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Arrow season three is looking bigger and better all the time, in no small part due to the big reveal of Ra’s al Ghul’s appearance. But given how many times he came up in season two, it was kind of inevitable. Then, our old friend Liam Neeson is threw some gas on the fire. The acclaimed actor played Ra’s al Ghul in the Nolan Batman franchise and said in a recent interview he’d be willing to reprise the role for the popular TV series.

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Just let that sink in for a moment.

This isn’t the first time Neeson has followed a film character to TV. He did the voice work for Qui-Gon Jinn, his Star Wars: The Phantom Menace character, for the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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You’d have to imagine that everyone involved in the production of Arrow and it’s spin off The Flash started asking themselves if this would have feasible, assuming no one has been cast already. Unfortunately, the point is moot as it looks like someone was.

Matt Nable, star of Riddick, has been cast in the role of Ra’s al Ghul on Arrow. I’m sure Nadble will do a great job and was most likely cast before Neeson started talking about his desire to reprise his film role. And it’s highly unlikely that DC/Warner Bros. would have allowed such a crossover, implied or otherwise, between their films and TV shows, something they have been avoiding. 

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Sigh… All we can is wonder what could have been and enjoy another great season of Arrow as it is.

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The first Hot Tub Time Machine movie was a bit of a surprise in that it caught me off guard by being funny. Ludicrous plot, but funny nonetheless. Keeping your expectations low when walking into a film is always a good idea.

Unfortunately, HTTM II doesn’t get the same benefit of the doubt as now I expect to get a good laugh or two out of it. And this trailer at lease gives me some hope that it has a chance to be funny as well as still making no sense.

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Dwayne Johnson has been coyly teasing fans with his involvement in the DC Film Universe for a while. Now, it looks like it’s all but confirmed that The Rock is playing Black Adam, the bad boy of the DC’s Captain Marvel family.

This is a great piece of casting as Dwayne will make a superb villain, assuming that’s the direction they take with the film. He plays a lot of good guys in films but anyone who has followed his WWE career knows that he can also play one hell of a heel.

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Marvel by Moebius.

A great artist can take a classic design and make it their own while keeping the essence intact. Moebius was definitely one of the greats.

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I’m sorry if you enjoyed season one of the series that revived Phil Coulson after he got shanked by Loki but it just wasn’t that great. For the bulk of the first season, there was no real story and telling us there’s a story to be told is not the same thing as actually telling a story. Outside of Coulson, May and the late season addition of Trip, most of the main cast were plastic, unbelievable, and frequently unsympathetic. And they kept creating villains like Graviton that they never ended up doing anything with. Season one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had undeniable issues and barely made the cut to season two.

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The first season did pick up after the revelations that drop in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a story arc that salvaged the series and breathed life into stagnant, underdeveloped characters. But having the real Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. story not start until that point leaves many watchers to wonder what the point of the first two thirds of the season was.

Season two is already looking much better. Here’s a few reasons why…

  1. Lucy Lawless, a fan favorite actress, has joined the cast.
  2. Adrienne Palicki has joined the cast as Mockingbird.
  3. The Absorbing Man is on the way. 

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These are all steps in the right direction for the beleaguered series but for season two to be a success, there needs to be a clear plot that doesn’t hinge on a film that doesn’t come out for months. Knowing winks and nudges do not replace actually creating a worthwhile narrative. It’s superficial storytelling at best. Utilize the existing assets better and bring in more clear and present threats to face on an ongoing basis. Give the watcher a story to digest and characters they can believe in.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a series filled with potential and if the producers play season two right it will live up to that potential. Check out the teaser to get an idea of what you’re in for.

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Here’s the official artwork for Marvel’s ‘Deathlok #2.’ More details HERE.

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So, it looks like the live action version of The Tick is coming back to us thanks to Amazon, with creator Ben Edlund and star Patrick Warburton in tow. While this is a much different media world that could be more receptive to the idea, does this really need to happen?

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The classic comic books are still hilarious. The animated series is and always will be one of the funniest ever made. But the live action series fell flat. The concept was solid and the casting was great but it just didn’t deliver the same sense of absurd humor thanks to the trapping of network TV. People are remembering it through rose colored glasses. It’s another example of the nostalgia driven culture we’re living in.

That being said, a revived live action Tick series does have potential. It will not only be better accepted in the modern era of TV development and consumption but also have a better chance at being what it needs to be to achieve success. If it can transcend the limitations of network TV through its new production deal with Amazon, then it has a fighting chance.

I’ll definitely be checking it out no matter what.

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Destiny drops tomorrow. Are you ready to become a legend? Or, at the very least, to play the living crap out of this game?

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Among the dearth of comic book film announcements and rumors we endure daily, the future of the dormant Blade film franchise isn’t exactly a high priority. It’s been a decade since the final film of the trilogy hit theaters and a lot has changed in the comic book to film adaptation landscape since then.

The big change is that Marvel has reclaimed the rights to Blade meaning they would be making any new films in the franchise. And rumor is that they might just do that.

Fresh out of jail, Blade star Wesley Snipes jumped right into Expendables 3, a verifiable box office bomb. His star might not shine as brightly as it once did but he still, I hope, has the chops to play character. If Blade 4 does happen and it’s not a full on reboot, it should include Wesley Snipes in the lead role.

You can’t possibly tell me you don’t want to see Snipes face off against Chris Evans just once on screen.

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