We finally have a release date for the newest “The Batman” film, but no Bruce Wayne??? News broke yesterday that Matt Reeves’ upcoming iteration of this beloved DC Comics character will finally be flying on to the big screen June 25th, 2021. While this announcement gave fans an immediate burst of excitement, it also came with some interesting news. Ben Affleck, who played the Gotham City hero in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League” has officially stepped down and has made room for a new contender to play a younger rendition of Bruce Wayne in this new film. Whether you’re upset or still unsure about the situation, he seems to have made it clear in the tweet below that he’ll merely be a spectator this time around:
and the list currently has 30 possible options!!! Holy cow Batman! Check out this sneak peak of the Top 3 so far:
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Now, until we settle this decision, take a look at some hilarious fan reactions to the big news below!
Before you go, check out our list from last year when rumours of Affleck’s departure first sparked! Here was our pick of the Top 10 Actors Who Could Play Batman Next, let us know in the comments if you agree with any of these options!
Turns out that the Caped Crusaders of the DC Universe don’t exactly have the easiest time. After all, with so many maniacs running rampant, there’s bound to be casualties down the line, some of which just happen to be on the excessive side of the spectrum.
#5: The Death of Aquababy
Most of the time, the death of infants and young children is off-limits, being considered too shocking and taboo for all but the darkest storylines. But that didn’t stop DC writers from giving Aquaman’s infant son Arthur Jr the ax in a story that forever changed the aquatic hero. After being kidnapped by Aquaman’s arch-enemy Black Manta, poor baby Arthur was killed by asphyxiation, drowning on dry land where his Atlantean biology left him vulnerable. This tragic event destroyed the marriage of Aquaman and his wife Mera and setting the hero down a darker path. Even today, few stories have dared to go this dark again when it comes to children.
#4: The Assault of Sue Dibny
The “Identity Crisis” storyline, a DC miniseries written by politic thriller novelist Brad Meltzer, saw the Justice League face one of their darkest periods ever when it was revealed that several members had secretly used magic to erase the memories of several individuals. One of these was the villain Doctor Light, following an incident in which he sexually assaulted Sue Dibny, the wife of Justice League member The Elongated Man. It’s a notoriously dark storyline full of twists and turns that shaped the DC Universe for years after, sending the once shining and optimistic heroes of the DC Universe into new and often depressing territory.
#3: Jason Todd’s Death
Still one of the darkest chapters in Batman’s history, this tragic storyline is made even darker when you learn the story behind it. After being brutally beaten by The Joker and left to die, the fate of Jason Todd, the second Robin, was left up to readers to decide. Would the Boy Wonder perish, or live to fight another day? fans could vote via a telephone hotline, and the votes to end Todd’s life narrowly won out. This massive loss would become one of the cornerstones of Batman’s saga, even when Todd inevitably rose from the grave years later. This one’s on you, comic book readers!
#2: The Killing Joke
And speaking of heinous acts committed by The Joker, who could forget his infamous acts in The Killing Joke, the landmark story in which the sadistic villain shot, paralyzed and assaulted Barbara Gordon. Appearing seemingly nowhere at her home, Joker shot batgirl in an act that would leave her paralyzed. He then proceeded to strip her naked and photograph her, all to prove to her father that anyone can be driven mad by one bad day. The storyline’s use of sexual assault has been rightly criticized in the decades, and it remains an infamous storyline among not just the Batman mythos, but the DC universe at large.
#1: The Fridging of Alexandra DeWitt
Being the significant other of a superhero tends to be pretty hazardous, as this list itself has demonstrated. But it wasn’t until this incident that the phenomenon of female characters in comics getting killed off took on a new name. After Green Lantern Kyle Rayner’s girlfriend Alexandra was killed, dismembered and stuffed in a fridge, writer Gail Simone began a running list of female characters who met similar fates. These women, who were killed not as a logical conclusion to their own story, but as a component of their male counterpart’s story, became known as Women in Fridges, a trope that unfortunately continues to this very day.
Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Greatest DC Comics Stories Ever Written.
A few days ago, we went over 10 horror movie endings that were shocking, confusing, strange, or all of the above with our pick of the Top 10 WTF Endings in Horror Movies and although these endings weren’t necessarily bad – in fact, most of them actually work quite well – they definitely left us feeling uneasy. Now, since we only had time to cover 10 of these films in our video, we decided some of our honourable mentions deserved credit here on WatchMojo.com! So if your favourite WTF ending didn’t make our first list, keep reading, you might find it below. Also, it should be pretty obvious, but there are some major spoilers ahead!
Jigsaw Revealed – “Saw” (2004)
This particularly unexpected ending simply had to be mentioned because it was the moment that set the bar for the remainder of the “Saw” films, and let’s be honest, the Saw franchise loves a good twist. After Adam and Dr. Lawrence Gordon wake up confused and chained to the pipes of a dirty bathroom with a corpse between them, we follow their attempts to riddle their way out of Jigsaw’s maniacal puzzle. By the end of the film, Lawrence makes a painful decision to cut off his foot in order to escape and find help, leaving behind Adam who discovers a tape-recorder in Zep’s pocket. The tape revealed that Zep, the hospital orderly that they killed and believed was Jigsaw, was actually just another victim that was blackmailed into holding Lawrence’s family hostage. The “corpse” then gets up and turns out to have been Jigsaw all along! No one SAW that one coming…
Two Killers – “Scream” (1996)
When a mysterious man in a black robe and white mask juxtaposes a light-hearted appreciation for horror film trivia and a brutal desire to get revenge on Sidney, she begins to lose trust in everyone around her. What did her mother’s death have to do with all of this? Is it Neil? Is it Randy? Is it Stu? Is it her own boyfriend, Billy? Well, the twist ending in “Scream” might not have been the most clever, but it is a classic and a trope that was unique to the slasher film genre: two killers! The final buildup of events that revealed both Billy and Stu as the robed killer definitely took the audience by surprise at the time, alongside Billy’s confession that it was he who murdered Sidney’s mother, not Cotton Weary. Why? Because Sidney’s mother had an affair with his father and broke up his parents’ marriage. Not exactly a strong enough motif to justify his horrendous actions, but it lines up well with the satirical tone of the film as a whole.
Still Following? – “It Follows” (2014)
Sometimes, a twist ending is so subtle that if you blink, you miss it and that’s definitely the case in the 2014 film “It Follows”. After sexually contracting a curse from her date Hugh, Jay becomes victim to an ominous shape-shifting figure and she must somehow pass on the curse, before it continues to follow and ultimately, kill her. But after a series of complicated events – IT morphing into the shape of her friends, Greg being killed after they sleep together thus reverting the curse back to Jay and Paul finally shooting the creature in the head – it seems as though justice has not quite been served. Paul and Jay even end up sleeping together, followed by Paul heading to a run-down town where it is implied he will pass on the curse once and for all. But does he? We’re not so sure, considering the film closes on a shot of Jay and Paul walking hand-in-hand, with a mysterious figure following them from a distance.
Hiding – “Honeymoon” (2014)
When we say WTF endings, we don’t just mean twist endings, we mean endings that made us go “Wait…what just happened?” This 2014 horror film seemed like a simple classic, with an innocent couple secluding themselves in the woods for a romantic getaway, only to realize things weren’t as rustic and ideal as they had hoped. But, what unfolded instead was a series of unexpected and utterly strange events involving Bea undergoing an alien infection and ultimately tying her husband Paul up and anchoring him to the bottom of the lake to “hide” him. She then proceeds to walk into a mysterious light and the film…ends? We still aren’t sure what to make of this movie’s conclusion and perhaps that was the intention all along.
Malcolm Is a Ghost – “The Sixth Sense” (1999)
Whether you consider “The Sixth Sense” to be a horror movie or a dramatic thriller, it definitely isn’t something you want to watch alone in the dark and it undoubtedly left its audience speechless with a surprise ending that is still iconic to this day. Cole has been haunted by his ability to see dead people, specifically those with unresolved issues, and his only outlet to confide in is child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. Malcolm is also dealing with his own issues, namely a broken marriage and an unsettled dark past with a former patient, but the mutualism formed between him and Cole slowly begins to mend each of their respective issues. That is, until the night Malcolm decides to pay his wife a visit and fix what’s been broken, only to find her asleep and clutching the wedding band he thought he was wearing. Malcolm was unknowingly dead and had been since his former patient shot him, but given Cole’s ability, this reveal was cleverly hidden until the very end.
Do you agree with our bonus picks? Which horror movie’s ending was the most shocking for you? Check out our original list of the Top 10 WTF Endings in Horror Movies below and let us know in the comments!
Horror isn’t an easy genre to master, especially in the world of anime. There’s only so much animated gore and shocking imagery that you can throw at the screen before it gets redundant. In that regard, these five titles utterly failed to even make us shudder!
#5: “Mars of Destruction” (2005)
What more do we need to say about this absolute failure? It’s known as the worst anime of all time for a reason you know. This also extends to what it apparently thinks horror is. With the Earth under attack from aliens, a group of cardboard cutouts posing as characters have to fend them off. The animation is so poor that the death scenes are more akin to someone cropping their heads off in Microsoft Paint. Watch at your own dismay, just know that the true scares don’t come from the narrative but rather the show’s abysmal quality.
#4: “Pupa” (2014)
Don’t get us wrong, watching this show will make you physically sick, but it’s more from the subject matter as opposed to anything to do with credible horror. If watching a sister devour her brother in a cannibalistic display of incestuous affection is your idea of a good time, then by all means binge it, the rest of us will wait over here and judge it silently for trying to shock us into submission. Hard to imagine there’s a series that actually fails in its use of excessive gore, but that’s Pupa for you.
#3: “Ghost Stories” (2000-01)
To see how badly this anime failed, you need only to look at the dubbed version. Due to the story, character and general plot being utter trash and devoid of even the mildest scare, the voice actors decided to literally say “fuck it” and turned it into a crude comedy. The result is surprisingly hilarious, becoming something of an official abridged series and managing to gain way more popularity than the original ever did. We can’t think of a better putdown than that.
#2: “Junji Ito Collection” (2018)
This one actually hurts. After all, the man has such a vast collection of truly frightening tales that an animated anthology almost series seems like a match made in heaven. There’s just a little snag; none of the stories are scary. The animation fails to capture the visceral nature of Ito’s most haunting titles, all the while poor pacing just removes any sense of tension and dread. It’s a true tragedy that no-one can manage to capture the horrific essence of such a genre genius, but by this point we’re just hoping studios leave Uzumaki alone.
#1: “The Lost Village” (2016)
A classic haunting featuring a group of young and endearing characters? Yeah, don’t expect to find any of that here. Whatever promise the beginning might have had quickly fizzles out when you realize there are too many characters to keep track of, the plot is anything but focused and the so-called scares never manage to actually leave an impact. It was pretty much an underwhelming disaster from beginning to end, so much so that even the ghosts in this supposedly cursed village were bored by it.
Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Terrifying Anime Villains.
Classics in the world of film aren’t only held in high regard for their intriguing narratives, layered characters and brilliant cinematography, but also for their unforgettable soundtracks. Whether it’s enhancing the atmosphere of a particular scene or a sweeping send-off right before the credits roll, these scores still stick with us decades after our first viewings.
#5: “The Lord of the Rings” franchise (2001-03)
Translating Tolkien’s literary masterpiece to film was no easy task, but Peter Jackson somehow managed to pull it off. One of the major contributing factors to its success is undoubtedly Howard Shore’s brilliant pieces of music. While the epic pieces are obviously fantastic, what makes the score really shine is how it complements the imaginative and wondrous visuals on screen. Pieces like The Great River invoke a sense of majesty, while others, like ending of Khazad-dûm painfully amplify the tragic moments playing out on screen. The soundtracks to these trilogies are undoubtedly some of the greatest of all time, and they ensure that we have tears in our eyes from one film to the next.
#4: “Forrest Gump” (1994)
By 1994, composer Alan Silvestri was known primarily for his work on action movies, including “Back to the Future” and “Predator.” However, he finally earned the prestige he deserved when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his brilliant work on “Forrest Gump.” Many of its pieces, like I’m Forrest…Forrest Gump, are instantly identifiable and invoke feelings of nostalgia and peace, while others, like Run Forrest Run, make you warm with joy and inspiration. The score nicely complements the movie’s scope and ambition, and it can also hit you with great poignant power when the time comes for the tears.
#3: “Gladiator” (2000)
Like most of Hans Zimmer’s greatest work, the score for “Gladiator” ranges from bombastic and heroic to serene and beautiful. Heck, the music almost upstages the movie itself. Am I Not Merciful is one of Zimmer’s most epic and heartbreaking pieces of music ever recorded, and Earth, contrastingly, is one of his most peaceful and magnificent. Meanwhile, co-composer Lisa Gerrard’s angelic voice resonates throughout much of the movie and lends it a Biblical sense of magnificence and awe. It’s a suitably epic and morose score for an epic and morose movie.
#2: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)
We think it’s safe to say that John Williams is an undisputed master and one of the all-time great movie composers. His work on “E.T.” is nothing short of magnificent. The wondrous score and brilliant visuals often match each other perfectly, ensuring that we shed tears simply as a result of the sheer beauty and cinematic passion displayed on screen. Other times, the score and story combine to create some of film’s most heartbreaking scenes, like when E.T. is dying or when Elliot is forced to say goodbye. The music and visuals of “E.T.” define the imaginative potential of film.
#1: “Schindler’s List” (1993)
Nearly every aspect of “Schindler’s List” is perfect, not least of all John Williams’ score. Williams initially found that the movie was too hard to compose for and told Spielberg that he needed a better composer to accurately complement the haunting images and the dramatic intensity of the film’s themes. However, he stuck it out, and managed to create arguably the most emotionally affective score in cinema history. It can make you cry in horror, it can make you cry in sorrow, and it can make you cry with its heart-wrenching thematic relevance. This historical period drama is a cry-a-minute masterpiece, and John Williams’ score is a major contributing factor.
Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Best Hans Zimmer Scores.
While fans of this survival horror juggernaut have been introduced to a fresh wave of scares courtesy of the Resident Evil 2 remake, it’s easy to forget that for the longest time the franchise had been on a downwards spiral filled with more stupid moments than we care to admit…
#5: Chris’s Biceps “Resident Evil 5” (2009)
It’s not just parts of the writing and gameplay where “Resident Evil” has sometimes fallen short, but also in their character designs. While most of them are your ordinary, run-of-the-mill video game protagonists, there was quite a lot of criticism levied towards Chris Redfield’s character model in the fifth game; namely, his arms. To put it bluntly, he has a pair of ridiculously oversized biceps, muscles so extreme that players found it hard not to make a steroid joke at every opportunity. Thankfully, this was toned down considerably in his later appearances.
#4: Jet Gameplay “Resident Evil 6” (2012)
It was supposed to be the biggest and best “Resident Evil” yet, combining everything Capcom had learned after sixteen years making the series, but it was inherently unrecognizable as a “Resident Evil” title. The segment where this is most obvious is during Chris’s campaign, where players will have to board a jet plane in order to strategically take down an aircraft carrier. Yes, really – aerial combat in “Resident Evil”. When you’re done with the boat, an enormous B.O.W. will also appear which you need to take down, all while trying to master some very awkward flight controls.
#3: The Whole Plot “Resident Evil 6” (2012)
With every new game or movie, the over-arching plot and lore of the “Resident Evil” franchise just gets more and more convoluted. This all came to a head in “Resident Evil 6”, when at its core, the complex plot was really just a story about a guy who couldn’t get a girl to like him. Simmons’ obsession with Ada, whom he clones to create Carla –quickly proves to be a pushover – and is ultimately his downfall. During his boss fight, after going through a dozen different forms from a dinosaur to a giant fly, Simmons is finally pushed off a building and impaled. Because apparently bullets aren’t good enough.
#2: “Jill Sandwich” “Resident Evil” (1996)
It’s no secret that lots of English translations of Japanese games are full of errors – but there’s only so far something can be considered an error before it becomes bad writing. “Resident Evil” not only cemented Jill Valentine in history as the “master of unlocking” – but at one point, she was also nearly turned into a “Jill sandwich” by a boobytrapped room with a descending ceiling. You’d think Barry would take his partner almost dying a little more seriously, though Jill just laughs it off, too. Maybe this would have been overlooked as well, if it wasn’t for the notoriously shoddy English voice acting we were also subjected to.
#1: Punching the Boulder “Resident Evil 5” (2009)
By the end of the fifth numbered title, Wesker has finally mutated beyond all recognition; a giant, monstrous shadow of his former self. The big show-down against him takes place, first of all, in the mouth of an active volcano – which is plenty dumb all on its own. But the part players remember most distinctly is Chris making a path for Sheva to cross the treacherous lava by pushing an enormous boulder into it. Or, rather, punching an enormous boulder into it. This is just a short QTE, but the fact that Chris was even capable of moving the rock – which is at least five times his size – speaks for itself.
Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Biggest Changes in Resident Evil 2 Remake.
While the DC Universe has a reputation for having the darkest moments in comic history, it should be noted that Marvel has had it’s fair share of twisted entries. While these sometimes enhance the narrative, other times they’re nothing more than contrived plot points made purely for shock value. Which is which? You be the judge.
#5: Kraven’s Last Hunt
It can be kinda hard to take longtime Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter seriously sometimes. After all, this is the guy who runs around in a lion pelt and jaguar-print pants claiming to be the world’s greatest hunter. But if there’s one story that tries to inject some life into the villain, it’s this one. The story begins when Kraven seemingly kills the webhead, and takes over his identity, running around New York looking to prove he can out-Spider-Man Spider-Man. The real webhead eventually returned and set things right, prompting Kraven to return home and commit suicide. Yikes.
#4: Gwen Stacy’s Affair with Norman Osborn
The death of Spider-Man’s first great love Gwen Stacy remains a pivotal part of the wallcrawler’s history, and any story that seeks to revisit the character needs to be measured and tasteful. Too bad this storyline was anything but. After Gwen’s twin children suddenly appear, it’s revealed that Gwen had a steamy affair with Norman Osborn. Remember, incidentally, that Gwen was barely out of high school and Norman must have been in his 40s. As if the idea wasn’t bad enough, there was even a sex scene where Norman’s face briefly changed into that of his Goblin persona. If anyone needs us, we’ll be scrubbing our eyeballs with soap.
#3: Ultimate Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
Remember a few entries back where we said that the Ultimate universe could be too edgy for its own good? Get ready for example number two. The Ultimate versions of longtime Avengers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were more or less carbon copies of their regular Marvel Universe counterparts except for one crucial detail: that the two were in a romantic relationship. That’s right, before Jamie and Cersei, we had Wanda and Pietro. But just like on “Game of Thrones”, the relationship just seems weird and creepy, to say nothing of how it added an entirely unnecessary and sensationalist angle to the new characters that absolutely nobody wanted.
#2: Hank Pym Hits the Wasp
In a moment that has haunted the otherwise happy couple ever since, this infamous encounter saw two of the founding members of The Avengers engaged in a nasty incidence of spousal abuse. During a heated argument, Hank Pym, going by Yellowjacket at the time, dealt a vicious blow to his wife The Wasp, backhanding her in a panel that now lives in infamy. Obviously, this incident has haunted the pair ever since, casting a dark shadow over one of the major pairings in the Marvel universe. Obviously, their marriage was ended soon after, though the pair attempted reconciliation several times in the following years.
#1: Carol Danvers Gives Birth to Her Own Rapist
What were they thinking with this one? After the Avenger Ms. Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, became suddenly and inexplicably pregnant, she gave birth to a baby boy who matured overnight into a man named Marcus. Marcus then explained that he was from a timeless dimension called Limbo, and gained access to our world by impregnating Ms. Marvel with himself by briefly bringing her to Limbo and using a machine to influence her mind, compelling her to sleep with him. If this all wasn’t creepy enough, the Avengers even watched happily as Carol and Marcus returned to Limbo together, even though he’d just explained how he kidnapped and raped her. When she finally returned, she let her supposed teammates have it.
Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Greatest Marvel Storylines Ever Written.
There’s no shortage of bad guys in the world of anime, but only a select few of them standout as truly deplorable. Whether they’re killers, manipulators or the most chromatic of scumbags, none can hold a candle to these guys in the villain department.
#5: Ainz Ooal Gown “Overlord” (2015-18)
There’s no denying it now; Bone Daddy Ainz has fully embraced his role as the ultimate fantasy villain, and boy oh boy is making the most of it. It might have started with a little deception here and there, but the Ruler of Nazarick has made it pretty clear that he’s not above torture and genocide. Leading hapless adventurers to their doom, subjugating an entire kingdom and making it his personal playground, slaughtering 70,000 soldiers in an instant in order to summon Lovecraftian goat tentacle demons. Sorry guys, looks like Ainz is operating out of the Lawful Evil alignment these days.
#4: The Major “Hellsing Ultimate” (2006-12)
Granted, the fact that this guy is a high-ranking Nazi pretty much guarantees his villain status. However, what separates the Major from your average remnant of the Third Reich is just how much he likes war. Scratch that, he LOVES war. To the point where his single greatest goal in life is to create the greatest conflict in history, even if it means he gets killed in the process. You would have thought such a disturbed individual wouldn’t be able to attract much of a following…that is, at least until you hear him make one of his signature speeches. You will feel part of your soul die, but you won’t be able to stop listening…
#3: Dio Brando “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” (2012-)
You thought someone else would take this position, but it was actually him – Dio! From the moment this guy arrived on scene, he took every opportunity to display just how much of a bastard he was. Nearly stealing the Joestar fortune, forcing himself on Jonathan’s girl, turning into a vampire, slaughtering hundreds of innocents, killing Jonathan – the list goes on. And all this before he got himself a Stand, resurrected himself, and started the whole cycle of violence again a century later. Honestly, trying to dismiss Dio’s villainous impact is MUDA.
#2: Father “Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood” (2009-10)
Even when he was nothing more than a dwarf in a flash, this insidious being still found a way to wipe out an entire civilization. In search of immortality, what later come to be known as the Father of the Homunculi was willing to sacrifice as many lives as it took to secure its place as the ultimate creation. It may have manifested each of its sins as a way to remain pure, but right up to the end Father remained both petulant and selfish, and as a result nearly managed to throw the entire world into total collapse, purely for its own wants.
#1: Frieza “Dragon Ball” Franchise (1989-96)
When you can measure your kill count by the amount of planets you’ve destroyed, then there’s no competition. Well before he was representing Universe 7 in the Tournament of Power, this alien tyrant was only interesting in acquiring immortality, enslaving races, and wiping out anyone who dared get in his way. He’s responsible for wiping out the majority of the Saiyan Race, slaughtered the Namekian population, not to mention killed off quite a number of Goku’s allies. DBZ has seen a multitude of villains, but none can compare to the self-proclaimed ruler of the cosmos.
Be sure to check the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Anime Villains Turned Heroes.
Hey guys! As you may or may not know, we have this amazing little feature right here on WatchMojo.com called the Suggest Tool, where you can leave your best Top 10 list ideas that you think we should make into a video. Now, since we love to see what our MyMojo users can come up with, we started picking 3 of the most trending or unique ideas left on the Suggest Page and giving them some much-deserved attention right here! This week, we posted the top 3 suggested ideas to our community tab over on YouTube and asked you guys which list was your favorite. Here are the results:
Based on YOUR votes, here is this week’s Suggested Idea of the Week! We’re looking at 5 male Disney characters that, according to your votes, need more screen time. Shoutout to MyMojo user TheMichaelCityMaker for coming up with this idea! If you want to see the full list of entries and leave your vote, check out the Top 10 Male Disney Characters That Deserve Their Own Spinoff.
#5: Nick Wilde – “Zootopia”
“Zootopia” was 2016’s animated hit, taking us into the action-packed and intriguing dynamic of a city run by animals and tackling authentic issues like discrimination and prejudice. Although he may only be the deuteragonist in the film, secondary to Officer Judy Hopps, this con-artist turned fox officer caught everyone’s attention with his facetious and charismatic personality, and given his trajectory from crook to cop in the film, a solo spin-off would definitely be interesting. Will his new position in the force hold strong, or will he sink back into his old cunning ways? We want to know! We also wouldn’t mind a Flash Slothmore cameo either, let’s be honest.
#4: Frozone – “The Incredibles”
WHERE. IS. MY. SUPER. SPIN-OFF!?! As Mr. Incredible’s best friend and an incremental player in the battles that take place in both “The Incredibles” and the more recent “Incredibles 2“, Lucius Best, a.k.a Frozone, has earned the right to the spotlight. Not only could this superhero voiced by Samuel L. Jackson carry an action-packed spinoff with his icy powers, but given the dynamic we’ve only heard in both films with his wife Honey, getting to actually SEE this relationship develop on screen would be highly entertaining.
#3: Mushu – “Mulan”
He is the guardian of lost souls! The powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu! So give him a movie! In case you forgot, Mushu is the Chinese dragon from “Mulan” that appointed himself as guardian of Fa Mulan, but given his impulsiveness, fast-talking humour and egocentric tendencies, he usually causes more trouble than protection. “Mulan” and “Mulan II” proved that although he always redeems himself, this dragon’s fear of being demoted to gong duty gets him into a lot of trouble, so a film that places him in the protagonist role is bound to be filled with hilarious acts of selfishness and a series of entertaining mishaps.
#2: Scar – “The Lion King”
Second in line as King of the Pride Lands behind his older brother, the greatly beloved Mufasa, Scar was always jealous and spiteful, but when Simba interfered with his chances at the throne, he became the big bag antagonist in “The Lion King“. Although he met his demise in the film, it would be interesting to see Scar as the centrepiece in a prequel that tells the story of his upbringing alongside Mufasa. “A Tale of Two Brothers”, a book published in 1994 based on “The Lion King” could be a solid reference point to delve into the past that made Scar into the bitter character we know.
#1: Hades – “Hercules”
What is it with vengeful brothers in Disney films? Well, we don’t mind, in fact, you guys clearly want more! This animated Disney film from 1997 gave a comedic and imaginative spin to Greek mythology, topped off with an incredibly catchy soundtrack and Hades, the god of the Underworld with fiery blue hair and an evil master plan. His ultimate fate at the end of “Hercules” was ambiguous, although it seems he was swallowed by the souls in River Styx, so perhaps a dramatic and vindictive comeback story could occur, or a prequel similar to that of Scar mentioned in the entry above. It’s Hades’ turn to go the distance.
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ plot twist? That narrative slap to the face that throws the show in question hurtling down a new and dangerous direction. Of course, when it comes to these series, they went all in with the darkness, to the point where it literally left numerous fans unable to comprehend what they were watching…
#5: Sophia Was in the Barn All Along “The Walking Dead” (2010-)
Season 2 of this zombie apocalypse show can feel a bit slow at times, since much of it takes place on and around a farm. However, one of the survivors’ reasons for remaining there is to locate Carol’s daughter Sophia, who went missing on the highway during the season premiere. After learning that Hershel, the farm’s owner, has been keeping walkers in his barn with the hope of curing them, Shane takes it upon himself to let them out so their threat can be neutralized. In doing so though, the group learns that Sophia, whom they’ve been searching for, was already dead.
#4: Perry Is Jane’s Rapist “Big Little Lies” (2017-)
Despite having a small number of episodes by US television standards, “Big Little Lies” has plenty of twists in its debut season and some of them definitely go to dark places. Early on, it’s revealed that Jane’s son Ziggy is the result of her rape by a man she has not been able to locate since. As the season goes on, it becomes clear that Celeste’s husband Perry is abusive and violent. The two plot threads weave together in the finale, when Jane realizes upon meeting Perry that he was the one who raped her, prompting a violent confrontation that ends with Perry being pushed down some stairs.
#3: Earth Is a Wasteland “Battlestar Galactica” (2003-09)
This series follows a ragtag fleet of survivors, led by the titular ship, as they flee the nuclear holocaust of their homeworlds by their own creations, the Cylons. Their only hope is a lost world, called Earth. With help from rebel Cylons, the humans are finally able to locate it. Their joy turns to ash in their mouths though, when they find Earth to be an irradiated wasteland. Further investigation reveals that a similar uprising occurred there, although the inhabitants were humanoid Cylons. The discovery that their long-held hope for refuge is just another empty promise drives many characters to despair and one to suicide; making for a really bleak twist.
#2: David Had Sex with Syd Without Her Consent “Legion” (2017-)
“Legion” goes to some weird and often dark places, but this is without a doubt the darkest to date. Locked in a struggled with his nemesis, Amahl Farouk, a.k.a. the Shadow King, David Haller is willing to go to great lengths to kill the man who tormented him for decades. Farouk reveals this fact to David’s girlfriend Syd; who then tries to shoot David. Convinced that Farouk has used his mental powers to manipulate her, David blocks these memories from her mind and they later have sex. After being confronted by Syd and his friends at Farouk’s supposed trial, the protagonist is shown how horrific his actions were.
#1: The Red Wedding “Game of Thrones” (2011-)
Did you see this coming as our number one pick? Too bad the same can’t be said for the victims of this bloody affair. While “Game of Thrones” features dark and surprising plot developments practically every week, and Ned Stark’s death was certainly a contender, there’s simply no beating this infamously shocking and tragic twist. Robb Stark, his mother, his wife and unborn child, along with most of his men, are all murdered graphically at his uncle’s wedding when the bride’s family and some of Robb’s own banner men betray him. Catelyn’s final, anguished cry is all of us. The horror.
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