Archive for August 11, 2019
Jeffery Dean Morgan is not likely to appear in the final season of Supernatural. While details about the end of the long-running show are being kept under wraps, fans shouldn’t expect Morgan to make another big return.
Morgan played John Winchester, Sam and Dean’s father, in the first two seasons of Supernatural. Arguably the driving force of the story in its early days, it was John’s disappearance that initially led his two sons down the path of saving people and hunting things. John would be found by the end of the first season, though the reunion would ultimately be tumultuous and short-lived. Offering his life in order to spare Dean’s, John dies in the second season premiere. Although the show has often resurrected characters or found other ways to bring familiar faces back, Morgan didn't appear on camera as John for over a decade after his character’s demise. That changed for the 300th episode, “Lebanon”, which saw Morgan return for a reality-altering reunion.
According to one of Supernatural’s writers, that reunion is unlikely to be repeated. As reported by CBR, while speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour recently, writer Eugene Ross-Leming indicated that the patriarch of the Winchester family wrapped things up perfectly when he returned for the milestone episode. Leming, who's also one of the show’s executive producers, didn’t completely rule out the possibility that Morgan might appear, but felt it would be hard to top the exit already written for him.
In “Lebanon”, the 13th installment of season 14, John is accidentally pulled out of the past and brought to the present where Dean, Sam, and his wife Mary are still alive. The reunion is again brief, as John’s presence creates a timeline where the Winchester brothers never team up to continue their family’s legacy as hunters. Though reluctant and emotional, a decision is reached to correct the course of events by sending John back to his own timeline. The episode was heavily promoted, and also included the return of Kurt Fuller as the duplicitous angel Zachariah.
Even without a cameo by Morgan, the last 20 episodes will come with no shortage of surprises. Jake Abel, who's portrayed Winchester half-brother Adam, will be popping up for the first time since the fifth season, and that's sure to be only one of the ways that closure will be felt by the show's devoted audience. With the actors stressing the importance of a satisfying ending, and with even The CW’s president reluctant to part with the show, everyone involved seems to acknowledge the importance of Supernatural’s final season.
Supernatural season 15 premieres October 10 on The CW.
Dora the Explorer has been staple viewing for young children since 2000, but the new live-action movie, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, makes major changes to the animated show. The seven-year-old Dora spent her days embarking on a series of quests, seemingly unchaperoned, aided by her monkey Boots, a singing backpack, and a talking map. Along the way, she frequently encountered the sly fox, Swiper, who liked to try and take anything that didn't belong to him, as well as her friend, Benny the Bull.
Dora the Explorer was a global hit, spawning multiple lines of merchandise as well as a spinoff show, Go Diego Go!, which focused on Dora's cousin. Although Dora the Explorer hasn't been on TV since 2006, she's now on the big screen in a new live-action movie, Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Isabela Moner plays the titular young explorer, who has grown up but still holds the same upbeat, happy view of life.
While the most obvious difference between Dora and the Lost City of Gold and the original TV show is that it's no longer animated, there are several other changes for Dora's big screen debut, which may have been done to make the film appealing to a wider audience.
Dora Is Now 16
Dora wasn't going to stay seven years old forever, but many people had thought the live-action movie would pitch her as a pre-teen, as she had been in a previous spinoff, Dora's Explorer Girls. However, that's not the case. Dora is now 16 years old and heading to a suburban high school in Los Angeles. While most 16-year-old kids are savvy and often world-weary, Dora is the opposite. Although she's bright and intelligent, Dora has little experience of city life, having grown up in the jungle with her parents. So in that regard, she has a lot to learn. She's still as upbeat and happy as ever - intensely so - and she holds a cheery outlook that is alien to most 16-year-old kids. As a result, Dora doesn't find it easy to fit into her new school life. She also owns a talking blue monkey, which understandably sets her apart.
Dora's Parents Have Great Jobs
One of the long-standing jokes with Dora the Explorer was that her parents never seemed concerned that their daughter was exploring the world with no supervision. While Dora's dad went out to work (though we never knew exactly what he did), Dora's mom stayed home. In later years, this was to look after Dora's twin siblings, but initially she seemed to wait contentedly at home for her child to return. Not anymore, though. Dora's parents, played by Eva Longoria and Michael Pena, are archaeology professors. She has a close relationship with both, and they're heavily involved in their daughter's upbringing. They're also busy in their careers, and the reason Dora has to head to high school in LA with Diego is because they're off to search for the lost city of Parapata.
Diego Lives In The City
Diego is Dora's cousin, and also starred in his own TV series, Go Diego, Go!. He is a year older than Dora, and his show focused on him and his sidekick, baby Jaguar, rescuing animals around the world. In Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Diego is played by Jeff Whalberg and, sadly, there's no baby Jaguar in sight. Instead, Diego is busy living his own life in Los Angeles, until his cousin Dora is sent to join him. Dora is naive, super eager, and permanently upbeat. She also doesn't know how the school metal detectors work, so Diego has a lot of work to do.
Boots Doesn't Wear Boots
Boots, Dora's monkey, no longer wears his red wellington boots. In fact, in Dora and the Lost City of Gold, viewers see a baby Boots chewing on his boots, before Dora's mom tells her to take them off him. He's still Dora's companion, though, and director James Bobin has taken the wise decision to keep him close to his animated counterpart. Boots is over stylized and not at all realistic. He has his signature blue fur and yellow belly, and he still talks. Transferring Dora's talking animal companions to the big screen in a live-action movie was never going to be an easy task, but with Boots, the team behind Dora and the Lost City of Gold nail it.
Backpack Doesn't Talk
In Dora The Explorer, not only did her purple backpack talk but it also had its own song. In a similar vein to Mary Poppins' bag, Dora's backpack was able to hold a wealth of items, all of which just happened to be useful for the task at hand. It's no different in Dora and the Lost City of Gold, but sadly, her backpack doesn't talk. It might have been one step too far for a live-action remake. Talking animals are one thing but talking inanimate objects is quite another.
Dora's Map Doesn't Talk Either
"I'm the map!" Map's exuberance every time he was released from Dora's backpack is one of the animated series' signature qualities, but it's something that didn't translate into the live-action movie. Just like with Dora's backpack, her map doesn't speak either in Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Again, it's understandable, but it's nice to see that Map still plays a role in Dora's life and hasn't been replaced by GPS. Also, Dora still sings about both the Map and Backpack, so all is not lost.
Dora Doesn't Break The Fourth Wall Quite As Much
Dora the Explorer was renowned for its titular character breaking the fourth wall and addressing the audience. Since this consisted mostly of pre-schoolers, it worked well. Dora would often ask them to repeat a word or phrase, usually in Spanish, or to help her with something. One of her most-used commands was getting viewers to call out "Swiper no swiping!" when the cunning fox approached.
In Dora and the Lost City of Gold, she breaks the fourth wall very early on, in an amusing nod to the original show, by asking "Can you say delicioso?" This time, however, Dora's parents are aware of it, and wonder who she's talking to. However, Dora doesn't break the fourth wall as often as she used to; a sensible choice by Bobin since this isn't a movie only for young children. There is one great introduction, though, when Dora looks straight into camera and says "Hi, I'm Dora, and I'm being chased by a herd of angry elephants." She might be grown up, and her toys may not be alive anymore, but Dora is still the same Dora the Explorer at heart.
While none of us are new to the Marvel franchise, we spend quite a lot of time focusing on the heroes, because, well, why wouldn't you? However, Marvel has definitely granted us some pretty killer villains, and many of them have become just as popular as the actual members of the Avengers. You may know Erik Killmonger or Loki, but do you recognize the men behind the costumes? Here are 10 films you've seen your favorite Marvel villains in, and where you can get your second fill of these badass actors.
10 True Grit (2010), Jeff Bridges
For OG Marvel fans, of course we've all seen the original Iron Man film. You probably also remember Obadiah Stane, or the Iron Monger, who becomes the villain of this film. While this friend-turned-evil man makes for a pretty stellar villain, you might just recognize the actor who plays him. In fact, we're hoping you do, because that's Jeff Bridges, and he's in like a million movies. While it was hard to pick his best, we're suggesting you watch the classic, True Grit. This Western film follows a teenager as she enlists a U.S. Marshall (Bridges), to track down her father's murderer. (Peek Josh Brolin (aka Thanos) in this one, too!)
9 Sherlock Holmes (2009), Jude Law
While Captain Marvel only recently joined the Avengers team, we all loved Brie Larson and that stellar film. This is another film where friend-turned-evil becomes quite the theme, but we still loved that green-eyed villain, Yon-Rogg. Jude Law is a dreamboat, but he's also pretty incredible at being mysterious and badass.
If you're craving more, maybe watch Sherlock Holmes, where Jude Law plays the famous Dr. Watson. What's even more amazing is that Iron Man himself plays Sherlock Holmes. Yeah, you're welcome.
8 Spotlight (2015), Michael Keaton
Tom Holland, aka Spider-Man, is also relatively new to the Marvel universe, but he stole our hearts the minute he stepped on screen. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, you might remember the villain as being the dad of Peter's high school crush (yikes). The Vulture is not a villain we'd mess with, but he is played by the brilliant Michael Keaton. You might want to check out the Oscar-nominated film, Spotlight, which tells the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive child molestation scandal of the Catholic Church. Oh yeah, the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is in this, too. Who knew they all liked to work together so much?
7 The Lord Of The Rings (2001), Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett has been slaying us for years, and this bombshell is definitely not new to the big screen. While she's also in the new Ocean's 8 film, we thought we'd choose the Lord of the Rings franchise, because she's literally in all of them.
Yeah, that's right, that badass and terrifying black-horned green villain from Thor: Ragnarok is actually Galadriel in the LOTR series. Who knew, right?
6 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Sam Rockwell
We're going to jump back to the Iron Man franchise, specifically Iron Man 2. We all remember Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), but do we remember the man behind the plan? Justin Hammer was Tony's biggest business rival, and just so happened to be the man that recruited Ivan Vanko to ruin Stark's reputation. However, the actor behind the villain, Sam Rockwell, has gone on to become an Academy Award winner. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri follows a mother in a small town who is trying to seek justice for her daughter after she was raped and murdered. Stacked with Woody Harrelson (who is also joining the MCU) and Frances McDormand, you don't want to miss this brilliant Oscar nominee.
5 Jurassic Park (1993), Jeff Goldblum
Thor: Ragnarok is quite honestly one of the best Marvel films of the franchise. With Loki, Hela, and the Hulk, this movie already had our attention. However, the Grandmaster in this film is equally terrifying and absolutely hilarious, and we loved every minute of this villain's screen-time. Who else could play this dynamic character except for Jeff Goldblum himself?
If you're wondering why that strange guy looks familiar, it's because he should, because he's kind of a huge part of the Jurassic Park franchise. (Which Star-Lord becomes a part of, too?! We swear we're not making this up.)
4 The Hateful Eight (2015), Kurt Russell
We all know the tragic story of Star-Lord's father, and we finally get to meet him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, his dad kind of becomes a super-villain and almost destroys the entire galaxy... Ego is one of the most powerful villains in the MCU, and he's played by none other than Kurt Russel. Kurt is no newbie to the big screen, but we chose Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight to give you another action-goodness fill of this dynamic actor. This movie is violent and pretty badass, so you'll probably love it. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) may just be in it, too...
3 Creed (2015), Michael B. Jordan
Erik Killmonger stole the show when he first appeared in Black Panther, and we were pretty sad this incredible villain only lasted one film. Honestly, this dynamic character was simultaneously terrifying, incredibly badass, and totally deserving of our sympathy. Michael B. Jordan absolutely SLAYED this role, and we sincerely couldn't imagine anyone else playing this incredible villain any better.
Michael B. Jordan stole all of our hearts, and we know you want more. You can find him in Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone, where he plays a young and aspiring boxer who is trained by Rocky Balboa himself. Also, Tessa Thompson (aka Valkyrie) is also in this film.
2 Kong: Skull Island (2017), Tom Hiddleston
Loki is another villain that quite honestly has as many fans as the Avengers, including his own brother. Tom Hiddleston is also brilliant at playing this sneaky, mysterious, and charming villain. No one can deny their love for Loki, and we're more than sure that you need some more of Tom Hiddleston. Well, you'll find him in another stellar action flick, Kong: Skull Island, where he is searching through a giant jungle to find an even more giant gorilla. Sounds great, right? OH YEAH. Brie Larson, the one and only Captain Marvel, is his co-star.
1 No Country For Old Men (2007), Josh Brolin
As much as we love all of these other villains, Thanos has taken Hollywood by storm and has become one of the most highly esteemed villains ever to take the big screen. While we don't exactly get to see his real face, Josh Brolin plays this role in an incredible way, and we can't imagine anyone else taking his place. You can find in him in this Coen Brother classic, No Country for Old Men, which follows the story of a hunter after he stumbles across a drug deal gone wrong, and two million dollars in cash. This movie is full of violence and mayhem, and we're betting you'll love it. You might also find Woody Harrelson in this one, who has just joined the MCU.
Honestly, we've learned that these actors are definitely not new to working together in the MCU, and our minds are kind of blown right now. Anyway, go watch these 10 films, because of course, you have to get that Marvel-villain fill.
A bunch of superhero actors are returning for Arrowverse's 2019 crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths. Last year's Elseworlds crossover had been the shared universe's most ambitious crossover yet, but once it was over, The CW announced plans to adapt DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths story for the small screen. While it's certainly a challenging endeavor for the network, as well as the writers and producers, it seems they're all up to the challenge.
One of the most iconic comic book crossover events in history, Marv Wolfman and George Pérez's Crisis on Infinite Earths completely transformed DC Comics' multiverse into one cohesive shared continuity, which ultimately became known as the DC Universe. And to make that happen, the limited comic series gathered all the superheroes and supervillains from various corners of the multiverse and put them together to destroy the Anti-Monitor - an incredibly powerful villain who was essentially the antimatter universe's version of the Monitor.
When it comes to the Arrowverse, there's no shortage of superheroes who are ready to take on another cosmic-level threat, but for Crisis on Infinite Earths, the network has opted to give all the mainline heroes in the DC TV franchise even more help. And so, actors who've appeared in previous DC Comics movies and TV shows will once again reprise their roles, albeit with a few changes, in this year's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover.
Brandon Routh already plays Ray Palmer, aka Atom, on Legends of Tomorrow, and now he'll reprise his role as Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths. But he won't be the only one; Tyler Hoechlin is also returning as Superman. However, it seems they'll be portraying different versions of the Man of Steel. Instead of coming back as his character from Superman Returns, which released in 2006 and was meant to be a follow up to Christopher Reeve's original films as well as exist in the same continuity, Routh is slated to appear in Crisis on Infinite Earths as the Kingdom Come Superman.
Created by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, DC's Kingdom Come miniseries featured an aging Superman who had a much more somber outlook on the world, particularly after he lost Lois Lane. This version of Superman is immediately recognizable since, in addition to being older than the traditional superhero, he sports an altered "S" logo on his chest, which is painted on top of a black background. Routh portraying this specific Superman means that the Arrowverse's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event will be the first time that Kingdom Come has been adapted - in any form - in live-action.
Easily one of the most famous voice actors in recent history, Kevin Conroy is known for voicing Bruce Wayne/Batman in a number of properties, beginning with Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s. In addition to that, Conroy went on to voice Batman in several installments in the DC Animated Universe (even voicing the superhero in 2019's Justice League vs. the Fatal Five), eventually diving into video games with Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham series in the 2010s. But while he's enjoyed a long-lasting career as the de-facto voice of the Dark Knight, Conroy hasn't appeared as Batman in live-action - until now.
Conroy is scheduled to play the Arrowverse's Bruce Wayne in Crisis on Infinite Earths, though it doesn't seem that he'll don Batman's suit. Given the age gap between Ruby Rose's Kate Kane/Batwoman and Conroy, it's unlikely that Conroy will be portraying Earth-1's Bruce Wayne. It's certainly possible that his version will come from another universe, where he's already retired and potentially working with Terry McGinnis in a Batman Beyond type of set up, though that hasn't been confirmed. All we know about his character so far is that he comes from the future, but a specific time period hasn't been mentioned yet.
While Burt Ward has relished in a long-lasting career in Hollywood - in both film and on television - he's undoubtedly most well-known for playing Dick Grayson, aka Robin, in the 1960s Batman TV series. He even reprised his role in the Batman film as well as in multiple animated shows and movies, with the latest being 2016's Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and 2017's Batman vs. Two-Face. And now, he's going to appear in Crisis on Infinite Earths. But while Brandon Routh and Kevin Conroy are playing versions of characters they're already known for, it's unclear who Ward is going to be.
At the moment, Ward isn't supposed to be playing an older Robin, though that can certainly happen by the time Crisis on Infinite Earths debuts. Whoever he plays, the character will be associated with Batman and Gotham City in some way, seeing as he's scheduled to make his appearance in the Batwoman episode of the Arrowverse crossover. Sadly, Adam West passed away in 2017; otherwise, he might've also been asked to star in Crisis on Infinite Earths. But perhaps that's why Kevin Conroy is portraying the live-action Bruce Wayne in this crossover.
In addition to the main characters from Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, and Legends of Tomorrow appearing in Crisis on Infinite Earths, there are several other people coming back as well. One of the biggest names is Tyler Hoechlin, who's reprising his role as Superman, as previously mentioned, along with his on-screen wife, Elizabeth Tulloch, who made her debut as Lois Lane in last year's Elseworlds crossover. Jon Cryer is also coming back as Supergirl's Lex Luthor.
Outside of Supergirl, Keiynan Lonsdale is returning as Kid-Flash in Crisis on Infinite Earths - after being absent from the franchise for some time - with Flash's Tom Cavanaugh, who's played all sorts of versions of Harrison Wells, portraying yet another DC Comics character: Pariah. Perhaps the most interesting addition, though, is Black Lightning's Cress Williams. After years of discussion, Black Lightning will officially join the Arrowverse during 2019's Crisis on Infinite Earths.