With Disney unveiling its Star Wars-themed land at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this year, new details have emerged about the Rise of the Resistance ride. Disney announced the addition of a Star Wars land to its U.S. parks in 2015 and unveiled the name of that land, Galaxy's Edge, two years later.
Disney decided to use a planet from one of the Star Wars novels, Batuu, as its primary setting for Galaxy's Edge. This planet sits on the Outer Rim but is still full of familiar characters, including humanoids, robots and aliens. The idea was for Disney guests to feel as if they are stepping into one of the movies, so everything within Galaxy's Edge is well thought out to make the experience as immersive as possible. There is a restaurant and cantina, and Walt Disney World will feature a Star Wars-themed hotel. There will also be two new attractions: One that allows guests to pilot the Millennium Falcon, as well as Rise of the Resistance, which will take guests through an adventure where the First Order kidnaps them.
There are now new details emerging about Rise of the Resistance. Attractions Magazine reports that guests will load onto a large ship as part of the pre-show, with that ship getting captured by the First Order. Guests will then exit into an area that features animatronic stormtroopers and TIE fighters before being loaded into First Order prison cells that lead to a second pre-show area where they get safety instructions. After that, they are loaded into trackless ride vehicles and enter a room where a Droid is hacking into the First Order's computers, beginning the escape mission.
The transports begin moving down hallways and into rooms, with multiple encounters with Kylo Ren. Guests will also see a room full of near full-scale sized AT-AT units, as well as a room where stormtroopers are firing into space at Resistance Fighters. Towards the end of the attraction, rumors suggest that guests will experience a Tower of Terror style drop that will simulate getting shot off into space and back towards Batuu where they will crash land.
Considering that some of the ride details are still only rumors, the excitement about the opening of Galaxy's Edge is still genuine. One expert, Bill Zanetti, believes that Disneyland's opening day of Galaxy's Edge could see 200,000 guests descending upon the park with wait times around 10 hours. This could be why Disneyland drastically increased its ticket prices to discourage crowds, but hardcore Star Wars fans will still turn up, no matter how much time they have to wait and no matter how much it might cost them.
Doctor Who star Catherine Tate confirmed that she would be up for coming back for the show's new seasons starring Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor. Tate, known for her comedy work in The Catherine Tate Show and a recurring role in The Office, first appeared on Doctor Who as the fiery and indomitable Donna Noble in 2006. She later boarded the TARDIS as the tenth Doctor (David Tennant)'s regular companion in the fourth season, and exited the show, along with Tennant, in 2010.
Although fan opinions on Donna as a character may be divided, few can contest the comedic chemistry between real-life good friends Tennant and Tate, or the refreshing quality that their platonic Doctor/Companion dynamic added to their season together. Prior and following companions, such as Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and River Song (Alex Kingston) were often characterized as having unrequited romantic tension with the Doctor. Donna, on the other hand, habitually mocked, sassed, and called him out, with little to no consideration for his ego; although it was made clear that she deeply loves him as a friend. The season 4 scene, in which the two share a tearful last embrace after she saves the universe from the Daleks, leaving the Doctor no choice but to erase all her memories of him to save her life, is remembered as one of the most heartbreaking in the show.
Nine years later, Tate talked about the possibility of a Doctor Who return on The Jason Manford Show. Although it doesn't sound like she's been asked to return by showrunner Chris Chibnall yet, there's a good chance she'd be on board. Check out the full interview.
“It wouldn’t be up to me because you can’t just turn up on the set uninvited. They don’t like it. But that would be nice. I haven’t tried. Probably all the security would still remember me.”
Tate confessed that she hasn't kept up with the most recent installments in series, but expressed her confidence in and respect for Whittaker, who previously co-starred in Broadchurch alongside Tennant:
“I haven’t yet, only because I won’t understand them and it makes me feel inferior. But I know she’s brilliant because she’s fantastic.”
With season 11 of Doctor Who having just wrapped up, and season 12 not due until sometime in 2020, a lot of questions about what lies ahead are hovering. Although Chibnall and Whittaker have changed up the series format a fair bit, they've left the door open for reinstating some classic elements such as legacy villains. Beyond Tate, plenty of other alumni have been involved with, or indicated an interest in doing more with the franchise. Billie Piper and Alex Kingston have both worked on audio series based on their respective characters, Karen Gillan's TARDIS selfie last fall sparked excitement among Whovians, and John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness, also said he'd love to return.
At this point, season 12 could get as wild, with as many familiar faces, as the writers want. It's not like there's any shortage of space in the TARDIS, after all.
For seven years, Christian Bale was the world’s Batman. His scowling face, his growling voice, and his ice-cold demeanor have defined the Dark Knight for modern superhero fans. He won back moviegoers who were turned off of the Caped Crusader by George Clooney’s nipples and Joel Schumacher’s Dutch tilts and he remains the one true Batman in the hearts of some fans who aren’t impressed by Batfleck.
The years since Bale hung up the Batsuit have been kind to him. This year, Bale is gearing up for another Oscar nomination as his acclaimed performance in Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic Vice has him tipped for Best Actor. He’s one of the biggest movie stars in the world, and it was Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy that got him places. Before Batman Begins, he’d been known for starring in Empire of the Sun as a kid and American Psycho as an adult.
But The Big Short, Terminator: Salvation, American Hustle, The Fighter – it all came after he donned the Dark Knight’s cowl and took to the streets of Gotham. As Batman, Bale represented the seesaw struggle between good and bad, as well as the flip-side of the coins that had Tom Hardy’s Bane and Heath Ledger’s Joker on them.
So, before Bane’s nuclear blast hits and maybe (or maybe not) wipes him off the face of the Earth, here are 20 Wild Details Behind Christian Bale’s Batman That Fans Should Know.
20 Bale enjoyed competing with Heath Ledger for the spotlight
Christian Bale didn’t worry that Heath Ledger’s turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight, which went on to win him a posthumous Oscar, would overshadow his own performance as Bruce Wayne. He actually enjoyed the thrill of it. He said, “I have no problem with competing with someone else. And that’s going to make a better movie.”
Given the fact that it became the first (and so far only) superhero movie to win an Academy Award in an acting category, it grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and it is still ranked as the third greatest movie of all time by IMDb, it’s fair to say that it did make a better movie.
19 Bale auditioned in Val Kilmer’s Batsuit
In one episode of Friends, Ross wears a tuxedo that was worn by Val Kilmer in the 1995 movie Batman Forever. But Christian Bale did one better – he auditioned for the role of Batman wearing the actual Batsuit that Kilmer wore in the movie. Bale completed his first screen test in Kilmer’s Batsuit, albeit without the cape, because the cape has been mysteriously missing for several years.
Christopher Nolan said that by wearing the suit to the audition, Bale proved his ability “to project this extraordinary iconography,” and therefore won himself the role that would elevate his general stardom to superstardom and make him universally recognizable to an entire generation of superhero fans.
18 Bale’s Batman wasn’t conceived to be all dark
Until Ben Affleck’s divisive Batman came along, Christian Bale’s Batman was the darkest we’d seen on the big screen. Then Zack Snyder gave us a Batman that was angrier, more violent, and overall darker. However, Christopher Nolan did not conceive his Batman to be a dark character. In fact, he decided to cast Bale after determining he had “exactly the balance of darkness and light that we were looking for.”
The success of Nolan’s Batman trilogy is often naively thought to be a result of his films being the darkest Batman movies that had come along at that point. His films have even inspired a slew of dark reboots, like 2015’s Fantastic Four reboot. But Nolan’s plan was actually to balance the dark with the light, so all of those copycats missed the point completely.
17 The comics gave Bale a new perspective on Batman
Christian Bale is the first to admit he’s not a comic book guy, but he happened upon a Batman comic once, years before he was up for the part, and it gave him a whole new perspective on the character. Previously, his only conception of Batman had come from the Adam West TV show from the ‘60s, which is drastically different in tone from the Batman depicted by the likes of Frank Miller and Grant Morrison.
But when someone gave him a copy of “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth,” he realized what a dark and complex character Batman was and became interested in playing him. After he got the role, he read “Year One” and “Dark Victory” to further his understanding.
16 Bale’s Batman favors functionality over style
While Will Arnett’s Lego Batman pokes fun at the Caped Crusader’s penchant for style and aesthetic (“I only work in black...and sometimes very, very dark grey”), Christopher Nolan chose to make his Batman more interested in functionality. So, the classic Batmobile – which looks cool, but isn’t very maneuverable or useful on most terrains – was eschewed in favor of the more practical Tumbler.
Plus, Batman’s utility belt is better stocked. Instead of a bunch of silly gadgets that have little value in a combat situation apart from getting the Bat-brand out there into the thug community, the emphasis in Bale’s utility belt is on utility. There might not be a “Bat” pun in his gadgets’ names, but that doesn’t matter, because they have a purpose.
15 He’s more like a panther than a human
Christian Bale explained that the heavy suit weighing down on his shoulders and neck made him play Batman as more of an animal than a human: “The suit gives you this huge neck, like a Mike Tyson neck, which you really rarely see amongst humans. It’s more like a panther. It gives you this real feral look, as though you’re going to pounce on somebody any moment.”
As the Bat of Gotham, Batman is supposed to embody a more primal and animalistic presence than other superheroes. However, he is characterized more like a human bat in the comics, whereas Bale played him like a jungle cat looking for prey. Either way, it touches on the same sort of thing: predatory instincts.
14 Harvey Dent’s burning face looks like a flaming Batman logo
In The Dark Knight, when Harvey Dent’s face catches on fire, the flames look eerily like a burning Batman logo. This could be a coincidence, but since a burning Batman logo was used all over the promotional material for the movie, maybe this was slipped in as an intentional Easter egg by the movie’s award-winning visual effects team.
If this was intentional, then that is crazy attention to detail and it’s not too far beyond the attention an auteur like Christopher Nolan would pay to his movies. It’s probably just the kind of thing that only gets picked up when a movie becomes so popular that millions of people watch it a hundred times and analyze every single frame for possible hidden meaning.
13 Bale’s Batman always wanted to eventually stop being Batman
The nuclear blast at the end of The Dark Knight Rises that was thought to have eliminated Batman – and might well have done – gave him the perfect opportunity to retire. But according to Bale, his Batman always saw fighting crime as “a finite endeavor.” He didn’t have a sudden change of heart at that moment – he always wanted to hang up the cowl.
When he was promoting The Dark Knight in 2008, Bale said that his Batman was thinking, “Is this something that has an end? Can he quit and have an ordinary life?” As it turns out, if there’s a nuclear bomb around and the people of Gotham need to be inspired by what they perceive to be the ultimate sacrifice, he can.
12 Batman was not written as the lead of any of the movies
Despite the movies being named after him and Christian Bale’s name getting top billing, Batman was not written as the lead of any of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies. Nolan felt that the movies were defined by their villains and not by Batman himself, and this meant that each movie fell into a different genre.
With Ra’s al Ghul as the “mentor-turned-enemy,” Batman Begins was a straightforward superhero origin story. The Joker’s stance made The Dark Knight a sprawling Michael Mann-style crime movie about a city in chaos, like Heat. Lastly, Bane’s French Revolution-style takeover of Gotham inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities made The Dark Knight Rises a historical epic.
11 Bale’s costume is a combination of every past Batman costume
There was a lot riding on Christian Bale’s costume in Batman Begins. The emotional wounds from George Clooney’s nipple-laden Batsuit in 1997’s Batman & Robin were still fresh, so Bale’s suit needed to be something special: grounded, formidable, menacing, raw. Christopher Nolan understood this and put careful consideration into what the Batman in his gritty reboot would wear.
Nolan said, “I looked at the great comics and graphic novels through the history of Batman to try and distill the essence of what those extraordinary pictures and drawings were saying about what Batman should look like. Each artist interprets the costume differently, but there are these common aspects that define the essence of the character.” So, Nolan dressed his Batman in a mixture of the best parts of every past Batman costume.
10 Future Superman, Joker, and Scarecrow campaigned for the role
Before Christian Bale was cast, many actors who would go on to take other iconic DC Comics roles expressed interest in the role: Henry Cavill, who now plays Superman in the DC Extended Universe and has actually fought Batman on-screen; Heath Ledger, who went on to play the Joker in The Dark Knight; and Cillian Murphy, who ended up being cast as the Scarecrow in Batman Begins instead.
Other actors who campaigned for the role include Eion Bailey, David Boreanaz, Billy Crudup (who went on to bag the role of Dr. Manhattan in Zack Snyder’s big-budget adaptation of Watchmen), Hugh Dancy, Jake Gyllenhaal (who will play Mysterio in the upcoming MCU movie Spider-Man: Far From Home), and Joshua Jackson.
9 Christian Bale hates Robin
Christian Bale has been a very vocal critic of the Robin character. He once said, “If Robin crops up in one of the new Batman films, I’ll be chaining myself up somewhere and refusing to go to work.” There’s a rumor that Bale auditioned to play Robin in Batman Forever and lost the role to Chris O’Donnell, but he’s less vocal about that.
Despite Bale’s passionate objections to the character, Nolan still managed to slip in the “Robin” Easter egg with Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character Blake in The Dark Knight Rises. The end of the trilogy seems to set up a wayward young man named Robin taking on the Batman mantle, but since he didn’t have to fight alongside a kid in a red suit, Bale might’ve been okay with that.
8 The bat opera emphasized the importance of bats in Bruce’s trauma
In the comics, Bruce Wayne’s parents are murdered after they watch a Zorro movie. However, Nolan changed this to an opera involving dancers dressed as bats that Bruce is scared of. This was an intentional story move to emphasize the role of bats in the trauma surrounding the murder of Bruce’s parents.
Plus, the fact that Bruce’s fear of bats got his parents eliminated gives him extra reason to overcome it in his quest to avenge them. Falling into a dry well after his parents’ funeral is taken from the comic book storyline “The Man Who Falls” – the bat swarm that surrounds him in the well is another little touch that adds to the symbolism of Bruce needing to overcome his fear of bats.
7 Bale’s weight was all over the place leading up to Batman Begins
When Bale was cast as Batman, he had just dropped down to an emaciated 124 lbs for The Machinist. When that movie wrapped, he only had a couple of months to get into superhero shape, and he feared that he wouldn’t be able to look convincingly tough by the time shooting started on Batman Begins.
So, he worked extra hard with a trainer to put on 100 lbs of muscle for the role, essentially doing the impossible. But then, in a tragic twist, the producers felt that he had actually become too heavy, so he had to, once again, lose weight. He settled at around 185 lbs in time for Batman Begins to start filming.
6 He won’t be the good guy forever
One of the most iconic quotes in The Dark Knight trilogy is Harvey Dent’s line: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” While it applies perfectly to Dent, who went from being the beloved District Attorney to a fearsome, power-hungry supervillain involved in the Joker’s plot, it could also apply to Batman.
Bale has said that while his Batman is depicted as “somebody that is doing good” in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, he is “right on the verge of doing bad.” Depending on how you interpret The Dark Knight Rises, Batman might have passed away as a hero, and if he hadn’t sacrificed himself in that nuclear blast, he would’ve eventually become a villain. If he is alive and hanging out in Florence, then he seems to have retired from being Batman, so he might’ve dodged the villain bullet.
5 Bale got his angry, growling Batman voice from how painful the costume made him
The growling, aggressive voice that Christian Bale uses when he’s wearing the Batman costume has become a subject of praise, ridicule, and criticism over the years. Zac Efron and Seth Rogen make fun of Bale's voice in a scene in Neighbors where two men from different generations compare their Batmans. Some people complained that it made the lines difficult to understand.
But as Bale himself explains, the aggression in his voice actually came from the anger he felt from spending long hours in that heavy suit. He said, “Batman’s meant to be fierce, and you become a beast in that suit, as Batman should be – not a man in a suit, but a different creature.”
4 Bale was unhappy with his performance as Batman
Christian Bale initially intended to play Batman as a “very, very dark, messed-up character,” and looking back on the trilogy, he’s disappointed with his performance as he feels he didn’t fully realize that vision. There are many fans who count his Batman movies among their favorites of all time who would disagree that he didn’t fully embody the character in a satisfying way, but those are Bale’s personal feelings.
He is lined up for an Academy Award for Best Actor this year – or at least a nomination – for his uncanny turn as former Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s satirical biopic Vice, so this guy is clearly a perfectionist who takes his craft very seriously.
3 “The Man Who Falls” was Nolan’s “jumping off point”
Nolan used the comic book story “The Man Who Falls,” which was featured in Secret Origins of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, as a “jumping off point” in developing his first Batman movie. That story did what Nolan hoped he could do to differentiate his movie from the previous movies – it filled in the blanks in Batman’s origin story.
Whereas most Batman stories skip over the gap between Bruce’s parents’ passing and his adult career as the Caped Crusader, “The Man Who Falls” told the story of Bruce traveling the world to train in various combat styles before returning to Gotham to become Batman. Nolan used this as the seed of what would become Batman Begins.
2 Bale played Batman as four different characters
A shoddy actor would play Batman as one character. He would carry himself and deliver all of his lines in the same way, no matter what the scene was or what persona he was adopting. A good actor would play Batman as two characters, playing Bruce Wayne and Batman differently.
But a great actor would deconstruct the character and go even further than that, and that’s what Christian Bale did. He actually played the role as four different characters: the aggressive Batman persona (which is the most obvious one), the shallow playboy Bruce pretends to be in his private life so people don’t catch on, the vengeful young man, and the older, more bitter Bruce who is discovering his purpose in life.
1 Bale believes that Bruce is still alive
The Dark Knight Rises’ ambiguous ending is left to be interpreted by fans. Bale has acknowledged that with these types of endings, it’s up to the viewer to decide what it means. However, he has also divulged his personal opinion on it: “It was not a dream. That was for real and he was just delighted that finally, he had freed himself from the privilege, but ultimately the burden, of being Bruce Wayne.”
Christopher Nolan has said nothing definitive about the ending, calling it “simply a very important thematic idea...that Batman is a symbol,” while Michael Caine believes that there is “no imagination” in the scene and that Alfred was seeing Bruce and Selina for real in Florence.
What do you think of Christian Bale's performance in The Dark Knight trilogy? Let us know in the comments!
Steve Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels are reteaming for the Netflix workplace comedy Space Force. The original comedy series is based on President Donald Trump's real life proposed space program. The Space Force was announced by Trump in June 2018 to create a sixth major division of the United States Armed Forces.
Carell and Daniels became stars of comedy television through their seven-season partnership on The Office. The workplace comedy set around the paper company of Dunder Mifflin saw Carell star as "World's Best Boss" Michael Scott. Although the series ran for nine seasons on NBC, Carell left at the end of season 7 to pursue more movie roles. He's veered more into dramatic films too, appearing in Beautiful Boy, Vice, and Welcome to Marwen just last year. There's been plenty of interest in him making a return to the small screen, though, and he's now found another new project to do so.
Netflix has announced Carell and Daniels co-created Space Force and made the news official today by sharing a quick promotional video explaining the concept of the series. Set to the iconic song Also Sprach Zarathustra, the video quickly establishes how they plan to make light of Trump's space program. Carell and Daniels will both serve as executive producers on Space Force, with Daniels acting as showrunner and Carell set to star. There are no details on when the series will begin filming, how many episodes it will be, or when subscribers can expect it to pop up in their Netflix lists.
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This announcement continues Carell's shift back to TV, as he is also set to star in Apple's morning show series alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. That series is currently in production, so Space Force will likely have to wait for Carell's schedule to free back up before it gets going. This shouldn't delay the Netflix original series in any way, though, as they still need to assemble a cast around Carell. This reunion for Space Force is a huge get for Netflix, and may have come at the perfect time. NBC is set to launch a streaming service of their own, which could result in The Office being pulled from Netflix's library in the near future.
With their collective history in workplace comedy TV, Carell and Daniels are obvious fits for Space Force. Daniels also had a hand in creating fellow workplace comedy Parks and Recreation, so this is clearly a concept he is comfortable with. But, the package of Carell starring and Daniels' writing will immediately draw comparisons to The Office. Daniels and Carell are likely very aware of this, so it will be fascinating to see if they lean in to it and make this feel exactly like The Office but in a new setting, or if they'll try to distance themselves from their prior work a bit. There's no indication Space Force will be a mockumentary style series after all, so that should go a long way in differentiating the two Carell-Daniels collaborations.
This year marks the end of Star Wars' Skywalker saga on film, with Star Wars: Episode IX, but that doesn't mean it can't continue on television - as is evidenced by what Lucasfilm already has in production. Some 14 years after George Lucas was planning Star Wars: Underworld as the Star Wars prequel trilogy came to a close, Star Wars fans are now getting their first ever live-action TV show in The Mandalorian , which comes just as the Star Wars sequel trilogy is ending.
The Mandalorian is just one part of Disney and Lucasfilm’s ambitious plans for Star Wars on TV, with more shows - both live-action and animated - on the way. Interestingly, this comes at a time when the future of the movie side of the franchise looks rather uncertain, as this is the first time since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 that there's only one Star Wars movie on the docket; nothing else is currently in production or even pre-production. We know far more about the upcoming TV shows than we do any future Star Wars movie.
In turn, then, this reveals something else about Lucasfilm’s strategy. The Star Wars movies can go off and do their own, different thing after Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters this December, and then, on TV (or rather, on the Disney Plus streaming service), the Skywalker saga can be continued for years to come.
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The story that started with the original Star Wars all the way in 1977 is going to wrap up for good. And to end the Skywalkers, you need some Skywalkers. That's why Mark Hamill is returning as Luke Skywalker, despite having died in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It's why Abrams is repurposing old footage of the late Carrie Fisher. Luke, though, will only be a Force Ghost, and Leia can't have too big of a role. Both characters will be gone after this, and so too might Kylo Ren, the last surviving member of the Skywalker line, and one who looks unlikely to continue it anytime soon.
Of course, nothing really ends in Hollywood anymore. Disney making more episodic Star Wars movies seems likely, after they've taken a small break, of course. The Mouse House might even attempt to bring back Kylo Ren (and Rey, for that matter), if Star Wars: Episode IX doesn't kill him off, that is. But, for now, and for all intents and purposes, 2019 is the line in the sand for the Skywalker saga.
Future Star Wars Movies Are Separate
Back to 2015, Disney was preparing to launch their new Star Wars trilogy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And before that movie released, the future of Star Wars was quite clear: Rian Johnson would write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, and then control would pass onto Colin Trevorrow for Star Wars: Episode IX. In between those movies would be anthology films: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, was set for 2016, and a Han Solo movie, to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, was slated for 2018. Five films, five different years, five filmmakers. It all seemed so easy.
Obviously, some things didn't quite go according to plan - Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars: Episode IX and Solo: A Star Wars Story ended up being helmed by Ron Howard, after Lord and Miller were let go just three weeks before principal photography was scheduled to complete - but they've still stuck to that schedule. Contrast that to what comes next; there are no release dates beyond Star Wars: Episode IX. What we do know, though, is that the movies that are coming will be different and distinct to what's come before.
While there's only one upcoming Star Wars movie that's in production, plans for Lucasfilm's TV side are much more concrete, and it's here that the Skywalker saga is actually able to continue beyond Star Wars: Episode IX. In part, this is already happening. Disney XD's Star Wars Resistance is practically taking place in the same time period as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and has featured characters from the sequel trilogy. Furthermore, Kylo Ren has been name-dropped already, which directly ties the show to the Skywalker saga. Since Disney's other animated offerings ran for a good few years each, it's even possible Star Wars Resistance could continue beyond Star Wars: Episode IX. That would mean a story partially connected to the main saga continuing on TV after the movies wrap up.
Then there's Disney Plus, which launches this year, where we'll be getting multiple live-action Star Wars TV shows. First up is The Mandalorian, which tells a new story about a new character, but is still somewhat linked to the Skywalker saga. It's set a few years after Return of The Jedi, which means it'll be in a galaxy very much impacted by the events of the original trilogy. There's also the confirmed return of IG-88, meaning at least one character from the saga will appear. Based on that, there's a good chance more Star Wars characters will follow. Even if it isn't characters, there's the possibility for locations, including the Skywalker locale, Tatooine, to appear, since The Mandalorian takes place in the outer reaches of the Star Wars galaxy.
Likely arriving in 2020 is Disney Plus' Cassian Andor series, which is meant to be a prequel to Rogue One, with Diego Luna reprising his role as the titular character. Again, it's directly tied to the Skywalker saga because it will be about the early years of the Rebel Alliance (as well as Cassian becoming the Rebel we meet in Rogue One). That means it's building up to the events of Lucas' A New Hope, and will also be a story where Darth Vader has a presence. The timelines of the Cassian Andor and Mandalorian shows are both ones Disney have looked to explore frequently, and it's highly likely more series will be set there as well, further linking to the Skywalker saga on TV.
What This Means For Star Wars' Future
The Skywalker saga continuing on TV could actually be a great thing for the franchise. It gives the TV shows a tangible link to the movies, while also reducing the risk of them feeling lesser. It opens up avenues for Disney to explore more areas around the original and sequel trilogies, and fill in some of Star Wars' gaps, without having to make movies to do so. Since it's a new format, and presenting new characters, these series will also still feel fresh even if it exists within the same broader narrative line.
In turn, this completely frees up Lucasflim's Star Wars schedule, thus allowing them to continue one of the biggest stories ever told in the entertainment industry while continuing to develop the next era of Star Wars movies. There's no denying the greatness or legacy of the Skywalker saga, but it's also clear the franchise needs to move on. One family has dominated the galaxy's stories for over 40 years. The Star Wars universe is vast and is populated with all kinds of characters and creatures, not to mention stories waiting to be told. Despite that, it's almost always been focused on a relatively small corner of it.
This way, Lucasfilm can still tell the Star Wars stories in the most beloved time periods on TV. Johnson, Weiss, and Benioff, and whoever else comes in, meanwhile, are free to go just about anywhere they want; new time periods, new characters, new settings, and new stories. Star Wars: Episode IX is tantalizing, but this prospect is even more exciting.
Syfy's Deadly Class boasts an impressive cast of young adult actors and actresses, who've successfully brought to life fan-favorite characters from Rick Remender's comic book series of the same name. Based the Image Comics graphic novel series, Deadly Class was created for television by Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott, and it's being executive produced by Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo.
A pilot episode for the Deadly Class adaptation was ordered in late 2017, and then the show was given a full series order in spring 2018 - and it's meant to be one of Syfy's biggest debuts for 2019. For the uninitiated, Deadly Class takes place at a school for the deadly arts called King's Dominion (hence the show's name), and it initially follows teenager Marcus Lopez Arguello, who trains to become an assassin in the 1980s.
Given that Deadly Class starts off following Marcus but then eventually moves onto other students, it's possible that the series will switch between characters either as season 1 goes on or by each season - but that remains to be seen. For now, here's a complete guide to the main and supporting characters in Syfy's Deadly Class.
Deadly Class' Main Cast & Characters
Benjamin Wadsworth is Marcus Lopez - Marcus is the primary protagonist and the most recent recruit for King's Dominion. Marcus is played by Benjamin Wadsworth, who's most well known for starring in the comedy series Dad vs. Lad, as well as appearing in an episode of Teen Wolf.
Lana Candor is Saya Kuroki - Saya is one of King's Dominion's best students, and she's the current leader of the Kuroki Syndicate. Saya is played by Lana Candor, who's easily most recognizable for her role as Lara Jean Covey in the Netflix rom-com, To All The Boys I've Loved Before. But her first role ever was playing Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse.
María Gabriela de Faría is Maria Salazar - Maria is one of the core members of the Soto Vatos and has ties to the Mexican Cartel. Maria is played by María Gabriela de Faría, a Venezuelan actress and singer who's appeared in numerous Spanish-languaged productions, such as Isa TKM and Grachi, but will be making her Hollywood debut in Deadly Class.
Luke Tennie is Willie Lewis - Willie is a member of the First World Order and puts on a (gangster) front because of it, but in reality, he doesn't believe in what they do at King's Dominion. Willie is played by Luke Tennie, who recently appeared in the 2018 film Thriller. But like some of his co-stars, Deadly Class is his first real break in the entertainment industry.
Liam James is Billy - Billy is a "rat," like Marcus; they don't belong to any particular faction and don't come from prestigious backgrounds, so they've been dubbed "rats." Billy is the son of a smuggler, and he's played by Liam James, who many people will recognize as young Shawn Spencer from Psych as well as the lead actor in the movie The Way Way Back.
Michel Duval is Chico - Chico is the leader of the Soto Vatos, the group to which Maria belongs to, and he's Maria's former boyfriend; he's also the "top dog" of King's Dominion and one of Marcus' first antagonists. Chico is played by Michel Duval, who previously starred in TV shows such as Unforgivable and Queen of the South, and is still appearing in Lady of Steel.
Benedict Wong is Master Lin - Master Lin is the headmaster of King's Dominion, who ultimately joined the life of being an assassin (or, at least a teacher to would-be assassins) after his family was killed. Master Lin is played by Benedict Wong, who is easily well-known for playing the sorcerer Wong in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though his filmography goes back a long way to the early 1990s.
Deadly Class' Supporting Cast & Characters
Siobhan Williams is Brandy Lynn - Brandy is a neo-Nazi and a Southern belle; she also makes a threat to kill Marcus almost right away. Brandy is played by Siobhan Williams, who's starred in multiple TV shows throughout the 2010s, such as UnREAL and Beyblade Burst, as well as appearing in 2018's movie Welcome to Marwen.
Taylor Hickson is Petra - Petra is a goth girl who also doesn't have any affiliation to one of the school's factions. Petra is portrayed by Taylor Hickson, who played Brianna Copeland in the TV show Aftermath, as well as starred in a number of movies in 2018, including Incident in a Ghostland and Giant Little Ones.
Jack Gillet is Lex - Lex is another outcast in Deadly Class who doesn't affiliate with one of the school's factions/groups. Lex is played by Jack Gillet, who has only one credited appearance preceding Deadly Class: a guest-starring role as Declan in DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
World renowned video-sharing site YouTube has announced that they are now banning user videos that contain dangerous pranks and challenges. The site has a lengthy history of providing users with a tolerant platform for the sorts of videos that they wish to upload, but as various challenges and stunts are now becoming increasingly popular and dangerous, the California based site has decided that enough is enough.
In its early days shortly after launching back in 2005, often the most outlandish videos that viewers were likely to see on YouTube involved Mentos and Diet Coke, or were uploads of MTV’s Jackass crew in action. And, in some ways, the arrival of Jackass in 2000 just may have ignited the desire in many would-be daredevils to have their antics seen by a wide range of viewers. YouTube provided that platform. That said, YouTube’s early days were much different that today, as members were soon limited by permissible video lengths and, perhaps more importantly, the dawn of the iPhone and the smartphone in general had yet to arrive and really change the face of public video uploads.
In 2019, however, the viral video is a well-known concept and because of this, YouTube has decided to take decisive steps. The New York Post reports that the popular video-sharing site will now be banning users from uploading videos that are deemed dangerous or harmful or which can result in serious injury. And while some popular viral challenges or pranks over the years have brought much laughter and fun to the internet, many other popular viral videos have had the opposite effect and YouTube has decided that it is time to make their position on this issue clearly known.
Users who violate the new ban will face a three-strike system. Upon an initial infraction of the rules, any user who uploads dangerous or harmful material or uploads videos that fools others into believing they are in trouble will have access to some of the site’s features, such as livestreaming, limited. With a second infraction, that user will have their YouTube access limited even further and should a third strike occur, the user will then have their YouTube account terminated.
Most recently, with the arrival of Netflix’s hit film Bird Box, the Bird Box challenge has gained popularity. The challenge dares people to perform various tasks while blindfolded, which Netflix has already spoken out against. The challenge has already resulted in a car crash, as a 17-year-old girl in Utah recently attempted to drive while blindfolded. Other popular yet potentially dangerous viral challenges have included the condom challenge, the fire challenge and the Tide pod challenge, in which participants are required to bite down or eat Tide’s laundry detergent pods.
It’s understandable that YouTube wish to distance themselves from being seen as facilitators for stunts that could harm, injure or even kill someone. Whether these new rules will have an effect on stemming the number of dangerous viral trends that pop up remains to be seen, but given the ongoing popularity of the video-sharing site, this latest step appears to be one in the right direction.
The latest trailer for the midseason return of Supergirl reveals a first look at Dreamer's super suit. Dreamer, or Dream Girl, is the DC comics alter-ego of Nura Nal, an alien from the planet Naltor with foresight and precognition abilities. The character was introduced in season 4 of Supergirl as Nia Nal (Nicole Maines), a new Cat Co. employee working for Kara Danvers/Supergirl. Maines' casting annoucement marked the first transgender superhero on television.
Season 4's emphasis on anti-alien hate-mongering, mirroring real-life xenophobic sentiments in America resulted in a chaotic and unpredictable winter finale. The arrest of the villainous Ben Lockwood, aka Agent Liberty, only demonstrated the billowing strength of his supporters, who pose an ideological threat that Kara can't physically fight. Meanwhile, Kara's departure from the D.E.O., following Colonel Haley overtaking it, has driven a wedge between Kara and Alex, while the looming threat of the "red daughter" leaves another conflict on the horizon. Meanwhile, Nia has become an invaluable, albeit mysterious, part of the core team, with her budding premonition powers helping them get the jump on Agent Liberty more than once. Now it appears she might be about to get out on the battlefield in full force.
The action-packed trailer from The CW promises that the first winter episode won't be turning down the intensity. Nia is seen on what appears to be a date with Brainy, who's already been implied to know more than he lets on about her true identity. He tells Nia: "You are a hero," just before the Dreamer suit is revealed briefly. Check out the trailer below:
Brainy's laughable quip about a "super friend" certainly fortifies the hint that Nia will be suiting up with Supergirl soon, and may be part of the Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover coming next year. Until then, Kara clearly has her work cut out for her, with Colonel Haley inching closer to discovering her secret identity.
Kara and Nia's paths crossing as crime fighters will not only make for some fantastic team battles, but also be instrumental in the development of Kara herself. While the heart of the show has always been Kara and Alex's sisterhood, Kara has relied on a mentor figure to help hold her confidence together, first through her boss Cat Grant, and also through her cousin Clark (aka Superman). The events of the Elseworlds crossover served to remind Kara that she doesn't need her cousin as a safety net, in order to protect the planet. Nia represents her opportunity to use everything that she's learned to be a mentor to someone else.
When the two characters first meet in a Cat Co. elevator in the first episode of season 4, a flustered Nia babbles about her impending meeting her new boss, whom she doesn't realize she's just now met. Kara, who can't help but smile at the irony, tells Nia: "Oh my God. You're me."
Netflix's Sex Education is a comedy series featuring an ensemble cast of primarily British performers speaking with English accents... So, why does everything feel so American? The main setting, Moordale Secondary, is actually the University of South Wales, and the main characters’ countryside home is located in the English village of Symonds Yat. However, anyone who actually attended a British secondary school will notice that there's something off about Moordale Secondary, which seems to be mainly based on American teen movies.
Sex Education chronicles the ups and downs of a Otis Milburn, a high school virgin portrayed by Asa Butterfield. In a supporting role, Gillian Anderson plays his mother, an outspoken sex therapist who keeps a close eye on her son’s activities. Aside from the odd blend of British and American culture, Sex Education also has a distinct '80s Americana aesthetic, from the students’ collective style to the musical score. Based on the dialogue, however, Sex Education clearly takes place in the present, as one student references PornHub while another states that “homophobia is so 2008.”
Then there are the Americanisms. The prototypical jock, Jackson Marchetti (Kedar Williams-Stirling), wears a varsity jacket and his swim meets are treated like a must-attend event for the school body. There's a massive house party featuring drinks in red cups at someone's mansion, and Otis refers to his mother's occupation using the American slang term "shrink." Moordale Secondary's banner is also distinctly American, unlike the traditional shield crest that most British schools have, and the school even has a mean girl clique.
For the average viewer, Sex Education may feel like a structural mess, despite its fresh comedy and transparent characters. But the apparent lack of geographical focus is entirely deliberate, and also a brilliant narrative choice, designed to appeal to various demographics. Sex Education’s creator, Laurie Nunn, explained to the Radio Times that, "It’s definitely set in Britain, but we’ve made a very conscious choice to have that American, throw-back nostalgia, John Hughes feel to it." Nunn, who is British, wrote the show as a kind of love letter to the American movies and TV shows that she watched growing up, and as a counterpoint to the typical representations of British schools, which are "never portrayed with positivity or colour or warmth or hope."
Sex Education also combines modern trends with '80s nostalgia. For example, the characters all use smartphones, but Otis’ cabin-like room is filled with vinyl records. As for the music, Ezra Furman’s “Coming Clean” sounds much like the American folk singer Neil Young, and Billy Idol’s 1980 single “Dancing with Myself” plays at the end of the first episode, thus enhancing the 80s vibe while appealing to parents of millennials. Bikini Kill’s 1993 song “Rebel Girl” also plays over a shot of Maeve’s trailer park home in the second episode, which caters to Generation X. These are more than just stylistic choices, as the songs complement the character archetypes while subconsciously taking viewers into the past, all the while presenting characters that feel timely and accessible.
Incidentally, there’s a throwback feel in each Sex Education episode. Nunn relies on universal coming-of-age concepts (sex, romance, anxiety) while leaning more towards nostalgic pop culture references than specific nods to current trends. To quote Maeve, her thing is “complex female characters.” Meanwhile, the male characters are entirely self-aware, so much that Eric drinks a shot at a party and says “I’ve seen people do it in films,” clearly a nod to Nunn’s cinematic influences a la John Hughes’ classic '80s movies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, at least when factoring in the look and feel of the series as a whole.
So, if Sex Education feels like an alternative universe , then you’re mostly likely having the same experience as viewers across the globe. Let us know in the comments if you like the show's unique transatlantic style, or whether you just found it distracting.
Two members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Evans and Tom Holland, are teaming up in the upcoming film The Devil All The Time, which has been acquired by Netflix. The movie is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel by the same name. Set in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, as well West Virginia, The Devil All The Time involves a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff in a story told across two decades from the aftermath of World War II to the 1960s.
Both Evans and Holland have expanded their range in the years since joining the MCU. Evans just wrapped production on Rian Johnson's Knives Out, a modern murder mystery in a classic whodunit style. Holland is currently in the throes of several high-profile films like Doug Liman's Chaos Walking and another MCU reteam with Robert Downey Jr. in The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle. Additionally, Holland is still set to star in the long delayed Uncharted movie, which just landed Dan Trachtenberg to direct.
Netflix confirmed they acquired The Devil All the Time and will distribute it, along with the movie's main cast, on Twitter. Holland was previously cast as Arvin, the son of Willard Russell, who fiercely prays his wife's cancer will be cured by pouring sacrificial blood on “prayer log.” Arvin later grows up without his parents. Meanwhile, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers who stalk their prey, and a preacher and his friend run form the law. Evans is set to play the corrupt sheriff. Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgård, Eliza Scanlen, Mia Wasikowska and Gabriel Ebert have also all signed up. Antonio Campos is directing the adaptation of The Devil All The Time, which starts production in late February. The cast was showcased by Netflix's See What's Next Twitter, who assembled all six principal actors with a quick summary about The Devil All The Time. Check that out below:
Suffice to say, this is all pretty dark stuff, ripe for a powerful and unsettling experience. Evans and Holland can show off their range, and give us something considerably darker. Evans has hinted that his tenure as Captain America is coming to an end after Avengers: Endgame. Whether that's the case - co-director Joe Russo has his doubts - the actor will be looking to prove he is more than just the shield. With a cast that also includes Pennywise from It, Skarsgård, and Mia Wasikowska, you can be sure this could end up being a fascinating project to keep an eye on.
There is currently no release date set for The Devil All The Time, but we'll keep you updated as the film develops.