SWAP THING S01E02 “Worlds Apart” preview gallery

Swamp Thing (DC Universe)

SWAP THING S01E02 “Worlds Apart” preview gallery

Swamp Thing has well and truly arrived with today’s premiere of the pilot episode. But we’re already thinking about what is to come next week. Below you’ll find the full preview gallery for second episode “Worlds Apart” which debuts on DC Universe on Friday 7 June.

Have you watched the pilot episode? What did you think?

When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Marais, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.

Swamp Thing will premiere on the DC Universe streaming service on May 31, 2019. The series is set to star Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Jennifer Beals, Henderson Wade, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, Jeryl Prescott, Henderson Wade and Kevin Durand.


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Swamp Thing (DC Universe)

SWAMP THING S01E01 “Pilot” review

Swamp Thing debuts new episodes every Friday on the DC Universe streaming service.

Swamp Thing stars Crystal Reed, Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Jennifer Beals, Henderson Wade, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, Jeryl Prescott, Henderson Wade and Kevin Durand.

Synopsis

Something unnatural is happening in the swamps outside Marais, Louisiana. When a mysterious illness strikes the town, CDC investigator (and former Marais native) Abby Arcane is sent to investigate.

Trailer

Review

Swamp Thing, the third entry in to the live-action DC Universe… well… universe finally arrives on mobile devices, streaming boxes and consoles across North America today.

The James Wan/Len Wiseman masterminded series is setting itself up to take the world of DC Comics in a new direction following on the from the wacky Doom Patrol.

But does it live up to the hype?

In a word: yes. In two words: emphatic yes!

From its opening scene Swamp Thing makes it incredibly clear that it won’t be taking any prisoners. A murky aesthetic perfectly sets the tone for the episode, inky greens and dark hues merge across the screen and enhance the darkness that the show is trying to embrace.

Even before we’ve reached the storyline the series has already cemented that it’s going to be a Stranger Things inspired masterpiece. I was instantly impressed by the scope of the series opening minutes.

Where Titans amped up its grittiness and Doom Patrol pushed its humour, Swamp Thing immediately aims for something much more cinematic. Pedro Luque (Don’t Breathe) was an excellent choice as cinematographer as sets feel sprawling and at the drop of a hat can suddenly feel stark and claustrophobic.

Through the visuals Luque is able to make the swamp feel like as much of a character as the human cast and that needs to be applauded.

Getting down to business the show wastes no time in introducing its character. Of course there’s plenty of pilot tropes. We meet Abby (Crystal Reed) whilst working on a CDC mission in the Congo. She wastes no time in jumping head first in to a dangerous situation so that as an audience we know she’s going to be one for getting in to trouble over the next ten episodes.

Crystal Reed easily carries the episode. Having seen her in Teen Wolf and more recently in Gotham I was intrigued by her casting. Any concerns that she may not have the chops to carry the show were gone within seconds. There’s a warmth to her which makes Abby likeable even as she is giving orders to her team or showing vulnerability in her scenes with Alec.

Tying her to the Sutherland family through the death of Shawna helps add some human drama to the series. If this episode is anything to go by then there’s going to be plenty of swamp action to behold so we’re going to need some more familiar territory to help the series feel grounded.

It will be interesting to see how Swamp Thing weaves Andy Bean in to further episodes as Alec Holland. He’s a highlight of this episode and his chemistry with Reed is excellent. The two bring scenes to life with easy and they are incredibly sparky.

I hope we’re able to learn more about Holland through flashbacks leading up to his “death” and transformation.

He too is able to show a vulnerability which makes his cocky character likeable. There are heroic qualities to Holland which we only just scratch the surface of here. I would not have argued with an opening season of Holland leading up to his transformation but then I suppose that wouldn’t be Swamp Thing.

We only get to see a brief glimpse of the titular monster in this episode. But what we do see is impressive. The practical effects of the costume are hugely impressive in an age where many creatures like this would end up entirely CGI creations. A huge round of applause to the special makeup effects team of Rob Hinderstein and Scott Holbert for what they have been able to create here.

As for the CGI effects in Swamp Thing they seemed equally impressive in the screener copy we were provided. The vines of the swamp creep around set pieces fully integrated. At no point in watching this episode did I feel like I was watching special effects, everything in the environments feels natural and that means the team has done their job.

The sequence in the morgue with the body of Eddie Coyle is possibly my favourite moment in any DCTV show ever. It’s creepy, it’s a little scary (but not jumpy) and incredibly well executed. I’ve gone back to watch this sequence alone a number of times now because it’s just that cool. If the series can keep up this type of set piece for all ten episodes then it will far and beyond become my favourite of the DC Universe shows.

When the opening titles played for the first time I found myself humming Brian Tyler’s theme tune to 2017’s Power Rangers. So I was not at all surprised when the end credits informed me the score was written by none other than Brian Tyler.

He does an excellent job of accompanying the overall visual aesthetic of the show. His score really amps up the creepy nature of Swamp Thing and easily had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. This is another show which is going to need a standalone soundtrack release.

Aside from the fact the episode had to come to an end there was absolutely nothing not to like here. Excellent production, excellent casting and excellent storytelling.

Verdict

Swamp Thing is another monstrous triumph for DC Universe. An incredible aesthetic and brilliant storytelling set the scene for what could be a fantastic horror series proving huge versatility in the brand. A perfect pilot.

10/10


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Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn talks scrapped X-MEN: FIRST CLASS trilogy

Back in 2011 Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn brought us what remans to be one of the most refreshing X-Men movies in the franchise. X-Men: First Class refreshed the franchise and introduced the characters to a whole new generation of cinema goers.

At the time news of sequels was rife in the press with Vaughn said to be working on a trilogy of his own. Events unfortunately meant that Vaughn didn’t continue with the series and Bryan Singer returned to the franchise to direct 2014’s Days of Future Past and 2016’s Apocalypse.

But in a new interview with Coming Soon Vaughn has discussed the trilogy with might have been.

“My plan was First Class, then, the second film was new young Wolverine in the ’70s to continue those characters, my version of the X-Men,” Vaughn said. “My finale was gonna be Days of Future Past. That was gonna be my number three where you bring them all… because what’s bigger than bringing in McKellen and Michael and Stewart and James and bringing them all together?”

Ultimately the studio decided to jump past that potential sequel and run headfirst in to the mash-up between the original and new casts in the franchise. But how did Vaughn feel about the decision?

“If you flip that ’round even it would have been better,” Vaughn said. “Hollywood doesn’t understand pacing. Their executives are driving 100 miles-per-hour looking in the rear-view mirror and not understanding why they crash.”

His comments make sense though it’s hard to argue with the success of Days of Future Past. The question remains: could his version have ultimately been even more successful?


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Black Widow

First BLACK WIDOW set photos have surfaced online

Earlier in the week we brought you the news that the Black Widow solo movie had begun production in Norway. Now the first photos from the set have surfaced online.

There’s nothing spoiler-y here so don’t worry. We just have several looks at Scarlett Johansson on the set of the movie. It seems the movie is currently filming some low key scenes, probably before moving to bigger sets for any action sequences.

What is most interesting is that Marvel Studios has yet to formally acknowledge that the movie exists, never mind that it is already in production.

Black Widow will see the return of Scarlett Johansson in her first solo outing. The film currently doesn’t have a release date but is expected to occupy the May 1, 2020 release date being held by Marvel Studios.


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Avengers: Endgame (Marvel Studios)

AVENGERS: ENDGAME is now under $100m away from surpassing AVATAR

Things have begun to quiet down in the world of Avengers: Endgame. The movie has now been in theatres for a month and with spoilers rife on the internet the conversation have begun to take a back seat.

One point which is still on the minds of Marvel fans is whether the movie can surpass Avatar to become the highest grossing movie of all time.

When last we heard about the gap between the two the Marvel Studios release needed to gross a further $173m to be able to take the crown. That figure has now significantly reduced.

According to the latest figures from BoxOfficeMojo Iron Man and the team have now grossed $2.69b worldwide. That figure is now under $100m away from the $2.78b grossed by Avatar back in 2009.

But with momentum slowing it could be a struggle for the Avengers to come out on top. Would you like to see Endgame take the crown as the highest grossing movie? How many times have you been out to see the latest Marvel movie?

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

Avengers: Endgame is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett, Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.

The film is in cinemas worldwide now!


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The Kitchen (Warner Bros./New Line Cinema)

DC Vertigo unveils first trailer for THE KITCHEN

Though it might not screen comic book, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s The Kitchen is adapted right from the pages of DC/Vertigo.

The Kitchen was a 2014 miniseries which came from the minds of Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. It focusses on three mob wives in Hell’s Kitchen (McCarthy, Haddish and Moss) in the 1970s who take over the city’s criminal empire when their husbands are sent down by the FBI.

Despite the comedic chops of several of its leads the film is very much a gritty, mob drama with a heavy hit of 70s nostalgia. Check out the first trailer in the player below.

From Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, The Kitchen is written and directed by Andrea Berloff and stars Melisa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, Margo Martindale, Common and Bill Camp.

The movie arrives August 9, 2019.


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Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan - Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox)

Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp and Tye Sheridan talk DARK PHOENIX (video)

The final countdown is on as Dark Phoenix is now less than a week away from hitting cinemas across the globe.

In this latest video interview actors Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Alexandra Shipp (Storm) and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) talk all things X-Men!

The group discusses how the tone of Dark Phoenix differs from other X-Men movies as well as touching on their characters and the legacy the franchise has amongst moviegoers.

Check it out in the player below.

In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling our of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite – not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

Dark Phoenix is being directed by Simon Kinberg. James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender are confirmed to return to the roles of Charles Xavier, Mystique and Magneto respectively. Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee will also return.

The film is due for release on June 7, 2019 in North America. In the UK the movie drops on June 5.


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Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.)

BIRDS OF PREY star Mary Elizabeth Winstead talks “funny”, “90s” feeling movie

It’s been a little while since Birds of Prey wrapped production. Cathy Yan is currently deep in the editing process on 2020’s first DC Films movie but that hasn’t stopped cast member Mary Elizabeth Winstead discussing it in the press.

In a new interview with NY Times the actress touched on the aesthetic of the movie describing a 90s feel and calling Birds of Prey as “genuinely funny”.

Here’s what she had to say:

“In Birds of Prey I play this assassin who’s been trained since childhood. It’s all women and genuinely funny and weird. It feels from the ’90s, in the best way.”

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. The movie will be directed by Cathy Yan and arrives in cinemas on February 7, 2020.


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Game of Thrones (HBO)

GAME OF THRONES’ Isaac Hempstead Wright discusses that controversial ending

It’s no secret that a certain subset of Game of Thrones fans were unhappy with how the hit series came to an end. With Danaerys failing to sit on the throne before her demise, Jon Snow banished back to the wall and Bran on the throne, to some it felt like a disingenuous ending.

Well now actor Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), has commented on just how the ending tied in with George R.R. Martin’s vision for the franchise.

“[Creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] told me there were two things [author] George R.R. Martin had planned for Bran, and that was the Hodor revelation, and that he would be king,” Wright reveals. “So that’s pretty special to be directly involved in something that is part of George’s vision. It was a really nice way to wrap it up.”

So it seems Bran will ultimately end up on the throne in the books when the final two instalments are published.

Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. The series airs on HBO in North America and Sky Atlantic here in the UK.


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Robert Pattinson

The race to play BATMAN is down to two candidates

There was nothing short of furore when Robert Pattinson was reportedly cast as Batman a couple of weeks ago. Now we’re hearing that Matt Reeves The Batman may not have cast its Dark Knight just yet.

TheWrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez posted an update on Twitter late last night on where the studio is currently at with its search.

Robert Pattinson is still very much in the frame and is joined by Dark Phoenix star Nicholas Hoult. At this stage it is believed that both actors will be screen testing next week.

Perhaps the most exciting tidbit of new here is that both will be testing in costume. It makes sense that Warner Bros. would want to make sure they have the best man for the job both as Bruce Wayne and Batman.

All this means we may hear very soon as to just who will be playing Batman!

Gonzalez also updated that production is now scheduled to start in Q1 of 2020.

The Batman is due for release on June 25, 2021.


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