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There’s One More DC Character The Suicide Squad Needs To Bring Back

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad

Although Warner Bros isn’t as focused on interconnectivity between all its DC movies as it once was, the DC Extended Universe continuity isn’t going anywhere. As such, the claims that The Suicide Squad will be a total reboot have been greatly exaggerated, and it will indeed serve as a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. That said, it’s been made abundantly clear over the last couple of months that under writer/director James Gunn’s supervision, The Suicide Squad is more of a relaunch than a direct follow-up, and will feature a lot of new characters. It makes sense to have a mostly new cast if you’re wanting to distance an adventure from its predecessor, though The Suicide Squad would still be wise to bring back Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller to round out its collection of familiar faces.

Thus far, only three characters from the last Suicide Squad movie are confirmed to be returning from the sequel, and one of them isn’t even being reprised by the same actor. Idris Elba is taking over Deadshot duties from Will Smith due to the Aladdin star having scheduling issues, and Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney will reprise Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang, respectively. It makes sense why these three are being brought back for The Suicide Squad, as Deadshot and Captain Boomerang have on the team since it was revitalized in the late 1980s by writer John Ostrander, and Harley Quinn has been one of the most prominent members ever since The New 52 reboot in 2011.

From there, it’s easy enough to look at the various Suicide Squad iterations over the decades and find other members to fill out the ranks, from villains like Count Vertigo and Blockbuster to heroes like Vixen and Oracle. You can even find a solider to fill in for Rick Flag and make sure the Squad doesn’t get out of hand during field missions. But when it comes to actually putting the officially-named Task Force X together and supervising them from off-site as they carry out their objective, there’s no one better for the job than Amanda Waller.

Just like Deadshot and Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller has been a part of the modern Suicide Squad mythos (not to be confused with the Silver Age Suicide Squad, which was a team of adventurers that only appeared in six issues of The Brave and the Bold) since the beginning. She may not have superpowers or a colorful costume, but make no mistake, Amanda is one of the most formidable and dangerous individuals in the DC universe. She’ll use intimidation, manipulation, blackmail and whatever other tools are at her disposal to ensure that her goals are carried out, which are usually on behalf of national security. The ends always justify the means in her book, even if it results in casualties. It’s no wonder then why she’s the person who’s putting a group of criminals together to carry out covert black ops missions for the U.S. government. She doesn’t care how many of them die in order to complete the mission and she won’t hesitate to detonate the nano-bombs in their necks.

Although Angela Basset first brought Amanda Waller to life on the big screen in Green Lantern, it wasn’t until Viola Davis played the character five years later that we saw her connected to the Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad movie certainly wasn’t a critical hit, but Davis was one of its few highlights, nailing her blunt and sinister personality excellently, arguably demonstrated best when she shot those FBI agents without batting an eye (as seen below). The DC Comics universe vast, and looking at just the Suicide Squad corner of it, it’d be easy enough to find someone to replace fill Amanda’s role as the government figure feeding the team orders. But if The Suicide Squad is willing to bring back three lead characters from the last movie who are figureheads for the property as a whole, then Amanda needs to be included in that small group.

I understand James Gunn wanting to fill out these this new Suicide Squad team with mostly new faces. It helps with wiping the slate clean and mostly separating this Suicide Squad movie from its predecessor, not to mention that possibility all of these new characters could be killed off during the course of the story. After all, while there are various characters who have repeatedly served on [Task Force X](https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/TaskForceX(NewEarth) in the comics, there’s been no shortage of recruits who have died after just one or a couple missions. Behind the scenes, though, Amanda Waller has almost always been the woman in charge, and narratively speaking, there’s no reason to change that. Even if this were a total reboot filled with all new actors, I’d still advocate for Amanda to appear. A Suicide Squad without her would be like a Batman movie without Alfred or a Superman movie without Lois Lane.

Since Suicide Squad’s release, Viola Davis’ filmography has grown with Fences and Widows, both of which received positive critical reception. She’s also still leading the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder. It’s possible that her shooting schedule for the TV show might prevent her from appearing in The Suicide Squad, as production is reportedly beginning this fall. If that’s the case, while it’d be disappointing not to have Davis around, the backup plan would be to recast the character, as has been done with Deadshot. That’s how important Amanda is to the Suicide Squad. It’s not absolutely crucial for Rick Flag, Katana, Killer Croc or even a resurrected Diablo to return for The Suicide Squad, but without Amanda alongside Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang, it feels like there’s a piece of the puzzle missing. Davis getting to play the character once more would be the icing on the cake, so hopefully an arrangement can be worked out.

The Suicide Squad charges into theaters on August 6, 2021, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on how it’s coming along. Don’t forget to look through our DC movies guide to learn what else is in development for the DCEU.

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We Saw Early Terminator Footage, And Yes, Linda Hamilton Is Badass

There’s been a lot of talk about the new Terminator sequel and what it will be about. We know Tim Miller is helming the project, there are new cast members and both original cast members Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be involved. We’ve also seen some images from the new movie, but there’s a hell of a lot we don’t know about Terminator: Dark Fate and at CinemaCon 2019 the lips of cast members like Linda Hamilton, Schwarzenegger and Mackenzie Davis were clamped tightly. Luckily, Paramount was not.

We got to see some original footage from Terminator: Dark Fate and while it focused a lot on the new characters, it also tied into nostalgia in a big way.

But first, here’s what happened.

The footage starts on a bridge with an electric bubble that rips up the road and causes car crashes. Out of it drops Mackenzie Davis’ Grace, who falls from the bridge, utterly naked, and ends up landing several floors off the bridge and down onto the ground hard. A couple making out sees the fall and rushes over, only for the police to show up and assume the naked Mackenzie Davis is in trouble.

Quickly, we see the scene portrayed from her own visual viewpoint, seeing some of what her terminator-like abilities are. She sizes up the police and takes them out, prompting the young couple to thank her for saving them. She says, “Don’t thank me yet,” before stealing the young man’s clothes and the couples’ car–a nod to Terminator.

Later, there’s a scene we’ve touched on previously, in which and actress Natalia Reyes’s character Dani Ramos are running from Gabriel Luna’s new Terminator character, who is hellbent on attacking them. Just when things look dire and Mackenzie Davis tells the other young woman to run when they “start to kill her,” Linda Hamilton shows up on the scene in a vehicle, whips out a gun and shoots before she asks any questions.

Even if you’ve never seen a Terminator movie before this scene would likely be enough to hook you. If you have

Obviously, we’ve already seen early shots of Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Conner, not to mention Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return; however, seeing her in action was something different altogether. It moved director Tim Miller enough that he had some tears in his eyes on the stage and he shared with the audience that being brought in for Terminator: Dark Fate was a ‘labor of love.’

So where does this nostalgia come in? Notably, at the very end of the lengthy preview, in which a cool as a cucumber Sarah Conner nonchalantly notes “I’ll be back.”

Paramount’s presentation today is big on tying back to James Cameron’s original Terminator movies. Tim Miller noted that when he spoke, but so did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. The former attributed his success and his catchphrases to Terminator while the latter said it would only have taken a special project to pull her back into the Terminator fold 30 years later.

The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 18 Recap: Sheldon and Amy’s Uncertain Nobel Hopes

Plenty of big-name guest stars made an appearance on The Big Bang Theory tonight (Ellen DeGeneres, Sean Astin, Kal Penn, to name a few), but they’re far less exciting than the real-life notables who also made cameos in “The Laureate Accumulation.” But more on that in a minute.

The episode starts with Sheldon, Amy, and the gang gathered at Penny and Leonard’s to watch Drs. Pemberton and Campbell appear on Ellen as part of their Super-Asymmetry press tour. Of course, it’s not their discovery—it’s Amy and Sheldon’s. Sheldon wants Ellen to expose them for the “coattail-riding frauds” they are. Instead, Pemberton and Campbell charm Ellen and the audience, further infuriating Sheldon. (Remember, as we learned earlier this year, Pemberton and Campbell need to attach themselves to Shamy’s SA theory if there’s any hope to win a Nobel. Sheldon was also told only three people can share a Nobel, which would mean Amy’s name would be left off. He demanded that if he’s going to share the honor with Pemberton and Campbell, Amy must be a part of that and the Cal Tech president agreed.)

Sheldon later visits Pemberton and Campbell and wants them to hold a press conference and admit to blindly stumbling upon SA. The physicists are all, “No thanks!” As Leonard points out, no one ever won a Nobel for “being nice.” If only.

President Siebert tells Sheldon not to worry about Pemberton and Campbell’s publicity blitz. Instead, the university will host a reception for him and Amy where they can invite as many academic luminaries as possible in hopes of getting them to campaign. But because Sheldon isn’t the most likable—and has a “history” with several of those notables—it’ll be hard to get them to show up. Sheldon tells Amy he would have been nicer if he knew they could help him one day.

Two of those luminaries are real-life Nobel winners George Smoot (Nobel winner, Physics, 2006) and Kip Thorne (Nobel winner, Physics, 2017). The other is Frances Arnold, the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 2018. According to production staff at The Big Bang Theory, Arnold’s appearance marks the first by a female scientist playing herself in twelve seasons on the show. It’s about time, and we’re here for it.

Anyway, Sheldon feels bad for Amy because she’s paying for his mistakes in his past interactions with the Nobel winners. Sheldon confides to Leonard that he wishes he could invent a time-machine where he wouldn’t have acted so irrationally. “My problem is I don’t always know when I’ve gone too far.” While they can’t change the past, they decide to have a code word Leonard will use whenever Sheldon is stepping over the line. “Shut up” seems to do the trick.

Over at the Wolowitz’s, Halley is suddenly afraid of the dark. Howard admits he was afraid of the dark when he was in space. Bernadette gets an idea to make a children’s book featuring a frightened astronaut to help kids with their fears. Thanks to Stuart’s help in the illustration department, they come up with “The Frightened Little Astronaut,” which immediately garners interest from a publisher friend of Stuart’s. But Howard doesn’t want the entire world to know he was a frightened little astronaut. Stuart tries to convince him otherwise because then he’ll finally get his artwork published. More so, Bernadette says it would take a brave man (ahem, Howard) to help frightened children not feel so alone. Howard reluctantly obliges.

Meanwhile, Leonard and Penny visit Nobel winner Kip Thorne to try and convince him to give Sheldon a chance. It works, and all the aforementioned Nobel winners appear at the gathering. But so does Pemberton and Campbell, which irritates Amy. Sheldon—in an attempt to be nicer to everyone—wants them to stay, but also because maybe they can expose them for who they really are. When that tactic doesn’t work, it’s Amy, not Sheldon, who loses her cool in front of everyone and calls out Pemberton and Campbell for being imposters. And that my friends, is where we end the episode. To be continued…

Why It’s OK If You Can’t See Avengers: Endgame Opening Night

Thor Avengers: Endgame

Tickets to Avengers: Endgame‘s opening weekend are selling in record numbers, and those who are trying to get a ticket to the big night at this stage in the game will have to pay quite a hefty price. Some may not even be that lucky and will be forced to sit at home Thursday night in sadness while their friends and family scuttle off to the cinema to watch the three hour and two minute-long conclusion to the MCU’s Phase 3.

It’s a sad feeling, although those who weren’t able to snag a ticket to their local theater shouldn’t be discouraged in the slightest. Believe it or not, missing out on a debut showing of a highly anticipated film isn’t the end of the world. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that skipping out on opening night and midnight showings may be a better option, especially when compared to other available options.

Bottom line, it’s ok if you can’t see Avengers: Endgame on Thursday, and I’ve got a bunch of reasons why I’m not upset about missing out in the slightest.

First, let’s start with the fact that no movie, even one as highly anticipated as Avengers: Endgame, is worth the finders fee folks are charging online. Online resale value has some asking hundreds of dollars for their tickets, and others swinging for the fences with their asking price in the thousands. Others are less extreme and want a more reasonable $50, which may be a price some with the cash may be willing to spend.

Let’s make one thing clear: paying a premium to see Avengers: Endgame on opening weekend may not be the best decision. For starters, theaters are in the business of making money, and if tickets continue to sell at the rate they are going, odds are more screenings will be made available for more people to attend. It seems theaters aren’t just going to throw up their hands and say no to more money.

Plus, the thought of paying anything more than general admission for an opening night showing of a blockbuster movie is atrocious given past experiences. It’s taken nearly 30 years and dozens of screenings to come to this realization, but midnight and first-day screenings are among the worst screenings one can attend.

Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun. Everyone is excited they’re among the first to see a movie, there might be people there dressed as characters in the film and everyone is riding high on the emotion that their long wait is finally over. It’s an intoxicating feeling, but it comes with its downsides. As others may attest to, when it comes to midnight screenings, the common courtesy of average filmgoing tends to go out the window.

The biggest common occurrence is applause. Audiences will break out in applause for the opening credits, any major character’s first appearance and whatever else may come along the way. While that’s fine for a live performance, characters in films don’t hold for applause before delivering the next line. While the person next to you is clapping hands together like a keyed-up circus seal, you might be missing a meaningful line that can’t be heard until the next time you see it.

Laughter is another big one, and another thing that occurs often and in excessive amounts at big-ticket Marvel releases. It’s understandable since Marvel films can be humorous, and by no means am I trying to shame folks for laughing during the movie. People are free to enjoy the movie they paid for however they like, but for those who want to hear dialogue, extended audience laugh breaks are another thing that gets in the way of that.

There’s also heckling, which may not occur in every first-day screening I’ve attended, but it definitely seems to happen quite a lot. Again, it makes sense, especially when the folks most excited and passionate about the Marvel universe will be amongst the few willing to do “whatever it takes” to secure those first showings.

Some of these people are the same folks who want a pleasant theater going experience, and some of those are the type who screamed at the screen in panic “WHAT’S HAPPENING?” when Leia got sucked out into space during Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Again, these types of theater outbursts aren’t exclusive to opening night screenings, but there definitely feels like there’s more of it.

Let’s remember on top of all of the above that the run time for Avengers: Endgame is a little over three hours long. Even in the most ideal of circumstances, there’s going to be more than a few tired eyes during the late showings as the film reaches its most pivotal moments. Falling asleep or missing some key moments due to nodding off is not ideal.

With all of that said, I do understand and respect the urgency of seeing Avengers: Endgame as quickly as possible. It only takes one errant headline, actor or one over-enthusiastic friend to ruin a major plot point, and learning it before viewing can drastically lessen the moviegoing experience. So, how does someone who doesn’t wish to be spoiled still get a chance to see one of the first showings free from distractions or fatigue?

Two words, “matinee showing.” If you’re someone not bound to the restrictions of a 9-5 job, or someone with some vacation time to burn, buy a ticket for an early showing on Friday. You’ll get a relatively empty theater, plenty of rest and perhaps even a discounted ticket price for going at an odd hour. It’s literally the perfect solution, especially for those who may be considering calling in Friday anyway to recover from the night before.

And if Friday is absolutely out of the question, Saturday and Sunday morning screenings are likely just as available. So there’s no need to panic about ticket sales, or the fact that you may not see Avengers: Endgame on opening day. There’s still plenty of time to make another game plan for a showing, so get a strategy together and create an experience that, in my opinion, is far more optimal than the typical “midnight screening” experience.

Avengers: Endgame is in many theaters Thursday, April 25, but again, audiences will be able to see it any day following for quite a while. Keep with CinemaBlend before and after the premiere for more updates on Marvel, analysis on the film and where the studio is headed in Phase 4. For more on Avengers: Endgame, and how to prepare for it, check out the two films the Russo brothers said fans should watch before the premiere.

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New Detective Pikachu Trailer Shows Off Gyarados And Mewtwo

For the very first live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, the obvious choice was made to kick things off with the ultra-cute and ultra-popular Generation I, electric-type Pokémon Pikachu, who is basically the mascot of the franchise. He’s the most recognizable, but far from the only Pokémon out there though, and fortunately for those fans that want to see some badass Pokémon alongside Pikachu, the latest trailer for Detective Pikachu shows off Gyarados and Mewtwo. Take a look:

Wow, how awesome does Gyarados look? The water/flying Pokémon that evolves from the useless Magikarp looks absurdly huge and awesome here. And Mewtwo looks every bit as powerful and enigmatic as he did in 1998’s Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back. In addition to the Pokémon we’ve glimpsed in the previous trailers, I think I also spotted a Pidgeot giving Pikachu a ride.

Pikachu may get top billing, but Detective Pikachu clearly isn’t holding back on giving fans all the coolest Pokémon that they’ve always wanted to see in live action. I imagine spotting all the Pokémon in this movie is going to be quite the task and may be like trying to spot all the pop culture references in Ready Player One. Gotta catch ‘em all! This movie is going to make so much money.

Detective Pikachu is making a brilliant and bold choice to not give in to the temptation to try and make the Pokémon look ultra-realistic. Unlike something like Sonic the Hedgehog, which appears to be (we haven’t seen the final look yet to be fair) attempting a realistic lightning-fast humanoid hedgehog, Detective Pikachu is adapting the Pokémon to the big screen and maintaining the looks fans have grown up with and loved since the mid-’90s.

The nice thing about this latest trailer and what we’ve seen so far is that while seeing all these awesome Pokémon is the selling point, the story and the character interactions also look to be a ton of fun. The interplay between the gung-ho Lucy, played by Kathryn Newton, Justice Smith’s completely out of his element Tim and Ryan Reynolds witty Pikachu is delightful and hilarious.

Poor Tim trying to be smooth and failing spectacularly is great as Ryan Reynold’s Pikachu then rips him for it. Detective Pikachu will get people in the door with the Pokémon, but this relationship is critical to keeping them entertained after that. Thankfully, it appears to be a unique and funny buddy cop dynamic, with Pikachu as a snarky Sherlock Holmes and Tim as an awkward and insecure Watson.

4 Reasons You’re Bleeding After Sex

After top notch oral sex from my top notch partner, I was primed and ready for some intercourse. But after some vigorous penetration, I noticed I was bleeding after sex—not quite period heavy, but enough to leave three big blood splotches on my baby pink duvet cover. Damnit.

My partner was (understandably) concerned with the fact that I was bleeding, but I was more upset that I’d stained my duvet. I wasn’t in pain or anything and this happened to me every now and then. I’d had a Pap smear two days before and figured it must be related—after all, I know so many women who bleed after sex and don’t think twice about it.

“Usually bleeding after sex is nothing to worry about and will resolve with time,” says Sherry Ross, M.D., author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period. The blood might be coming from the vaginal canal itself, the urinary tract or the cervix, she says. If you’re on your period, a little extra blood after sex is totally normal, and it can also happen during ovulation, she adds.

But while occasional bleeding after sex is common, that does mean it’s normal. Totally preventable things like not using enough lube can often be the cause and we shouldn’t normalize that as just another thing women have to deal with.

“In all cases of bleeding during sex, stop and ask your partner to pull out. Check in with your body and how you’re feeling,” says Lucy Rowett, a certified sex coach and clinical sexologist. “Bleeding is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, so be responsible about your health and get yourself checked out.”

Here are four reasons why you might be bleeding after sex (and how to prevent it).

If it’s been a while since you last had sex, the action can cause lacerations (aka tiny tears) in your vaginal canal, Dr. Ross explains. “Even if you are adequately lubricated, tears of the vaginal opening can occur,” she says.

The best way to prevent it is by making sure you have plenty of time to get aroused before any type of penetration—and use lots of lube. The idea is to promote as much elasticity in the vagina as possible.

I personally like to put some almond oil on my fingers and gently massage the vaginal opening to get it moist. This won’t always work (my partner and I used plenty of lube before my duvet disaster), but it can help.

Deep penetration, whether with a penis, finger, or toy, can occasionally cause slight trauma to the cervix, leading to some spotting after or during sex, says Dr. Ross. “A larger or thicker [object] and a smaller vaginal opening can also create lacerations in the vagina,” she explains.

If you notice that you’re bleeding pretty regularly after sex, speak with your OB-GYN. It may be helpful to try shallower sex positions such as spooning or sitting face-to-face.

Vaginal dryness, which is “often caused by inadequate foreplay or vaginal lubrication,” is one of the leading causes of vaginal tearing, pain during sex, and bleeding, says Dr. Ross.

The good news? It’s totally preventable. Be sure you’re super, super turned on before you have sex. (It helps if you have an orgasm before any penetration even occurs.) “If you are feeling very dry and delicate, stop,” says Rowett. “Slow down and use lube.”

I cannot stress my love for lube enough. Keep a vat of it next to your bed, have a tube in your purse, keep samples in every drawer in your apartment. Lube is the stuff dreams are made of. If you’re in a monogamous relationship and don’t use condoms (because you’ve both been tested for STIs), oil-based lubes like coconut oil are the bomb. But they’re not compatible with condoms, so if you use them, stick to a water- or silicone-based lube.

This isn’t the sexiest thing you’re going to hear today, but bleeding with sex can be a sign of an STI. Bleeding after sex is a symptom for everything from the Herpes virus to Chlamydia, to cervical HPV.

Alessia Cara Witnesses Breakup After Breakup In New ‘Out Of Love’ Video

Just as Troye Sivan and Lauv played ghosts who hovered over happy couples in their “i’m so tired…” video, Alessia Cara is an invisible bystander in her new vid for “Out Of Love.” But instead of watching young lovers in the prime of their relationships, Cara watches as they all break up and (literally) fade away.

The video, which arrived on Thursday (April 4), finds the singer moving in and out of different scenes where couples are clearly on the verge of splitting up; you can tell by their stillness, their silence, and their clearly uncomfortable body language. “Nothing can fill up the space, won’t ask you to stay,” Cara sings, “But let me ask you one thing / When did you fall out of love, out of love?” As she asks that heartbreaking question for the last time, a cloud of smoke rolls over each pair, symbolizing the end has come. At least it looked pretty while it lasted.

On Twitter, Cara hilariously noted that “this entire video is me third wheeling everybody.” She also added, “Because I didn’t write this song about me, I wanted the video to portray being a bystander to other people’s stories.” In an interview with the Associated Press last year, she discussed the genesis of the song further, revealing that she wrote it about a friend’s breakup (and that her friend even got back together with the person who fell out of love with him — happy endings exist after all!).

The CW In the Dark Review: It’s a Compelling Look at the Blind Experience

The CW‘s new series In the Dark hasn’t even premiered yet, but it’s already experienced a bit of controversy. Attendees at the annual Television Critics Association gathering this winter wanted to know why the network didn’t cast a blind actress for the leading role. (The series, if you’re unfamiliar, centers on a selfish, hard-drinking blind woman named Murphy who stumbles upon what she thinks is her friend’s dead body in an alley. When detectives show up and there’s no body to be found, she launches an investigation of her own.) Nuanced roles like this don’t come around often, and The CW’s decision to cast a sighted actress, Perry Mattfeld, came after auditioning several blind performers.

But according to the show’s blind consultant, Lorri Bernson, this was the right decision. She explained at the TCAs that a guide dog for a blind lead actress wouldn’t understand the concept of filming multiple TV scene takes. (Murphy’s dog plays an important role in her story.) “If I were to repeat what I just did, even three or four times, when I repeat it’s because [the dog] made an error,” she said, according to Deadline. “He would slowly break down because he did not know what he was doing wrong.” It’s worth nothing, however, that the show could’ve cast a blind actress and just not had a guide dog in the story.

Bernson wasn’t the only person on set making sure In the Dark accurately represented the blind experience. The CW also hired a blind writer, Ryan McKnight, and a blind actress, Calle Walton, to play one of Murphy’s friends, Chloe (who doesn’t have a guide dog when we first meet her). “I’d say it’s fairly accurate,” Walton tells Glamour about the show’s depictions. “They tried really hard to stay as accurate as possible. I think they did really well.”

One thing In the Dark does get right is that the blind characters are completely in control. There’s a murder mystery at the center of it, but the real thrill is watching Murphy live such an imperfect, independent life. She goes out; she smokes cigarettes; she has sex—these are things we rarely see blind characters do on screen. Think about Blake Lively in All I See Is You: Her character is completely dependent on her partner until she gets her vision back. Murphy doesn’t need anyone, vision or not.

Chloe is a teenager, but she exudes the same kind of agency: She fights with her dad and goes to public school. When she gets her period for the first time, she’s embarrassed and calls on cooler, older Murphy for help. She’s a regular teenager, and Murphy is a regular woman. They’re both so much more than their blindness, and Walton is excited about that.

“Blind people aren’t just useless lumps,” she says. “We can do anything anyone else can do. We just have to do it differently. Blind people can do anything that they set their hearts on.” Adds Mattfeld, “It’s a story about a woman who is so much more than what other people would like to say she is.”

That being said, Mattfeld did everything she could to make Murphy’s physicality as realistic as possible. She frequently consulted both Bernson and Walton throughout filming. “The story is loosely inspired by Lorri,” she says. “Before filming, I spent quite a bit of time with her in her house. I watched her get ready for bed. I watched her cook in her kitchen. I learned how to text using her audio settings. I watched her use her guide dog. Obviously, that part of Murphy was a challenge enough for me, and I recognize not only did I have a responsibility but how much I had to learn.”

Why James Gunn’s Brightburn Is Rated R

Currently there are two movie genres especially blowing up box office numbers and discussion amongst moviegoers: superheroes and horror. The upcoming James Gunn-produced film Brightburn will explore a bit of both genres by putting a terrifying spin on the Superman origin story. The horror flick starring David Denman and Elizabeth Banks looks to be leaning a lot more into its horror elements, per the recent release of its rating. Check it out:

The Motion Picture Association of America has deemed Brightburn with a rating only fit for mature audiences, so get ready for some serious frights and gore. The horror will be set off by a young boy named Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn) who mysteriously falls to Earth in a spaceship as a baby, is found by the Breyers and raised as their own. The story is quite reminiscent of Clark Kent, right down to having superpowers such as super strength, flight and heat vision. There’s a twist though: instead of becoming a boy scout superhero who saves the world time after time, the boy starts using his powers to inflict pain on others and looks to become the evil entity of Brightburn.

From the trailers that have been released for Brightburn so far, it looks terrifying. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise the flick would receive an R-rating ahead of its spring release. The footage sees Brandon transform from an unassuming kid who is bullied to one who resorts to violently breaking the hand of a classmate and testing the limits of his powers. Once he gets the gist of his strength, he starts to use it to wreak havoc on people all over town in a red mask, even putting in danger his adopted parents.

Brightburn was written by James Gunn’s two brothers Mark and Brianz and is directed by David Yarovesky, who helmed The Hive in 2014. As mentioned earlier, Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn is also on as producer for this intriguing take on a familiar origin story that is usually much more innocent. The movie certainly looks to be a fun take on the Superman story that flips it on its head and goes for a much more mature and frighteningly dark tale. How else will it use its comic book roots, I wonder?

Brightburn was originally set to come out in fall of 2018, but with the controversy surrounding James Gunn’s firing from Disney possibly factoring in, the film was pushed back to May 24, alongside the live-action remake of Aladdin. Since the date shift, Gunn has been hired to helm The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros and rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, putting the filmmaker’s name in much better condition to be slapped on marketing for Brightburn, beside the many other exciting 2019 releases coming this spring.

Glamour Editors Review the Most Comfortable Thongs 2019

There are fewer things in the fashion world more divisive than a thong. Some people swear by them, some people can’t stand them, and some people write four-minute and 36-second long songs entirely dedicated to them (the Thong Song still slaps, ten years later if you’re wondering). Back in November J.Lo wore a pair of Natasha Zinko thong pants (yes, pants with a thong attached) that (rightfully) sent the internet into a tizzy. And when some fashion editors started suggesting low rise jeans were going to make a come back in 2019, people started to fear for the worst: the accompanying return of visible undergarments.

Whatever your feelings are on thongs there is absolutely one thing we can all agree on: a really good, comfortable thong can be life-changing. When I asked the staffers at Glamour a “personal” question—Do you have a thong you don’t hate?—everyone immediately responded with no inhibition and so much enthusiasm about the best thongs. Not only did everyone have a thong they didn’t hate, they had a thong they couldn’t live without. From Hanky Panky’s classic low rise to ThirdLove’s seamless stretch thong that goes up to a 3X, here are the nine most comfortable thongs Glamour editors swear by.

1. On Gossamer Hip-G Mesh Thong

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On Gossamer Hip-G Mesh Thong

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“Since I have a bigger butt, I only ever wear thongs because I find every other underwear bunches up too easily and makes me uncomfortable. That being said, not every thong makes me feel great. The point of any good thong (or underwear in my opinion) is to make you feel supported without actually feeling like you’re wearing anything. Ever since I tried on my first Gossamer thong, I knew I’d be buying like a hundred more. It’s incredibly comfortable (I can barely even feel it on) and it doesn’t show any lines when I’m wearing tighter pants. Basically it’s a dream come true and the nylon mesh and frill details make it actually cute too.” —Tara Gonzalez, commerce editor

2. Everlane The Thong

“Appropriately named ‘The Thong’, this classic cotton thong style from Everlane holds the top spot in my delicates drawer because of its breathable material and classic fit. This underwear is so comfortable that I’ve lost count of how many pairs I actually own. Since you can grab 3 pairs for only $27, it’s also not the worst shopping addiction to have. If you’re looking for a new staple to add to your wardrobe look no further, these won’t ever let you down.” —Sarah Morse, social media manager

3. Aerie Lace Trim Shine Thong Undie

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Aerie Lace Trim Shine Thong Undie

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“I hate thongs, and don’t really wear them unless I absolutely must, I’ll take a little VPL (visible panty line) over all day discomfort. The only exception is this one from Aerie—it’s so lightweight it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything. I like that it has the lace waistband, so it’s still pretty, but the rest is nylon-blend fabric, so it’s comfortable. And it’s super smooth so it doesn’t show under skintight pants or sheer dresses.” —Bella Cacciatore, beauty assistant

4. ThirdLove Comfort Stretch Thong

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ThirdLove Comfort Stretch Thong

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“I’d been buying a certain mall brand’s five for $25 thongs for years, but after recently going up a few sizes, the largest options there were literally becoming a pain in the ass. That’s when I turned to ThirdLove’s stretch thongs and never looked back. They’re made from a nylon/spandex blend, so they’re extra stretchy (ideal when you have full hips). And because they’re so thin, there’s never an issue with VPL. The best part of all is that they go up to size 3X and come in a variety of ‘nude for you’ shades. I’ll take its three for $30 deal any day now.” Lindsay Schallon, senior beauty editor

5. Calvin Klein Invisibles Thong

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Calvin Klein Invisibles Thong

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“My Calvin Klein thong is hands down the best underwear purchase I’ve made in years. It feels like nothing is on my body and it never shows under my clothes. This might be TMI, but I’ve found that some thongs are super painful after a few hours of wear, but I can last all day in these.” Khaliha Hawkins, producer

6. Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong

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Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong 5 Pack

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“Who doesn’t remember their first thong? For me, it was middle school. Juicy Couture sweatpants were all the rage, and while their velour/terri-cloth fabrics felt like butter on my skin—they also clung really tight to my butt. So I said goodbye to granny panties that gave me VPLs, and hello to my first Hanky Panky thong. I’ve been wearing the brand ever since.” Samantha Leach, assistant culture editor

7. Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie Lace Thong

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Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie Lace Thong

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“Getting dressed and slipping on a Cosabella lace thong simply sets me up to have not just a good day—but the more elusive good underwear day. As far as lace underwear goes, they are the most durable I’ve ever had—as in, the color never fades (even after multiple washes) and they are super stretchy (so they don’t rip easily). While they fall on the pricier side, picking up a few of these babies in every color is definitely worth the investment.” Alexa De Paulis, junior designer

8. Love by GapBody Lace Thong

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Love by GapBody Lace Thong

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“I have been searching for nice adult lady underwear for years and had just about given up on finding something that wasn’t overly sexy, overly dowdy, or over priced when I found these Gap lace thongs. They’re lovely, insanely comfortable, and affordable (not to mention a great dupe for Hanky Panky). They’re literally the only underwear I own now.” Macaela Mackenzie, senior health editor

9. Lululemon Namastay Put Thong II

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Lululemon Namastay Put Thong II

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“I bought Lululemon’s thong to wear with workout leggings but ended up using it for any and all outfits that veer on the sheer side (dresses, white jeans, etc.) It’s seamless (so no panty lines) and it’s stretchy (so no pinching or slipping). The sweat-wicking fabric is also a plus.” Halie LeSavage, fashion associate