The 11 Biggest Things Wrong With Glass

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for the ending of Glass. If you have not yet seen the film, continue at your own risk.

M. Night Shyamalan is certainly capable of both writing and directing a good film, and has proven it a few times during his career. Glass, however, is not a positive example of what he can do behind the camera. Instead, his follow-up to Unbreakable and Split is actually a total mess — and while there are some redeeming qualities (primarily James McAvoy’s performance), the reality is that the movie culminates as little more than an assortment of stupid problems and plot holes that make up a pointless and bad story.

Having seen Glass last week and been dissecting it in my mind ever since, I’ve accumulated a list of questions inspired by the experience that serve to show just how little sense the film actually makes. Both on a large and small scale, the movie is ridden with problems that infect basically every aspect of the story, and make you wonder how they wound up in the finished product. So without further ado, let’s get into it…

Why didn’t the Black Clover Society just kill them at the start?

Let’s cover the big one first, shall we? At the end of Glass, Dr. Ellie Staple makes the call to have David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Elijah Price killed — revealing that she is a part of an organization not only aware of superheroes, but in charge of subduing them. She explains that her initial plan was to try and convince them superpowers aren’t real, but finds herself forced to take fatal measures when that doesn’t work. The question, though, is why the hell would she go through all that trouble? At the end of the day it doesn’t exactly seem like she has much of a moral quandary about the development, so why even bother with Plan A and not just kill all three of them as soon as they were brought into the hospital? If the only answer is “because then it would be a 20 minute movie,” then that is a serious problem — and that’s the only possible response I can think of.

Why would David Dunn ever believe superpowers are just in his mind?

When we catch up with David Dunn in Glass, it’s made clear that he has been operating as a superhero for all of the 19 years since we last saw him, with the press even dubbing him The Overseer. That’s a lot of time for him to be utilizing his super strength and minor psychic abilities… and yet Dr. Staple is nearly able to convince him that it’s all in his head? This suggests that either David is super gullible and stupid, or that M. Night Shyamalan developed this concept without ever accounting for the massive timeline gap — and I lean toward the latter explanation.

Why would the audience ever believe superpowers are just in the characters’ minds?

Even if David Dunn never started believing that his superpowers weren’t real, the general idea of this entire plot is ridiculous — mostly because it totally goes against the entire philosophy of the series. The whole point of Unbreakable and Split is the idea of advanced individuals living in a grounded reality, and as many bad instincts as there are on display in Glass, that’s one twist that you know in your heart M. Night Shyamalan isn’t going to implement. It’s to his credit that the film doesn’t actually fully commit to this path, and is better for it — but the choices made instead definitely aren’t much better.

How did the police know where Kevin and David were?

Glass needs to have both David Dunn and Kevin Wendell Crumb incarcerated in the beginning of the film in order for the plot to start, but the way the movie goes about making this happen doesn’t make any sense. David is doing his lone wolf vigilante thing when he discovers Kevin’s hideout, successfully rescuing three young women, and it’s only when the duo crash through a window that we discover the police are outside, equipped with special hypno-lights to control The Beast. It’s totally unclear how the police knew where to be and what equipment to use — and even if it was the Black Clover Society controlling the operation you have to wonder a) why they would wait for the two to come together instead of just moving on Kevin at first opportunity, and b) if they were willing to let the kidnapped women die if David didn’t find them in time.

Why is Joseph so excited about Kevin’s dad if he doesn’t know Mr. Glass and The Horde are teaming up?

Trying to learn more about The Horde, Joseph Dunn is incredibly excited when he learns that Kevin’s father was killed in the Eastrail 177 train wreck, and shortly before the start of Glass‘ third act he excitedly sprints from his computer so that he can quickly bring this news to the hospital. This is an interesting tidbit for fans, especially those who guessed the connection while watching Split, but it’s also a sloppy revelation in the film. Joseph ultimately tells Kevin about what happened to his father in hopes of trying to break his partnership with Mr. Glass… but the problem with this is that there is absolutely no way he knew about the partnership before arriving at the hospital. It very much feels like M. Night Shyamalan didn’t know what do with this standing domino and wound up cheating by pushing it over with his finger.

Why doesn’t Kevin know that Mr. Glass is responsible for killing his dad?

On the other side of the revelation about Kevin Wendell Crumb’s father, one has to wonder why it was ever really a revelation at all. Kevin surely knows that his dad died in the Eastrail 177 disaster, and presumably it made at least national news when it was revealed that Elijah Price a.k.a. Mr. Glass orchestrated the whole thing. So why didn’t Kevin already have an awareness of who Mr. Glass was, and perhaps even have a specific vendetta against him? It’s saved as a twist in the movie, but it doesn’t track logically.

Why is David’s vision of the Black Clover Society surveillance footage of a restaurant?

In addition to being super strong, David Dunn also has some minor psychic abilities that allow him to see the shady activities of anybody he touches. It’s used early in Glass to allow David to identify Kevin Wendell Crumb and save three lives — but the second time its put into action is completely nonsensical. You’d think that David touching Dr. Staple at her request (also: why?) would allow him to fully understand the mission of the unnamed Black Clover Society, but instead what we get simply looks like security footage from a restaurant that goes silent in an instant. What exactly was David, let alone the audience supposed to take away from that? What is the sin on display? It doesn’t make sense, and does nothing to help this movie’s disastrous third act.

Why is the titular character seemingly catatonic for half of the film?

With Unbreakable being about David Dunn, and Split about Kevin Wendell Crumb, it seemed logical that Glass would be Elijah Price’s time in the spotlight — but that is in no way the case. While it’s true that the character is pretty active at the conclusion of the story, even all while just sitting and watching all the action, it seems crazy that he spends what feels like more than half of the film in a catatonic state. The stupidity of this is stretched even further because the audience is totally aware that he’s faking it, but really it’s just stupid on a general level. With the water and light systems set up in David and Kevin’s respective rooms, you’d think that the film would be able to come up with something more creative for Elijah, but… nope.

Why does this story never get to the skyscraper?

I get it: what M. Night Shyamalan does with the state-of-the-art skyscraper in Glass is meant to be misdirection. The building is talked about ad nauseam throughout the movie, meant to be read as obvious foreshadowing, but then the writer/director pulls an “a-ha” by never actually letting the story go there. The problem is that it kind of sucks that the film never gets to the skyscraper. This kind of rug pull only would have worked if Shyamalan had set up something even better than the suggested plot — but what it delivers is the lame combination of cameras in a basement and a fight on a front lawn/parking lot. More than anything, it makes the film look cheap.

Why would anyone care about the released footage?

After killing off all of its major characters, Glass still tries to have an uplifting ending by having Joseph, Casey, and Mrs. Price release security cam footage of the movie’s “climactic battle,” and said footage begins to spread virally right before the credits roll. The question is: why would this happen? For starters, the world should apparently be used to the idea of superheroes existing thanks to 19 years of The Overseer, but even if people don’t know about that, why would this video convince anyone of anything? The internet age is one of incredulity, and surely at least a fraction of viewers wouldn’t take it seriously without evidence suggesting its reality. Plus, the battle between David and Kevin is basically strong guy vs. strong guy, and doesn’t really feature anything all that extraordinary.

Did anyone want to see this trilogy end with David Dunn drowned in a puddle?

We can all be happy that M. Night Shyamalan didn’t feel that the best way to end this trilogy was to show that superpowers aren’t real, but the end result we get is arguably just as terrible. While it’s true that seeing the good guys win in superhero movies in a classic trope, it’s hard to understand why the writer/director felt that the proper way to conclude this story was by having the lead character drowned in a puddle. I suppose it’s some definition of “edgy,” and certainly unexpected, but also completely unsatisfying as a conclusion to the trilogy.

These are all the biggest questions we are left asking about Glass, but they don’t end there. If David’s strength was all in his head, why did he need to be chained up during therapy? Why could nobody tell that Mr. Glass’ surgery was completely ineffectual? What was the point of that flashback scene with young Elijah at the carnival, other than the opportunity to use a deleted scene from Unbreakable? Why did it take the Black Clover Society 19 years to capture David? This is a movie riddled with problems, and while it’s guaranteed that it will have its defenders, I’m curious how any of them would argue its case against the points above.

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The Next Mission: Impossible Movies Could Bring Back Two Surprising Characters

According to THR, Christopher McQuarrie is considering having Henry Cavill and Alec Baldwin reprise their respective roles in one or both movies. This is intriguing since both characters died in last year’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and since this franchise doesn’t play with supernatural elements like resurrection, these appearances would be through flashbacks. It’s also possible that as McQuarrie continues writing the scripts, he’ll change his mind, but for now, Fallout might not be the last we’ve seen of these characters.

Alec Baldwin first appeared as Alan Hunley in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as the Director of the CIA. Initially Hunley was against the IMF and succeeded in having it disbanded and absorbed into the CIA due to its controversial methods and lack of leadership at the time. He even organized a manhunt for Ethan Hunt, forcing him to stay undercover. However, by the end of Rogue Nation, Hunley realized the IMF’s value, convinced the Senate subcommittee to reinstate the agency and was appointed as its new secretary. Unfortunately, his tenure wouldn’t last long.

Enter Henry Cavill as August Walker, who was initially presented in Mission: Impossible – Fallout as an operative working for new CIA Director Erika Sloane, but later revealed to be John Lark, the criminal Ethan Hunt and his team were tracking who hired The Apostles to find Solomon Lane, the main antagonist from Rogue Nation. Shortly after it was revealed that August was Lark, he killed Alan Hunley while escaping custody. By the end of Fallout, though, Walker met his demise at Ethan’s hands.

Ever since Christopher McQuarrie boarded the Mission: Impossible franchise, there’s been a greater sense of connectivity between the movies. So while nothing is set in stone yet, flashing back to Alan Hunley and August Walker would be fitting. Walker could be shown to have ties with whoever the next villains are, and it would be easy enough to show Hunley through a previous meeting he had with Ethan Hunt before the events of Fallout. I should also note that McQuarrie decides to specifically bring back Henry Cavill, the actor will need to display that glorious mustache again. A clean-shaven Walker is simply unacceptable.

If everything goes according to plan, Mission: Impossible 7 will hit theaters in summer 2021, and Mission: Impossible 8 will follow in summer 2022. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on how these movies are progressing, and in the meantime, look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what’s arriving later this year.

Pixar’s Lee Unkrich Is Retiring From The Studio After 25 Years

Pixar Animation Studios has been a heavy hitter in Hollywood ever since Toy Story was released in 1995, and Lee Unkrich is one of the main individuals that’s been instrumental to the studio’s success, particularly as a director. However, all things must come to an end, and today, Unkrich announced that after 25 years, he’s departing from Pixar. Unkrich announced the news with the following post:

If that was all we had to work with regarding Lee Unkrich’s departure from Pixar, obviously there would be a lot of questions about why he’s leaving. However, in a statement provided to THR, Unkrich elaborated that rather than moving to a competing studio, he’s retiring from the filmmaking realm altogether. In his words:

It was also reported that Lee Unkrich’s split from Pixar was “amicable,” and that he had not started on any new projects.

This marks another shakeup in Pixar’s leadership in recent years. Back in November 2017, the former chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, took an extended leave of absence following reports of him engaging in sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior, and by the following July, he announced he would leave Disney at the end of the year. Lasseter has since been hired to be the head of Skydance Animation. Ed Catmull, one of Pixar’s co-founders, also announced last fall that he’s retiring from Disney/Pixar, though he’ll stay as a consultant until July.

Lee Unkrich joined Pixar in 1994, and he served as an editor on Toy Story. Unkrich continued his editing duties on numerous Pixar movies in the decades to follow, but he made the jump to directing when he co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo. He finally made his solo directing debut on Toy Story 3, which made over $1 billion worldwide and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, among its numerous other accolades.

After executive producing Monsters University and The Good Dinosaur, Lee Unkrich returned to the director’s chair for Coco, which also won the Best Animated Feature Oscar and made over $807 million worldwide. Toy Story 4 will be Unkrich’s final Pixar credit, as he had a hand in developing the story. There’s always the chance Unkrich might change his mind years down the line and somehow contribute to a Pixar project, but for now, his time with the studio is over.

Toy Story 4 will be released in theaters on June 21. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates Pixar’s upcoming cinematic offerings, and don’t forget to look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out this year.

Why Glass’ Ending Had To Be Changed, According To Samuel L. Jackson

As M. Night Shyamalan fans know too well, the writer/director loves to craft an unexpected ending. He first caught audiences collectively off guard with 1999’s The Sixth Sense and has since continued his tradition with Unbreakable, Signs and Split‘s unexpected connection to the Unbreakable universe. Enter Glass, audiences will certainly go into it waiting for an M. Night Shyamalan signature twist. Per Samuel L. Jackson, the ending moviegoers will see this weekend wasn’t the original conclusion. In his words:

Interesting! For the trilogy closer that has been 19 years in the making, one might expect M. Night Shyamalan had the perfect ending crafted in his head for quite some time. However, per Samuel L. Jackson’s words to Digital Spy, the twist mastermind decided to switch up the conclusion of Glass to better reflect what’s going on in the world.

At this point, it’s unclear exactly what Samuel L. Jackson is referring to — there are a multitude of things happening in the world right now. Is it a political message? One concerning mental health or a commentary about the rampant superhero genre dominating Hollywood films today? As of now, it’s up to the viewer to decide.

Glass opened in theaters last night and earned $3.7 million, marking the biggest preview night for a M. Night Shyamalan movie to date. It’s set to be the start of an impressive first weekend for Glass, as tracking imagines it will make $60 million domestically and break $100 million worldwide.

So, in favor of not spoiling the surprise, Samuel L. Jackson or M. Night Shyamalan likely won’t comment on what exactly the ending was changed from and the intention behind it until enough people have experienced it for themselves.

Glass is the culmination of two of M. Night Shyamalan’s most successful hits, 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split. The writer/director has had the comic book-themed trilogy on his mind since he was developing Unbreakable, and Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis have been waiting for the call (and bugging Shyamalan) about the chance to return to their characters, Mr. Glass and David Dunn, this whole time.

While Shyamalan has had a public downfall with the release of critical and commercial failures such as Lady in the Water and After Earth, he made a comeback with the stunning success of Split, which made over $278 million worldwide.

Glass will continue the stories set up in Unbreakable and Split and wrap up the franchise. Thus far, the conclusion has held some mixed acclaim from those who have seen it. You can see Glass in theaters now and come back to discuss the ending with us.

Halloween Producer Really Wants To Remake Friday The 13th

Last year, Blumhouse Productions took the Halloween franchise, which, like many icons of the horror genre, had long since fallen from grace, and returned it to prominence. The Halloween reboot-quel was a massive success and there is a natural inclination to see other iconic horror franchises that have fallen on hard times get the same treatment. Halloween producer Ryan Turek would especially like to get his hands on Friday the 13th to remake it, as he explained:

After working wonders with Michael Myers, Ryan Turek would next like to help out Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th franchise, which has been dormant since the last attempt at a reboot in 2009. As Ryan Turek mentioned to Comicbook.com, he is not alone in this desire. Blumhouse chief Jason Blum has also expressed a desire to bring the machete wielding killer back to theater screens (among other horror classics).

Ryan Turek also seems to view Friday the 13th as a bit less complicated to remake than Halloween, and that as long as you deliver on the elements that fans expect, you’re good to go. He mentioned the summer camp, so apparently no killing in space in his ideal remake, as well as the counselors and of course Jason himself.

It’s unclear whether Ryan Turek and Jason Blum would envision a new Friday the 13th movie as a pure remake or something akin to what they did with Halloween, which was technically a sequel to the original 1978 Halloween and thus rebooted the subsequent films out of the canonical continuity. What is clear is that Ryan Turek seems excited to just discuss the possibility of tackling the property, as he is clearly a fan.

Unfortunately, as he noted, wanting to remake Friday the 13th and being able to do so are two different things. He mentioned the video game and the legal issues that have been preventing the franchise from returning for more hockey-masked horror. Although, last we heard, the legal case had been decided and there were talks about a Friday the 13th reboot from Vertigo Entertainment and LeBron James‘ SpringHill Entertainment.

Anecdotally, Friday the 13th doesn’t seem to be viewed with quite the same reverence as Halloween. It seems like Friday the 13th features an iconic character but the movie itself isn’t a pillar of the genre, whereas the original Halloween is a classic and spawned a horror icon. A Halloween-style refresh or remake could give Friday the 13th an opportunity to create something great from such a recognizable horror villain.

And with so many suitors itching for a chance to help Jason stalk his prey once again and money on the table in this ongoing hot period for the horror genre, you have to think that Friday the 13th will be back on theater screens sooner rather than later.

One Big Question We Really Hope John Wick 3 Answers

John Wick is in quite the pickle at the beginning of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. For killing Santino D’Antonio on Continental grounds, John was declared excommunicado at the end of John Wick: Chapter 2, resulting in all his underworld resources being stripped away. Even worse, the bounty already on John’s head was doubled to $14 million, and he was given only a one hour head start by his old friend, Winston. As the first John Wick: Chapter 3 trailer laid out, John will go through hell just trying to get out of New York City alive, but looking at the bigger picture, I’m wondering if this movie will see the destruction of the High Table.

The first John Wick movie made it clear that the strange underworld society John and these other assassins and criminals belong to operate on a specific set of rules and regulations. In John Wick: Chapter 2, it was revealed that The High Table, an council of 12 of the world’s high-level crime lords, is the ultimate authority for these individuals. Few cross The High Table and even fewer survive if they do. less, Unfortunately for John, he caught its ire when he assassinated Santino D’Antonio, their newest member, within the New York branch of The Continental Hotel. If it hadn’t been for Winston coming to bat for him, The High Table probably would have had John killed on the spot, but now it’s paying top dollar for whoever can take his life.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum will introduce at least three more members of The High Table: Anjelica Huston’s The Director, Asia Kate Dillon’s The Adjudicator and Robin Lord Taylor’s The Administrator. Director Chad Stahelski previously revealed that John has a special relationship with The Director because she had a hand in his “upbringing and his protection,” but in the trailer, she turns down his request for passage.

Fortunately for John, somehow he’s able to make it out of New York, as evidenced by him walking through the desert and teaming up with Halle Berry’s Sofia for a mission that’s clearly taking place outside of the United States. Unfortunately for him, that $14 million is being offered worldwide, so unless John finds a way onto the International Space Station, he’ll always be looking over his shoulder and in constant danger. What’s the man to do?

John Wick is a formidable opponent, but even he’s not capable of killing every assassin gunning for him, figuratively or literally. So if John wants to stop running, presumably the only way he can make that happen is if he convinces The High Table to call off their hit on him. It’s also possible that it’s only certain members who want John dead, as The Director, despite not helping him, doesn’t seem willing to hinder him either. In John’s mind, he just has to reach the members who want his head and persuade them to call off the bounty. But, as Sofia tells John, nothing is ever just a conversation with him, and this inevitably leads to bullets flying and bodies dropping.

If Winston considers John Wick vs. every assassin in New York City an even odds conflict, then John taking on The High Table members, as experienced and well-guarded they may be, will be an easier fight. In other words, if John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum transitions into John declaring war on The High Table, then you’d be wise to bet on John emerging victorious. If that happens, needless to say that will be a big deal for the assassin community. The High Table seems to have been around for a long time, so if most/all of its leadership is eliminated, that leaves a major power vacuum.

If the John Wick franchise stretches past a trilogy on the big screen (Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves are certainly eager for it to live as long as possible), whether that’s through a traditional sequel or a spinoff like Ballerina, it could be interesting to explore how the High Table’s absence would affect this secret society of lawbreakers. Do the assassins just ignore all the previously established rules, ditch their Markers and carry out their illegal activities like the commoners of the criminal underworld? Does someone like Winston step in to form a new leadership council with select others? Does John get a position on this new council since he’s responsible for The High Table falling apart? One thing is certain: it will be a brave new world for everyone in that sphere.

Even if John Wick: Chapter 3 does wrap up John’s story, him destroying The High Table would still be a satisfying conclusion to his journey. John miraculously managed to escape from his life of murder by performing the Impossible Task, and it’s only because of Iosef Tarasov and Santino D’Antonio’s respective actions that he was drawn back in twice: first for revenge and second because he was coerced. If John taking out The High Table results in his $14 million bounty being wiped away, he can finally return home (figuratively speaking, since his house was blown up) and begin a new, quiet life with his pit bull.

There’s also the upcoming Starz TV series The Continental to consider. All we know about that spinoff show so far is, like the title indicates, about the hotel chain that’s a safe haven for assassins, as no “business” is to be conducted on hotel grounds. Perhaps The Continental will explore how the hotel is forced to change in the post-John Wick: Chapter 3 landscape with The High Table gone. New rules could be in effect, Winston (if he’s around) could find himself is a new position of power, there are plenty of possibilities. John Wick won’t be the star of The Continental (though it is said he’ll appear), but the status quo change brought about by him eliminating The High Table would definitely need to be felt by the main characters.

We’ll learn more about The High Table and whether or not it survives this latest bout of bloodshed when John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum hits theaters on May 17. Don’t forget to also look through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies will be coming out later this year.

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Harley Quinn Rumored To Be Getting Her Own DC Trilogy

The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating tenure in theaters, full of ebbs and flows. While movies like Wonder Woman and Aquaman proved what the studio was capable of, there were major missteps along the way with Justice League and Suicide Squad. The latter was directed by David Ayer, and failed to live-up to the sky high expectations set by the movie’s trailer. But it still made money and earned an Oscar, while introducing audiences to fan favorite character Harley Quinn.

Played by Margot Robbie, Harley Quinn is generally considered the saving grace of Suicide Squad. Quinn brought the character to to the screen for the first time in live-action, and Warner Bros. has a variety of projects cooking to keep Robbie’s villain front and center. While we already knew about her role in Birds of Prey, a new rumor indicates that Cathy Yan’s female-centric blockbuster is only the first in a trilogy of movies for Harley.

This report comes to us from Geek WorldWide, and the publication allegedly knows someone close to production. While far from official or confirmed by Warner Bros, expanding Harley’s influence in the DCEU stands to reason. Margot Robbie’s character inspired countless Halloween costumes, and she’s one of the most popular figures in the universe. And with the actress’ starpower only growing over the years, it’s the perfect time to strike while the iron is hot.

Of course, this report hasn’t been confirmed by Warner Bros. Besides, the DC universe hands out its movie announcements more liberally that its competitors like X-Men or the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There have been a ton of projects announced by DC, although only a handful appear to be actively moving forward, and becoming a reality. This includes quite a few possible vehicles for Harley Quinn.

Harley’s next appearance in the DC Universe will be in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). As you can tell by the subtitle, Cathy Yan’s upcoming female-centric blockbuster will put quite a bit of focus on Margot Robbie’s crazed clown of crime. The movie will see Harley back in Gotham, and interacting with some of femme fatales that inhabit Batman’s signature city. This includes the likes of Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya.

One has to wonder what the titular emancipation is in reference to, although smart money says its Harley’s unhealthy relationship with The Joker. While Jared Leto’s villain isn’t on the bill for Birds of Prey, Harley has gained more confidence and independence through her female friendships in the comics– especially Poison Ivy.

The emancipation might also refer to her evolving moral compass. While still a villain, Harley Quinn showed humanity and empathy toward her teammates in Suicide Squad. She ultimately returned to help the group complete their mission, after being briefly rescued by the likes of her puddin’. Will she function as more of a villain or hero in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)? We’ll just have to wait and see, as DC has a few releases on the docket ahead of that possibly R-rated installment.

Aside from Birds of Prey, there are a few other possible titles that would allow Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn to chew the scenery in yet another DC blockbuster. Chief among them is Suicide Squad 2, which seems to be one DC project that is actively developing behind the scenes. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has signed on to write the film, and inject his specific vision and sense of humor into the DCEU.

Suicide Squad 2 would be a great way to reunite Harley with her co-stars from the first film, especially as the motley crew had become a family unit of sorts during their mission. In particular, she bonded with Will Smith’s Deadshot, who fans can’t wait to see return to the DC Universe once the actor’s schedule allows.

Besides Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad 2, Warner Bros. was also reportedly working on a movie focused on Harley Quinn and Joker‘s insane and horrifying relationship. There were even talks about the movie including Dr. Phil, as the two crazed Batman rogues seek couple’s therapy. It’s currently unclear whether or not this movie is moving forward, although both Margot Robbie and Jared Leto have expressed their interest in working with each other in a more expansive way.

Considering Birds of Prey, Suicide Squad 2, and the Joker/Harley movie have all been discussed, perhaps that’s the trilogy of Harley Quinn movies that was reported. Rather than a traditional threequel arc, this would give the fan favorite character the ability to interact with a variety of DC favorites, and grow from her experiences. And if the three movie arc ends with her final confrontation with Jared Leto’s Joker, it would be a masterful go at serialized storytelling across multiple franchises.

It should be fascinating to see how much emphasis the DC Universe puts on shared stories moving forward. Ensemble movies like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad didn’t fare well critically, while smaller origin stories have proven themselves the shared universe’s strongest suit. Wonder Woman and Aquaman are the two most successful installments thus far, as they told more contained stories and shied away from crossovers.

Next up is Andy F. Sandberg’s Shazam! which will tell a unique type of origin story. The director has already revealed that he won’t be including crossovers or appearances from the Justice League. This would seemingly indicate Warner Bros. focus on smaller, more contained stories. Giving Harley a large arc across multiple movies would assure fans that serialized storytelling was still alive and well, despite the mysterious fate of actors like Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.

Aquaman is in currently in theaters now, and making a ton of money at the box office. Shazam! will arrive on April 5, 2019, and Harley Quinn will pop back up in Birds of Prey on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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Bird Box Isn’t Taking Out Controversial Footage Of Real-Life Train Disaster

Real-life footage of the Lac-Megantic train disaster that killed 47 people is featured in a short scene in the beginning of Bird Box, when Sarah Paulson and Sandra Bullock’s characters turn on the television and see a series of news reports of unexplained chaos in Europe. The tragedy occurred when an unattended train carrying crude oil fell off the tracks while going down an incline and exploded.

Netflix has decided not to take out the clip from their film, despite the town’s mayor, Julie Morin recently calling the use of the footage a “lack of respect”.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix said they have no plans to remove the clip but acknowledge their fault and will look to do things differently moving forward. The same footage was also featured in another Netflix title, the recently released third season of Travelers in December.

The streaming giant licensed the footage from stock image vendor Pond 5, who has apologized and said the footage was “taken out of context” by Netflix.

Critics of the footage have taken to Twitter to argue Bird Box may trigger PTSD and other victimization, especially for those who remember the incident or had loved ones involved in the wreck.

Canadians are understandably angry about the whole situation, especially for those who watched a tragic memory randomly flood on to their screens without warning. Filmmakers at Netflix were just looking for footage to simulate the situation of the film and the repercussions likely didn’t cross their minds.

This isn’t the first time Netflix has had to do some damage control on a controversy surrounding Bird Box. Following in the footsteps of the film’s premise, people started putting on blindfolds and trying to complete tasks for the memes. It produced some hilarious videos, but when some indicated it to be rather dangerous, Netflix stepped in with a warning to not attempt it.

Unfortunately, the Bird Box Challenge didn’t stop there. A teenager caused a car accident after attempting to drive blindfolded, thankfully no human injuries resulted.

One would think that Netflix should not have to come out and say “don’t drive while you’re blindfolded” but here we are folks. Sandra Bullock even admitted to running into the camera a few times even with some extensive training to walk while blindfolded.

Netflix’s controversial and record-breaking Bird Box is currently available to stream on Netflix.

When Is The Next Avengers: Endgame Trailer Coming Out?

Spoiler alert: Much like the first Avengers: Endgame trailer, this post comes with many questions but no clear answers. Not yet. For now, we’re just juggling a bunch of questions on Avengers 4, including speculation on when the next — at this point, second — trailer is coming out. If you don’t have the patience for speculation … it’s hard to imagine why you’d still be a fan of the MCU, but you do you. Feel free to move onward.

Avengers: Infinity War came out last April, and released its first trailer the previous November. That’s the same set-up as Avengers: Endgame, which released its first trailer in November and comes out this April. So we can start future Endgame trailer/TV spot speculation with what Marvel did last year for Infinity War.

Super Bowl 2019

Marvel aired a 30-second Infinity War commercial during Super Bowl 2018. That ad was viewed 17.6 million times, and it reportedly generated the most social media buzz of any Super Bowl commercial last year. Super Bowl 2019 airs Sunday, February 3, 2019, so there’s a chance we’ll get an Avengers: Endgame ad this year.

Also, Infinity War‘s Super Bowl spot aired shortly after the first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, the third MCU movie of 2018. We just got the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the third MCU movie of 2019, so a Super Bowl spot for Endgame would keep to that schedule.

That said, the set-up of 2019 is more delicate on the spoiler front, and they could decide to just air a Captain Marvel spot for the Super Bowl 2018 instead.

Things are slightly different this year, in that Black Panther was released in February 2018 before the April debut of Infinity War, and Black Panther wasn’t expected to have a lot of spoilers that would influence Infinity War. This year, Captain Marvel arrives on March 8, 2019 and it is definitely expected to have a lot of spoilers that will influence Endgame the next month. Not only that, Endgame is being followed by Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the first Far From Home trailer has fans deeply confused about its timeline in relation to Avengers: Endgame.

So Avengers: Endgame has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do, but also many more secrets to keep than even Avengers: Infinity War had to juggle. Does that mean we’ll get fewer trailers and TV spots for Endgame, or will they just continue to play coy with the information?

Oscars 2019

The Oscars are apparently going without a host in 2019, with various stars instead taking turns introducing segments. But ABC reportedly wants to get some Avengers: Endgame stars in on the action, and that could be used for a trailer tie-in. ABC is owned by Disney, which also owns Marvel Studios. So it would be easy cross-promotion to reward the fans watching Avengers stars at the Oscars with some new Endgame footage. The 91st Academy Awards air Sunday, February 24 on ABC, so that would be after the Super Bowl.

This is the kind of thing where it would be smart for ABC to announce in advance if Avengers stars will not only be around to present at the Oscars, but also to reveal new Endgame footage. Awards shows are losing relevance and this would be a good way to get more fans to watch.

After Captain Marvel

The second official trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was released on March 16, 2018. That was one month after the premiere of Black Panther, which was released on February 16, 2018, and about a month before Avengers: Infinity War was released in theaters on April 27, 2018 (after moving its date up from early May, just like Endgame).

This year, Captain Marvel is opening March 8. So … what are they going to do with that, when Endgame opens a month later? Wait a full month for the Endgame trailer, or capitalize on the interest by giving us the official second trailer only a week after Captain Marvel‘s opening? Would that distract too much from Captain Marvel, or be considered too much of a spoiler for Captain Marvel?

They could easily do some non-spoilery teasers, but Infinity War trailer #2 was pretty meaty in terms of new footage. Releasing the second trailer after Captain Marvel would help tie her into the story, since they can’t really show her there until fans meet her and understand why — and how — she’s connected to the Endgame. But how soon after Captain Marvel‘s release would it be OK to show her with the Avengers?

ABC could have the Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame casts together on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! or Good Morning America and use that as a jumping off point for new Endgame footage. That way they could promote both movies on Disney-owned shows. We’ll have to wait and see if they go for that option.

The second Avengers: Infinity War trailer was viewed 179 million times in the first 24 hours. That was the biggest release for a second trailer. Considering Avengers: Endgame set a new 24-hour record for its first trailer, defeating Infinity War‘s record, there’s a very good chance the official second trailer for Endgame will also snap out Infinity War‘s other record.

Never

Honestly, I’m rooting for never, even though it’s the least likely next trailer option. It’s not like they need to market Avengers: Endgame to get us into seats. The less we know from here, the better. Besides, they lie. Remember the photo above? That was from the first big Avengers: Infinity War trailer — the equivalent of the first Avengers: Endgame trailer we just saw in November. That running scene never made the cut of the movie, it was trailer misdirection.

You can’t trust these Marvel folks! Fans were originally told that Spider-Man: Far From Home starts after Avengers: Endgame, and that may still be the case, but the first Far From Home trailer is still trying to keep more timeline secrets. Could that be because Endgame will reveal how Peter Parker is still around after he was snapped in Infinity War? Or did they lie and Far From Home actually takes place before Endgame?

It’s possible the first trailer we already saw for Avengers: Endgame includes some misdirection, and future trailers will mislead us in new ways. According to the Russo Brothers, Endgame will be around three hours long, so there’s a lot of footage they could show. But unless they create new footage just for the trailers — and they very well might — what they show will inevitably spoil a plot point from Avengers 4 and possibly Spider-Man: Far From Home as well.

Long story short: shrug emoji. But the earth beneath you will quake when new footage from Avengers: Endgame shows up, so don’t go thinking you’ll miss it. What I’m worried about is what we will all look forward to once the film is out and over — most likely marking the departures of several favorite characters, whether they die or just retire. For now, we wait.

The 2019 Marvel Cinematic Universe will first give us Captain Marvel on March 8, then Avengers: Endgame on April 26, then Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5.

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Sam Elliot Is A Total Badass In The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot Trailer

Whether it’s Unforgiven, True Grit or any number of Liam Neeson movies, there is something inherently appealing about seeing older dudes kicking serious ass. In The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, actor Sam Elliot takes on the role of a total badass who is almost mythic in his badassery. Check out the trailer for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot below.

At the beginning of this trailer, Ron Livingston’s character provides the exposition we need to know Sam Elliot’s character, Calvin Barr. This is a guy with a legendary reputation, the subject of countless tall tales among those who knew him and a man for whom the feats documented in Chuck Norris facts would seem tame. It gave me a Big Fish vibe, that these stories are products of wild imaginations taking kernels of truth and spinning wondrous yarns.

When we see Sam Elliot’s character being mugged, you figure this trailer can go one of two ways: either this guy never was what they say, or is no longer, and he is going to get beat up, or the stories are true and these thieves made a grave miscalculation. Thankfully, it turns out to be the latter.

What’s surprising is that from there, the trailer doesn’t turn into the movie that the title might lead you to think it is. If you only knew the title, you might think this would be a fun and outlandish action movie with a larger than life badass character at its center. But what we get is a movie that is much more serious in tone.

It is about a badass character, but one that lives with regret. Even the more fantastical story elements are played straight. Sam Elliot looks brilliant in the role, coming across every bit the badass that the film’s incredible title promises, while having none of the carefree attitude you might expect from someone who could be dubbed the most interesting man in the world.

In this alternate history/fantasy world, Bigfoot is real and he is the source of some sort of pandemic threatening the entire world. For whatever reason, the powers that be need to enlist Calvin Barr, who I presume is a legendary hunter as well, to track the mythical creature down and kill it, thus saving the world once more.

At the same time, we are seeing Calvin Barr’s past, when he killed Hitler, a decision that he now regrets, even if he had it coming. Like many great cinematic killers, Sam Elliot’s character takes no pride in his skills. I expect this may cause some inner conflict for him when he is once again called upon to take a life.

This all makes for a very interesting trailer and I imagine a fascinating film because this movie is playing with different genres and fantasy elements, all while playing everything straight with a serious and melancholy tone. It is an adventure film, a contagion movie and a World War II story all in one.

I was in to see this movie based on the title alone, but this trailer has me truly curious how such a unique story with a surprising tone will all come together. Not to mention that Sam Elliot is always worth watching, especially coming off of his brilliant and heartbreaking turn in A Star is Born.