Is Darkseid Taking A Page Out Of Zod’s Book And Terraforming Earth, But With A More Sinister Twist?

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Whoa! That new Justice League trailer is pretty cool. There are a lot of fun easter eggs hidden throughout the trailer, but one thing sticks out. During the battle in the beginning of the trailer we see Steppenwolf attack some soldiers with his axe and as the camera pans out the land begins to transform into a dark volcanic state. It looks as if he has begun to terraform the planet to become more like Apokolips which is very charred and volcanic in the comics. Terraforming is not an uncommon practice in the DCEU. In Man of Steel, General Zod began to terraform Earth into a new Krypton. So, did Darkseid send Steppenwolf to Earth to terraform it to become an Apokolips outpost? All signs are currently pointing to yes – with a more sinister twist!

In Man of Steel, the Kryptonians required the use of a ‘world engine’ to terraform Earth. It would make sense that this technology was not indigenous to Krypton. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Lex Luthor was told by the Kryptonian scout ship’s A.I. that “the Kryptonian archive contains knowledge from 100,000 different worlds.” Therefore, Apokolips could definitely have been one of those 100,000 different worlds and the New Gods would have access to the ‘world engine’ technology.

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In the Justice League trailer, we hear Batman say “I had a dream, it was the end of the world.” This dream is most likely a reference to the ‘Knightmare Sequence’ in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the dream sequence, the Earth is a vast apocalyptic landscape – pun definitely intended! There are many ‘world engine’ like machines hovering above and fire shooting out of the Earth. On the ground in front of Batman, there is a giant omega symbol. Fans of the DC comics know that this symbol is analogous with Darkseid. The ‘Knightmare Sequence’ is very close to what we see happening in the new trailer. In which we see the land becoming charred and fire spouting into the sky.

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Batman is also heard saying something else in the trailer. After Wonder Woman dramatically states “invasion” he says “I think it’s something more, something darker.” What could be darker than an invasion? Well, in an invasion the current inhabitants of the planet would be wiped out. General Zod showed Superman in Man of Steel that the humans would not survive the terraforming of Earth into a new Krypton. Darkseid may have Steppenwolf terraform Earth in a different way inJustice League.

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From the footage we saw in the trailer there is a human warrior that is transforming on the battlefield. His skin is becoming dark and cracked and his teeth are becoming sharper. It is highly likely that he is being turned into a Parademon by the terraforming process. His new fangs and skin are very similar to those of the Parademons we saw in the ‘Knightmare Sequence’ in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If Steppenwolf succeeds in Terraforming Earth for Darkseid it would give Apokolips around 7.6 billion new slave soldiers to use in other invasions. Also, it would easily allow him to take on the 7202 members of the Green Lantern Corps.

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In the comics, Parademons serve as the loyal army of Darkseid. They are genetically created on Apokolips in laboratories and operate as soldiers and slaves. When Apokolips decides to mount an interplanetary invasion, Darkseid sends in waves of his Parademons as the advanced infantry. Though most Parademons are created in a lab there are some Parademons are bred from human stock, selected from the lowly populous that reside in the poorest districts of Apokolips. In the New 52 comics, more specifically Earth 2: World’s End, Parademons are created from reformatted genetic material gleaned either from the living or dead remains of a native species during an interplanetary invasion. Considering that Geoff Johns is now a co-runner of the DC Extended Universe, and co-chairman of DC Films it would make sense that they begin using more material from the New 52 comics.

Justice League is due to hit theaters on November 17, 2017.

Are you excited for Justice League? Did you enjoy the new trailer? Leave your comments below!

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Netflix Orders New Superhero Family Drama ‘Raising Dion’ To Be Executive Produced By Michael B. Jordan

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We live in the age of superheroes! Netflix has been killing it with their Netflix Original Marvel superhero shows so why not add more? Netflix has announced that they have ordered 10 episodes of Raising Dion. The superhero family drama will be based on the independent comic book series of the same name by writer-director Dennis Liu and will be executive produced by Michael B. Jordan.

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This show will be very different than other superhero-based shows as it involves a single mom, Nicole, as she attempts to raise her son, Dion, as he develops numerous powers and abilities. Nicole has to teach Dion’s how to use his powers safely all while keeping said powers hidden from the public. She enlists her late husband’s best friend, Pat, to help document his increasing powers and watch after Dion.

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content, had the following to say about the new series.

“We haven’t seen this type of superhero story before — an origin myth full of imagination, wonder and adventure, all grounded in the experiences of a modern single mother. Michael B. Jordan is an exciting and dynamic talent, and I’m excited to see him, Macro, Carol and the team translate Dennis’ unique vision to television.”

Michael B. Jordan will not only be the executive producer of Raising Dion, but the actor will also play Nicole’s late husband Mark. Jordan is no stranger to superhero films as he portrayed Johnny Storm in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four and will portray Erik Killmonger in the upcoming Marvel/Disney film Black Panther. Carol Barbee has joined the series as showrunner and executive producer. She will also be penning the first episode of the show, which is set to be directed by Liu himself.

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Regarding the Netflix deal, Liu stated:

“I started this project many years ago because I wanted to see more diverse representation on film and television and I’m excited to partner with Netflix, who I know shares that commitment. More than ever, we need more stories told from different points of view and my hope with Raising Dion is to create a cinematic experience for all families that will lift your spirits and make you laugh and cry.”

Lui also wrote and directed a short film based on Raising Dion back in 2015. It’ll be exciting to see how he handles the series now that he will be working with a bigger budget. It is currently unknown if any of the same actors who took part in the short film will return for the Netflix series.

Even though Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season of Raising Dion, no release date has been announced.

Are you excited for a Netflix adaptation Raising Dion? Leave your comments below!

Building A Franchise: Why We Need ‘The Lego Rick And Morty Movie’

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Anybody who’s anybody knows who Rick and Morty are. For those who don’t know, the adventures of Rick and Morty take place throughout the multiverse, which consists of an infinite number of realities. Even though the show’s main focus is on Rick and Morty, the other major storylines include Summer (Morty’s sister), Beth (Morty’s mom) and Jerry (Morty’s dad). These characters travel to other planets and dimensions using either Rick’s portal gun or his flying car. The show was created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon and airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block.

The fact that Rick and Morty have access to infinite timelines and realities makes it perfect for The Lego Movie treatment. The film could easily follow Rick and Morty on an adventure into a Lego dimension where they meet many of the ‘Master Builders’ like Emmet and Batman and help them save the day. The characters aren’t strangers to blocky forms either. The Season 3 finale had the characters appear in Minecraft form.

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Other great aspects of the show that make it a prime candidate for The Lego Movie treatment are the various easter eggs and fourth wall breaks. The Lego Movies are known for their easter eggs. (There were too many to count in The Lego Batman Movie.) Having Rick engage with the audience in the theater and comment on how low they (Roiland and Harmon) have fallen to be making a Lego Rick and Morty film would be hilarious on many levels. In addition, Roiland and Harmon would surely sneak in some innuendo to keep the parents laughing.

The only possible issue is that all previous films in The Lego Movie franchise have been rated PG. If Warner Bros. were to greenlight The Lego Rick And Morty Movie it would be almost impossible to make it PG without upsetting fans. Since most of the show’s profanity is bleeped out, the same could be done in a movie earning it a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. Many young children go to the movies with their parents anyways, so making this change wouldn’t affect the amount of younger viewers who see the film.

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The Lego Movie franchise has been going strong with The Lego Ninjago Movie released this September and The Lego Movie Sequel due to be released on February 8, 2019. Only time will tell if Warner Bros. will ever start mining more obscure series for potential Lego Movies. If they do, I hope Rick and Morty is at the top of their list.

Season 3 of Rick and Morty wrapped up this past Sunday.

Would you watch The Lego Rick and Morty Movie? Leave your comments below!

Wubba Lubba Dub-Dub: Are We Getting A ‘Rick And Morty’ Christmas Special? — Fan Theory Says Yes!

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Season 3 of Rick and Morty finally came to an end last Sunday – or did it? A new fan theory suggests that “The Rickchurian Mortydate” will not be the final episode of Season 3. The theory suggests that a Christmas special airing sometime this winter will be the true finale to this season.

The theory stems from the stinger that played at the end of the finale where we see Mr. Poopybutthole with his new wife and son. He states that he may have a big white Santa Claus beard when Season 4 airs. This remark has fans thinking that Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon may be planning something special this holiday season. They have been known for sneaking many easter eggs into their Rick and Morty episodes.

There is some plausibility to this theory since the first episode of this season, “The Rickshank Rickdemption”, premiered on April 1, 2017, as an April Fools’ Day joke. The rest of the episodes did not begin airing until July 30, 2017. Clearly, Roiland and Harmon have no problem taking long breaks between episodes. Also, there is the fact that Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year, which is the normal day that Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim. The big question is: what would the plot of the Christmas episode be about? Well, there are a few obvious choices and some lesser known possibilities.

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There is the possibility that the new episode could explore why Rick and Morty were burying a Santa Claus during one of Morty’s removed memories in “Morty’s Mind Blowers”. Perhaps this was just another one of Rick’s Anatomy Parks gone wrong. (Those bureaucrats will never understand Pirates of the Pancreas) Maybe we will see Tammy and Phoenix Person get revenge for the Galactic Federation being destroyed. There is also the possibility that the episode will explore if the current Beth is truly a clone. Personally, I think she is and here is a great article that further backs up my beliefs.

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A final possibility is that we will get another chapter in the story of “Evil Morty”. This is what all the fans have been craving since “The Ricklantis Mixup” a.k.a. “Tales from the Citadel” aired earlier this season. When we last saw “Evil Morty” he had become President of the Citadel of Ricks and has started installing a new regime. This storyline continuing so soon may be a stretch because we typically get a new story with “Evil Morty” every other season, starting with “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” in Season 1. The safe bet is that we will not see this storyline continue until Season 5. That being said, Rick and Morty is a freeform anthology and Roiland and Harmon do not adhere to normal animated sitcom formulas – except maybe the “rule of three”. So, who knows if we will even get an episode this winter… and if we do, will it be a true finale to Season 3 or an early start to Season 4?

Better keep your eyes glues to Adult Swim on Christmas Eve just in case!

What was your favorite episode of Rick and Morty this season? Do you think there will be a Christmas special? Leave your comments below!

O, My God!: Seven Great Biblically Based Films

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I once had a professor who said, “If Hollywood ever runs out of ideas all they need to do is open up the Old Testament.” My professor was right as the Old Testament is filled with many stories of early man and their interaction with a more wrathful God than seen in the New Testament. While there are many films that have been based on biblical topics, not all have hit the mark cinematically — look no further than Evan Almighty for a great example of missing the mark. Making religious films is a touchy subject as there will always be somebody who is offended by the work. Whether it be not close enough to the source material, too close to the source material, improperly cast, etc. In this article, I will discuss seven biblically based films that have either hit the mark or sparked important conversation about religion and film.

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