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Bounty Hunters Will Clash in New STAR WARS Series | Screen Rant

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Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1

Marvel Comics is releasing a brand new Star Wars comic series for fans to enjoy, and it's all about the deadliest beings in the galaxy. Star Wars: Bounty Hunters will bring the best of the best bounty hunters together in the same series, but not necessarily working together. A very special, rare, and personal bounty has surfaced, making waves all throughout the seedy corners of the galaxy, alerting several of the most notorious bounty hunters to the next big score. Read on for details into the series' first issue.

Bounty Hunters #1 comes from writer Ethan Sacks with artwork from Paolo Villanelli. Taking place after Empire Strikes Backthe galaxy's criminal underworld is taking great advantage of the massive civil war between the Empire and Rebellion. For a bounty hunter, business is booming. However, a bounty gets posted with the recent whereabouts of one Nakano Lash, a former bounty hunter notorious for betraying her crew on failed job on Corellia years ago. The bounty hunters on the crew? Beilert Valance, the cyborg, Bossk the Trandoshan, and the legendary Boba Fett. These are not bounty hunters anyone would want to cross, and they're about to show why.

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After Bounty Hunters #1 shows the betrayal in the past, it jumps back to the present. When Valance hears the news, he's on Black Spire Outpost looking for his next job. He's in need of more credits anyways, and taking Lash out is certainly icing on the cake. Bossk, currently nursing the failure of not being the one to catch Han Solo and Chewbacca, learns about Lash from none other than Doctor Aphra and the Wookie Black Krrsantan. Boba Fett receives a call from a bounty broker, who informs him of Lash as a courtesty, knowing of its personal and sentimental nature to Fett. Despite still having Han Solo frozen in carbonite en route to deliver to Jabba the Hutt, Fett takes the job, free of charge.

It looks as though Valance, Bossk, and Fett are going to be the main three hunters in this series. However, fans should expect to see other scum and villainy make their way onto the pages as the series goes on. A bounty is still a bounty, and others will be interested, it's just that these three in particular have personal axes to grind. It will be interesting to see who gets to Lash first. The bounty hunters are on a collision course, and at some point will probably cross paths with one another, which won't be pretty. Bounty Hunters #1 is a great start to a series that promises to be high action with plenty of double crosses and deadly gun fights to keep fans guessing as to who will come out on top. The hunt is on!

Years ago, VALANCE and fellow bounty hunters BOSSK and BOBA FETT took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance's mentor, NAKANO LASH, violently betrayed them. Valance's team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he'd face his old mentor ever again...until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. Every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants a piece and Valance is hell-bent on getting to the prize first. He has score to settle-but so does Boba Fett! ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE and GALAXY'S EDGE) and PAOLO VILLANELLI (VADER: DARK VISIONS and JEDI FALLEN ORDER - DARK TEMPLE) are teaming up to bring you the bounty hunter adventure you've been waiting for this March!

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1 is on sale now.

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Batman Returns: What Happened To Marlon Wayans’ Cut Robin

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Why did Marlon Wayans never play Dick Grayson's Robin in Batman Returns, as originally planned? Although the mixture of Tim Burton behind the camera and Michael Keaton in front solicited some skepticism, the 1989 Batman movie proved a stone cold classic, kick-starting the superhero genre as fans know it today. Naturally, a sequel was soon underway and many agree that Batman Returns was even better than its predecessor, with a more gothic visual flavor and 2 iconic villains, Danny DeVito's Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman, working in unison against the Caped Crusader.

Keaton's Batman worked alone for his pair of cinematic outings, and it wasn't until Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever with Val Kilmer that Robin made his first film appearance since Burt Ward slipped on those famous green tights. Played by Chris O'Donnell, Batman Forever charted the origin of Dick Grayson and his becoming an apprentice of Bruce Wayne, with the dynamic duo firmly established by the end of the movie. O'Donnell would return opposite George Clooney for Batman & Robin in 1997, but would strongly wish he hadn't after the fourth movie effectively killed the franchise.

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However, Robin was originally set to make his first appearance one film earlier in Batman Returns, played by Marlon Wayans instead of O'Donnell. Then only beginning his career in movies and television, Wayans would go on to star in the Scary Movie series, White Chicks and a number of other parodies. Tim Burton originally cast Wayans as Robin ahead of Batman Returns, with the budding actor lined up as Keaton's vigilante sidekick. After being both cast and paid, it was the sequel's producers who decided to oust Robin from the script, believing that Cobblepott, Kyle and Shreck (Max, not the ogre) already presented an ample selection of new characters to introduce.

Despite being benched for Batman Returns, Burton held onto the idea of Marlon Wayans playing Robin and planned to bring the Boy Wonder back for Batman Forever. This time, however, the entire production was upended when Burton ended up replaced by Schumacher, and the direction of the threequel changed entirely. It was during this changover process that Schumacher decided to cast a new Robin, replacing Wayans with O'Donnell. Despite never actually appearing as Robin, Wayans claims he was still getting paid for the movie years after its release.

Although it's disappointing that Wayans' Robin never made it to the big screen, the argument that Batman Returns already had too many fresh characters is a sound one. Penguin and Catwoman's backstories are perfectly executed in Burton's sequel, and it's difficult to see how Dick Grayson's story would also fit into that tapestry without causing a negative knock-on effect to the other backstories. Pfeiffer and DeVito may not have shone as brightly as they did with another sub-plot to weave into the run time.

It would've been fascinating to see a young Wayans' interpretation of Robin in Batman Forever but, on the other hand, Chris O'Donnell was not only well-suited to the sidekick role, he also ended up being one of the few watchable elements of the Joel Schumacher era, especially in Batman Forever. With that said, the tattered reputation of late 1990s' Batman movies ensured many years would pass before Robin graced the big screen again, and as of right now, the character has only made live-action appearances on TV. Perhaps with Wayans in the role under Burton's direction in Batman Returns, Robin wouldn't be so synonymous with the Schumacher Batman films today.

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What To Expect From Elite Season 4 | Screen Rant

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With Elite season 3 now on Netflix, fans of the Spanish teen drama series are already looking ahead to what's to come in Elite season 4. Set in Madrid, the binge-worthy series follows students at a top-tier private school called Las Encinas. Elite was created by Carlos Monte and Darío Madrona.

Elite season 3, the story focuses on the fallout from the Elite season 1 death of Marina (María Pedraza) and the Elite season 2 finale's subplot that her killer, Polo (Álvaro Rico), has returned to Las Encinas. As teased in the trailer, the Elite season 3 premiere reveals that Polo was killed at a class graduation party, while the rest of the season goes back and forth in time to explore different characters' perspectives and motivations.

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Elite season 3 builds to a major twist at Teatro Barceló and reveals the truth about Polo's violent death. The stakes are high for the various Las Encinas suspects, but they just may figure out a way to collectively mislead authorities in order to ensure their freedom. Here's everything we know so far about Elite season 4 on Netflix.

Netflix hasn't officially announced Elite season 4, though it's been reported that it's already in production (along with Elite season 5). Given the massive popularity of the Spanish series, don't be surprised if Netflix announces Elite season 4 by the end of May 2020, as the streaming service typically waits three to six weeks to assess viewing numbers before making a renewal decision.

Netflix seems intent on releasing new seasons of Elite rather quickly. Less than a year passed between Elite season 1 and Elite season 2, while only six months passed between the second and third installments. Fans can expect new episodes sooner than later, especially if production for Elite season 4 is already underway. Netflix will likely capitalize on the series' popularity and stray from the typical one-season-per-year model by releasing Elite season 4 in September 2020, right in time for a new school year.

Elite season 3 on Netflix ends with resolution for all of the main characters. At first, everybody is shocked when Polo falls to his death, and also by the discovery that Lu (Danna Paola) had accidentally stabbed him moments before in a bathroom. But the Las Encinas students band together to make sure that nobody's future is ruined, as they collectively leave their prints on a broken bottle neck and then frame Polo's death as a suicide. Ultimately, Nadia (Mina El Hammani) leaves for New York but promises to return to Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau), and Omar (Omar Ayuso) stays in Madrid to look after Ander (Arón Piper), whose leukemia is now in remission.

Meanwhile, Carla (Ester Expósito) preps to study somewhere "abroad" and enlists Valerio (Jorge López) to market her winery, which naturally doesn't please Carla's father, Teodoro. In the final moments of Elite season 3, the rest of the main characters begin a new year at Las Encinas, where Cayetana (Georgina Amorós) is now working as a janitor after having rejected collegiate offers from Polo's mothers.

So there's essentially a clean narrative slate for Elite season 4, and it's been reported that a new storyline with new characters will be introduced. While it's possible that original characters will make cameos in Elite season 4, it seems probable that a brand new lineup of performers will be introduced, all of whom will likely become instantly famous if they're not already. That's the power of Elite and the power of Netflix. But where will Elite season 4 take place? Maybe Barcelona, or perhaps at another Madrid school?

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Star Wars High Republic Comics Ask: What Scares The Jedi?

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The High Republic era will be coming soon for Star Wars fans to enjoy, with a large publishing wave of several books and comics introducing this new time period, 200 years before the Skywalker Saga. During the press announcement for the project, it was said that two questions fueled the creatives behind the High Republic initiative: What does the Jedi Order look like in its prime, and what would scare them? That second question, fueled by the first, is incredibly interesting: What could possibly be seen as a threat and/or frightening to the Jedi, especially at a time when the Jedi are at their best? Here's what is known so far thanks to the press announcement, as well as some theories as to just what kind of enemies might be featured in the High Republic.

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During the press announcement and promotional trailer for the High Republic, it was said that the primary antagonists would be known as the Nihil, a group of Viking-type marauders. While somewhat disorganized in their formation and aesthetic, they would still be a force to be reckoned with. Marvel Comics is part of the High Republic initiative and will have a series from Cavan Scott. Limited details were revealed, but two members of the Nihil were featured on the cover, and the series is reported to have a focus on this villainous band. However, somehow, they seem like an easy takedown and small potatoes for the Jedi. There has to be something more about the Nihil that would truly be frightening for the most powerful peacekeepers in the known galaxy. Not much else was revealed about the Nihil, at least for now, save for this: apparently the Nihil are able to manipulate hyperspace in some pretty dangerous ways. While nothing else was said on exactly how they use hyperspace, it does provide a new dynamic that certainly bolsters their threat level.

Going further, fans of Star Wars from the days before Disney's purchase of the franchise and subsequent book/comic/game continuity purge might remember a certain Sith from the Old Republic video games: Darth Nihilus. While there has yet to be any confirmation of a connection between this group known as the Nihil and the Sith lord Nihilus from centuries prior to the High Republic, Lucasfilm has to know that the fandom is making those connections and theories. If the Nihil were a group of Nihilus followers, that could potentially make them frightening to the Jedi, who at this time essentially wiped out the Sith (for the time being). However, there may be other threats beyond the Nihil...

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During the promo trailer for the High Republic, Star Wars Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo made a point to note that the level of conceptual production for this project is on par with the kind of production that goes into a film. They brought in artist Ian McCaig (who created the look and design for Darth Maul) to create several key concept art sketches and designs for them. In the trailer, some of his sketches are featured and shown such as bounty hunters, monsters, and even unknown yet-to-be-revealed beings/creatures that just carry a sinister look and vibe and may just be the ones to scare the Jedi. A whiteboard was shown with several ideas and wishes from the creatives on it such as splinter force user groups, rival houses, chaos agents, and even the potential for the Sith Empire to be referenced.

The entire High Republic storyline will be kicking off with an event known as The Great Disaster, seemingly to involve a Jedi Order space station called the Starlight Beacon. It's possible that whatever new threats are coming could set in motion an attack on the station that interrupts the period of peace the Jedi have achieved with such a force as to rattle the Jedi and frighten them so much that they spring into action to stop them. This could be the Nihil, or it could be something bigger, lurking in the shadows, ready to strike the Jedi down when the time is right. For now, Star Wars fans will just have a wait a little while longer.

The Star Wars: High Republic book and comic series release in August.

More: Star Wars: 5 Reasons Why The High Republic Is The Right Move (And 5 Why It Should've Been The Old Republic)

Star Wars High Republic Comics Ask: What Scares The Jedi?

0

The High Republic era will be coming soon for Star Wars fans to enjoy, with a large publishing wave of several books and comics introducing this new time period, 200 years before the Skywalker Saga. During the press announcement for the project, it was said that two questions fueled the creatives behind the High Republic initiative: What does the Jedi Order look like in its prime, and what would scare them? That second question, fueled by the first, is incredibly interesting: What could possibly be seen as a threat and/or frightening to the Jedi, especially at a time when the Jedi are at their best? Here's what is known so far thanks to the press announcement, as well as some theories as to just what kind of enemies might be featured in the High Republic.

Related: Star Wars: High Republic Comics Will Expand Jedi History

During the press announcement and promotional trailer for the High Republic, it was said that the primary antagonists would be known as the Nihil, a group of Viking-type marauders. While somewhat disorganized in their formation and aesthetic, they would still be a force to be reckoned with. Marvel Comics is part of the High Republic initiative and will have a series from Cavan Scott. Limited details were revealed, but two members of the Nihil were featured on the cover, and the series is reported to have a focus on this villainous band. However, somehow, they seem like an easy takedown and small potatoes for the Jedi. There has to be something more about the Nihil that would truly be frightening for the most powerful peacekeepers in the known galaxy. Not much else was revealed about the Nihil, at least for now, save for this: apparently the Nihil are able to manipulate hyperspace in some pretty dangerous ways. While nothing else was said on exactly how they use hyperspace, it does provide a new dynamic that certainly bolsters their threat level.

Going further, fans of Star Wars from the days before Disney's purchase of the franchise and subsequent book/comic/game continuity purge might remember a certain Sith from the Old Republic video games: Darth Nihilus. While there has yet to be any confirmation of a connection between this group known as the Nihil and the Sith lord Nihilus from centuries prior to the High Republic, Lucasfilm has to know that the fandom is making those connections and theories. If the Nihil were a group of Nihilus followers, that could potentially make them frightening to the Jedi, who at this time essentially wiped out the Sith (for the time being). However, there may be other threats beyond the Nihil...

Related: Where Are The Mandalorians In The High Republic Era?

During the promo trailer for the High Republic, Star Wars Creative Executive Pablo Hidalgo made a point to note that the level of conceptual production for this project is on par with the kind of production that goes into a film. They brought in artist Ian McCaig (who created the look and design for Darth Maul) to create several key concept art sketches and designs for them. In the trailer, some of his sketches are featured and shown such as bounty hunters, monsters, and even unknown yet-to-be-revealed beings/creatures that just carry a sinister look and vibe and may just be the ones to scare the Jedi. A whiteboard was shown with several ideas and wishes from the creatives on it such as splinter force user groups, rival houses, chaos agents, and even the potential for the Sith Empire to be referenced.

The entire High Republic storyline will be kicking off with an event known as The Great Disaster, seemingly to involve a Jedi Order space station called the Starlight Beacon. It's possible that whatever new threats are coming could set in motion an attack on the station that interrupts the period of peace the Jedi have achieved with such a force as to rattle the Jedi and frighten them so much that they spring into action to stop them. This could be the Nihil, or it could be something bigger, lurking in the shadows, ready to strike the Jedi down when the time is right. For now, Star Wars fans will just have a wait a little while longer.

The Star Wars: High Republic book and comic series release in August.

More: Star Wars: 5 Reasons Why The High Republic Is The Right Move (And 5 Why It Should've Been The Old Republic)

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