Dinotopia is a fictional utopia created by author and illustrator James Gurney. It is the setting for the book series with which it shares its name. Dinotopia is an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurus who have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society. The first book has “appeared in 18 languages in more than 30 countries and sold two million copies.”Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time and Dinotopia: The World Beneath both won Hugo awards for best original artwork.
”Bombs targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt as the Christian faithful observed Palm Sunday, one of the most important day on the religion’s calendar.
A powerful blast rippled through a Palm Sunday service at a Coptic Christian church in the northern Egyptian city of Tanta, killing 25 people and wounding 60 others, state TV reported. The explosive device at St. George Coptic church in Tanta was planted under a seat in the church, where it detonated in the main prayer hall, it said.At least six have been killed and 33 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack outside the Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria according to two state-news outlets. Egyptian state media also reports that the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II was inside the Church when the blast happened.”
Yesterday marked the anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. In celebration, we bring you Park City’s Egyptian Theatre! Construction on the theatre began in 1922, around the time archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Inspired by this discovery and under the supervision of Egyptologist C.R. Berg, the theatre was adorned with obelisks, hieroglyphics, and lotuses, among several other Egyptian motifs. The Egyptian has been the iconic venue for the Sundance Film Festival since the inaugural Festival in 1985.
Did children build the ancient Egyptian city of Amarna?
New evidence from Akhenaten’s capital suggests that a ‘disposable’ workforce of children and teenagers provided much of the labour for the city’s construction
There’s a whiff of magic about the site of Tell el-Amarna that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. It’s partly down to the effort of imagination needed to conjure a great capital of ancient Egypt from the sea of low humps stretching between the cultivation and the desert cliffs, and partly the long shadows cast by its founders – the ‘heretic’ pharaoh Akhenaten and his queen Nefertiti.
Amarna came and went in an archaeological moment. It rose and fell with Akhenaten and his religious reformation, under which Egypt’s ancient pantheon of gods was briefly usurped by the worship of a single solar deity; the Aten. Read more.
anon asked for: Belle & Adam + Egyptian The Mummy AU
Belle Carnahan has had a passion for books, particularly rare books, ever since she was a little girl. She grew up surrounded by ancient texts due to her father’s career as a museum curator, and her appreciation for the written works of lost worlds landed her a job as the librarian at the Cairo Museum of Antiquities.
Adam O’Connell is a notorious treasure hunter who finds the most incredible ancient texts and relics. Belle is always the first to greet him at the museum doors when he returns from one dig or another with his latest haul - many of which have included ancient Egyptian scrolls, priceless royal jewels, and more manuscripts that she can keep an account of.
But when he arrives at the museum with a map that supposedly will lead the pair of them to the lost Egyptian city of Hamunaptra, Belle is certain that he has to be joking. Hamunaptra is, according to ancient Egyptian legend, where the Book of Amun-Ra resides - a book made of solid gold containing all of the Ancient Egyptians’ mythical secrets. Legend has it that it was forged by the gods themselves and possessed magical powers.
But Adam isn’t joking. He’s entirely serious, and a tad giddy; who wouldn’t be giddy over he prospect of finding a book that precious? Not to mention every other treasure undoubtedly hidden in the city.
Laden down with books, tea, whisky and firearms, the two set out for the ancient city with the map in hand. But what they find there isn’t the Book of Amun-Ra - it’s the ancient Book of the Dead. An onyx book filled with dark curses and a particular incantation rumored to be capable of bringing about the end of days. Of course, while rather tipsy on whisky laced tea, Adam and Belle find the prospect of such magic incredibly amusing and utterly ridiculous.
“After all,” Belle muses, the book sprawled out in front of them, “No harm ever came from reading a book.”
Up until that moment, perhaps she would have been right. But the second that she read the forbidden incantation within the text, a powerful curse was released - and, deep within the tombs below them, a terrifying, vengeful mummy was awoken in his sarcophagus. Things grow very complicated very quickly when the mummy kidnaps Belle, with plans to use her as a vessel for reincarnating his lover from beyond the grave.
It’s up to Adam to rescue her and it’s a race against the clock. Will he be able to save the girl that he’s admired fiercely for years or will she become the undead bride of a reanimated corpse?
Deadly blasts hit Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria
9th April 2017, at least 27 people have been killed in an explosion inside a church in
the Egyptian Nile Delta city of Tanta, state media reported, as another
blast killed 16 in front of a church in the coastal city of Alexandria.
So I had an epiphany for a Wonder Woman Sequel that i just HAD to share.
*Contains spoilers from the Wonder Woman Film so YOU BEEN WARNED*
Concepts This Sequel Will Include:
Greg Rucka’s current Wonder Woman storyline “Truth”
The Amazons of Bana-Mighdall
Ares and Circe’s relationship.
The New 52 Steve Trevor Concept (DONT RUN AWAY ILL EXPLAIN)
Modern day, probably after the events of Justice League and other DC Films (depending on when/if it gets placed in the DCEU slate of films).
Quest For The Truth:
The film starts out introducing Steve Trevor right away in modern day as being a friend of Diana - but its not the Steve Trevor we know, its a blood relative, (most likely a nephew). His existence will be explained by Diana’s narration so it aint gonna take the whole film to explain - its a minor plot point. Steve is Diana’s friend and a liaison with her for an archeological partnership with the museum she works at… BUT SECRETLY he’s an A.R.G.U.S. agent of Amanda Waller’s (minor cameo) spying on her since… you know - she’s AMANDA WALLER. Since this takes place after the formation of the League - a new family of sorts for Diana - she’s reminiscent of her old family, the Amazons of Themyscira, and wants to investigate her origin since she had been in denial after Ares’ revelation in the first film (hence why she never tried to return to Themyscira before).
Since Steve has come to be a friend of hers she invites him to travel with her to rediscover Themyscira and Waller tasks him with reporting back to A.R.G.U.S. with all the information on their journey. Also joining them on their journey is Barbara Ann Minerva, established as a friend of Diana’s and one of the few who know of her history and secret identity.
The trio set out in order to find THE TRUTH of Wonder Woman’s origin together. Their first stop is to visit the sorceress Circe (who has situated herself as the main musical attraction in a local Casino) in order to gain mystical intel and get an idea of how to go about finding Themyscira. Circe directs them to Egypt based on a “rumor” of powerful fighting women residing there behind a mystical sandstorm. After sending them on their way its revealed Circe is purposely leading the trio there because she is acting on behalf of a man named Ari Buchannan who is Ares in a human body with no powers (itll also be established him and Circe are involved romantically via a pulls-pants-up-after-coitus type scene like in the comics) who is trying to regain his godly power to finally discover and destroy the Amazons (ill explain his situation later on).
Welcome To Egypt:
The trio go to Egypt and get through the mystical sandstorm thanks to a charm given to them by Circe and are immediately captured by a group of warrior women led by the thought deceased Antiope who welcomes Diana to the city of Bana-Mighdall - an Egyptian city of Amazons. Its revealed Antiope did die but in Tartarus she was pitted against other deceased warriors in an underworld tournament run by Hades to win their lives back. Obviously she won and was revived with her immortality intact but she was given an uncontrollable bloodlust (symbolized by her new pitch black hair) that she must satisfy to remain immortal in order to provide Hades with new occupants through the ages (this concept is also reflected in the aggression of Bana-Mighdall’s amazons). Upon her revival, Antiope refused to return to Themyscira, being bitter about Hippolyta’s naivete leading to her death and decided to found her own Amazon society taking in orphan girls as well as abused women. She also appealed to the Egyptian Pantheon to imbue her Amazons with the same powers as the “Greek” Amazons as well as hide their new city of Bana-Mighdall from the outside world. We are also be introduced to Artemis, Antiope’s second-in-command who is praised by Antiope as being as well trained as Diana herself and the two spar.
Diana reveals she is trying to find Themyscira and asks if Antiope can help them. Antiope reveals that she too is trying to find Paradise Island but so she can destroy the Amazons of Themyscira for their weakness (this reasoning will be portrayed as being a result of the bloodlust corrupting her sanity) and she asks Diana to join her in her quest for war with her sisters. Diana and company are obviously shocked but Diana accepts her offer because she was lied to about her origin as well - but this will be a lie. In the night the trio escape with the intent to warn Themyscira but Circe disguised as an Amazon alerts Antiope and her forces who then chase the trio until they barely escape the city.
Without any leads and now in a rush to find Themyscira to warn them of the incoming attack, Barbara Ann Minerva brings up a legend she had heard of in Bwunda where a local god could help them (her thought is that despite being different mythologies they have to know of each other or have a connecting plane of existence). They arrive in the Urzari Jungle and Barbara-Ann performs a ceremony to summon the god in its temple. This god they discover is Urzkartaga, a sleazy, misogynist plant god who claims to know where Zeus is and after some banter offers to call Zeus for them but then starts wrapping Diana and Steve in vines. He reveals his help isnt without a cost and the woman who performed the ritual to summon him will become his bride. Barbara Ann looks on horrified as Diana and Steve are smothered by plants, suffocating them, whiled Urzkartaga jokes that if Diana is that important to Zeus, bringing her to the brink of death should catch his attention. We then see Barbara growing fur and starting to roar before it goes black with Diana screaming for Barbara Ann while being smothered in vines before a large thunder crackle is heard.
Diana and Steve wake up in a jet sitting across from a man scrolling down an ipad and laughing at a video he’s watching. Diana asks perplexed “Zeus?” to which the man looks up and greets them saying “in the flesh” (my dialogue sucks, picture something better). Zeus says Urzkartaga sure went through a lot of trouble just to get his attention but he made sure he got retribution for hurting his daughter. Diana then asks why he didn’t save Barbara Ann to which Zeus says you cant complain about a deal if you didnt read the contract/cant complain about breaking a toy if you didnt read the instruction manual which leads to Diana lashing out at him for being an absentee father and about her frustration at her mother keeping her heritage a secret, the loss of her various friends and overall has a big venting session to which Zeus apologizes. She asks his help in finding Themyscira and he then tells her even he doesnt know where Theymscira is (otherwise hed have been around when she was growing up) but that the key to finding it is within her because it is emotionally tied to her (this concept is from what Barbara Ann says to WW in the TRUTH storyline). Diana closes her eyes and looks deep within herself until she opens her eyes suddenly and all three of them look out the window and see the island reveal itself in the middle of the ocean. Zeus gives them parachutes to jump out and as they descend they look up and see the door close on the sky to which Steve remarks “was that an invisible jet?”
Return To Themyscira:
As Diana and Steve land on Themyscira, they are immediately met and surrounded by a group of Amazons with Steve commenting on the redundancy of the situation to which Diana demands to speak with her mother leading to a reunion. Diana explains the forces of Bana-Mighdall wanting to come to war with them to which Hippolyta reveals she knows, saying all was revealed when Hermes came to them to deliver news on Diana (Hippolyta will have been routinely checking up on Diana by giving offerings to Hermes over the years and in return he would give accounts of Diana’s adventures and whatnot) but informed them of Antiope’s release from Tartaros by Hades and of her creation of Bana-Mighdall as well as her aligning with the Egyptian gods.
Hippolyta also reveals they have been planning countermeasures. Without Diana they needed a champion and she directs Diana’s gaze to the arena where a woman is fighting defeating several Amazons in combat. Hippolyta explains the woman’s name is Donna Troy and she is the champion of their people (chosen back when Antiope’s revival was revealed) who will lead them into the war with Bana-Mighdall (essentially DT is the “champion” Wonder Woman was in the comics when a warrior was chosen to bring Steve back to Man’s World, the scenario for the champion-choosing has a different purpose in this film). Diana tries to barter for peace but Hippolyta stands firm that Diana’s word holds no weight since she chose to leave her people, she says she is glad to see her daughter again but she will not back down from Antiope’s forces. Diana and Steve are allowed to remain on the island but they are warned not to interfere if they do not intend to assist them against Bana-Mighdall.
Steve then suggests calling in A.R.G.U.S. to stop the Bana-Mighdall forces halfway because he’s concerned what those women will do to anyone who gets in their way on their journey to Themyscira, and when Diana asks why A.R.G.U.S. he realizes he’s said too much. She ties him up with the Lasso of Truth and tells him to tell her everything which he does, revealing he’s been spying on her for Amanda Waller this whole time but also that he’s come to see her as a true friend and regrets lying to her all this time. Distraught after feeling like she’s now lost two friends on her journey, she abandons him after tying him up to a tree saying when its over she’ll be taking him back to A.R.G.U.S.
Circe still disguised as an amazon back in Egypt, informs Antiope that the tracking spell which was put on Diana (while they had their meeting) has located Themyscira. Antiope and Artemis gather their troops and make way to their boats on the Nile river traveling to the Meditteranean seas and towards Themyscira. Ares stows away on one of the boats and is cloaked by Circe. He comments on Antiope’s strength revealing he was able to witness Antiope’s revival in Tartarus and planned for this conflict for decades. He also tells how he was able to survive his fight with Diana (in the first movie). Because of Hades taking pity on his death he was revived as an immortal human without his god-like abilities but he says that a war between the Amazons will accumulate enough power for him to return to godhood.
Bana-Mighdall arrive on the shores of Themyscira and Hippolyta has an antagonistic and bitter but regret filled dialogue with Antiope before the war starts with Diana looking on. Diana realizes there is a higher power at work here and senses someone drawing energy from the battle, which leads to the revelation of Ares nearby. While not at full power he claims he is more than a match for her leading to the two of them entering a rematch. As he gets the upper hand, she goes “god-mode” by taking off her bracelets and beats him senseless (similarly to how she did in the first film) before putting her bracelets back on. Before she can knock him out, Circe stabs him in the back and gains all his power. She grows to an immense size acting as a Goliath of sorts attracting the attention of both Amazonian parties and a recently freed Steve Trevor who dials Amanda Waller to send in the Suicide Squad.
Artemis mentions to Antiope that Circe looks a lot like one of their own and Donna Troy yells at them that this is a counterattack plotted by them which Antiope denies, causing Artemis to cross blades with Donna. Diana comes between them breaking them up and gives a speech about the Amazons being tricked by Ares & Circe (which will include sisterhood and them all being Amazons as well) and that their duty is to defeat the God of War (aka Circe by proxy) leading to the amazons partnering up to take out Circe. Steve then hangs up on Waller as she asks him to send coordinates and crushes the phone beneath his boot. Diana leads the charge by starting to take off her bracelets again but Hippolyta and Antiope come to her sides and tell her that this battle is to be fought by the Amazons not gods, not only because Diana should never forget where she came from, but also because
AMAZONS. DONT. NEED. NO. GOD. LIKE. POWERS. TO. TAKE. DOWN. NO. BASIC. BITCH.
The most epic David vs Goliath (or Diana vs Giganta ;D) showdown will then commence with the Amazons dodging and attacking Circe from all angles centered on pure fight choreography and attacking a (most likely) CGI Circe. They defeat Circe with a few injuries to some of their warriors but their attack will have drained her god-like powers leaving her unconscious.
Days pass and Circe is banished by Hippolyta to Tartarus. The two factions of Amazons call for peace and Antiope/Hippolyta each apologize to each other. Antiope then starts to disintegrate saying she hasn’t fulfilled her bloodlust but that she also doesn’t want to live like this, she died once and she thinks its time to return to Hades (paired with a remark about keeping Circe in check). Diana gives her a tearful farewell as Antiope declares Artemis as the new queen of Bana-Mighdall.
Bana-Mighdall’s forces return to Egypt by sea and Diana confronts Steve about his spying on her which he apologizes for and says he was wrong but he truly does see her as a friend. She knocks him out and carries him to her boat to return to Man’s World. She gives her mother another goodbye and Hippolyta says she hopes that again one day they will meet (because she cant just return to Themyscira when she wants, it has to be for a serious reason, etc).
We see Steve being grilled by Waller about dropping the ball on finding Themyscira and that they’ll probably never find it again now that Diana has cut off all ties with him.
We see Artemis being crowned as queen of Bana-Mighdall and announce to her people in an arena that they are competing to become the Shim’Tar - the champion of their people. The camera then zooms in on a woman in the arena looking at her bow, gripping it tightly (the woman is Akila, a Shim’tar from the comics.)
We see Donna Troy looking to the outside world as Diana once did from atop a cliff (akin to diana seeing steves plane crash in WW) then it pans to Hippolyta interacting with Hermes who show’s Diana walking into the JL headquarters which then zooms into her actually walking into the HQ where Batman/Bruce is sitting analyzing something on a computer. He asks her how her vacation was to which she says it wasn’t exactly relaxing but it was what she needed to get in touch with a part of her identity she’d been ignoring. She then turns off the computer and tells him he could use a vacation and walks out with him looking on. She then flys away or some other epic ending motion (im out of creativity at this point let me live this was LONG).
Post Credit Scene #1:
Circe on the boat to Tartarus is nonstop talking to Antiope about her problems with Ares and how she doesn’t deserve this punishment to which Antiope responds by clocking her for talking too much. They’re greeted by Hades welcoming the ladies to his domain as they pass into the darker parts with Circe still running her mouth into the distance. He comments on his niece’s ability to take out Ares and Apollo walks out of the shadows saying Ares was a fool and that since Zeus is absent from Olympus he will try to take his father’s throne. (potential setup for another WW sequel based on the Olympian/First Born story arc from Wonder Woman Vol. 4 in the new 52)
Post Credit Scene #2:
In the jungle of Bwunda, a pair of travelers get slaughtered by an unknown assailant seen as a quick blur past the screen with cheetah spots.Lex Luthor comes out from behind a tree slowly walking forward saying “here kitty kitty, I have a proposition for you” with a shot of a dark patch in the vegetation with glowing red cat eyes with an audible low purr. (Cheetah set up for Injustice League/Society of Super Villains as antagonists for a future JL movie)
Wonder Woman/Diana - Gal Gadot
Ares - David Thewlis
Antiope - Robin Wright
Hippolyta - Connie Nielsen
Amanda Waller - Viola Davis
New Cast (Order Of Appearance):
Steve Trevor Jr - Garrett Hedlund (or could even recast Chris Pine “omg your resemblance to your uncle is uncanny”)
Barbara Ann Minerva - Priyanka Chopra
Circe - Taraji P Henson
Artemis - Jennifer Hudson
Urzkartaga - Forest Whitaker
Donna Troy - Adelaide Kane
Zeus - Brad Pitt
Hades - Stanley Tucci
Apollo - Ricky Whittle
*Judge the fuck out of my fancasting, im awful at casting movies.*
I think it would be pointless to have another “prequel period piece” for the follow up film because another story BEFORE her appearance in modern day would just be dragging out the prequel feel. We know she used to be optimistic then entered mans world and now in the present shes more pessimistic about humanity - ya aint gotta really explain why: we all know humanity sucks.
Reviving Steve Trevor in modern day could be messy and since Superman is obviously returning in JL itd be dumb to just revive every character thats died - let OG Steve die and bring in Steve JrJr The 23th (probsnotthatmuchdownthedescendentlinebutwhatever).
Initially Hades wont have an onscreen presence, he’ll just be shown as an ominous figure from a distance with flashbacks like when Hippolyta told the fight of the Amazons and Gods in the WW movie but will be revealed in the end.
Zeus’ portrayal is meant to be Morgan-Freeman-esque if that makes any sense? Essentially by being a god he can take any form he wants and create any visual situation for the people he encounters to see so what im going for here is a relaxed, carefree god who would pursue a persona of luxury. Essentially hes the deadbeat dad too busy being immature to be serious, rarely sees his kids and when he does he infuriates them.
Donna Troy origin isnt established on purpose to allow her character to be explored in either a sequel or in a titans film (hence the adventurous looking to the outside world in the epilogue - CURIOSITY).
Lex Luthor Im assuming will be free by the end of Justice League so a setup for him in a more in depth role is inevitable and could be set up here.
\o/ IF YOUVE READ THIS FAR GIVE YOSELF A BIGASS PAT ON THE BACK \o/