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Why Birds of Prey Killed Black Mask So Early In The DCEU

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Black Mask, the villain of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) was originally a part of Batman's iconic rogue's gallery. The DCEU brought in Black Mask as the big bad for Birds of Prey, but he died at the end of the movie. Why didn't the DCEU save this Batman villain for future use in the film universe?

In Birds of Prey, Roman Sionis, a.k.a. Black Mask, is a prominent gangster in Gotham City. Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) has a deep respect for Joker, and when he discovers Harley Quinn is no longer with Joker, he sets his targets on her. Roman also has beef with the other women who make up the Birds of Prey roster, which only gets deeper during the course of the movie. But while Roman is an accomplished and ruthless crime lord, he's blown up by a grenade at the end of the film, bringing his time in the DCEU to an explosive end.

Related: Birds of Prey: Ewan McGregor's Black Mask Is The DCEU's Best Villain Yet

While comic fans might be disappointed with Roman's death, it's not surprising Birds of Prey killed him off. It's incredibly common for superhero movies, including Batman movies, to kill their villains at the end — especially when villains are one-offs, meant only as single film threats. There are some exceptions, but these exceptions are usually reserved for overarching villains. The MCU kept Thanos alive, for example, for so they could build up to Infinity WarScarecrow lived through the Dark Knight trilogy, but was never a focal point beyond Batman BeginsThe majority of modern superhero movie villains are put on ice after serving their purpose as a one-off antagonist.

It's also not hard to imagine that Black Mask didn't fit into the DCEU's plans beyond Birds of Prey. DC is resetting their version of Batman with Matt Reeves' upcoming The BatmanThe movie has already confirmed classic Batman villains Catwoman, Riddler, and Penguin. Along with these three Rogues Gallery members, The Batman will also feature crime boss Carmine Falcone. Even if all four of these villains were to die in The Batman, DC has only scratched the surface of iconic villains for Batman to take on. Black Mask doesn't carry the same name value to non-comic fans, so DC likely didn't think twice about killing Roman.

Black Mask's death displays how expansive and colorful Batman's corner of the DC Universe is. There are so many Gothamites the DCEU can utilize. Birds of Prey isn't even the first Batman villain-centric movie, as Joker came out last year. Pulling Batman villains that aren't as popular as Joker for movies like Birds of Prey expands the horizons for what the DCEU can do. Black Mask probably wouldn't be used in The Batman beyond a brief cameo. Putting the character in Birds of Prey allowed for a cool and unique version of the character to get some serious screen time. Letting villains die might fly in the face of Batman's code, but all that matters is Black Mask got the chance to be a DCEU big bad.

Next: Does The Birds of Prey Movie Do Justice To The DC Heroines?

Game of Thrones Direwolf Odin Dies After Battle with Cancer

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Odin the Inuit, who played Summer the direwolf puppy on Game of Thrones, has died after battling mouth cancer.

The X-Men’s DAZZLER is Back With Her Own Mutant Band

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The world of Marvel's X-Force #9 proves not every part of X-Men comics is grim or dreary. That's thanks to the mutant singer Dazzler's hot new band rocking Krakoa's most happening nightspot, The Green Lagoon.

The Dazzler, aka Alison Blaire, has a checkered past as a musical artist; the promising talent has time and again been sidelined by anti-mutant prejudice and superheroic concerns, with Doctor Doom, the Enchantress, Hulk, and even Spider-Man disrupting performances and derailing Dazzler's career. Dazzler's new bandmate Lila Cheney employed Dazzler as a backup singer for a time, allowing her to keep a low profile while still performing. Dazzler's next musical incarnation put her at the front of the band Lightbringr, which sought to shed light on the plight of genetic minorities... until Blaire was again called into action. But things are looking up on Krakoa for both Dazzler and the Resurrections.

Related: X-Force: 5 Characters We Want To See (& 5 We Don't)

The name of the group was confirmed by series artist Josh Cassara via Twitter, and is a cheeky nod to Krakoa's history, which has seen numerous mutant resurrections, and the other band members pictured similarly refer back to the X-Men's past: the drummer is erstwhile X-Man Iara dos Santos, better known as Shark Girl, while ukulele duties are held down by none other than Lila Cheney, the teleporting rock star/thief who has performed with fellow mutant Dazzler in the past. But as CBR points out, the name "the Resurrections" may portend dark story turns, as the resurrection protocols of Krakoa have been hinted to be less than entirely salubrious. X-Force #10, drawn by Cassara and written by Benjamin Percy, will continue the previous issue's Terra Verde storyline, featuring Wolverine, Quentin Quire, and Domino, in which a team member must deal with secrets coming to light as the heroes fight to survive their mission in the Central American nation.

Blaire's fortunes as a singer may be looking up. The Resurrections are based in Krakoa, a mutant sovereign state, and are seemingly made up entirely of mutants, which would suggest a "safe space" for Dazzler to practice her art. The groovy, tiki-themed Green Lagoon, with its mutant clientele, likewise seems an ideal venue for Dazzler (though one might want to avoid occasions upon which Wolverine and family are in attendance). Alison Blaire has never quite attained A-lister status, as an entertainer or mutant superhero, but perhaps the Resurrections represent her best shot at the top to date. Cheney and Blaire are a potent, charismatic combination, and who wouldn't want to see a were-shark going wild on the drums? The real resurrection just might be Blaire's dream to finally, simply, sing.

X-Force #9 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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Source: CBR

How Tall Is Mark Wahlberg? | Screen Rant

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What height is movie star Mark Wahlberg? While he first made a name in hip-hop group Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch and had a successful run as a model for Calvin Klein, Wahlberg later made his movie debut with a supporting role in 1994's Renaissance Man, starring Danny DeVito. With his feet wet, Mark Wahlberg moved on to The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo DiCaprio and later won great reviews for his work as an obsessive stalker in 1996 thriller Fear.

It's fair to say that Boogie Nights was a turning point in his acting career, which is an acclaimed drama set in the world of pornography in the 1970s. Mark Wahlberg proved beyond a doubt he had a set of acting chops and was able to hold his own against the likes of Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds. After co-starring with screen icon Chow Yun-fat in action thriller The Corruptor, Wahlberg ended up making a couple of movies back to back with George Clooney; 1999's Three Kings and The Perfect Storm.

Related: Mark Wahlberg Interview: Spenser Confidential

Mark Wahlberg was eager to work with Tim Burton when he signed on to the remake of Planet Of The Apes, but while the movie was a hit it was roundly panned and Wahlberg himself later admitted it sucked. The star continued to vary his work in the 2000s, mixing dramatic parts like I Heart Huckabees and The Departed - he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the latter - with action films like Shooter and Max Payne. He also starred in 2008's The Happening, which soon became a beloved bad movie, and the ever honest star later confessed it was also a dud. According to Celeb Heights, Mark Wahlberg stands at 5ft 8 inches.

Mark Wahlberg started moving towards comedy in the early 2010s, starring in the likes of The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and the Ted movies. He also kept a foot in the action world with 2 Guns and the Transformers franchise, where he played Cade Yeager in both Age Of Extinction and The Last Knight. He also starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in Michael Bay crime drama Pain And Gain.

Mark Walhberg also has a fruitful working relationship with director Peter Berg, beginning with 2013's Lone Survivor, and continuing for projects like Mile 22. Most recently, they reunited for Netflix action-comedy Spenser Confidential. Wahlberg is currently attached to an adaptation of video game Uncharted, where he will play Sully to Tom Holland's Nathan Drake. Time will tell if the movie happens, since its being trapped in development so long that Wahlberg was once attached to play Drake.

Next: Mark Wahlberg's Spenser Confidential Mocks... The Departed?

How Tall Is Mark Wahlberg? | Screen Rant

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What height is movie star Mark Wahlberg? While he first made a name in hip-hop group Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch and had a successful run as a model for Calvin Klein, Wahlberg later made his movie debut with a supporting role in 1994's Renaissance Man, starring Danny DeVito. With his feet wet, Mark Wahlberg moved on to The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo DiCaprio and later won great reviews for his work as an obsessive stalker in 1996 thriller Fear.

It's fair to say that Boogie Nights was a turning point in his acting career, which is an acclaimed drama set in the world of pornography in the 1970s. Mark Wahlberg proved beyond a doubt he had a set of acting chops and was able to hold his own against the likes of Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds. After co-starring with screen icon Chow Yun-fat in action thriller The Corruptor, Wahlberg ended up making a couple of movies back to back with George Clooney; 1999's Three Kings and The Perfect Storm.

Related: Mark Wahlberg Interview: Spenser Confidential

Mark Wahlberg was eager to work with Tim Burton when he signed on to the remake of Planet Of The Apes, but while the movie was a hit it was roundly panned and Wahlberg himself later admitted it sucked. The star continued to vary his work in the 2000s, mixing dramatic parts like I Heart Huckabees and The Departed - he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the latter - with action films like Shooter and Max Payne. He also starred in 2008's The Happening, which soon became a beloved bad movie, and the ever honest star later confessed it was also a dud. According to Celeb Heights, Mark Wahlberg stands at 5ft 8 inches.

Mark Wahlberg started moving towards comedy in the early 2010s, starring in the likes of The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and the Ted movies. He also kept a foot in the action world with 2 Guns and the Transformers franchise, where he played Cade Yeager in both Age Of Extinction and The Last Knight. He also starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in Michael Bay crime drama Pain And Gain.

Mark Walhberg also has a fruitful working relationship with director Peter Berg, beginning with 2013's Lone Survivor, and continuing for projects like Mile 22. Most recently, they reunited for Netflix action-comedy Spenser Confidential. Wahlberg is currently attached to an adaptation of video game Uncharted, where he will play Sully to Tom Holland's Nathan Drake. Time will tell if the movie happens, since its being trapped in development so long that Wahlberg was once attached to play Drake.

Next: Mark Wahlberg's Spenser Confidential Mocks... The Departed?

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