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HeroBlend #27: What Will DC Do With Batman And Superman?

Welcome to HeroBlend #27! The DCEU is, reportedly, switching things up and possibly looking to move on from Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman. So, it’s time for Adrienne and special guest co-host, ReelBlend‘s Sean O’Connell, to talk all about what that move could mean for the cinematic universe going forward! First, though, we’ll go through some intriguing news items, including when Doctor Strange 2 might begin filming, the cancellation of a Marvel Netflix show, word on the Flash solo movie being delayed yet again, and a behind the scenes photo from Spider-Man: Far From Home which has led to some big MCU questions.

Then, we’ll get into the depths of why the DCEU might be leaving Affleck and Cavill behind, what it might mean for the universe as it continues, what the immediate, general, plans for the DCEU seem to be and why this whole thing is just a big ol’ mess. Next, Sean and Adrienne will talk about Marvel’s Phase 4 plans and what they could tell us about the outcome of Avengers 4. Six films seem to be definite for Phase 4 (if that’s even what Marvel decides to call it), but there are a few properties that are up in the air right now and could end up making appearances, so we’ll break down everything we know right now.

Last, but (regrettably) not least, we have to talk about Venom. The man-eating symbiote and his human have done quite well for themselves in live action, and now people want to know what the deal is with Venom 2. We’ll go over the somewhat surprising box office numbers and let you know what Sony should be doing to get the sequel off the ground, as well as what’s going on with the larger Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. Sit back and relax, folks, because this is one chat you’re not going to want to miss! Ready to dive in? Great! Listen for yourself above!

3:14 – Doctor Strange 2 Could Start Filming Soon
7:47 – Iron Fist Cancelled at Netflix
11:52 – Flash Movie Delayed Again
14:00 – New Set Photos From Spider-Man: Far From Home
19:53 – Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill Likely Done Playing Batman and Superman
34:41 – What Does Marvel’s Phase 4 Tell Us About Avengers 4?
46:35 – Venom Repeats at the Box Office. When Are We Getting Venom 2?

Now, get in on the superhero-filled fun and have a listen to the HeroBlend Podcast #27! And, be sure to subscribe to the HeroBlend Podcast on iTunes, right here and follow us on Twitter, @HeroBlend.

Halloween Reviews: What CinemaBlend Thought Of The New Michael Myers Movie

The Halloween franchise is one that seems to be as immortal as the primary antagonist of the series. However, rather than making just another sequel, the new Halloween takes the novel approach of ignoring every film that’s been made except for the 1978 original. How well does this strategy work? Well, we here at CinemaBlend think it works pretty well. Our official review was written by Eric Eisenberg and he thinks it works very well. Eric gave the movie 4.5 stars and says…

With the exception of the Michael Myers-less Season Of The Witch (which I will staunchly defend), the legacy of the Halloween franchise has not been a strong one. And yet, in one fell swoop David Gordon Green has managed to both clean the slate and redeem the brand. It’s a frightening and fun homage to the original that also breathes on its own – wonderfully subverting expectations and tropes on its path. It further intensifies the on-going horror boom, and is nothing short of a marvel.

Those are some pretty strong words of praise, but Eric’s not the only one that feels that way. The main thing the new Halloween needed to be was something more than “just another sequel” and it seems that it largely succeeded. CinemaBlend Managing Director Sean O’Connell has pretty similar feelings about Halloween, saying that the movie is as likely to make new fans as it is to satisfy the old ones.

What Halloween pulls off isn’t quite impossible, but it’s very difficult. It revives a classic horror series — one that has been beaten and exhausted by its own sequels — and makes it feel fresh, relevant, original and vital. It continues, and satisfyingly closes, Laurie’s journey. But it also serves as a thrilling slasher throwback in its own right. Halloween plays to die-hard fans, but also remembers it needs to create new ones. It is terrifying and funny, tense and shocking. It’s the Halloween sequel loyal fans have been waiting for.

Needless to say, the new Halloween had a lot of responsibility. There were surely many different people who wanted many different things from it. While the film might not acknowledge any of the previous sequels, there are fans of the films that still want this movie to feel distinctly like a Halloween movie. There are also younger fans of horror that may not be as familiar with the original film, but have expectations for what a modern horror movie should be. The good news, at least according to CB’s Braden Roberts is that the film delivers all of it.

Halloween manages to walk the line between nostalgia and fresh scares. There’s something for everyone, from truly disturbing horror to dark comedy. Halloween is a compliment to original and is a great addition to the recent uptick in quality horror films.

While there really isn’t a dissenting voice at CinemaBlend, project manager Cody Beck at least doesn’t speak of Halloween in quite as glowing terms. While he admits it’s the best Halloween sequel to date, that may be somewhat faint praise. While the film eventually finds its groove, Cody felt it took its sweet time getting there…

Halloween opens with a not-quite-convincing-enough scene of terror and continues to roll slowly for the first 30 min- even through some pretty brutal stuff. It definitely isn’t shy about what it is, with numerous callbacks to the original as well as a quick jab at the sequels. A little bit of humor throughout, a few nice twists and some very violent kills, it’s easily the best follow-up to John Carpenter’s original.

It seems quite clear that Halloween will do well appealing to fans of the franchise, but just how well does it do with people who aren’t necessarily all-in for Michael Myers? There are a couple of us who weren’t necessarily looking for a new Halloween movie, but are still glad we found one. CinemaBlend Sr. Movie Contributor Mike Reyes admits that the Halloween franchise doesn’t mean the same thing to him that it does to many moviegoers, but he was absolutely a fan of this movie.

As someone who didn’t grow up idolizing John Carpenter’s original, 2018’s sequel to Halloween made me see just why the series, in its best form, has had such a lasting impact. David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jeff Fradley have created a tense roller coaster of a film that not only stands out as a horror hit, but also qualifies as an exemplary family drama/thriller in the process. Let’s hope the franchise stays on this path and never let’s down its bad ass trio of female leads or its audience.

I’m very much in this same boat. Horror really isn’t my genre if I’m being honest. Jump scares will get me literally every single time and I end up spilling my popcorn and getting annoyed. Also, I find the original Halloween to be a bit too slow in its build and most of the characters to be less than interesting, and thus their deaths less than tragic. Having said all that, I enjoyed the new Halloween more than I expected to. While it clearly pays homage to the original, it’s not married to do doing things the way that movie did, which helps a great deal.

If you’re a serious horror or Michael Myers fan I’m not the guy to tell you if Halloween is worth your time, but I enjoyed it well enough. It’s not as streamlined as the original and it doesn’t take itself 100% seriously, (like 80-85% seriously) but to me, that’s a benefit.

Overall, it seems clear that if you’re looking for a horror movie to watch this Halloween season, you could hardly do better than the new Halloween. It works if you’re a big fan of the original, it works if you’re not. It may or may not go down in history as the best Halloween sequel or a particularly great horror movie, but you could certainly do worse. It’s in theaters now.

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Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy

They just keep getting bigger and bigger. No, not mortgage rates or iPhones, but designer sneakers. The mad scientists at haute labels such as Gucci and Balenciaga have been stuffing their soles like turduckens as sneakers increasingly cross over from actual exercise equipment to exercises in over-the-top design. Yet while these inflated kicks are populating premium department stores and boutiques, sportswear institutions like Nike and Adidas are perfecting soles that are as light as a feather. Here, we’ve ranked the latest options in sneakers, from the barely there to the boldly bloated.

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
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8.0 oz (per shoe)

Zoom Fly SP Sneakers, $150,

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
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11.5 oz

Adidas Originals Yung-1 Sneakers, $120,

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
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12.7 oz

Rick Owens Sisyphus Sneakers, $972,

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
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1 lb 2.4 oz

Run Away Sneakers, $1,330, Louis Vuitton, 212-758-8877

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
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1 lb 4.9 oz

Chain Reaction Sneakers, $995, Versace, 212-317-0224

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
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1 lb 6.4 oz

Track Sneakers, $850, Balenciaga, 310-854-0557

Men’s Sneakers Are Getting Freakishly Heavy
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2 lb 1.0 oz

Flashtrek Sneakers, $1,590,

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How Peter Dinklage Helped Jamie Dornan Prepare For Fifty Shades Freed

There are a lot of fairly famous names in Fifty Shades franchise movies, but we didn’t know until recently that Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage was actually responsible for helping Jamie Dornan get ready for the third movie Fifty Shades Freed. During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Peter Dinklage volunteered the information, noting,

Following Peter Dinklage’s amusing reveal about how he helped his My Dinner With Herve co-star Jamie Dornan prep for Fifty Shades Freed, Stephen Colbert chimed in with a great joke of his own, noting after Peter Dinklage said he “nailed it” that he thinks “that was one of the lines.” Classic late night.

All in all, it’s still a really funny image to think about Jamie Dornan and Peter Dinklage sitting in a dressing room together and reading a bunch of “kinky fuckery” sex scenes with Dinklage in the role Dakota Johnson plays in the movie. Scratch that, I’m really hoping they were rehearsing the scene where Anastasia Steele makes Jamie Dornan steak and they talk about having a family. The possibilities for Dinklage and Dornan rehearsing scenes are endless.

Stephen Colbert also attempted to get Dinklage to compare Fifty Shades fans with those fans who are obsessed with HBO’s Game of Thrones. However, Peter Dinklage said there may not be as much crossover as Colbert seemed to be implying, noting that he personally feels they are very different fanbases.

Peter Dinklage was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about his upcoming movie My Dinner with Herve, a TV flick which is airing on HBO this weekend and tells a story about Fantasy Island actor Hervé Villechaize. Peter Dinklage and Stephen Colbert may have just met, but they do have a good rapport, so take a look at the full interview, below.

As for Jamie Dornan, the Fifty Shades Freed actor will also appear in My Dinner with Herve and has a slew of other projects coming up as well thanks to the success of his BDSM movie series. You can also catch him in Robin Hood and A Private War coming up. Although, it’s probably safe to assume Peter Dinklage wasn’t also around to read Jamie Foxx or Rosamund Pike’s parts, unfortunately. I need more collaborations between the two actors right meow.

Watch It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Recreate A Classic Seinfeld Scene

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia naturally got weird again for a bizarre “clip show” episode, and recreated a piece of television sitcom history. The Gang dressed up as Seinfeld‘s central characters and performed a shot-for-shot recreation of a classic scene from “The Contest.” You can watch the scene below alongside the original clip from Seinfeld itself.

We have a Redditor to thank for this comparison-urging video, and it’s really impressive just how well It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia was able to mimic the Seinfeld scene. Even with stars Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhinney both playing Jerry, the scene works relatively well and only falls behind the original sketch in pacing a couple of times.

The gang certainly deserves an A for effort and a pat on the back for being the closest thing television has gotten to a primetime Seinfeld reunion since Curb Your Enthusiasm. What’s really great about this scene is the painstaking effort that went into recreating Jerry’s apartment. Viewers who analyze EzloTheMinish‘s video can spot the various differences, but without the Seinfeld scene right there, it could easily be mistaken for the actual set. That’s dedication, especially considering the scene was used for a relatively short bit.

For those who didn’t catch the Sunny episode, the Seinfeld moment happened in the midst of an off-kilter clip show when Sweet Dee accidentally confused the Gang’s own adventures with the masturbation-focused exploits from Jerry’s crew. The episode featured other false memories and flashbacks, but also had its fair share of legitimate past highlights. It was a twist on the classic “clip show” episode many programs have done, although it probably took more work to create this episode than those due to the new scenes.

So, who wins the award for the best Seinfeld character impersonation? Kaitlin Olson deserves a fair share of credit for carrying the scene, although she played the part more like Sweet Dee than Elaine. Charlie Kelly’s Kramer impression was pretty great, albeit somewhat exaggerated when measured up against the actual scene. When one takes into consideration Danny DeVito didn’t have to do much as George Costanza, perhaps the winner here is Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhinney’s performances as Jerry?

Honestly, the entire cast are winners in this scenario, as It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia once again skirted the line of surrealist comedy perfectly. Performing a Seinfeld sketch in costume is a bit that could’ve easily ended up being a dud, especially given the show’s rabid fandom even to this day. If the show continues cooking up fresh and inventive ideas, it might just stay on the air long enough to claim the title of longest-running live-action television comedy.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season 13 airs on FXX on Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET. It’s one of many shows airing this fall season, so be sure to check out our fall premiere guide to get the scoop on other programs premiering and returning over the next couple of months.

Zack Snyder’s Original Idea For Cyborg Sounds Great

Most DC fans will realize that the Justice League character who underwent the most revisions in Zack Snyder-turned-Joss Whedon’s blockbuster was Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman were well established, by Cyborg’s subplots seemed to have shifted, so Fisher is now clarifying Synder’s initial take on the character, and it sounds awesome. Fisher says:

Cyborg, more than any of the other Justice League heroes, appears to have been affected by the concept of the Motherboxes, which Zack Snyder was heavily influenced by, but fans didn’t embrace. The Motherboxes were catalysts to bring Steppenwolf to our planet in Justice League, and it would have opened the door to Darkseid, in time.

But, as Ray Fisher was telling fans at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, Cyborg’s twisted side was sacrificed in the final product. There really should have been a give-and-take angle to Cyborg where the League doesn’t really know if this metal man can be trusted. But the script was changed so that Diana (Gal Gadot) instantly deciphers that he’s on their side, and the Motherbox tech that gave Victor Stone his powers didn’t create any sort of indifference or uncertainty that would have provided an interesting shade to the new hero.

Even Ray Fisher understands that these wrinkles would have been very important to his development of Cyborg in Justice League, telling fans at the convention:

But that doubt was scrubbed from Justice League before it reached movie theaters, and that’s a shame. Perhaps Joss Whedon thought that it would have taken too much time to show Cyborg wrestling with these complicated feelings, rebelling against the alien technology that was supposed to save him, but ultimately turned him into a hero.

Maybe some of that give-and-take was being saved for a Cyborg movie, that might never happen?

In general, Justice League had a lot of origins to serve, giving significant screen time for the first time to Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and with the Motherbox history being truncated, Cyborg got shafted in the process.

This development can be seen in this extended scene:

Hopefully Ray Fisher will get an opportunity to explore more of what makes Cyborg interesting in a future Cyborg movie. Is that something you want to see? Or should we just keep lobbying for the #SnyderCut?

Ashley Graham Had the Perfect Response to a Question About Kendall Jenner’s Controversial Comments About Modeling

Even months after Love magazine published a now-famous quote from Kendall Jenner in which she said she’s “super selective” about what fashion jobs she does—all while being among the highest-paid models in the industry—her industry colleagues have been discussing and responding to her comments. Some called out Jenner’s privilege; Naomi Campbell had but two words on the matter. Now, Ashley Graham has joined the conversation, after being asked about it on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.

On Thursday night’s episode, Graham received a call about Jenner’s controversial comments, and she gave a powerful answer.

“Well, lucky for her,” she said, with a chuckle. “‘Cause I’ve never been—that’s so lucky. These t*ts and a** have just had to fight through and break down barriers everyday.” (Jenner has since clarified her statements.)

Check out the clip of Graham, below.

Jenner’s experience in the modeling industry might not be relatable to Graham, but there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the two. (They’ve appeared on magazine covers together, and recently spoke on a panel about modeling during Vogue‘s Forces of Fashion conference.) Later in the episode, Graham played a game in which she had to spill “Positivi-Tea” about her friends and fellow models, during which she praised Jenner, saying: “She’s in demand, honey!”

Watch her share her love and thoughts on Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and more.

Oh, and reminder: If you want some more real talk from Graham, you can check her out at Glamour‘s Woman of the Year summit this November, where she’ll be speaking.

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Watch Tom Holland Show Up On Kimmel, Get His Spider-Man Mask Stolen

Spider-Man: Far from Home will hit theaters next summer, but we don’t need to wait that long to see Tom Holland in action. The actor made an appearance last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he showed off his new Spider-Man costume and a bit of acrobatic skill, but only after he got his mask back from somebody who’d run off with it. Check it out.

The clip starts out with Jimmy Kimmel’s frequent comedy source Guillermo coming out on stage to the music of the classic animated Spider-man theme. He’s wearing a Spider-Man mask and making “pew pew” noises because apparently nobody ever taught him that “pew pew” is the noise a Star Wars blaster makes. Web shooters make a “thwip” sound. Doesn’t everybody know that?

Next, we see “somebody” come out in a full Spider-Man costume, save a traffic cone on his head. It’s not long before the Spider-Man in question is revealed to be Tom Holland himself. He’s sporting the Spider-Man costume that we’ve seen in set images, both those official and those leaked. It trades in the more traditional red and blue costume for a red and black outfit. The suit looks amazing. Considering this is likely to be the only real look at the suit in action until the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home hits, it’s a great way to show it off, and since images of the suit had leaked anyway, there’s no reason not to do it.

After Tom Holland officially plugs Spider-Man: Far From Home on Jimmy Kimmel Live the host asks how the new movie will work considering Spider-Man’s fate in Avengers: Infinity War. This leads Holland to beat a hasty retreat to avoid answering the question. Kimmel asks if the movie is a prequel, and as far as we know that’s not the case, but exactly what the deal is, we don’t really know.

It’s not even clear why Spider-Man will have the new costume in the first place. Between the previous Spider-Man: Homecoming outfit and the Avengers: Infinity War Iron Spider costume, Peter Parker has plenty of stuff to choose from. Unless whatever brings Spider-Man back from “the snap” brings him back without his clothes. Of course, if that happens there may end up being a lot of naked people at the end of Avengers 4.

The clip ends as Tom Holland flips his way off stage, showing off the natural acrobatic skill that helped him land the role of Spider-man in the first place.

While Tom Holland says he has to get back to the set, all indications are that principal photography on Spider-Man: Far From Home has officially wrapped. There will almost certainly be reshoots at some point, but the heavy lifting is done. Spider-Man: Far From Home is set for release July 5 2019.

Lil Wayne’s ‘Uproar’ Video Is A Party So Proper Shiggy Had To Be There

Lil Wayne was one of the stars of the BET Hip Hop Awards earlier this week. Accepting the I Am Hip Hop trophy during the ceremony, Weezy took time out to thank the off-duty police officer who saved his life after a suicide attempt at age 12. The result was a resounding round of applause and a standing O from the crowd (including folks like Busta Rhymes).

With all that in mind, it’s good to know that A) Tha Carter V has been out there for nearly a month now, and B) Wayne’s latest video for “Uproar” is a celebratory affair, complete with appearances by Swizz Beatz and by the maker of all things celebratory, Shiggy. It’s the #UproarChallenge, y’all. Join in.

When the album dropped in late September, the challenge went wide, so it only made sense that the song’s video would capture the experience. And with Wayne’s smiling face and plenty of dancers ecstatically making the song’s electricity come to life, it’s a proper celebration indeed.

That tenor makes sense given the piled-up legal battles that prevented Tha Carter V from being released for about four years. In an interview on The Tonight Show earlier this month, Weezy elaborated a bit on how the troubles sidelined his creativity.

“I’m so into what I’m doing every day, meaning my craft, that when I have to go too far into something else, I put somebody else in charge of it,” he said. “When there’s somebody else that was in charge of it messes up, then everything blows up. That’s how everything blew up. We just needed the debris to clear.”

In the “Uproar” video, there’s not a trace of debris to found. And it feels good. Check out the clip above.

The Walking Dead Season 9 Looks Like It’ll Feature A Shocking Moment From The Comics

The Walking Dead kicked off Season 9 with one of the more justifiable deaths from recent years, with Gregory no longer hanging around the communities. And it looks like showrunner Angela Kang is also bringing one of the comic series’ most shocking scenes to live-action whenever the villainous group The Whisperers make their presence known. It involves a bunch of heads impaled on spikes, and it was almost spoiled in the new opening credits.

In one of the weirdest ways The Walking Dead has hinted at future reveals, some very interesting concept art from the opening credits has surfaced. In one frame that did not make it to the final cut, seven heads are stuck atop a group of tall spikes sticking out of the ground. The slightest bit of red blood can be seen on some of the necks, which would have been another subtle use of color in the titles.

Unless some bizarre changes are in store, this shot is almost definitely in reference to the shocking reveal made in The Walking Dead #144. Without getting into mega-spoilers, I’ll just say that some major characters get killed off in one swoop. It’s easily one of the biggest and most destructive blows that the protagonists faced in the source material, and I can’t see it being any less stressful in live-action, either.

As seen on Art of the Title, the heads seen are already walker-fied, and are no longer very human. As such, they offer little room for speculation about which TV characters could get sacrificed to kick off the eventual Whisperer War. It’s obviously possible the same characters could die in both the comics and the show, but I have to assume Angela Kang & Co. will be flipping the script there to keep fans on their toes.

Is it telling at all that Norman Reedus’ credit is the one seen in the unused frame? Let’s hope not. No one is going to get behind The Walking Dead killing off Rick and Daryl (and the long-living extra Bob Miller) in the same season.

Issue #144 is also when The Walking Dead introduced the Whisperers’ leader Alpha, though it’s hard to tell if the TV show will keep those two moments linked up. We pretty much know that Rick will be a goner when Samantha Morton’s Alpha arrives, but will his head be one of the ones we see? And when is Ryan Hurst’s Beta joining the fun?

The Walking Dead Season 9 airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET, so keep your head screwed on tight while waiting for the next episode. Wrap that same head around our fall TV premiere schedule to see all the shows coming to primetime soon.