It’s a very strange time for Justice League fans. While the highly anticipated Snyder Cut is definitely happening and bound for HBO Max as a four-part limited series, a troubling conversation has been brewing around the film’s original release back in 2017. Actor Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg, publicly called out Joss Wedon as well as executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns for creating an abusive and hostile work environment after Snyder himself left the project in the wake of personal tragedy. Since then, his co-star Jason Momoa has also taken to social media in support of Fisher’s claims, calling for a full investigation by WarnerMedia.
Notably, Momoa also called out Warner Bros. themselves, stating that they released a “fake” release about his involvement in an animated Frosty the Snowman movie to distract from Fisher’s claims.
The developers of the hit social deduction game Among Usjust announced that they have canceled a planned sequel because of the popularity of the first game.
Though that sequel had been announced just 36 days ago, developer InnerSloth wants to support the game that’s so popular right now. “The main reason we [were] shooting for a sequel is because the codebase of Among Us 1 is so outdated and not built to support adding so much new content,” InnerSloth said in a blog post. “However, seeing how many people are enjoying Among Us 1 really makes us want to be able to support the game and take it to the next level.”
Game of Thrones delivered its most significant, iconic shock toward the end of its third season back in 2013 when Robb Stark, his mother Catelyn, and his wife Talisa were killed by a rival family at an event that came to be known in-fiction as the “Red Wedding.” It rocked fans who read the original scene in the 2000 novel A Storm of Swords–fans who then looked forward to show-only people’s minds being blown once the scene finally aired. And with some minor tweaks, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss mostly succeeded in translating the gut-wrenching event to television.
One major change related to the show’s version of the Red Wedding only became evident long afterward, as it grew more and more clear that one iconic character would not be adapted from the source material to the screen. In the novels, you see, Catelyn Stark doesn’t stay dead. Like other characters in the series, she’s resurrected by Red Magic–think priests of R’hllor like Melisandre and Beric Dondarrion’s friend Thoros. (If this is all starting to sound like nonsensical trivia, don’t worry, we’re getting to a point.)
In the books, fire zombie Catelyn–also known as Lady Stoneheart–goes on a tear through the Riverlands lynching any and all “enemies” (as she very loosely defines them) and perpetrators of the Red Wedding, including any members of the rival Frey family she can get her hands on. She hasn’t appeared much in the currently published books, but fans hope she’ll play a more prominent role in future material. In a series where justice is so rarely served, some readers find it cathartic to have an undead agent of pure vengeance floating around on the fringes. So it was extremely disappointing to a lot of people when the show ultimately chose to leave Lady Stoneheart in the realm of the written word.
TikTok has requested an injunction against a looming ban on its app in the United States. The company — a US subsidiary of Chinese corporation ByteDance — claims a Trump administration executive order violates its right to due process and freedom of speech. It’s asking a District of Columbia judge to block a rule that would require Apple and Google to remove the app from their stores on September 27th.
The request addresses an increasingly convoluted attempt to sever TikTok from ByteDance, ostensibly because the Chinese-owned app poses national security risks. President Donald Trump originally gave ByteDance a September 15th deadline to sell TikTok, then ordered app stores to ban it on September 20th. It was granted a last-minute…
October is just around the corner now, and that means a new month of events for Pokemon Go. Developer Niantic has outlined some of the activities it has planned for the hit Pokemon mobile game next month, and they include the return of more Legendary Pokemon, a special Limited Research event, and more. Here’s a rundown of the events that are happening in Pokemon Go in October 2020.
October Special Research Breakthrough: Shedinja
Niantic is rolling out a new set of Field Research tasks and rewards starting October 1, and there will be a new Research Breakthrough encounter as well. Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough next month, you’ll get a chance to catch the Bug/Ghost Pokemon Shedinja.
Niantic is bringing more Legendary Pokemon back to Raids in October. Throughout the month, you’ll have another chance to encounter the Legendary birds Zapdos and Moltres in five-star Raid Battles, as well as Origin Forme Giratina. Niantic also teases that a “special Raid boss” will appear during Pokemon Go’s Halloween 2020 event. You can see the full Raid schedule below:
The US Department of Justice has submitted a proposal to weaken Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a rule that protects websites and apps from liability for third-party content. The proposal would make it riskier for sites to remove offensive content and would remove sites’ immunity for hosting material related to terrorism, child sex abuse, or cyber-stalking. It would also remove some protections for sites that don’t sufficiently explain their content moderation policies.
The new rules are a concrete application of ideas the Justice Department floated months ago. They cover two orthogonal goals for Section 230 reform: pushing web platforms to more aggressively remove harmful (and sometimes illegal) content like harassment…
Perhaps as was to be expected, more of the films slated for release this year have been delayed, and that includes Black Widow. With the next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe pushed until 2021, that clears the entire year’s slate of Marvel films–making 2020 the first year since 2009 without any new Marvel movies to hit theaters.
That will come as a surprise one way or the other, whether you think it’s shocking it’s already been a decade of annual (or more frequent) entries or that it’s only been a decade. Either way, it seems fitting that what has been such a weird year will buck tradition in yet another way.
The release of new Marvel movies is like clockwork. This year will be not only the first time we’re not getting one in a given year in over a decade, it’s also the first time since 2012 that we’re not getting two (and the first time since 2016 that we’re not getting three in a single year). A new Marvel movie hits theaters almost as often as the seasons change. I clean the unfortunate gap between the counter and my fridge less often. Their debut is a signal that it’s a time for me to change my toothbrush head. It’s how I know it’s time to consider (but not actually follow through with) canceling my unused gym membership.