Archive for April 26, 2020
Superman and The Flash have a long history of racing against one another, but their very first race took an interesting turn in the last way anyone would expect. Especially the inhabitants of the Canadian prairies.
While fans will always debate which of DC's heroes would win in a head-to-head conflict, Superman vs. any other hero will always be the most controversial. And given the nature of both Superman and Flash's super-speed, a race between the two is truly the only way to settle the issue. Even though Superman and Flash have raced plenty of times over the years, DC first decided to tell the story fans wanted to see in Superman #199, aptly titled "Superman's Race with The Flash."
The story begins with both Superman and Flash being invited to participate in a race by the United Nations, in an effort to raise money to help underdeveloped countries worldwide. Obviously both agree to take part in a race would span the entire globe, with various obstacles being placed along their route to make the event more competitive. However, two gangs catch wind of this race, and while one places a large bet on Superman, the other places a large bet on the Flash, with each planning to sabotage the other hero (completely unaware of the other gang's plan). On the day of the race, a large crowd gathers to watch the two competitors, including the entire Justice League, with Green Lantern using his ring to generate a monitor to observe the race.
Once the race starts, both heroes are seemingly matched in speed, reaching destinations like Egypt, India, and the Soviet Union neck and neck. Both heroes stumble at certain points along the way, and rely on the other hero secretly helping them avoid disaster -- Flash using his speed to bury kryptonite that slows Superman, or Superman using his super-breath to ensure Flash isn't overtaken by massive ocean waves. However, the entire race's outcome is determined when the speeding heroes run straight into a Canadian winter.
When the two heroes reach the icy flats of Saskatchewan, The Flash's feet fail him, accidentally fumbling, falling, and knocking himself unconscious. Superman -- immune to the ice thanks to his "super balance" -- notices The Flash's accident and once again, shows why he's a hero like no other. Deciding the race wouldn't be fair if his competitor was incapacitated, Supes decides to turn around and take care of him. But realizing The Flash might not appreciate being so overtly helped by his rival, Superman changes back into his Clark Kent identity, and pretends to have stumbled across the speedster in need of some help. When The Flash awakens, he thanks Clark Kent for his help and continues on with the race, unaware Superman was the one who helped him get back on his feet.
Shortly thereafter, the gangsters who were betting on the race make their attempts to sabotage the racers, successfully capturing both of them with special bindings Flash can not break, and kryptonite gas to weaken Superman. Continuing the theme of teamwork despite their separation, each manages to piece together the scheme each gang has crafted for the other. Superman, using his enhanced vision, finds that the Flash was also captured by a similar gang and uses his heat vision to free him. Once Flash is free, he notices Superman's situation and uses his speed to remove the kryptonite gas, restoring Superman's strength. The duo beat up the gangsters and, just to add an even greater sting for the criminals, decide to finish the race in a tie, crossing the finish line at the exact same time, so that neither group of gangsters can collect on their winnings.
Though the race officially ends in a tie, there is no doubt that in this instance, Superman could have easily won the race, had he not stopped and helped The Flash. Going into the race, both heroes knew that there would be obstacles, and were under no obligation to assist the other in any manner. Prior to the scarlet speedster's slip-up in Saskatchewan, both heroes did help the other, despite doing so in secret (meaning Superman had no reason to think he 'owed' Flash for helping him, either). Of course, fans know that Superman was always going to help The Flash recover in Saskatchewan, for the simple reason that it was the right thing to do. And most importantly, if Superman had not helped Flash, he would have been trapped by the gangsters who ambushed him, and their scam would have gone uninterrupted.
The bad news for fans both then and now is that the heroism of the heroes leaves the question "who is the fastest man alive?" unanswered. The two would subsequently have many races over the years, in different circumstances. While Superman would Superman would occasionally beat Flash, the Man of Steel's victories still make up the minority of the outcomes. Current write of The Flash comics for DC has gone on record supporting The Flash's superiority in speed over Superman, saying "He's the fastest man alive...it's right there."
Though DC seems to have made their official stance on the matter clear, that The Flash is the faster hero, it should be noted that Superman can hold his own against the Flash in most circumstances, which is more than most DC characters can claim. Still, for historians who wish to count every shred of evidence, this comic shows Superman did have the opportunity to win his first ever race with The Flash in Saskatchewan... but then, if he left his friend behind to claim the victory, he wouldn't be considered "Super" in the first place.
Ever watchful for new in-game promotional opportunities, Epic Games' next big event in Fortnite could very well be a face-off between the game's legendary John Wick skin and Tyler Rake from Netflix's Extraction. Despite Fortnite's light-hearted aesthetic and extreme popularity among kids, it's hard to argue that Rake wouldn't be a perfect tonal counterpart for fellow contract killer-turned-battle royale character Wick.
Epic Games' battle royale phenomenon has played host to a countless number of cross-promotional marketing partnerships by this point. Most recently, Fortnite hosted a Travis Scott concert that bent minds as much as it did its map, setting spectating players loose to explore a trippy musical experience headlined by a larger-than-life model of the famous rapper. Being free-to-play, the game's only selling point has always been skins (and boy, do they sell), so character crossovers from popular external media like Marvel's Avengers or the hyper-violent, potty-mouthed Deadpool continue to be best-sellers.
A piece of inspired fan art by artist BossLogic depicting the protagonists of Extraction and John Wick facing off in a hypothetical knife fight made viral waves online, and Extraction screenwriter Joe Russo quickly took notice. Asking followers, "Who you got in a fight? Tyler Rake or John Wick," Epic Game creative director Donald Mustard answered that Russo "should put Rake in Fortnite and find out," to which Russo playfully replied, "Hells yeah." John Wick's officially been in Fortnite for about a year (and even longer unofficially as "The Reaper"), so the paid addition an in-game skin of former special operative Tyler Rake would likely come quickly after Netflix and Extraction's official license-holders give Epic the go-ahead.
Considering the mixed critical reception of Extraction, though, it's not a sure thing that a Fortnite version of the Chris Hemsworth character would sell as well as Keanu Reeves' fan favorite. A growing rift between players who just want to have a good time and those who want Epic to address their foremost concerns would suggest that Fortnite, itself, is going to similarly fall in revenues and popularity, but that couldn't be further from the reality. Just this week, the game surpassed its own existing world record for peak concurrent player count, with its Travis Scott concert bringing in over 12 million players in the mode's first couple days.
There's no telling how many casual pitches that pass between Epic and potential promotional partners ultimately don't come to fruition, but Extraction's Tyler Rake appearing in Fortnite's item shop is completely within the realm of possibility. What is certain, however, is that Fortnite continues to be the go-to battle royale game for millions of unique players, and advertisers aren't going anywhere until they do.
The new Animal Crossing: New Horizons update to version 1.2 brought some new and familiar faces to players' islands. One such returning character is Redd the art dealer, often referred to as Crazy Redd or Jolly Redd. Once a player installs the new update and has sold enough items to Blathers' museum, Redd will arrive on the island with his Treasure Trawler, stocked with works of art to sell. Players can purchase this art to help Blathers open a new art wing of the museum.
Redd offers dozens of great works of art at bargain prices. But, there is a catch: not all the artwork Redd sells is real. In fact, he will often have fakes that are virtually worthless once a player purchases them, as Blathers cannot include forged pieces in the museum. Because Redd's works of art come from famous real-world paintings and sculptures, the art history majors and the "spot the difference" fans in the Animal Crossing community could find the real painting or sculpture online and compare the two. However, some of the differences are more difficult to find without keen attention to detail. This guide will help players spot those small details and help them always find a good deal.
Redd has gotten better at disguising his fake pieces since Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Most of the time, finding the fake art in Redd's collection comes down to tiny details, like the absence of a flower or collar that is present in the real-world piece. Some details are extremely subtle, like a slight smirk on the Mona Lisa that should not be there, or inverted eyebrows to make the Ōtani Oniji III As Yakko Edobei appear sad rather than angry. Like a typical game of Spot the Difference, players have to really look over each detail to find something not quite right. Additionally, these differences are not the same as they were in previous games.
Because these paintings are based on real works of art, players may enjoy the process of researching the art pieces and looking at them beside Redd's offerings. While there typically is no substitute for research, some players have already found every possible work of art and its fake, as illustrated in the infographic below.
YouTube creator AbdallahSmash026 and his team spent nearly 10 hours seeking out all Redd's art and comparing the original painting or sculpture to the fake ones. He walks players through each result in his video, available below:
Several pieces Redd will have available for sale have no fake version, meaning if a player sees them, they are guaranteed to be the real deal. These are:
- "Familiar Statue" (The Thinker)
- "Great Statue" (King Kamehameha I)
- "Perfect Painting" (Apples and Oranges)
- "Twinkling Painting" (The Starry Night)
- "Mysterious Painting" (Isle of the Dead)
- "Proper Painting" (A Bar at the Folies-Bergère)
- "Nice Painting" (The Fifer)
- "Sinking Painting" (Ophelia)
- "Common Painting" (The Gleaners)
- "Glowing Painting" (The Fighting Temeraire)
- "Worthy Painting" (Liberty Leading the People)
- "Dynamic Painting" (Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji the Great Wave Off Kangawa)
- "Moody Painting" (The Sower)
- "Flowery Painting" (Sunflowers)
- "Calm Painting" (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte)
- "Warm Painting" (The Clothed Maja)
These pieces are fantastic deals and will help build Blathers' vision for the art wing of the museum.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on the Nintendo Switch.
A Frasier reunion special or reboot might be in the works. Kelsey Grammer reprised his role as Dr. Frasier Crane, who originally appeared in the behemoth 80s sitcom Cheers, in the 1993 pilot episode of Frasier, which dropped on NBC and to air for eleven seasons, until the finale in 2004. The spinoff garnered critical and commercial success, developed a devoted fan following, and won 37 Emmy Awards during its run. Whispers of a revival first surfaced in 2019, projecting a potential 2020 premiere.
Actress Peri Gilpin, who played Roz, spoke to Metro News on the possibility of a Frasier special or revival. The interview came on the heels of a cast reunion over Zoom in April 2020 to raise money for COVID-19 relief through the Actor’s Fund, featuring Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jan Leeves, and Dan Butler. She reflected on chatting with the cast sixteen years after the finale and spoke about her current comedy on the air, Old Guy. Though neither NBC or the actors have made official announcements, Gilpin sounded pretty convinced. “[A reunion] is possible. Definitely. There is a lot of talk about it. I do think there’s something going on, but I don’t know exactly what it is or whether it will actually happen,” the actress teased.
Kelsey Grammer starred as the titular character, who returns to his hometown Seattle after the disintegration of his marriage and life in Boston. The cast includes Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, live-in housekeeper to the doctor and physiotherapist, David Hyde Pierce as Frasier’s brother, Niles Crane, and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, the producer of Frasier’s radio show. John Maloney co-starred as Martin Crane, father to Frasier and Niles and form police detective, unfortunately, won’t be a part of any reunion, as the actor passed away in 2018.
It’s unsure whether the series would come back for additional seasons, for a one-off scripted special, as is in the works for Parks and Recreation, or a cast reunion of Friends scheduled for HBO Max. Speculation of its nature aside, it seems undeniable that there is some form of Frasier reunion on the books, and its only a matter of time.
Source: Metro News
Jonathan Frakes' triumphant captain moment in the first season finale of Star Trek: Picard felt like a flashback for the veteran actor and director. Star Trek fans were thrilled to learn Patrick Stewart would once again be suiting up as Jean-Luc Picard for a new CBS All Access series, and it didn't take long for them to hope some of Picard's old friends from The Next Generation could make a return trip with him. While much of Picard's main cast is made up of new faces, the first season featured many familiar characters. Among the most notable returns, Frakes' Will Riker turned up to offer Picard a safe haven in the season's seventh episode "Nepenthe" alongside wife Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis).
Riker also appeared in the season finale, having briefly left retirement to assume command of a new ship and come to Picard's aid along with an entire fleet. For fans who had spent years watching Riker turn down offers to be captain before finally taking a command at the end of Star Trek: Nemesis, it was surely a thrill to see him in the captain's chair. Frakes' involvement with the series was a huge highlight for fans, as well as a record-breaking one. Having directed episodes of another CBS All Access Star Trek show, Star Trek: Discovery, Frakes recently seemed to indicate he'd be back for more, especially in regards to the shows that have yet to be announced. For now though, fans are curious to know if Riker will return for Picard's second season.
During an interview with ComicBook.com, Frakes opened up about filming Riker's finale moment, which he described as a very different experience because he was alone and "'self-directing.'" As Frakes described it, "I was in a captain's chair. I had a spacesuit on. I had my beard trimmed, my Riker hair put back on, my bald spots covered up. It felt very familiar, and it was like a flashback." Furthermore, the quick moment was a real joy for Frakes because of "how well 'Nepenthe' went, I was less nervous and, I got to say, thrilled to have been asked back, to be perfectly frank."
Seeing as Riker very nearly wasn't included in Picard's first season, it's hard to say whether he will be back for the highly-anticipated second. Of course, seeing as Frakes continues to have a strong involvement in the Star Trek franchise off-camera, there's a good chance he could return provided the story finds the right opportunity. Now that Riker has taken on a command even after retiring, it might be easy to bring him back into the action.
Riker likely wouldn't be the only TNG cast member to make an appearance in season 2, as Frakes recently said he expects more to return following the positive reception toward "Nepenthe". Frakes also insisted he'll be back to direct episodes of Picard, so he'll never be far from his old on-screen friend. Fans were thrilled to see Captain Riker in action, and it's safe to say they'd be happy to see him again.