European culture was specifically based on a pitch for a story that he never got to write. He explained to Marvel.com’s Ben Morse…

I had had a very big concept years ago that I desperately wanted to do which actually was a crossover with Captain America and Jenny Sparks from the Authority. It was about Captain America early in his career learning about the history of America, what’s good and bad about how this country was formed and how that’s reflected in Europe and so he didn’t have this jingoistic bad view of Europe and so the point that’s made in the little piece that we do here is how I wanted to end that which is him realizing what his purpose is and it’s not you know to hit people.

Jenny Sparks was a British hero who was born in 1900 and died at the end of the 20th Century. Along the way, she was dubbed “The Spirit of the 20th Century” and influenced many great figures of the 20th Century, which would have fit perfectly into a story with another one of the great 20th Century heroes – Captain America!

Man, it sounds like it would have been an awesome comic book. At least Whedon got to use some of the same ideas in his short story, while obviously in a comparatively slight fashion.

Thanks to Joss Whedon and Ben Morse for the information!

Check out my latest TV Legends Revealed at CBR: Why did Bret “The Hitman” Hart sound so different during his guest appearance on The Simpsons?

Check back later on Sunday for Part 3 of this week’s legends! And remember, e-mail me at cronb01@aol.com or brianc@cbr.com if you have any suggestions for future comic book legends!

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15 Arrowverse Fan Theories That Will FREAK YOU OUT

15 Arrowverse Fan Theories That Will FREAK YOU OUT

A long time ago, a dark television show called Arrow — a gritty adaptation of the Green Arrow — began airing on the CW. Soon it introduced a young CSI named Barry Allen, who shortly thereafter got superpowers. Then more heroes began to show up, then more villains. Soon, shows that seemed unconnected began to connect — Constantine and Supergirl folding in to join the Universe in which the Arrow fought and the Flash sped around. Shortly after Arrow began, an entire Universe was unfolding, with unexplored gaps, and an almost infinite amount of worlds and potential. It was called the Arrowverse (or, occasionally, the Flarrowverse).

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The Arrowverse is one of the most popular media universes around. Marvel has its MCU, but DC has a television show one that is arguably cooler. It has Vixen, Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine, Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl — and possibly more coming soon. As it is so understandably cool, it has dozens of fan theories about literally everything that could possibly happen. Because fan theories are the best — and quite often end up actually happening — we decided to take a look at some of the most popular, most likely, or just plain coolest fan theories out there for the Arrowverse.

ORACLE

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Felicity is basically everyone’s favorite character in the entire Arrowverse. She’s the genius who helps Arrow find the baddies, she can hack anything, and oh yeah, for a little while she was in a wheelchair. Remind you of anyone? Yep, that’s right, she sounds almost identical to Oracle, the alter ego that Barbara Gordon (AKA Batgirl) took up after her tragic shooting and paralysis caused by the Joker.

One theory goes that eventually Felicity will earn the title Oracle and become the character, more or less. In addition to Batman, the Oracle worked with almost every single superhero out there, so for this theory to come true, Felicity is going to need to expand her reach and start helping out the Legends, Flash, and more. We’re down for that, because c’mon, who doesn’t want more Felicity?

CRISIS

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One thing that’s been coming — that we’ve known has been coming — since the earliest episodes of The Flash is a Crisis. Back during the early days of DC, the continuity was… well, it was a mess. It was cleaned up with something called Crisis on Infinite Earths, which is exactly what it sounds like. The Crisis began with Red Skies, which is exactly what is referenced in the article about the disappearance of Barry Allen, years in the future, at the end of a crisis. Coincidentally, that is exactly what happens in the comic, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

So, this theory goes, when Arrow, Flash, and the rest reach their end, in maybe seven years, there will come a Crisis, one that is multiversal in nature and will end the entire series in a huge cataclysm, taking the life of Barry Allen. We’ll just have to wait and see.

GOTH CROSSOVER

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If this doesn’t happen, we’ll strike. Gotham is one of the weirdest and coolest shows on television, but as of yet it has absolutely no connection to the Arrowverse. Sure, Batman is in it (albeit a young version) and the Arrowverse has mentioned WayneTech, but the shows are on competing networks (like The Flash and Supergirl were) and it seems unlikely that this will happen. But, as always, there is a chance, however slight.

This theory posits that at some point, the kookily weird show Gotham will have a crossover with the Arrowverse and — this part is just fact — it will be the most glorious thing to behold. It will be more brilliant than seven exploding suns. It will be perfection and we shall all bow before its glory.

SECRET SIX

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The Secret Six are some of the most beloved villains in all of comic books. The series was about six supervillains teaming up with each other. It was sort of like Suicide Squad except in Secret Six, the group wasn’t controlled by Amanda Waller, and was much, much more fun (surprising as that may seem). There’s a prominent theory out there that the Secret Six will turn up in the Arrowverse at one point.

After all, the Suicide Squad is gone now, so some league of villains has to step in and take their place, right? The Secret Six would fit in perfectly, maybe even spinning off into their own show? How awesome would it be to have a Legends of Tomorrow-esque show, but filled with villains? Pretty darn awesome, that is the correct answer. Just FYI.

ANIMAL MAN

Okay, we admit, this one is less a fan theory and more of… well, it’s just something we want really badly, okay? But come on, Animal Man is one of those weird, zany characters that basically only the DC Universe has and it would be a shame to not see him somewhere in the Arrowverse. His power is to tap into the abilities of any known animal on earth (and for a time, even those in space, which was awesome). And yet, even though he can do amazing things, that’s not all there is to him. He’s also an Avatar of the Red — the life-source of all things that are made of meat.

At one point, legendarily weird comic scribe Grant Morrison wrote an extremely trippy, fourth-wall breaking series starring Animal Man, in which Morrison and Animal Man met, and Animal Man stared at the reader in horror and exclaimed that he could see you reading the comic. He’s had a weird and interesting life and would be the best addition to the Arrowverse since Barry Allen.

BIRDS OF PREY

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Birds of Prey has already had a show, but that show was extremely bad (or, at very least, an acquired taste). The Birds of Prey comic though is extremely awesome and has a bunch of different female superheroes (and anti-heroes… and supervillains) teaming up together working under the orders (most of the time) of Oracle. The most common members are one of the Batgirls, Black Canary, and Huntress — and two of them already exist in the Arrowverse!

Adding this cool team to the Arrowverse is so simple and common sense, that we’re kind of surprised it hasn’t happened yet. One episode featured Black Canary and The Huntress and was called Birds of Prey, but since then, there’s been no further development. While this one looks less likely, it’s still a popular theory for how freaking dope it would be.

BATMAN

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Batman is, well… Batman is Batman. If you don’t know who he is, what the heck are you even doing on this website? Did you stumble here by accident? He’s a man dressed like a Bat who punches criminals. He’s fire on justice and has zero chill for crime. And there’s a solid chance that he’s coming to the Arrowverse.

See, the show has been dropping hints about him like Hansel and Gretel dropping breadcrumbs. WayneTech has shown up and Dark Knights have been referenced. People have mentioned vigilantes. Now with Superman having been introduced, there’s almost nothing stopping Batman from showing up; it’s just a matter of when, where and who. This one is less of a theory and more of a certainty; at some point in the future, there’s going to be a Caped Crusader showing up in the Arrowverse and we are so freaking ready.

CROSSOVER

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Okay, so we’ve mentioned that this universe has a lot of crossovers right? And people desperately hope that it’ll crossover with Gotham, but what if it crosses over with things that don’t even exist anymore. For instance, the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. That’s right, some people think that the Arrowverse will actually crossover with other superhero Universes — maybe having Brandon Routh as both the Atom and Superman. There might even be a huge crossover with the DCEU — the films in which Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are starring as the Caped Crusader and the Big Blue Boy Scout, respectively.

Who knows? These shows have already had interdimensional crossovers; why not a couple more? We know it’s not completely out of the question either as the show cast John Wesley Shipp, the actor who previously played the Flash in the ’90s, along with some other legacy player cameos. Even if the show doesn’t go full-tilt into the Nolanverse, there’s a chance for more fun notes like this in the future.

DOOMSDAY

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Doomsday is probably coming to the Arrowverse, maybe sooner even than we think. Doomsday is, well, honestly his name should give you a hint. He’s a nigh unstoppable creature who was responsible for killing Superman in the appropriately titled story, “The Death of Superman.” Luckily, Doomsday died in the fight, but he can come back thanks to his unique evolutionarily-reactionary physiology and staggering, all consuming hate. He was created by an alien scientist named Bertron, who basically killed and cloned D-Day until he was an unstoppable brute. He’s one of the most fearsome foes in all of the DC Universe and there’s a chance that Supergirl just introduced him.

One thing that bolsters this theory heavily is the fact that comics and the television shows seem to work together as much as possible. Coming this Fall — which is right when Supergirl and the rest will be coming back on — is a comic series called the Doomsday Clock, starring (potentially) guess who?

FLASH TEAM-UP

Flash has met his future self a couple of times but never for more than a few seconds. Occasionally this has led to a time remnant (a weird time travel duplicate that makes no amount of sense), something that came back to bite him in a major way in Season Three of The Flash. SPOILER WARNING: it turned out that Barry Allen’s nemesis Savitar was actually a Future Flash. It’s a lot to explain if you haven’t been keeping up, and if you have, well, then you don’t need us!

What if, instead of the nice Flash staying in the future, he had come back to help the younger one? This is the theory that a bunch of people have; that at some point, there will be multiple versions of the same Flash. It’s not without precedent either, as the Reverse-Flash pulled the same trick recently. Granted, that did end with his death, but that was because he was a time remnant. Barry will be much safer.

ARROW-FORWARDS

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For all five seasons of Arrow, for better or worse, we’ve had flashbacks. These flashbacks have slowly revealed what happened to Ollie after he left his home and got stuck on an island, showing the trials he endured, and what happened to make him The Arrow. Of course, it’s been five years since that first episode and since he was only on the island for five years, the flashbacks have finally come to an end with this season of the Arrow. So what’s next?

What about flash-forwards? Instead of showing how he came to be where he is, what if the entire season shows where he will be? We see what the Arrow is doing in a season finale and then slowly build up to it. It would increase the drama and the sense of suspense. The show has done it before as well, showing a future funeral, that we worked our way to slowly, leaving fans wondering what might happen if it went from future to past. It was a high point of the show and doing that every season could work spectacularly.

OPEN OLLIE

Oliver Queen has been keeping his identity as the Arrow hidden for a long time, even pretending to be a different version of the Arrow after someone else took the fall for him. It’s been a long convoluted mess as he eventually became Mayor but what if in season six, Oliver Queen decided to drop the act and come out as a vigilante? There have been hints that he might drop the mask with his more public profile, leaving fans wondering what might happen if he did.

It wouldn’t be too weird. After all, most of his villains already know who he is, but the public doesn’t. So the only thing that might change is everyone would trust him more. Also, since almost everyone seems to be able to figure out that Ollie is the Green Arrow, it would probably make the show a bit better. Just a little bit.

FALLEN TRINITY

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What if the reason we’ve never seen Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman on the Arrowverse is that they’re dead? This is a theory that has been bandied about the internet a lot recently and has actually picked up steam. Sure, Superman has appeared on Supergirl but there’s a theory going around that he’ll be dying soon (that Doomsday thing again). But we’re actually talking about the Universe that the Flash and the Arrow live within.

What if the reason that the Arrow is the first big, public superhero is because the trinity is actually dead? After all, on Legends of Tomorrow, we hear about Men of Steel breaking and Dark Knights falling. What if the only reason all of these admittedly B-list superheroes are the ones saving the Universe is because they’re the only superheroes left. And if the Trinity is dead, that raises the question — what killed them?

STARFIRE

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Starfire is an interesting and cool character from the Teen Titans who might be making an appearance on one the Arrowverse series soon. While this theory is a bit less solid than some of the others, it is really cool and could lead to a bunch of interesting things. If Starfire does show up, it’ll most likely be on Supergirl — which raises the question of where the rest of the Teen Titans are?

See, the Teen Titans are getting their own show and Starfire will be a member of their group. What if Starfire comes to Supergirl as a means to tie those two shows together? What if the Teen Titans are on the same Earth as Supergirl. We’ve all thought that crossovers between shows on different networks was anathema to them but the Arrowverse has proved that wrong. Could Starfire come to the Arrowverse? With her profile becoming more mainstream again, thanks to her recent animated outings, fans’ ferocity for the ‘Fire is at an all-time high!

JUSTICE

Right now, the closest thing to the Justice League that the Arrowverse has is the occasional crossovers and the Legends of Tomorrow. But what if the Arrowverse does develop its own, actual League? We’ve already seen the Justice Society and there are hints of the League potentially coming in the future, but why not now? Heroes coming together to fight a huge threat is something the Arrowverse loves, so why not make a miniseries showing a bunch of them coming together to fight that threat?

It would be like the Invasion crossover, but more permanent, with an entire series devoted to it. Of course, there’s an argument that the Legends takes this spot in the Arrowverse, but having an actual League, with Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl, and members from the Legends, plus brand new characters would finally give credence to fans’ theories that this is all just prologue to the eventual super series we’ve all been waiting for!

Do you know any other fan theories about Arrowverse? Fire away in the comments!

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Over the course of the past decade, male heroes have dominated the big screen with a good amount of focus on action rather than telling character-driven stories. It’s something that even last year’s Batman v Superman, where Gal Gadot made her debut as Wonder Woman, can be considered guilty of — putting more emphasis on the action and introduction of various members, making it difficult to truly carry a story driven by characters and heart. According to Gadot’s Wonder Woman co-star Chris Pine, talking to Vanity Fair on the red carpet of the film’s premiere, this is one of the many reasons Wonder Woman is needed.

“We’ve seen stories told through the male prism a lot. Men are not all that smart. We tend to want to kill each other all the time, so it’s nice to finally have a fresh, female perspective with important themes. To have a female superhero story that is about love and compassion and nurturing of life than the opposite is very important. At the heart of the movie, it’s about people falling in love and being passionate and being heroic. It’s a great lesson for everyone to learn instead of other movies where shit is blowing up all the time.”

Although the film isn’t out yet, many of the early reviews for the film have echoed Pine’s comments, praising the film’s heart and humor, even going as far as to liken it to critical darling The Dark Knight. While that alone is reason enough to be excited, the fact that the film will serve as the first big solo female superhero film in recent years (and the highest-profile one yet) is another reason why the film is so important.

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