CS Video: Kajillionaire Interviews With Evan Rachel Wood & Miranda July

by Grant Hermanns

CS Video: Kajillionaire Interviews With Evan Rachel Wood & Miranda July

CS Video: Kajillionaire interviews with Evan Rachel Wood & Miranda July

Ahead of the film’s highly-anticipated limited theatrical release, ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to chat with star Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and writer/director Miranda July (The Future) to discuss the acclaimed indie crime dramedy Kajillionaire. Our interviews can be viewed in the player below!

RELATED: Kajillionaire Trailer: Evan Rachel Wood Leads Focus Features’ Dramedy

In this new profoundly moving and wildly original comedy film, con-artists Theresa and Robert have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio, to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down.

Kajillionaire stars Evan Rachel Wood (Viena and the Fantomes) as Old Dolio and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, Carmen Sandiego) as Melanie Whitacre along with Oscar nominees Debra Winger (Shadowlands, Rachel Getting Married) as Theresa Dyne, and Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water, The Cabin in the Woods) as Robert Dyne. It will also feature Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio, Happy), Mark Ivanir (The Red Sea Diving Resort), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite is My Name, High Fidelity), Diana-Maria Riva (Dead to Me, Sunnyside) and Randy Ryan (20th Century Women, The Things We’ve Seen).

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The film is written and directed by Miranda July with Brad Pitt set as an executive producer. It is also produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Youree Henley with Megan Ellison and Jillian Longnecker also executive producing.

Kajillionaire is set to hit select theaters on September 25 followed by a release on digital platforms and VOD on October 16!

CS Interviews: Tye Sheridan Talks Wireless

by Jeff Ames

CS Interviews: Tye Sheridan Talks Wireless

The fantastic new mini-series Wireless is currently streaming on Quibi and to celebrate we sat down and discussed the show with star Tye Sheridan and the actor discussed everything from the technical challenges presented by the show’s unique new format and also shared his thoughts on cell phones and their place in society.

In Wireless, on a sparsely traveled road deep in the Colorado mountains, college student Andy Braddock (Sheridan) drives to a New Year’s Eve party to try to rekindle a relationship with his ex-girlfriend. Distracted by his phone, Andy collides with a snowbank and hurtles into a ravine. Wounded and alone, Andy turns to his quickly dying cell for rescue, but help is far from a phone call away.

From executive producer Steven Soderbergh comes a suspense thriller like no other, as the viewer takes the story into their own hands. Two narratives play out simultaneously: watch horizontally for a cinematic view; twist vertically to experience Andy’s phone as your own, as he fights to stay alive.

The series also stars Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Lukas Gage (Euphoria), Francesca Reale (Stranger Things Season 2), and Mace Coronel (Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn.

RELATED: Amazon Orders Spin-Off of Superhero Hit The Boys!

The series is created by newcomers Zach Wechter and Jack Seidman, who will also serve as executive producers with Wechter also set to direct. Michael Sugar, Cathy Konrad, and Danny Sherman will executive produce along with Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Rodney Ferrell, and Greg Lipstone. Wireless is a co-production by Pickpocket, Treeline Film, and Propagate with Christian Heuer and Isabel San Vargas to produce.

ComingSoon.net: Talk about Wireless – how did you get involved? What was your initial reaction to the script and concept?

Tye Sheridan: I first watched Pocket, a short film directed by Zach Wechter and Mishka Kornai, and I thought “Alright, this is pretty interesting”. The film examines a year in the life of a 15 year old boy seen through the perspective of his iPhone, and it’s a “made-for-mobile” only film (you watch it in portrait mode rather than landscape). When I started digging in to Wireless a bit more, I was super intrigued by the “turnstyle” concept and the idea of the “iPhone” becoming an actual setting for this story. It felt very relevant to our current circumstance in society and the relationship that almost every one of us have with our smartphones. This new format became so exciting to me— because of the challenges that it would inspire and the opportunities it would present by working on something that was completely new and the “first of its kind”.

Beyond the “first of its kind” technical format that the story is propelled by, I thought the plot was great, and I was excited by how “contemporary” it felt in contrast to some other projects that I’d worked on in the past.

CS: How did you approach Andy? How was he different from other characters you’d portrayed in the past?

Sheridan: I think the approach to Andy was mainly led by the core idea that he would represent and symbolize the relationship in which society has formed with their iPhone, social media profiles and the digital interface that we all connect through. It was very different than any other character I’ve played, simply because he was the most contemporary role I’ve had the opportunity of taking a crack at, and ultimately, I think we just wanted him to be a very relatable guy.

CS: How difficult was the production to pull off? Was there an added difficulty in shooting the cell phone scenes?

Sheridan: Indeed it was very difficult. We had only 19 days to shoot the entire project, and because the story occurs in two separate perspectives simultaneously (portrait and landscape), it was like making two films at once. The film was challenging on many different levels: technologically, time-wise, the frigid conditions that we were shooting in. Although capturing and executing this format was very challenging (mostly due to the fact that the iPhone isn’t specifically designed for this), it was all very authentic because we were able to capture the “phone call” scenes simultaneously in real-time. All of the FaceTime calls you see in the show were actually being screen recorded locally on the two separate iPhones while we performed the scenes in different locations.

CS: In the film, Andy’s predicament comes partially due to his cell phone addiction – and yet, the cell phone helps him in various moments of the show as well. What are your overarching feelings about cell phones and their place in society?

Sheridan: Well, that’s a great question because it brings us to the ultimate question that the show is provoking us to ask ourselves: Is my relationship with my iPhone good or bad? We see both the good and the bad in Andy’s relationship with his iPhone. My opinion is that it depends on how you use your iPhone, what you use it for. On one hand, they can be a great tool to help us do things faster, learn things faster, connect faster, store data that our brains aren’t capable of storing, but on the other hand, they can also act as huge distractions in our lives and inhibit our ability to be present in the world. It may be the ultimate Paradox in society today…

CS: What is the core theme of Wireless, in your opinion?

Sheridan: The story explores many themes, and I think each person that sees the show may take away something different. For me, I would say that the core theme ultimately reflects Andy’s biggest overcoming— which is his realization that he’s been living his life within a lie. He’s lied to his family, his friends, even to himself, and that can be a very difficult hole to dig yourself out of, but he knows that if he doesn’t do it, it’ll weigh him down forever and keep him from growing into a better person.

CS: You spend the entire series alone. How difficult was it to act by yourself?

Sheridan: There were a lot of different elements that made this project very challenging, but I’d say that acting alone wasn’t really one of them. In fact, I’m so grateful that all of the phone calls, FaceTime calls, and text exchanges (imessage and tinder) that you see in the show were all happening in real time, so I actually got to perform these scenes with our other cast members as they were shot. Zach Wechter was adamant about doing this because he felt that it was the only way to make it feel truly authentic within this format, and I agree with him.

CS: What was it like filming with Zach Wechter?

Sheridan: Oh I love him. He really is such a genius, and a professional. No matter what situation we found ourselves in throughout production, Zach always rose above and came through in very big ways. He’s constantly pushing the boundaries of narrative into new and exciting places, and I believe that he will have a very important impact on the future of filmmaking as it pertains to its digital form.

CS: Ready Player 2 is coming out – have you heard anything in regard to a film that you can share with us? And as a side, if Steven Spielberg isn’t involved, who would be your pick to helm the film?

Sheridan: I’m so excited to read the new book, and I really wish I could tell you that there was another film in the works. There may be, but at this moment, I have no idea what the plans are exactly, and frankly, it’s out of my hands. I’d love to work on a sequel and get the gang back though, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

by Tiffany Gustanski

Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

In the previous episode of HBO’s Lovecraft Country, we saw what happened with Tic and Ji-Ah during his time in the Korean War. In Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 7, Hippolyta followed a clue from Hiram’s orrery, and Ruby and Leti reconciled.

Axes

When Hippolyta and Dee went to Ardham, they found the wreckage and George’s burned travel comic. When she got back, she obsessed over getting the orrery to work. Hippolyta figured out that the planets on the orrery needed to be tilted along their appropriate axes. This opened the sun up to reveal a key and some coordinates. She took the car to their coordinates in Kansas and found a run-down observatory. Putting the key through a corresponding keyhole got the telescope working, and Hippolyta did some math to figure out settings. Unfortunately, two white cops found her.

St. Louis

Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

Leti had a dream that she was pregnant and running after Tic’s ancestor in the burning lodge. She told Tic that she’d had a book with her, and they concluded it was the Book of Names. They went to see Montrose to find out more about Tic’s mother’s family. Tic and Leti showed up at his apartment just as Montrose and Sammy were having an argument. From seeing them together, Tic realized the rumors about Montrose being gay were true. Montrose confirmed to Tic that his mother had known.

Tic took a bus to St. Louis when he couldn’t use Hippolyta’s car. He met with a friend of his cousin Ethel on his mother’s side. Ethel and his mother were the only members of the family to survive the Tulsa riots. After seeing a photo, he realized she had the same mark as he did. However, a phone call from Leti interrupted Tic. She had found the orrery in Hippolyta’s apartment. Tic arrived at the observatory just after the cops. During the fight, a cop fell through a portal that opened up, and Hippolyta shot the other one. Hippolyta then fell through the portal, and Tic ran when he heard others approaching. A travel comic from Dee lied with the dead cop.

“I Am Hippolyta”

Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

Hippolyta found herself among alien figures on a desolate planet. She spent time locked in a white room, but her captor told her she wasn’t in a prison. She challenged Hippolyta to name who and where she wanted to be. Hippolyta found herself in Paris dancing with Josephine Baker. Then, she arrived in an all-female tribe ready to battle an army of white 19th century soldiers. When she defined herself as George Freeman’s wife, she found herself in bed with him and telling him all that had happened. Hippolyta felt that he had helped her shrink herself when she wanted bigger things. The aliens offered Hippolyta to join them or go back. She knew that Dee needed her.

Like Mama

Christina showed Ruby the dead bodies she kept in the basement to make her potions. Ruby wanted the truth, and Christina explained that it had to do with her family. Ruby would be watching Dee while Hippolyta was away. Leti apologized to Ruby and helped her out with Dee and her friends. While Ruby was cooking, Leti felt nauseated, leading them to wonder if she was pregnant.

What did you think of this episode of Lovecraft Country? Let us know in the comment section below!

The Boys Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

by Tiffany Gustanski

The Boys Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

The Boys Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

In the previous episode of Amazon’s The Boys, Annie broke into Stormfront’s trailer, and Homelander and Stormfront started an affair. In The Boys Season 2 Episode 6, Annie’s lead brought The Boys to Sage Grove Center, and Homelander confronted Stormfront when she left the set during shooting.

Sage Grove Center

Annie got Frenchie to remove her tracking chip. She gave them a lead from Stormfront’s emails: Sage Grove Center. Frenchie, Kimiko, and M.M. broke into the psychiatric facility with Annie’s help and posed as nurses. However, a Supe nurse working there recognized Frenchie. He was Lamplighter, who had killed Mallory’s children. Lamplighter explained that Vought was trying to stabilize Compound V for use on adults. During their fracas, the Supe patients broke out of their cells.

Throughout the episode, we saw flashbacks of Mallory’s recruitment of Frenchie, whose real name was Serge. Three years later, he tailed Lamplighter to a movie premiere but left to save his friend, Jay, who had overdosed. Because he left, Frenchie was unable to stop Lamplighter from torching Mallory’s bed, where he hadn’t known her children were sleeping. Lamplighter was regretful and wanted Mallory to kill him, but now knowing the story, Frenchie urged Mallory to spare him.

Stand Your Ground

The Boys Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

One of the escaped Supes came across Butcher, Annie, and Hughie outside. He released a pulse that flipped the van, where Hughie was inside. Hughie was seriously wounded, and Annie and Butcher needed to get him to a hospital. Annie stopped a car, and the man inside pulled a gun on them when he saw Butcher’s gun. When placating him didn’t work, Annie used her powers against him and killed him.

They got Hughie to a hospital, and he was going to be all right. Butcher and Annie bonded over their love and fondness for Hughie, who they agreed was too good for them.

Twenty Minutes

Homelander urged Stormfront to come back to his trailer for a surprise. He had gotten her a bouquet of flowers. Stormfront told him that she’d be back in twenty minutes after a meeting at Vought Tower. Instead, she arrived at Sage Grove Center to the aftermath of the breakout. Because of that, she arrived back to set late. Homelander had set fire to his trailer when she hadn’t come back. He confronted her about knowing she wasn’t at Vought Tower.

Stormfront showed Homelander some photos of her. She was born in Germany in 1919. She was Frederick Vought’s first success with Compound V. The true mission of Vought was to breed an army of super-humans to further the goals of Nazism and white supremacy.

Leverage

The Boys Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

The Deep brought Maeve a camera from the crash site in the ocean. Elena found Maeve’s phone connected to it. There was a video of Homelander and Maeve abandoning the plane and its passengers. Maeve explained to Elena that she was going to use the video as leverage so that Homelander would leave them alone.

What did you think of this episode of The Boys? Let us know in the comment section below!

CS Recommends: The Twilight Zone, Plus Animation, Comedy & More!

by Max Evry

CS Recommends: The Twilight Zone, Plus Animation, Comedy & More!

CS Recommends: The Twilight Zone, Plus Animation, Comedy & More!

Stuck inside? Don’t know what to watch/read/play/listen to? ComingSoon.net has got you covered. In this week’s CS Recommends our staff gives you solid tips on the best media to consume during your downtime, including The Twilight Zone and more! Check out our picks below!

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MAX EVRY’S RECOMMEND: The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery

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Rod Serling’s two signature series have become cultural institutions in the decades since they aired. While Twilight Zone will always be the gold standard for socially-conscious sci-fi, it also served as a springboard for “twist”-oriented storytelling still practiced by filmmakers like M. Night Shyamalan. Even the worst episodes have an eerie vibe that gets under your skin. A favorite episode would be “Time Enough at Last” starring Burgess Meredith as the last bibliophile on earth.

And then there’s the (sort-of) companion series Night Gallery, which leaned a little more towards the supernatural. Despite the fact that it’s in color and Serling himself had less and lee involvement/creative control as the series went on, it still carries the torch of that flavor of storytelling that Twilight Zone pioneered. There’s also a delightful early 70’s kitsch to the proceedings, and the show featured some of the first directorial work of a young Steven Spielberg! A favorite episode has to be the infamous “earwig” episode “The Caterpillar” starring Laurence Harvey, a Serling special with a devastating ending!

KYLIE HEMMERT’S RECOMMEND: Stephen King’s IT

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With Halloween just around the corner, it’s never too early to curl up on the couch with some homemade popcorn, traumatized kids, and one freaky killer clown. Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most classic scary stories successfully relies more on its heart than its horror, effortlessly blending genres in a coming-of-age tale that is broken up into two parts and features an incredible ensemble cast of young performers and their adult counterparts in the second film. That being said, the movies never forget their gruesome horror roots and the deep-seated fears that our favorite Losers Club are forced to face — and ultimately overcome — if they stand any chance taking down Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise.

GRANT HERMANNS’ RECOMMEND: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

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The comedic and musical trio known as The Lonely Island have delivered a number of amazing things to audiences over the years, but arguably their best film effort came in the form of the music mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Released in 2016, the film centered on the outlandish antics of Conner4Real, who the trio swears isn’t based on Justin Bieber despite their claim being hard to believe as the parallels are endless between the two. After peaking with his debut solo album following the breakup of his young music group, Conner is struggling to keep his stardom going as his new album flops and must compete with his opening act, the up-and-coming Hunter the Hungry, played brilliantly by fellow Saturday Night Live vet Chris Redd. With a cast made up of SNL alums and incredible comedic talent, a soundtrack perfect for longtime Lonely Island fans as well as newcomers to the group and a script that brilliantly skewers its central industry and embraces the best tropes of the mockumentary genre, it’s a cult classic that not only acts as a modern-day This is Spinal Tap, but even rivals it.

MAGGIE DELA PAZ’S RECOMMEND: The Croods

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Featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, this animated comedy film is set during the prehistoric time where it follows the story of a cavemen family called The Croods, who have been lucky enough to avoid different disasters and creatures due to the leadership of its overprotective patriarch named Grug. Besides going to hunt for food, the family only spends most of their time in their cave because of the fear of getting killed. However, their cave survival tactics are about to get challenged when the family’s teenage daughter Eep meets Guy, a smart and inventive boy who warns them of the upcoming apocalypse. From then on, The Croods’ normal lives are about to change as they go on a long adventure through the unknown, seeking for a new and safe place to call home.

This 2013 film is one of my favorite animated films to date which is definitely a must-watch on family movie nights. Even though it received critical acclaim and was a box office success, it’s still underrated and overlooked by a lot of people, who might haven’t gotten the chance to see this gem. I think part of the reason why it didn’t get the much-needed hype it deserves was because it came out the same year as Disney’s Frozen which unarguably one of 2013’s most talked about films. What I love the most about The Croods is its charming, entertaining and heartwarming story that has the ability to connect with people. On top of that, all of its characters are funny and likable which makes it difficult for the audience to choose a favorite.

In preparation of the upcoming theatrical release of its follow-up film The Croods 2: A New Age, now is the perfect time for you to check out or revisit this Oscar-nominated film!

JEFF AMES’ RECOMMEND: 48 Hours (1982)

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One positive thing about this whole COVID lockdown is that I’ve been able to go back and watch or classic films I hadn’t seen. Recently, I discovered Bull Durham, Tango and Cash and the action bonanza Commando all of which provided some worthy mid-week entertainment. Then I popped in 48 Hours starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte and holy shit … how did I miss this?

Directed by Walter Hill, producer of the Alien franchise and director of such classics as The Warriors (1979) and Hard Times (1975), the film follows the basic formula of most buddy cop films — i.e., an odd couple team up for a job and learn to respect each other only after two hours of non-stop bickering — but manages to stand apart from the Lethal Weapons and Die Hards thanks to the charismatic performances from its two leads and the raw emotion simmering beneath the tangible violence. Indeed, 48 Hours basks in so much foul-mouthed debauchery, bloody carnage, and racial themes it’s a wonder it got made at all. Yet, the overarching result is a fast, furious and often funny thriller oozing with tension and 1980’s machismo.

As a side, as good as Murphy was in Beverly Hills Cop two years later, his performance in 48 Hours is nothing short of remarkable. The scene in which he bursts into a cowboy bar and takes control of a hostile situation with his pitch-perfect proclamation, “There’s a new sheriff in town!” is one of those rare magical moments that reminds us why we pay to sit in a dark room to drink soda, eat popcorn and watch movies with a bunch of strangers — to witness the birth of a friggin’ superstar.

ComingSoon.net recommends all readers comply with CDC guidelines and remain as isolated as possible during this urgent time.

Exclusive: “Was I Not Padme?” Keira Knightley on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

by Alyse Wax

"Was I Not Padme?" Keira Knightley on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Exclusive: “Was I Not Padme?” Keira Knightley on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Recently, ComingSoon.net got the chance to talk to Keira Knightley about her new film, Misbehaviour, and we couldn’t help but take a few minutes to ask her about one of her first film roles in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. Surprisingly, Keira does not seem to be asked about the film much and admits that she was twelve when they filmed, and she only watched it once when it premiered. In the film, Keira played Sabe, one of Queen Amidala’s most important handmaidens. She later becomes a decoy, taking over the queen’s throne while Amidala dresses down and goes by the less formal name Padme. You can check out the interview now in the player below, and rent or purchase Knightley’s new movie Misbehaviour by clicking here!

RELATED: CS Video: Keira Knightley on the Historical Drama Misbehaviour

Misbehaviour boasts an all-star cast including Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley (The Imitation GamePride & Prejudice), BAFTA Film Award nominee Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning ShowBlack Mirror), BAFTA Film Award nominee Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Judy), BAFTA TV Award nominee Keeley Hawes (BodyguardThe Durrells), BAFTA Film Award winner Phyllis Logan (Downton AbbeySecrets & Lies), Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville (Ordinary LovePhantom Thread) BAFTA TV Award winner Rhys Ifans (The King’s ManNotting Hill), and Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear (FrankieAs Good as It Gets). A witty yet heartfelt film, Misbehaviour was directed by multiple BAFTA Award-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe and written by Rebecca Frayn and BAFTA Scotland Award nominee Gaby Chiappe.

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favorite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

RELATED: Misbehaviour Trailer Starring Keira Knightley & Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Misbehavior opens on VOD everywhere September 25 from Shout! Studios.

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CS Video: Keira Knightley on the Historical Drama Misbehaviour

by Alyse Wax

CS Video: Keira Knightley on the Historical Drama Misbehaviour

CS Video: Keira Knightley on the Historical Drama Misbehaviour

ComingSoon.net had the chance to speak with Keira Knightley about the new historical drama Misbehaviour, available to rent or purchase by clicking here! You can check out our exclusive interview in the player below!

RELATED: Misbehaviour Trailer Starring Keira Knightley & Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Misbehaviour boasts an all-star cast including Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley (The Imitation GamePride & Prejudice), BAFTA Film Award nominee Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning ShowBlack Mirror), BAFTA Film Award nominee Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Judy), BAFTA TV Award nominee Keeley Hawes (BodyguardThe Durrells), BAFTA Film Award winner Phyllis Logan (Downton AbbeySecrets & Lies), Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville (Ordinary LovePhantom Thread) BAFTA TV Award winner Rhys Ifans (The King’s ManNotting Hill), and Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear (FrankieAs Good as It Gets). A witty yet heartfelt film, Misbehaviour was directed by multiple BAFTA Award-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe and written by Rebecca Frayn and BAFTA Scotland Award nominee Gaby Chiappe.

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favorite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.

RELATED: Exclusive Jay Sebring….Cutting to the Truth Clip From Anthony DiMaria’s New Biography

Misbehavior opens on VOD everywhere September 25 from Shout! Studios.

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Exclusive: Aya Cash Teases What’s to Come in Season 2 of The Boys

by Grant Hermanns

Exclusive: Aya Cash Teases What's to Come in Season 2 of The Boys

Exclusive: Aya Cash teases what’s to come in season 2 of The Boys

While chatting with the You’re the Worst alum for her role in the upcoming horror-comedy Scare Me, ComingSoon.net got to explore The Boys‘ second season a bit deeper with Aya Cash as well as what’s to come from her chilling villain Stormfront!

RELATED: Amazon Orders Spin-Off of Superhero Hit The Boys!

With six of the eight episodes currently airing and audiences finally starting to see Stormfront’s true colors, Cash feels “grateful” that the season is far enough along that she can finally exhale and talk a bit more about the secretive nature behind her menacing character.

“At the beginning in the first three episodes, the cliffhanger is very intense and the switch feels so drastic and is so disgusting and upsetting who she actually is that I’m glad we’re a little further past that so we can have better conversations around it,” Cash expressed. “I’m really looking forward to it all being out so that we can talk about it, because there are Stormfronts in this world, there is a literal Stormfront in this world, and I do think the conversations need to be had around it, so I’m looking to not having partial conversations but being able to look at it fully.”

In addition to the introduction of her character, one of the major changes coming in to the second season has been the decision to release the episodes in a weekly format rather than the typical streaming plan of debuting it all at once and it has split audiences, with some arguing decrying their inability to binge it all at once while others are showing appreciation for being left wanting more. Though she also finds herself going “back and forth,” Cash ultimately sees the better in the model as outweighing some of the bad.

“With those first three episodes coming out and the cliffhanger everyone’s going, ‘What?!’ and having to sit with it for a week, but that’s also a good thing because we should be thinking about these things quicker than the passing moment,” Cash stated. “I think what this season is trying to deal with, in terms of white supremacy, is not a conversation you should think about for a weekend after you binge, it’s something you should be continuing to have. Obviously The Boys is not the only conversation about this happening right now, but it’s helpful to have time to have that discussion. As an actor, it was really hard because I want to answer all the questions, I want to say, ‘Don’t worry, this will happen’ or ‘This is going to explain this,’ she is a bad guy, this is not us saying, ‘Whoops she said something stupid,’ this was done with intention. I think a little time is nice in this rapid-fire time and because of the pandemic and the way people are watching, let’s draw it out a little bit so that people can enjoy it for a longer time.”

Click here to catch up on the second season of The Boys!

Though still having to keep many of the plot details for the remaining two episodes close to the belt, Cash did tease that audiences are in for one specific treat with Stormfront in the coming weeks.

“I think you’ll see — there is one of the best fight scenes coming up,” Cash excitedly revealed. “There’s been trailers that have little tiny clips of it so that’s not a spoiler, but there’s a huge fight coming to Stormfront.”

In Season 2, The Boys are on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social-media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia.

The Boys is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the supergroup known as “The Seven.” The show retains most of the comics (available for purchase here) boundary-pushing violence and sexuality while exploring the dark side of superhero celebrity and fame.

RELATED: Shawn Ashmore Offers First Look at The Boys’ Lamplighter

The series was created by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who are responsible for another subversive comic book-inspired series, AMC’s Preacher, and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.

Season 1 is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, with the first six episodes available to stream now! Scare Me is set to debut on Shudder on October 1!

CS Collectibles: Doomsday, Logan & More!

by Jeff Ames

CS Collectibles: Logan, Doomsday & More!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of CS Collectibles, ComingSoon.net’s newest weekly column that brings you the best in premium collectibles! Find out all the latest on statues, figures, posters, cards, eBay deals, Amazon deals & much more below!

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Sideshow Collectibles

The Logan Premium Format Figure measures 15” tall as the ferocious mutant flexes his metal claws in the middle of a dive bar dust-up.  A broken barstool, shattered bottle, and several billiards balls litter the floor of the scene, which has been carefully sculpted to mimic a scuffed and scratched wooden texture.

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LIMITED TIME OFFER, $25 OFF + FREE SHIPPING! The Batman (Noir Version) Sixth Scale Figure has a muscled body design, articulated for a variety of action-packed poses. Equipped with an arsenal of bat-gadgets, Batman comes with two styles of Batarang to hold, as well as three sets of sculpted hands, including right and left fists, batarang grips, and dynamic gesture hands.

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Diamond Select

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hunt is on! The Predator surveys his hunting grounds in the new line of gallery PVC dioramas based on the famous film franchise. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this sculpture of the original jungle predator features detailed sculpting and paint, is cast in high-quality plastic, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton.

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A diamond select release! Twi! The Spaghetti webs make s comeback in this new PVC diorama inspired by classic Spider-Man artwork of the early 90S! Leaping over a rooftop with his webline wrapped around him, this sculpture of spider stands approximately 8 inches tall and is case in high grade PVC with highly detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton!

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Mondo

Rick & Morty, the portal popping pair, are now HUGE figures to add to your wubbalubbadubdub collection! Each features neck, hand, and ankle articulation, interchangeable heads and hands, accessories, and all with the smell of adventure!

Rick stands approximately 11.5″ tall, and Morty stands approximately 8″ tall, and that’s the wayyyyyy the news goes!

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ALMOST SOLD OUT! Sideshow and Mondo are excited to present a jade-green Acid Blood Variant of Alien Queen Tiki, a handmade 22-ounce ceramic mug inspired by both Tiki culture and James Cameron’s ALIENS. The set includes two swizzle sticks – a Facehugger and a Chestburster.

Please note: These mugs are handmade, making each one unique, so slight variations from images shown may occur.

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Iron Studios

Sideshow and Iron Studios present the latest from the Art Scale 1:10 line – the Doomsday Deluxe Statue! Based on concept art from DC Comics and Chiaroscuro Studios, this polystone statue is hand-painted and limited edition.

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Sideshow and Iron Studios are proud to announce the Gollum Mini Co. Collectible Figure from the Mini Co. Series line.

These hand-painted collectible figures were created by Iron Studios and are the perfect size for any desk or shelf no matter the size of your collection.

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Prime 1 Studios

Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio are excited to present the Batman Damned Statue designed by no one else, but the incredibly talented Lee Bermejo, an American comics artist best known for his collaborations with writer Brian Azzarello including the graphic novel.

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Prime 1 Studio and CD Projekt Red are proud to present the Toad Prince of Oxenfurt from the Hearts of Stone expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Geralt of Rivia takes a contract from Olgierd von Everec to slay a monster in the sewers of Oxenfurt. He runs into Shani, who came down with a group of soldiers to collect venom from the so-called Toad “Prince”. In their search for the beast’s lair, they find bodies of its victims, men who thought they could slay it and women who thought to break its curse with a kiss and win a prince.

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PCS Collectibles

ALMOST GONE! Guile’s search for his friend led him to uncover more of Shadaloo’s dark dealings and introduced to him a number of unlikely allies from around the globe. He has been a mainstay in the Street Fighter series since his debut in 1991 and was an easy choice for the next piece in Pop Culture Shock’s Ultimate line of 1:4 scale Street Fighter statues.

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Sideshow and Pop Culture Shock Collectibles present the Michelangelo 1:4 Scale Statue, joining his brothers Raphael and Donatello in the lineup of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collectibles.

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Hot Toys

Batman with Batmobile collectible set includes the Caped Crusader and Batmobile within a single exciting package! Consider as one of the most recognizable iterations of the Dark Knight’s ride, the Batmobile is positively massive, measures about 17 cm in length and 9cm in height. Batman Cosbaby is removable from the vehicle to display individually.

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Sideshow and Hot Toys present the quarter scale Nano Gauntlet (Movie Promo Edition) collectible, based on the visual design work in the early production stage of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame.

Measuring approximately 19 cm tall, the newly introduced collectible features authentic details of Nano Gauntlet with phenomenal painting, six LED light up Infinity Stones with two lighting modes including solid light effect and pulsing light effect, articulations on individual fingers developed for movements and poses, and a specially designed custom base with movie logo that will hold the gauntlet in an upright position.

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Super 7

ThunderCats, Ho! Return to Third Earth with the ThunderCats Ultimate Jackalman 6-Inch Action Figure. This amazingly articulated action figure features sculpting by the Four Horsemen with awesome optional parts. Includes Sword of Omens, Book of Omens, claw shields, alternate hands, and alternate head. Each Ultimate Thundercats figure is packaged in a deluxe slip-case window box with accessories included.

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From Super 7. Relive the fun and excitement of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures with these figures form Super 7! Super Seven presents Baxter Stockman, the Bungling, Bug-Eyed, Wickedly Winged Scientist. He comes with Fully Loaded Weapons Rack, Alternate Hands, and a Mouser!

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Loot Crate

Step into the world of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story, The Incredibles and more with this limited edition crate series.

1-Crate Plan: Split your payments across all three crates. You’ll automatically be subscribed to get crates 2 and 3.

3-Crate Plan: Pre-pay for all 3 crates.

3-Crate Plan + Premium Jacket Add-on: Pre-pay for all 3 crates and unlock the exclusive premium jacket add-on!

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Wizards of the Coast

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RANKED: The 12 Best Designs by the Late Ron Cobb

by Josh Plainse

RANKED: The 12 Best Designs by the Late Ron Cobb

Comingsoon.net is taking a look at the best designs by the late Ron Cobb. Check out our picks below! Legendary underground cartoonist turned production designer and concept artist, Ron Cobb, passed away on his birthday Monday at the age of 83. Star Wars, one of the many franchises he contributed to, paid tribute to Cobb on Instagram,

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Star Wars: A New Hope conceptual designer Ron Cobb, who designed one of the most – if not the most — memorable characters in the Mos Eisley cantina… Cobb’s illustrious career contributed to several iconic films, including E.T The Extraterrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, Back to the Future, and many more.” He will be missed.”

The aesthetic of numerous sci-fi and action films were achieved through Cobb’s inimitable talent. Pivotal objects like Back to the Future‘s DeLorean, Conan the Barbaian‘s sword, and numerous space ships stick with us because of the imagination and subsequent work of Cobb. In addition to design, Cobb also served as a director and writer. Honoring the prolific career (which began in 1956) of one of the best illustrators of all-time, we’ve ranked some of Cobb’s most memorable designs (and films). Check them out below.

RELATED: CS Video: Back to the Future’s Bob Gale Remembers Designer Ron Cobb

All concept images via roncobb.net

12) Dark Star’s Spaceship

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Cobb’s first production design job was John Carpenter’s debut film, 1974’s Dark Star. Cobb designed the exterior for the film’s main space ship—which went on to heavily influence the ships/special effects of Star Wars and other space operas. It was on this film that Cobb would meet writer Dan O’Bannon, which would lead to jobs working on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune and Ridley Scott’s Alien

11) The Abyss’ Deep Core Rig

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Cobb designed the massive underwater drilling rig in James Cameron’s The Abyss (1989) as well as the helmets, suits, and breathing tanks used by the crew. He also helped to create the two operable submersibles used in the movie. 

10) Robot Jox’ Mech Suit

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Cobb served as a concept artist on Stewart Gordon’s Robot Joxs (1989), designing every inch of the 180 ft. tall, multi-mode robots, their support systems, and their worlds. Most of the costumes, automobiles, and other devices were also done by Cobb.

9) The Last Starfighter’s Spaceship

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In addition to the Gunstar, Cobb designed the enemy space crafts, the planet Rylos, Starcar, aliens, and costumes for 1984’s The Last Starfighter.

 

8) Total Recall’s Memory Implant Chair

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Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 classic, Total Recall’s entire plot revolves around one machine’s ability to plant false memories into people’s brains. Not only did Cobb design the “Rekall” machine, but he created the look for the Mars colony (mine complex, mining machines, taxi cabs, etc.), the Marsliner spaceship, and all of the vehicles on the futuristic Earth. 

7) Raiders of the Lost Ark’s Nazi Airship

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After meeting Steven Spielberg at Universal while working as a production designer on Conan The Barbarian, Cobb landed a job as a production artist on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Cobb ended up designing the Nazi Flying Wing from that film, on which, Indiana Jones fights that large Nazi in what is one of the greatest fights in cinematic history. Cobb and Spielberg maintained a close relationship for the remainder of his career. 

6) Star Wars’ Momaw Nadon (“Hammerhead”)

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Initially unaccredited, Cobb served as a conceptual designer on Star Wars: A New Hope. He designed most of the elaborate aliens in the famed Mos Eisley cantina sequence. Momaw Nadon AKA “Hammerhead” is considered by many to be the most memorable. 

5) The Rocketeer’s Jet Pack

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Cobb contributed an early design for the rocket-powered jet pack in Joe Johnson’s Rocketeer (1991).

4) Conan the Barbarian’s Sword

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Not only did Cobb serve as a production designer on 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, but he was an uncredited director of second unit photography. That said, in addition to Conan’s iconic sword, Cobb was responsible for all of Conan’s weapons, armor, architecture, and scenery. 

3) Aliens’ Drop Ship

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As a concept artist on James Cameron’s Aliens (1986), Cobb designed the “Drop Ship,” the armored personnel carrier, some of the weapons, the interior/exterior sets, and vehicles of the earth colony complex. 

2) Alien’s Nostromo

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As a concept artist on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1978), Cobb conceived the interior and exterior of the infamous Nostromo ship—the film’s setting. That said, the ship’s aesthetic has influenced countless other sci-fi projects and the Alien franchise as a whole. Cobb was also the one to suggest the titular Alien’s blood be corrosive so that the crew couldn’t just shoot it dead. 

1) Back to the Future’s DeLorean

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Cobb created the initial design for the Back to the Future’s (1985) time-traveling De Lorean. Spielberg, a producer on the film, asked Cobb, “how he would make a DeLorean into a time machine?” He told Spielberg to make it look homemade like Doc Brown made it with stuff he picked up at Radio Shack. 

CS Video: Back to the Future’s Bob Gale Remembers Designer Ron Cobb

by Max Evry

CS Video: Back to the Future's Bob Gale Remembers Designer Ron Cobb

CS Video: Back to the Future’s Bob Gale Remembers Designer Ron Cobb

This week saw the death of fan favorite movie artist Ron Cobb, designer on such films as Alien, Conan the Barbarian and Star Wars, at the age 83. ComingSoon.net had the chance to speak 1:1 with Back to the Future writer/producer Bob Gale for the forthcoming October 20 4K blu-ray release, and he talked to us about working with the late Ron Cobb on the iconic design for the time traveling DeLorean. Check out the touching and insightful look at Cobb’s work in the video below!

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RELATED: RANKED: The 12 Best Designs by the Late Ron Cobb

Great Scott! In 1985, Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted Back to the Future into one of the most beloved trilogies in motion picture history. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the groundbreaking first film with Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on October 20, 2020 – just in time to celebrate “Back to the Future Day” on October 21!

This collection is loaded with bonus material including a bonus disc that comes with over an hour of brand-new content such as rare audition footage from Hollywood stars Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell, a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by co-writer/producer Bob Gale, a sneak peek at the new musical show, and a special episode of the popular YouTube Series “Could You Survive The Movies?” Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum!

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy will include all three movies in collectible discbook packaging plus a bonus disc including all-new bonus content. For the first time, the past, present and future collide in eye-popping Ultra HD resolution for a time-traveling celebration. New 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ deliver the highest quality picture, more colors than ever before, and immersive, multi-dimensional sound. From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable 35th anniversary collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time making this a must-own for everyone’s movie library. All three Back to the Future films will also be available on 4K Ultra HD digitally for the first time ever and Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy will also be available on DVD.

RELATED: Back to the Future Cast & Creators Reunite on Reunited Apart with Josh Gad

Three premium collections will be available at select retailers for a limited time only:

BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET (4K UHD): Includes exclusive levitating Hoverboard replica (Amazon Exclusive)

BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET (Blu-ray): Includes exclusive levitating Hoverboard replica (Target Exclusive)

BACK TO THE FUTURE 35TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION TRILOGY (4K UHD): Includes three newly designed steelbooks (Best Buy Exclusive)
For more information on these exclusives, please visit the individual retailer’s stores and websites.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE TRILOGY will be available on 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which includes 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, & Digital Code and on Blu-ray which includes the Blu-ray & Digital Code.

10 Times the GCPD & Commissioner Gordon Were Completely Inept

by Jeff Ames

10 Times the GCPD & Commissioner Gordon Were Completely Inept

Batman lore carries with it a long list of memorable gadgets, gizmos, vehicles, and villains to go along with iconic characters such as Alfred Pennyworth, Dick Grayson, and Barbara Gordon. Yet, Bat history also features the long-running joke that is the complete buffoonery of the Gotham City Police Department. Which makes sense. Without the ridiculous antics of the GCPD and its world-weary leader, Commissioner James Gordon, there would be no need for Batman. As such, the numerous Bat films often make sure to remind us just how inept the police force actually is and why crime continues to exist despite help from a billionaire vigilante boasting an arsenal of high-tech weapons and ninja-based crime-fighting skills.

Here is a Top 10 list of the GCPD’s more ridiculous moments, many of them taken from Tim Burton’s pair of Bat flicks and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Why? Well, you can’t really poke too much fun at the Joel Schumacher films because, well, they were designed to be campy. And there’s not much too say about Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Justice League since the GCPD makes only a few brief appearances and doesn’t have time to make any inept decisions.

As a final caveat before we get started, please note that this is all in good fun. The Dark Knight trilogy ranks amongst our favorite film series, while Burton’s Bat flicks remain an entertaining gothic fantasy. So, please don’t take any of this personally.

10. Gordon Orders the Entire GCPD into the Sewers to Find Bane

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Christopher Nolan employs a number of silly contrivances to keep the complex plot of The Dark Knight Rises flowing from A to B, the most egregious of which sees a bedridden (and decidedly bitter) Commissioner Gordon order the entire GCPD down into the sewers to find the villain Bane. Naturally, this offensive tactic quite literally blows up in his face as Bane uses explosive laced cement (?) to confine the entire police force in the sewers for the duration of his Gotham City occupation. No matter. This silly bit of plotting leads to a stunning payoff as the police force eventually gather and march down the city streets in unison to battle Bane and his minions in patriotic fashion at the film’s climax. Though, even this grand finale feels a tad clunky since one would expect an actual army of police officers to utilize a more strategic form of combat as opposed to just … running at a bunch of gun-toting baddies. Then again, this movie features a man dressed as a bat and another man who is all but immune to pain (unless one happens to knock out one of the exposed mask parts on his face). So, who the hell cares?

9. Joker, a Wanted Criminal, Announces Time and Date of Parade, Police are Still a No Show

Batman (1989)

This one has always been a bit baffling. Near the end of Tim Burton’s Batman, Joker, a wanted criminal who has openly admitted to poisoning and murdering people, goes on TV and tells the world of his intentions to hold a parade at midnight during which he plans to dump $20 million in cash on the denizens of Gotham. One would think that, with the enemy so openly exposed, Gordon and his police force would seize the opportunity to take down a maniacal crime boss once and for all. Nah. Instead, Joker and his goons parade unscathed through the streets of Gotham on lavish floats and balloons whilst dancing to music by Prince. As such, it’s up to Batman to swoop in to save the day with his Batwing after which the police force finally shows up and contributes to the conflict by shining a few spotlights on a bell tower.

8. GCPD Murders Batman

Batman Returns (1992)

After the mishandling of Joker’s unit at the climax of Batman and the force’s ineptitude in stopping the Red Triangle Gang at the beginning of Batman Returns, you would think the GCPD would have a little more tolerance for ole Batsy. Especially considering his knack for cleaning up their mess. Instead, after the Penguin sends the Ice Princess to her death in a very fortuitous moment that pegs Bats as the murderer, the GCPD storm in and proceeds to blow the holy Hell out of our masked hero without a second thought. Of course, Gordon tells them to hold their fire, though that directive might have better been served had he issued it before his team opened the door. Indeed, the more rational approach might have been to give Batman a chance to explain the situation (or read the guy his rights), but because Burton needed the GCPD to turn against their dark knight — in a plot point that is never resolved or referenced again — having Gotham’s finest unleash their arsenal on the Caped Crusader makes the most thematic sense.

7. GCPD Loses Track of the Tumbler

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman enjoys gadgets aplenty, and most are on full display during the big GCPD v the Tumbler chase midway through Batman Begins. However, gadgets don’t actually help him escape. In fact, despite using a number of devices, including bombs and the ingenious idea to hit the off switch to his vehicle at one point during the pursuit, Batman manages to break free of the police simply by ramming through a road barrier, smashing through a small obstruction and a gate, and “vanishing” via a perfectly straight path into a nearby forest. Not very subtle. Call us crazy, but you’d think a police force that has its own helicopter would be able to quickly regroup and pick up the trail. After all, the Tumbler isn’t the most subtle of vehicles and leaves a trail of discernible destruction in its wake. A small police unit would likely be able to find the exact location where the massive tank veered off the road and would then need only follow the dirt path to the waterfall entrance where they would find Batman alone with a drugged-out woman right underneath Wayne Manor.

6. Gordon Lights the Bat Signal for Some Reason

Batman Forever (1995)

At the end of Batman Forever, it’s pretty clear that Edward Nygma, aka the Riddler, is the bad guy. We’ve known this since the beginning of the film and are quite frankly astonished that the World’s Greatest Detective didn’t pick up the clues much earlier. Of course, Batman is too busy fighting Two-Face, gawking at Nicole Kidman, and raising his 25-year old bastard son to take 5-10 minutes to solve some fairly simple riddles. Though, to be fair, it would help immensely if Bats had even a smidgen of help from the city’s elected police commissioner.

Indeed, at the film’s big finale, Nygma shines his logo in the sky for all to see from his holy rusted metal island location. So, again, you’d think Gordon and his team would head to the Riddler’s lair and stop him from quite visibly sucking the brains out of Gotham’s citizens. Nah. Remember, this is the Gordon that failed to stop the Joker and the Penguin in the previous two films. Quite frankly, it’s astonishing he still has his job. At any rate, Gordon lights the bat symbol and … waits. Thankfully, Batman shows up in spectacular fashion and flashes an impossible-to-see-from-that-distance thumbs up which inspires Gordon to rally the troops and take the Riddler head on gives Gordon an excuse to head home to watch more of The Box.

5. Penguins Run Amok in Gotham – No Police

Batman Returns (1992)

Here we have another instance of a criminal mastermind uncorking his dastardly plan on Gotham City with nary a policeman in site. In this case, the Penguin unleashes a hoard of missile-toting penguins on the city in an attempt to “punish all God’s children!” The admittedly cute little guys waddle their way (slowly) through the city and eventually gather in the heart of Gotham with ridiculous ease and are only thwarted when Alfred, at the last second, reroutes their signal, after which they turn around and waddle (slowly) all the way back to Arctic World where they first started. Was Gotham on a curfew? Where the hell is everybody? You’d think the GCPD would show up in an armored vehicle and mow the little bastards down, or at least try to redirect them away from the city; or, attempt to go after Penguin who has openly admitted to living at the zoo amongst other penguins and indeed was witnessed jumping into ice-cold water by two (repeat two) police officers following his machine-gun assault on a crowd full of innocent, veggie-toting spectators. Gordon’s next actions are quite clear: send every available cop to the sewers to smoke him out!

4. GCPD Murder Batman (Again)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Once again, considering everything Batman has done for Gotham, particularly in the animated series, one would imagine the GCPD showing some restraint for the guy. In Mask of the Phantasm, someone who looks like Bats is wandering around the city murdering criminals. So, naturally, Detective Harvey Bullock assembles a massive task force to find and take down the Batman which culminates in a fairly violent (for a toon) standoff that leaves the Dark Knight straight up shook. Not to worry, Batman manages to escape by … getting in a getaway car. No, really. Despite hundreds of men, a helicopter and any number of available vehicles, the GCPD simply refuses to follow an allegedly dangerous vigilante after he drives away in a car. What’s more, Bullock glares into the camera in a manner that suggests this particular story beat isn’t over yet. It is.

A few things here. First, this city has seen its fair share of criminals, right? All of whom have openly murdered people a number of times. Why can’t Bullock muster the same type of task force he employed for Batman, who is only suspected of murder, to go after, say, the Joker, who is living quite openly at the nearby World of the Future exhibit? Secondly, why bring a chopper if the damned thing can’t be bothered to follow a car — nay, a convertible with Batman in the front seat? It’s no wonder the criminals escape Arkham Asylum on a daily basis. The GCPD is incompetent as Hell!

3. Police Allow a Grown Ass Man to Adopt Another Grown Ass Man

Batman Forever (1995)

Did anyone else find it kind of weird in Batman Forever when billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne decides to adopt 25-year old Dick Grayson after his parents are murdered by Two-Face in perfect deadeye fashion? After the circus debacle, which the GCPD once again blundered, Commissioner Gordon decides to drop newly orphaned Dick off at Bruce’s house with the intention of connecting him with someone who had experienced a similar life-altering trauma. (Kudos to Jimbo for not giving two sh**s about what kind of psychological doors this action might open for Wayne.) One would expect Bruce to consult Dick in the art of life or, perhaps, offer to help the man find a new job or a new set of cast members to carry on the Flying Graysons gig. Except, Bruce takes him in and becomes something of a surrogate father figure, which doesn’t fully jibe.

One might also expect Gordon to come back and check in on the situation or at least state his intentions more clearly: “Hey Bruce, can you talk to this kid for a bit? He’s going through the same thing you did and I figure it’s probably best if he talks to someone he can relate to. He doesn’t have to live here. In fact, he’s 25 and has his own home and a steady income. He pays taxes and health insurance. All I need you to do is talk to him. In fact, I’ll sit outside and wait for you two to talk and then I’ll drive him home. Actually, he has a motorcycle. I shouldn’t even be here. I probably could have just called. Also, Alfred is probably too old to play servant to another man child. I’m blabbering now. I’m going home to watch The Box.”

2. Gordon Didn’t Know Bruce Wayne was Batman?

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

This one is actually quite hilarious. Throughout The Dark Knight Rises, practically everyone is able to deduce that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Robin (?) knows it. Bane knows it. Selena knows it. The only one who is genuinely shocked to discover Batman’s secret is Gordon. When Batman reveals the news, the man is legitimately baffled in a manner that suggests he might have spent a good deal of time contemplating about this very subject (despite what he says) and might have even drawn up a list of names but never ever considered Bruce Wayne as a suspect. Like, ever. Gordon is genuinely shocked at the reveal which makes you wonder what name would not have surprised him. Like, if Batman had said, “I am Peter Foley!” would Gordon have been less surprised? Or would Gordon have had that same reaction no matter the reveal? Either way, you’d think Commissioner Gordon would have been able to piece the puzzle together considering his relationship with Bats and his proximity to the Wayne murders. After all, this Gordon has proven to be vastly more clever than his counterparts. To have him stupified by the Bruce reveal kinda sorta undermines Gordon’s character. In hindsight, his reaction should have been, “Bruce Wayne? Well, obviously. I’ve known since the moment you saved Mr. Reese at that intersection. Actually, I’ve known since you left that Wayne Enterprise stapler in my office all those years ago.”

1. Gordon Tries to Move a 13-Ton Bell

Batman (1989)

During the big climax of Tim Burton’s Batman, the Caped Crusader battles the Joker via his Batwing and ends up crash landing on the model steps front of Gotham City Cathedral. After an extended pursuit sequence to the top of the gothic high rise, Joker sprays acid on one of the tower’s bells and sends it careening to the base of the building where it blocks the police from following. At this exact moment, Commissioner Gordon, an older man in his mid-60s, shows up with a police unit and … tries to move the bell by himself. That’s right. In a bit of questionable stage directing by Burton, one of Batman’s most respected allies is painted as a clown when he inexplicably tries to push aside what is likely a 13-ton bell. What’s more, every member of his police unit knows he’s an idiot which is why none of them step up to help him. Imagine if Gordon had managed to move the bell and the man turned out to possess some kind of superpower? And then, in a deleted scene, we see him transform into — wait for it — Martian Manhunter!

Bonus: Stephens Lets the Joker Get Under His Skin

The Dark Knight

Finally, as an added bonus, as perfect as The Dark Knight is the film has a few plot contrivances of its own. The worst instance is when the Joker, who Batman and Gordon have finally captured in an extended chase sequence that nearly killed them both, uses some fairly simple language to provoke Detective Stephens — and the man falls for it! We never see the actual struggle, probably because there was no way Nolan could direct it to make sense, and are therefore led to believe that the Joker outmaneuvered Stephens (despite the high ground advantage) and made his way through the GCDP unscathed in order to make his phone call. The big question here is: if Stephens hadn’t fallen for Joker’s trick, or, at the very least, just stood outside the interrogation room, what was Joker’s next move? What if Joker had asked, “How many friends of yours have I killed?” and Stephens responded, “None. I’m new here.” What if a large group of guys had stepped into the room to back Stephens up? Chances are, Batman would have come back to the police station and continued his assault on the clown after Rachel’s death — and maybe even killed him! Thus, breaking his rule … so, maybe the Joker did have everything planned out to perfection!

Exclusive: Jai Courtney Teases Team Dynamic in The Suicide Squad

by Grant Hermanns

Exclusive: Jai Courtney Teases Team Dynamic in The Suicide Squad

Exclusive: Jai Courtney teases team dynamic in The Suicide Squad

While chatting with the 34-year-old star for his villainous turn in the Liam Neeson-led action thriller Honest Thief, ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to chat with Jai Courtney about the highly-anticipated The Suicide Squad and discuss the new team dynamic in the James Gunn written-and-directed action pic!

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Despite having the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker take over the reins from original writer/director David Ayer (The Tax Collector), Courtney notes there wasn’t much of a different mindset coming into his return as the infamous Flash villain.

“Probably because there was so much that had been established already and I think James knew that coming in, even though he’s doing his own thing with the film,” Courtney explained. “I don’t feel like anyone felt the need to abandon what we had kind of already established, but he’s definitely the same guy, he’s not a dramatically different Boomerang. It’s just that the backdrop is a little different and there’s a whole bunch more people, so it’s going to have its own feeling and flavor about it, but people are going to have just as much fun with it and we had a great time making it.”

While joking that he doesn’t believe “Captain Boomerang will ever learn how to play nice with others” and that makes up for “part of his charm” and his status as a “liability” for the team, Courtney does express that there will be a new team dynamic coming into the soft reboot-quel, but stating it’s a “natural” thing for continuing franchises.

“It would have changed if it was the same group of people, same filmmaker or same outfits carrying on,” Courtney described. “I’ve made movies like this before where you go back and do a sequel, for instance when we did Divergent, the rule book is different, the narrative changes, everyone’s in a different part of their lives and all of that influences your experience in production. I don’t think anyone was disappointed or more excited, they kind of know that the dynamic was going to be a bit different with the crew no matter the case, but I got to meet some amazing talent that I hadn’t worked before and there are so many people in this that just kill it and do an absolutely fantastic job and have a lot of fun. It’s cool, I’m pumped for it and I hope it’s a huge success.”

The Suicide Squad cast includes: John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Joel Kinnaman, Maylin Ng, Flula Borg, Juan Deigo Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Brage, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, and Margot Robbie.

As we already know, Davis, Robbie, Courtney, and Kinnaman will all play the same roles they had in the 2016 film, reprising as Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Rick Flag, respectively. Michael Rooker will play Savant, Flula Borg will play Javelin, David Dastmalchian will play Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior will play Ratcatcher 2, Idris Elba will play Bloodsport, Mayling NG will play Mongal, Peter Capaldi will play Thinker, Alice Braga will play Solsoria, Pete Davidson will play Blackguard, Natha Fillion will play TDK, Sean Gunn will play Weasel, John Cena will play Peace Maker and Steve Agee will play King Shark.

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The movie is written and directed by Gunn. Charles Roven and Peter Safran will serve as producers. Nik Korda is executive producing the movie.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 6, 2021 while Honest Thief is set to hit theaters on October 16!

September 22 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

by Max Evry

September 22 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

September 22 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

Welcome to ComingSoon.net’s September 22 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!

New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD

Most Wanted
Inspired by a gripping true story, an investigative reporter (Josh Hartnett) fights to expose the twisted truth behind a heroin bust orchestrated by dirty cops to frame an innocent man – sentencing him to life in a Thai prison.

Spooky House
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley plays a magician with a mysterious secret. He lives alone with his jaguar, Shadow, in the Spooky House, an onld mansion rigged with magic tricks and hidden chambers.

Beckman (DVD)
Ex-assassin Beckman becomes a reverend and adopts a teen girl with a mysterious past. When a cult kidnaps his daughter, he seeks revenge. But does God have other plans?

The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova (DVD)
On a cold winter night, estranged siblings Sarah and Aaron Cotler arrive at an empty train station in Dombrova, Poland. With their only available ride being a silent Driver, they embark on a quest to fulfill their dying grandmother’s wish – find, dig up, and bring home the bones of her favourite childhood dog, Peter.

The Harvest: A Cryptocurrency Documentary (DVD)
A country that not long ago suffered daily power outages is now engaged in a highly technological form of capitalism. Set in the rural region of Kakheti, Georgia, this rigorous documentary, avoiding verbal commentary and even music, silently paints a picture of the bitcoin mining process, juxtaposed against a backdrop of unpaved roads and horse-drawn carriages.

Book Club

The Incal
Moebius’ and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Sci-Fi masterpiece collected in one epic volume. Lose yourself in the in the story that inspired many legendary filmakers including George Lucas and Ridley Scott.

John Difool, a low-class detective in a degenerate dystopian world, finds his life turned upside down when he discovers an ancient, mystical artifact called “The Incal.” Difool’s adventures will bring him into conflict with the galaxy’s greatest warrior, the Metabaron, and will pit him against the awesome powers of the Technopope. These encounters and many more make up a tale of comic and cosmic proportions that has Difool fighting for not only his very survival but also the survival of the entire universe.

Reissues

Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection
The Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection features a full-color book with photos and essays, a set of art cards, and a double-sided movie poster along with the 6-disc set. New content includes recently filmed instructions with Jodorowsky, his son Brontis, who makes his acting debut as the young boy in El Topo. Also interviewed, his long time personal assistant Pablo Leder. In addition to the 4K restorations  are new introductions by Columbia University professor Richard Peña, a mini-documentary “A to Z of The Holy Mountain,” narrated by Jodorowsky biographer Ben Cobb, and original soundtracks from El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

Little Monsters
Brian (Fred Savage) is a sixth-grader who recently moved to a new town who finds and befriends Maurice (Howie Mandel), the monster under Brian’s bed. While Brian and Maurice have a lot of fun making mischief, things turn serious when Brian’s brother gets kidnapped!

Shivers
An early film by acclaimed filmmaker David Cronenberg. Residents of a high rise building are infected with a parasite that turn them into sex-crazed and violent hosts.

The Wind Rises
Acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) delivers a modern masterpiece with this Academy Award-nominated exploration of creative passion in a hostile world.

Whiplash (4K)
Winner of 3 Academy Awards, WHIPLASH tells the story of an ambitious student drummer (Miles Teller) and his ruthless teacher (J.K. Simmons) who will stop at nothing to achieve perfection.

I Am A Dancer
One of the greatest ballet dancers of his generation, Rudolf Nureyev is at the height of his powers in this intimate 1972 documentary portrait, which offers an unprecedented look at the training and dedication behind his electrifying art.

New On Digital HD

Antebellum
Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late.

Blackbird
Lily (Susan Sarandon) summons her daughters Jennifer (Kate Winslet) and Anna (Mia Wasikowska) for one final family reunion as she looks to end her battle with a terminal illness. Amid the bittersweet farewell, unresolved feelings surface.

Jay Sebring… Cutting to the Truth
An illuminating portrait of Jay Sebring, the long-forgotten artist, designer, and entrepreneur who created a billion-dollar hair & beauty industry and defined iconic Hollywood styles for men.

Alive (exclusive clip)
A severely injured man and woman awaken in an abandoned sanitarium only to discover that a sadistic caretaker holds the keys to their freedom and the horrific answers as to their real identities. Winner of 23 Film Festival awards! Will be feature title at the annual Slipknot celebration- Knotfest!

No Escape
A social media star travels to Moscow to capture new content. Always pushing the limits and catering to a growing audience, he and his friends enter a cold world of mystery, excess, and danger. As the line between real life and social media is blurred, the group must fight to escape, and survive.

TV on Blu-ray and DVD

Outlander: Season Five
Jamie Fraser must fight to protect those he loves, as well as the home he has established alongside his wife, Claire Fraser, their family, and the settlers of Fraser’s Ridge. This new mantle of responsibility sees him pitted against his godfather, Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, a leader of North Carolina’s Regulator Rebellion.

Riverdale: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD)
It’s senior year for Archie and the gang in season four of RIVERDALE, which means football games, River Vixens, parties, a new principal, and the ever-dreaded college applications. But senior year also means bittersweet moments like the first last day of high school.

Outpost: Season 2 (DVD)
Having defeated Dred and retaken the Outpost, Talon and Gwynn prepare for war. Talon delves deeper into demon summoning, while Gwynn recruits allies. The Prime Order trinity known as “The Three” reveal mysterious powers as they send spies, assassins, and a devastating weapon to the Outpost.

The Good Fight: Season Four (DVD)
Season four of The Good Fight finds Reddick, Boseman and Lockhart navigating a very different landscape. After they lost their biggest client, Chumhum, and their founding partner’s name was tarnished, Reddick, Boseman and Lockhart was forced to accept an offer by a huge multinational law firm, STR Laurie, to become a small subsidiary.

CS Video: The Secrets We Keep Cast Talk Drama-Thriller

by Grant Hermanns

CS Video: The Secrets We Keep Cast Talk Drama-Thiller

CS Video: The Secrets We Keep cast talk drama-thriller

ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to chat with stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad), Amy Seimetz (Pet Sematary) and Chris Messina (Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) to discuss the drama thriller The Secrets We Keep. Our interviews can be viewed in the player below!

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In post-WWII America, a woman (Rapace), rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband (Chris Messina), kidnaps her neighbor (Kinnaman) and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her.

The film also stars Chris Messina (The Sinner, Argo, Devil) and was directed by Yuval Adler (The Operative, Shooter, Bethlehem) and from a script by Ryan Covington (Bula’s Fortune, Ball’s Out!) and Adler.

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The Secrets We Keep is now open in select theaters and is set to hit digital platforms and VOD on October 16.

The 15 Best Batman Statues Ever Made

by Josh Plainse

The 15 Best Batman Statues Ever Made

Comingsoon.net has compiled a list of the 15 Best Batman Statues Ever Made in celebration of Batman Day! Check it out below!

Bruce Wayne AKA the caped crusader AKA the Dark Knight AKA the “World’s Greatest Detective” AKA Batman made his first appearance in Detective Comics in 1939. Since then, the character’s success on the page, the small screen, and large have made all of his titles household names. The story of an orphan boy who grew up and used his inheritance to save the citizens of Gotham as a vigilante resonated, and continues to resonate with billions. 

To say Batman is iconic is an understatement. In many ways, he is the be-all and end-all superhero—he’s just a dude. A hyper-intelligent, physically-fit dude. Like us, he didn’t come from another planet or gain powers in some freak accident, and that makes us feel capable—maybe we can stand for justice as well? Regardless, this day, Batman Day, is celebrated all across the globe to honor perhaps the most timeless comic book character of all time. Here’s to 81 years and 81 more! That said, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 best Batman statues ever made so that every September 21 you can take these puppies out, put them on your mantel, and salute the Dark Knight. 

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1) Batman 1989 (Sideshow)

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I want you to tell all your friends about me… I’m Batman.”
From Warner Bros. groundbreaking film, directed by Tim Burton, Sideshow Collectibles presents the Michael Keaton 1989 Film Version Batman Premium Format(TM) Figure.
Beneath the vast estate of Wayne Manor, millionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne transforms into his crime-fighting alter ego, and descends a staircase inhabited by bats into the hidden sanctuary of the Batcave. Crafted in 1:4 scale, this dynamic sculpture captures actor Michael Keaton’s quintessential portrayal of Batman, featuring a stunning portrait likeness, iconic screen-accurate costume with bat symbol, utility belt and fabric cape. Gotham City’s last hope rests with the dark vigilante, as he prepares to dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight…

2) Frank Miller Batman (DC Direct)

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Based on the art of comics legend Frank Miller comes an all-new DC Designer Series: Batman statue. This impressive 1:6 scale statue showcases the ravaged, gritty and iconic look from Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns story line. From comic book to 3-D polyresin statue, this piece is a real testament to the impact a comic can have on generations of fans.

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3) Batman Sanity (XM Studios)

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Fan favorite Batman artist David teamed up with XM to deliver Batman Sanity.  An incredible and perfectly balanced composition of top Batman villains surrounding the Dark Knight, taunting him endlessly pushing him over the edge. But this is Batman. And his mental willpower and determination is perhaps his strongest ability. This Art Piece is a testament to the Dark Knight’s iron-willed resolve to never cross the line – and hold on to his sanity even when surrounded by the darkest evil.

4) Batman (Sideshow)

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I am the Batman. This is my city. At night, it belongs to me.”
Criminals of Gotham, beware! Sideshow presents the Batman Premium Format Figure.
The Batman Premium Format Figure stands ready to bring justice to his city, wearing an updated version of his iconic costume. The polyresin figure has a sculpted black and grey tactical bodysuit featuring a gold utility belt. Batman’s chest, gauntlets, and boots textured with elements of battle-damage.
The Caped Crusader’s portrait is detailed with a grim expression, framed by his iconic cowl with white eyes. The Batman Premium Format Figure also has a tailored fabric cape with internal wiring to allow custom cape poses when displaying the piece.

5) Batman: Hush (Prime 1)

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“I made a promise on the grave of my parents to rid this city of the evil that took their lives. By day, I am Bruce Wayne, billionaire philantropist. At night, criminals, a cowardly and superstitious lot, call me… Batman.”

Prime 1 Studio presents the first product of MMDCBH-01: Batman from Batman: Hush. Batman: Hush is a 2002-2003 comic book story arc that published in the Batman monthly series. The story depicts a mysterious stalker, head wrapped in bandages, called Hush, who seems intent on sabotaging Batman from afar, and utilizes many guest appearances by Batman villains. Inspired by the art of Jim Lee, Batman measure approximately 24 inches tall. It is a must have for all Batman: Hush fans.

6) Batman: The Animated Series (Sideshow)

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I’m an equal opportunity crime fighter!
Sideshow presents the first DC collectible in the Animated Series Collection, the Batman Statue.
Inspired by Batman’s iconic animated appearances, this collectible captures the dynamic motion and action-packed energy of the Caped Crusader in a beloved art style.  The Batman Statue measures 16” tall, depicting the Dark Knight taking a running leap off of a Gotham rooftop base as bats take wing into the night.
The resin Batman Statue features a sculpted costume, stylized to capture the movement and striking silhouette of the World’s Greatest Detective.  His grey bodysuit has the animated bat-symbol on the chest along with black gloves and boots, a black sculpted cape, and a yellow utility belt.  Batman’s portrait features a pointed cowl with white eyes and a determined expression as the hero prepares to leap from the rooftops to protect his city from crime.

7) Batman Ninja (Prime 1)

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“Batmobile and Batwing both gone but I still have this body.”

Prime 1 Studio presents PMDCNB-01: Ninja Batman from Batman Ninja (Animated Film). From the top creators of Japan, Batman Ninja is a Japanese animated film directed by Junpei Mizusaki. Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.

8) Andy Kubert Batman (DC Direct)

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Legendary writer/artist Frank Miller returned to Batman with Dark Knight III: The Master Race, teaming with superstar artist Andy Kubert! Now, the DC Collectibles statue based on Kubert’s rendition of the Dark Knight is back in a new, miniaturized edition! Limited edition of 5,000. Measures approximately 7″ tall.

9) Batman: Red Rain (Mondo)

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Batman Red Rain is a DC Comics Elseworlds tale, in which the Dark Knight battles the infamous Dracula, ultimately becomes a vampire himself in the process. Inspired by Francesco Francavilla’s poster of the same name, the Batman: Red Rain statue depicts Batman as a vampire stalking the night and hunting his own kind, while attempting to stave off his own hunger for blood.

10) Batman: Arkham Knight (Prime 1)

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“I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!”

Prime 1 Studio is proud to present 1/3 Scale MMDC-01BD: Batman Battle Damage version. from Batman: Arkham Knight (2015 Video Game). The Dark Knight must defend the city that he had sworn to protect, when all of his deadliest foes unite to destroy him on Halloween Night with Scarecrow leading the group of rogues. However, while dealing with Scarecrow’s plan with the help of his allies, Batman must battle the mysterious “”Arkham Knight”” who seemed to have an unknown connection with the Caped Crusader.

11) Batman v Superman (Sideshow)

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“We have to be ready. You, me, the others… there’s an attack coming from far away.”

Batman has always been a fan-favorite character in DC Comics. After the event of Superman’s “death”, Batman learned of the supervillain Steppenwolf’s return who attempts to combine the reactivated Mother Boxes and reshape the world. Playing a crucial role as the founder of the Justice League, he has recruited and inspired all members of the league to save the world. To celebrate the release of the epic blockbuster by DC Comics, Sideshow and Hot Toys are thrilled to introduce the sixth scale Batman collectible figure from Justice League.

Skillfully crafted based on Ben Affleck’s appearance as Batman in Justice League, the movie-accurate collectible figure features two interchangeable heads which include a newly developed head sculpt and a masked head, three interchangeable eye pieces and lower faces capturing Ben Affleck’s facial expressions in the movie, newly developed muscular body, a brand-new Batsuit and leather-like cape, as well as a selection of gadgets and a Parademon gun.

12) Adam West Batman (Iron Studios)

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Played by Adam West (Batman) and Cesar Romero (The Joker), now immortalized by Iron Studios in the statues Batman Deluxe BDS Art Scale 1/10 and The Joker Deluxe BDS Art Scale 1/10 – Batman 66, with the hero duly armed with his “Shark Repellent Bat Spray”, and his biggest enemy, laughing, balancing on one leg, both properly dressed in their colorful and patterned Hawaiian shorts, gliding on their personalized boards on translucent waves. The iconic scene is derived from the episode “Batman” Surf’s Up! Joker’s Under!”The 10th of the third season of the series, originally shown in November 1967.

13) The Dark Knight Rises (Prime 1)

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“A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat on a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”

Prime 1 Studio presents the 1:3 scale MMTDKR-02: Batman from The Dark Knight Rises. Bruce Wayne was the main protagonist of The Dark Knight Trilogy, described as a billionaire environment and military defense developer who witnessed his parent’s murder at age 8, and later traveled the world for seven years to seek the means to fight injustice, fear and chaos before returning to Gotham City to become Batman, a bat-masked vigilante hailed as the city’s “”Dark Knight””, who dedicated himself to protecting it from its criminal underworld at night as a means to uphold justice, hope and order. Batman from The Dark Knights Rises is precisely sculpted with screen accurate detail, capturing Christian Bale as the silent guardian of Gotham City and stands approximately 33 inches tall on a base environment based on the final battle scene. This is a must have statue for all fans of Batman from The Dark Knight Rises!

14) Todd McFarlane Batman (DC Direct)

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Based on the art of Todd McFarlane and Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews. After 15 years of celebrating diverse Batman art styles through the Batman Black & White statue line, DC Direct is proud to present its 100th statue in the collection, by acclaimed writer and artist Todd McFarlane. This milestone statue is based off of McFarlane’s cover for Batman 423. As with the previous 99 statues in the series, McFarlane’s design reinforces the core value of DC Direct’s Batman Black & White line: to represent the printed page in 3-D form.

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15) Batman Black Edition (Iron Studios)

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Sideshow and Iron Studios presents the Batman (Black Edition) Prime Scale Statue. Produced with concept and art developed by Ivan Reis (DC Comics official artist) of Chiaroscuro Studios. Exclusively sold at Sideshow and Iron Studios Concept Store, this polystone statue is hand-painted and features two heads with interchangeable mouths, interchangeable hands, the Joker gargoyle, and an LED light-up bat signal base.

CS Soapbox: Why Batman Doesn’t Kill

by Josh Plainse

CS Soapbox: Why Batman Doesn’t Kill

CS Soapbox: Why Batman Doesn’t Kill

In DC Comics’ Batman #4 (1940), Batman tells Robin, “we never kill with weapons of any kind.” Thus implemented the hotly debated rule that Batman would not use guns or lethal force. In the issues that preceded Batman #4, Batman did carry guns and kill. However, in less than 2 years after his debut, the caped crusader’s creators, Bob Kane and Bill Finger (mostly Finger) decided that their aristocratic, hyper-intelligent vigilante would not carry a gun or kill (a rule DC had already applied to Superman).

This shift in the character’s core philosophy happened fairly quickly in retrospect. In 1939, Batman had yet to become a fully-formed character in a medium yet-to-be understood or properly utilized. The Dark Knight’s origin story, involving the brutal murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents didn’t even manifest itself until around 6 months after Batman was capping vampires with silver bullets on the page (yeah). That said, Thomas and Martha Wayne, who despised violent criminals, catalyze Bruce’s motivations and that of his creators (again, mostly Finger).

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The “no-kill rule” continues to frustrate casual fans. Gotham City would arguably be a safer/better place if Batman just ended the Joker once and for all. Because of this, there are plenty of stories where Batman does kill, but most of those stories contradict the heart of who Batman is. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the character is essentially a mass murderer, seeking justice however he sees fit (machine gunning criminals with the Batmobile, fatal brandings, etc.). That film’s director, Zack Snyder, has openly criticized fans who think superheroes shouldn’t kill, saying that a Batman who isn’t allowed to use lethal force lives in a “dream world.” As you may recall, Snyder’s Clark Kent AKA Superman broke Zod’s neck in Man of Steel, something that upset fans (and was condemned by Christopher Nolan), but wasn’t as incendiary as Batfleck’s brutality—which is far more dangerous than Superman’s laser eyes.

Inspired by characters like Sherlock Holmes, Batman has earned himself the mantel of the “World’s Greatest Detective.” He’s a thinker: driven, obsessive, and consumed by a desire to honor the legacy of his parents. Batman’s fortitude is the reason people often argue that, with enough prep time, he could defeat anyone or anything. To kill would be to admit defeat or take an easy path, and that’s not who Bruce/Batman is. The consequences of “admitting defeat” are perhaps best explored in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s The Batman Who Laughs miniseries.

The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 outlines the origin story of Bruce Wayne in a parallel universe. In this Gotham, when Thomas and Martha Wayne were murdered in Crime Alley, a young Bruce picks up the gun and shoots their murderer. Thus beginning the career of a much more sinister Batman, one more equatable to the Punisher, and ultimately, the Joker, than the Dark (yet not this dark) Knight we know and love.

The early days of the Grim Knight’s career is successful: he defeats everyone—from crime families to growing supervillains (even killing a maniac in an Ace Chemical plant). For a while, the police support him, all but one, Jim Gordon. In this universe, Batman and Gordon are far from friends. The Grim Knight’s mission turns Gotham into a totalitarian state where everyone is under constant surveillance (he even puts chips in people’s necks to force their obedience). The Grim Knight not only kills those “convicted” of crimes but those accused as well. Eventually, Gordon and Alfred defeat Batman, proving that the “no-kill rule” keeps Bruce from losing his faith in humanity. 

RELATED: DC Multiverse Batman Figure by Todd McFarlane Revealed!

Co-creator Kane has openly criticized Batman’s “no kill rule.” In his autobiography, Batman and Me, he said that Batman “wasn’t the Dark Knight anymore with all the censorship.” However, Kane has also acknowledged that the character’s lighter (and sometimes campy) tone early on helped him to become the iconic he is today. Besides, a hero without a moral compass, killing under the guise of “the greater good” excuse, is an anti-hero/villain but never a superhero. The latter argument has been made vehemently by Finger, the man who deserves the most credit for the caped crusader’s characteristics. 

The brutal origin story Finger wrote for Batman taught Bruce to cherish life and hate criminals. In Batman #47 (1948), Finger has Batman come face-to-face with his parents’ murderer, Joe Chill. Rather than kill him, Batman reveals to him his identity, hoping to provoke a confession (so that Chill can face due process). In a panic, Chill reveals the role in played in Batman’s creation to his henchman, who ultimately gun him down. Not only does Batman take no pleasure in Chill’s death, but he brings his killers to justice. 

In his Dark Knight trilogy Christopher Nolan paints Bruce/Batman in a similar light. Batman Begins follows Bruce, years after his parents’ murder, as he takes a pistol to Chill’s (who was convicted for murdering the Waynes) parole hearing, only to see him gunned down in the courthouse by Carmine Falcone’s triggerman. After a meeting with Falcone, Bruce throws his gun into the river, and leaves Gotham, vowing never to stoop to the level of those ruining his home, and in turn, his parents’ legacy. 

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We don’t watch/read superhero stories to feel dejection. Proponents of grounding superheroes in overt realism are missing the point of the genre people like Finger helped define. To quote Christian Bale from Batman Begins, “people need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I’m flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol… as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.” Striving towards this paradigm creates emotionally resonant drama. By struggling with his morality, Batman’s character/story becomes a dramatized reflection of the type of conflict most of us experience daily to do the “right” thing, whatever that may mean for them.  

There’s nothing gained by forcing overt cynicism/pragmatism into a world where men wear tights and can fly. There’s no real message. No hope. Great art is meant to entertain, inform, and inspire. Batman’s code, like Captain American or Superman’s, isn’t just about being a role model (maybe it is?). Batman’s code, in the face of true darkness, masquerades as unwavering altruism. However, Bruce Wayne doesn’t kill for a much more selfish reason. Bruce had his parents and his idyllic life taken from him. By cleaning up the street of Gotham without killing, he’s besting Death, which in his mind, is the real enemy. He knows that through death, there can never be the type of life he wanted for himself or his city. Happy Batman Day!

POLL RESULTS: Which Non-DCEU Movie Characters Should Be in The Flash?

by Grant Hermanns

POLL RESULTS: Which Non-DCEU Movie Characters Should be in The Flash?

POLL RESULTS: Which non-DCEU movie characters should be in The Flash?

With both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton already set to return as the Dark Knight for the long-awaited The Flash, ComingSoon.net asked our readers what other non-DCEU portrayals of DC Comics heroes they’d like to see in the film and after a week and nearly 1200 votes, a certain chain-smoking occult expert came out victorious. See the results below!

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Which Non-DCEU Movie Characters Should Be in The Flash?

  1. John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) (16%, 183 votes)
  2. Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds) (13%, 150 votes)
  3. Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) (12%, 144 votes)
  4. Batman (Christian Bale) (12%, 136 votes)
  5. Superman (Brandon Routh) (10%, 118 votes)

Though initially received with mixed reviews from critics and comic book fans alike, Keanu Reeves’ portrayal of Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben’s occult detective John Constantine has gone on to achieve a cult following and has many hopeful for his return in some capacity, including the John Wick star himself. The Reynolds-starring Green Lantern was met with much scorn upon its 2011 release, with the star consistently poking fun at it in his Deadpool films, but it appears fans would love to see him return.

Bill Finger and Bob Kane’s Catwoman has been on screen to varying degrees of reception and Michelle Pfeiffer’s turn as the cat burglar and Dark Knight love interest still sits as many’s favorite and with Keaton set to return, it would be a delight to see those two perform together on screen again. It’s hard to imagine Christian Bale returning to the role, especially after the moving send-off for the character in The Dark Knight Rises, but with two Batmen already in the film what’s the harm in bringing in another. As the film and TV worlds have collided on multiple occasions in the DC world, fans got to see Brandon Routh don the cape of the Man of Steel once more in the Crisis on Infinite Earths event and while he is preparing his departure from the world of the Arrowverse, it could be a fun nod to his work on reviving the character for the big screen with a cameo as Superman in the film, even if it’s reused footage from the crossover special.

The rest of the results are as follows:

  • Batman (Robert Pattinson) (8%, 95 votes)
  • Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) (8%, 94 votes)
  • The Riddler (Jim Carrey) (5%, 63 votes)
  • Steel (Shaquille O’Neal) (3%, 37 votes)
  • Harvey Dent/Two Face (Billy Dee Williams) (3%, 35 votes)
  • Robin (Chris O’Donnell) (2%, 29 votes)
  • Supergirl (Helen Slater) (2%, 26 votes)
  • Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) (2%, 20 votes)
  • Batman (Val Kilmer) (2%, 18 votes)
  • Catwoman (Halle Berry) (1%, 13 votes)
  • Batman (George Clooney) (1%, 8 votes)

Even before Warner Bros. Pictures had launched the DCEU in 2013, fans of all ages have already enjoyed a varied selection of live-action DC films throughout the years, spanning from 1966’s Adam West-led Batman film, to 1982’s Wes Craven-directed Swamp Thing, and up until Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy.

That’s why, it isn’t difficult to speculate about the probability that Warner Bros. wouldn’t pass up the opportunity of utilizing other iconic characters from the DC film library, especially when The Flash producers have been very vocal about the movie’s role in restarting the DCEU’s continuity that would allow various character iterations to collide.

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Warner Bros. first revealed that their Flash film would be inspired by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s Flashpoint comic as early as 2017. The studio even went so far as to change the movie’s title to Flashpoint. But following last month’s announcement of the film’s 2022 release date, it doesn’t sound like this is still the case.

It’s probably for the best that the filmmakers are going to make changes to Johns and Kubert’s original Flashpoint arc. After all, the story has already been brought to life in animated form and in the Arrowverse. In 2013, Warner Home Video released Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. A few years later, The CW’s The Flash aired its own version of the story during the show’s third season. With this, it makes sense that Warner Bros.’ film division would want to make something that stands out from prior adaptations. Plus, the timeline tampering could also be used a means of fixing continuity issues within the DCEU.

Set to be directed by IT‘s Andy Muschietti, the Ezra Miller-led Flash movie is now scheduled to be released on July 1, 2022. Miller first portrayed the scarlet speedster in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

CS Unboxed: Mondo’s Adventure Time Statue of Jake and Finn!

by Max Evry

CS Unboxed: Adventure Time Statue of Jake and Finn From Mondo

CS Unboxed: Adventure Time Statue of Jake and Finn From Mondo

Welcome to the latest installment of CS Unboxed — our series of premium collectible unboxing videos — in which Mondo has provided ComingSoon.net with the chance to unbox their Adventure Time Statue of Jake and Finn. Check out our review of this algebraic statue in the video below!

Click here to order Adventure Time Statue – Jake and Finn – Exclusive Version featuring BMO!

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“Everything small is just a smaller version of something big.” – Finn

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cartoon Network’s beloved animated series Adventure Time and the release of Adventure Time: Distant Lands, Mondo is bringing you this Adventure Time statue featuring Finn with his best friend and adopted brother, the magical dog Jake.

The statue was designed by Eric Siebenaler, sculpted by Irene Mater and painted by Mark Bristow, with art direction by Hector Arce and Mike Bonnano. The piece is made of polystone, standing 7.87′ tall and weighing 13 pounds.

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Adventure Time: Distant Lands will bring us back to Land of Ooo and reunite us with our favorite characters Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and Peppermint Butler. Each special is set to focus on a different character or set of characters with Marceline and Princess Bubblegum teaming up for the second episode while final episode will see Finn the human reuniting with his best friend Jake the dog.

The official synopses for the four specials are as follows:

Episode 1 titled “BMO” – “When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!”

Episode 2 titled “Obsidian” – “Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom — and deep into their tumultuous past — to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.”

Episode 3 titled “Wizard City” – “Peppermint Butler starts over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?”

Episode 4 titled “Together Again” – “Finn and Jake [reunite] to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”

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Adventure Time is critically-acclaimed series that was created by Pendleton Ward and was executive produced by Ward, Adam Muto, Fred Seibert and Derek Drymon. The series ran on air for ten seasons from 2010-2018 and had won eight Emmy Awards. The voice cast was consist of Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson and Niki Yang.

Adventure Time: Distant Lands

Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 6 Recap

by Tiffany Gustanski

Lovecraft Country Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 6 Recap

In the previous episode of HBO’s Lovecraft Country, Atticus called Ji-Ah after translating Titus’ pages. Lovecraft Country Season 1 Episode 6 showed us the truth about Ji-Ah and her relationship with Atticus during the Korean War.

Kumiho

Ji-Ah lived with her mother, Soon Hee. She trained to be a nurse prior to U.S. involvement in the Korean War, but all her mother wanted her to focus on was bringing home men. Ji-Ah loved Judy Garland and watching American movies, but that didn’t seem to impress the men she met while speed dating with her friends. However, her best friend, Young-Ja, invited her out with her date. At the dance hall, Ji-Ah met a man and brought him home. When they had sex, tails came from her body, and she consumed his soul.

Soon Hee had asked a mudang to summon a kumiho fox spirit into the body of her daughter, who died because of her husband, to kill him. The kumiho in Ji-Ah’s body needed to consume one hundred souls to become human, and Soon Hee believed that she would have her daughter back if she did.

Best Friends

Lovecraft Country Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

Young-Ja appeared to have feelings for the real Ji-Ah. They watched a crowd lynch a man, and Young-Ja villainized the American soldiers who let it happen. One day, American soldiers rounded up the nurses from Ji-Ah’s hospital. They were looking for a communist spy among them. The soldiers had them kneel and started shooting them in the head. Young-Ja confessed when it was Ji-Ah’s turn. Atticus was among the soldiers who took Young-Ja away.

“Will Atticus Die?”

Lovecraft Country Season 2 Episode 6 Recap

Ji-Ah recognized Atticus as he was being treated in her hospital. She decided that he would be her hundredth soul. However, after planning a romantic date with featuring a private showing of a Judy Garland movie, Ji-Ah couldn’t go through with it. He told her he was a virgin, and she was beginning to have feelings for him. Ji-Ah told him that she had planned to kill him because he had murdered Young-Ja. They had sex, but the tails didn’t come out.

They spent months together until Atticus told her that he had earned enough points to go home. However, he could stay, but Ji-Ah didn’t want to ask him to do that. She tried to tell him the truth about herself. Unfortunately, when they had sex, her tails came out, but Atticus survived. Ji-Ah saw that he would die and tried to warn him, but he ran away, not understanding what had just happened. Ji-Ah was heartbroken, and Soon Hee comforted her.

Soon Hee and Ji-Ah went to the mudang. Soon Hee accepted to cost of coming to her. Ji-Ah wanted to know if Atticus would die like she had seen.

What did you think of this episode of Lovecraft Country? Let us know in the comment section below!

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