Christina Ricci and Miguel Ferrer are voice-starring in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the long-awaited DC Universe animated original movie from Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The movie, being directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans) from a screenplay by Ernie Altbacker, adapts the classic storyline from Tales of the Teen Titans, one of DC’s top comics in the 1980s. Ricci will play Teen Titans member Terra and Ferrer is voicing the mercenary villain Deathstroke.
Ricci and Ferrer are newcomers to the stable of the DC animated movies, a line that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Titans will also see returning DC players Sean Maher, Kari Wahlgren, Jake T. Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Brandon Soo Hoo and Stuart Allan join the voice cast.
Teen Titans was DC’s comic that went head-to-head with Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men in the early 1980s in a time when both comics were outselling their companies’ more established stars such as Batman and Spider-Man, respectively. Titans, under writer Marv Wolfman and penciller George Perez, hit a zenith with The Judas Contract storyline. It was the culmination of years of stories that saw the Titans — young heroes Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, Nightwing/Robin and Cyborg — face the betrayal of their teammate Terra.The woman had partnered with Deathstroke to take down the team.
Ed doesn’t like to eat certian food because the textures of them make him want to vomit and thats why he wont eat onions and will literally pick them out of anything theyre in like its his number one focus at that point in time, it is his mission if he cant get them out he wont eat it.
It became a tradition of him and Oswald to have takeout, usually Chinese, and Oswald noticed how Ed would stop to very focused removed all the onions out of his food and he asked him why doesn’t he just order it without onions and Ed explained because the take away guy’s a bully and doesn’t like him and he always ended up with onions anyway so he stopped bothering. He said he didnt change restaurants cause it was the one he always went to and he so it felt comfortable and familiar to him despite the irksome onion issue
Oswald was low key pissed so he managed to unsuspectingly mine enough info out of Ed as to what this “onion guy” looked like and then when Ed was at work he called up Gabe and gave him the Important Job of going to the Yuk Wong restaurant and whoop this guys ass maximum with the message no onions.
Oswald was really excited to have takeout again and Ed suspected something but he had no idea what and then they sat down to eat and Ed opened his box and noticed there was not one onion and he looked at Oswald and the big stupid grin on his face and the fact he was pretty much vibrating with joy and hes like all suspicious ‘theres no onions’ and Oswald just gushes about how Gabe payed him a visit and w/ a little friendly persuasion he saw the error of his ways and now he wouldn’t have to fret about onions.
Ed was just… turns, bites knuckle, emotional. This is the kind of connection I’ve been looking for my whole life.
Seagate is a privately-own prison off the coast of Georgia in the United States. It is a integral part of Luke Cage’s origin story in both the comics and the MCU. In Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1 Carl Lucas met Shades and Comanche, as well as Officer Rackman and Dr. Burnstein, who were also part of Carl’s experiences at Seagate in the MCU.
Seagate has other ties to the MCU via a Marvel one-shot entitled All Hail the King, which featured two Iron Man villains, Justin Hammer and Trevor Slattery, who might be remembered best as The Mandarin.
Today’s featured minor villain is Poupelin, from the SuperS movie.
Poupelin is Perle’s older brother. Although Perle came to understand that Badiane’s promise to the fairies was untrue and would be harmful to children, Poupelin still believes in Badiane and has convinced himself that his actions are making it so that children will stay children forever, which to him is a good thing. To achieve this goal, he uses his magic flute to get the children of earth to follow him in their sleep and go onto the magic ships that then lead them to Badiane’s Dream Coffins.
In addition to being able to make children follow him using his flute, Poupelin is also able to transform candies into small creatures that would do his bidding. He uses this in order to fight the girls. Poupelin seems to be the leader of the fairies, and this may explain why he is particularly angry at his younger brother no longer following his lead.
After Sailor Uranus breaks Poupelin’s flute using Space Sword Blaster, he transforms into a bird and flies away. This suggests that the flute is the true source of Poupelin’s powers.
This is interesting. One of the villains featured in Cho Super Hero Taisen originates from the new Korean original show, which is also a sequel to Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, called: Power Rangers Dino Force Brave. This villain is known as Raimein who will be apart of the Neo-Deboth Army. He’s basically a repainted and modified suit of its original counterpart, Raging Knight Dogold. Not only that but it possibly means that Power Rangers Dino Force Brave may make a cameo in the movie as well.
Alright, time to get this off my chest. Under the cut are my thoughts on Pan’s permanent demise on the show. If you’re not interested in his character or are genuinely thrilled that he’s gone for good, you probably should not continue reading.
Today’s featured minor villain is Viluy, seen in episode 122, Believe in Love! Ami, a Kind-Hearted Senshi.
Viluy is the fourth of the Witches 5 to appear. She creates a plan to use the national practice exam held at Mugen Gakuen as a way to collect a large quantity of pure hearts. She is seen to be very intelligent, ranking at the top of national exam scores alongside Ami. Because of this, she seems to be particularly drawn to Ami, meeting her before the exam and showing her around the school. She explains to Ami that at Mugen Gakuen even students can become lecturers as long as they have the intelligence to pull it off. She criticizes Ami as being too emotional when Ami argues that knowledge isn’t everything and that teachers should also value experience and care for their students.
Viluy values logic over everything, believing it to be the only thing one can truly trust. Because of this, she places a lot of faith in her nano-robots, since computers operate on the basis of logic.
However, Viluy’s reliance on logic becomes her downfall. When Sailor Moon uses Rainbow Moon Heartache against Viluy, her nano-robots start to malfunction. Not considering the possibility that this may change their function, she then directs the nano-robots to attack Sailor Moon. Unfortunately for her, they robots do not respond to her command. Instead, they attack and destroy Viluy herself.
Viluy is meant to be Ami’s parallel within the Witches 5. Despite this, there are very few parallels between herself and Ami aside from their intelligence. Viluy’s dismissal of human emotion really serves to illustrate how important the relationships Ami has formed throughout the series are. Perhaps the Ami from before becoming Sailor Mercury would have sympathized more with Viluy’s point of view. And perhaps, if she had the benefit of Ami’s positive experiences and relationships, Viluy would have been able to better reconcile human emotion and logic.
Tl;dr: You should read the Malazan books because they are a sprawling epic (in the literal sense) replete with great representation, complex and interesting characters, heart-rending tragedy and uplifting victories, and because the relationship between Tehol Beddict and Bugg is great.
In a few more words: Malazan Book of the Fallen is a lengthy fantasy series (ten entries) by Steven Erickson, a Canadian archaeologist and anthropologist. It weaves together dozens of individual stories across hundreds of characters and (at least) seven continents, leaping back and forth between apparently unrelated arcs before tying them together unexpectedly; the convergence of narratives and the power of designated protagonists (ascendants) is actually written into the setting as a major force that drives many of the great disasters and world-changing events of the series. I’m not going to spend a huge amount of time lovingly praising the series as I’m not very good at it so instead I’m going to list a few semi-random features of the series:
Villains with believable motives beyond revenge! Protagonists with complex motivations beyond duty or honour! Kallor being a huge dickhead for little to no evident reason other than the fact he’s a douche!
A depiction of military life and culture that praises and showcases the camaraderie of people who will die for each other without exalting war! Stories that spin on what war does to people and what a soldier has to do to survive it! PTSD! Self-sacrifice! Grief! People opening a tavern! Basically every exchange between Whiskeyjack and Dujek One-Arm!
A magic system and mythology that is both internally consistent, marvellously complex, believable and supported by the history and nature of the setting! Gods as flawed and tragic characters whose power doesn’t invalidate the impact of the mortals the stories are largely about! Crone the Great Raven!
Actual female characters existing outside of the shadow of the dudes! Adjunct Lorn (and Tavore), Surly, Olar Ethil, Lady Envy, Nightchill, the list is huge. Better still, none of them are just ‘male character archetype, but a woman’, none of them are two-dimensional harpies written in to give the male lead something to rail against, and many of them are directly responsible for starting or perpetuating the events described in the narrative, rather than passively watching.
LGBT representation and body-positivity! One of the earliest protagonists is a plus-sized lady (and also amazing)! The major protagonist of the last five books has a lady consort who is themselves a fairly significant actor! Kruppe of Darujhistan is both spherical and one of the most important and compassionate characters in the early books! Also Picker and Blend OTP.
Everyone isn’t transplanted European or Mediterranean! There are seven continents worth of civilizations, most of them human, and they vary realistically in appearance and behavior!
Soul-destroying tragedy! Believable pathos! Triumphant, bloody victories snatched from the teeth of fate at a horrendous cost! The best bromance ever depicted in fiction!
Rich and interesting cultures! The undead, ancient T'lan Imass and their endless war with the tusked Jhagut, the scattered Thelomen Toblakai, the weird as shit K'chain Che'malle, even the 'boring’ Malazan Empire - all have interwoven backstories, historical figures, gods, religions. The setting was written as a world building exercise for GURPS and that really shows in the detail, you can dig as deep as you like and keep finding more info.
The first five books can be read somewhat independently, but they’ll be very confusing in the fine details if they aren’t read in order. Gardens of the Moon, the first book, is really kinda crap - it was written ten years before the rest of the series - but Deadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice work fairly well as independent starting points, and contain some of the most heart-rending and moving moments in the entire series.
If you like fantasy at all, particularly the kind of fantasy embodied by A Song Of Ice And Fire, you owe it to yourself to give Malazan Book of the Fallen a shot.
Another “Does this really Happened?” episode, it is
super fun and slashy. My favorite is when Illya being flirtatious towards his
Napoleon and together they go to a Turkish bath (again!) in the middle of the
mission without apparent reasons (this show never ceases to amaze me, how
random yet brilliant for shippers). This is also a rare episode in which
Waverly joins force. It features some interesting villains that admit their
defeats in the end :) And it’s so cute that Illya still
feels very salty about Waverly knocks him on the head for the sake of the
That’s the question on everyone’s mind as we head into Monday’s new Supergirl episode, which will feature the infamous Superman villain’s live-action debut. Is it Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex’s (Chyler Leigh) Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain), who has been held captive by Project Cadmus for years, or someone else? Although he wouldn’t say who it is, star Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winn, promises that the reveal will be “fun.”
While Supergirl deals with Cadmus in Monday’s episode, Winn will have his hands full helping Guardian, a.k.a. James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), who is being accused of a murder committed by another vigilante. EW caught up with Jordan ahead of Monday’s “The Darkest Places” to discuss all of this, plus whether or not Winn still has lingering feelings for Kara and who will be the first to find out about James’ secret identity.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We finally meet Cyborg Superman in this episode. What can you tell us about his appearance? JEREMY JORDAN: Well, Cyborg Superman is going to either surprise you incredibly or you’ll be like, “Oh, I should’ve seen that coming.” It’s fun. If you know anything about Cyborg Superman in the comics, then you kind of know all you need to know. But, Winn, he’s a little bit more preoccupied with what’s going on with Guardian right now.
I bet, since Guardian gets accused of murder in Monday’s episode, right? Yeah, there’s a sort of vigilante who has basically copycatted Guardian and has started taking the law into his own hands, but taking it a little bit too far and actually killing people. So, the police and Maggie [Floriana Lima] are out on a hunt for Guardian. So, Winn is basically like, “We gotta get out. We’re done. We tried, and now if we don’t stop, we’re going to jail and we’re both screwed.” But at the same time, he finds Alex and is like, “Hey, you gotta tell your friend Maggie to stop spreading all of this crap about Guardian. That’s not him. He’s a good person. I know he is.” And, she’s like, “How do you know?” Winn isn’t the best at keeping secrets, as we will find out very shortly in the next episode, so it’s fun to watch how he handles other people sort of discovering the secret of Guardian.
Does Alex get read in on James’ side gig in Monday’s episode? I think it’s safe to say that Alex is going to be the first one to figure it out. She’s not stupid. She’s going to definitely have her opinion about the whole situation. But, at the same time, we have some serious bad guys coming up in this episode and regardless who thinks who should be a superhero or not, they have to ultimately work together to take down the bad guys.
After they clear this obstacle, what kind of rhythm do James and Winn get into? What’s that new dynamic like? It’s something that they’re still sort of discovering. Basically at this point, Winn is at the controls and he’s in the little van. Guardian has a body camera, so Winn can see everything that’s happening. He has all the diagnostics and is basically Guardian’s third eye. He’s like, “Oh, use this grenade” or “use this fun weapon I designed,” or “deploy your shield.” It’s kind of like Winn is Guardian’s director at this point. That’s kind of how they do their battle plan. Guardian and James probably could handle stuff on their own, but as we saw earlier in the season, he kind of needs help, so Winn is there to provide support.
Emotionally, it starts to become kind of muddled. We saw Winn very conflicted at the beginning of this whole thing [about] whether or not he wants to help Guardian and kind of join him in becoming a hero in their own right away from Kara, or whether he wants to protect his friend and stay safe and not sort of rock the boat. We’ll see that conflict playing out more and more as the season progresses, because there’s inherently way more danger involved when you don’t have a superhero who can just instantly heal with some yellow sun and is bulletproof.
Some people have criticized the show for turning James into a vigilante because they were hoping for the show to highlight the other ways people can be heroes. What was your reaction when you first heard about this story, and do you think that argument has some merit? Sure, I think Winn becomes the voice of that argument and then, later on in the season, Kara becomes the voice of that argument. There is the idea of feeling like you are less than when you’re spending all of your time with someone with superpowers, so you’re always constantly trying to overcompensate and trying to build yourself up and feel like you can do something as well. So, you have to go through that process before you can be able to come to the conclusion that you actually can be a hero without doing all of these things. If that is the conclusion they finally come to, so be it, but at this point, they’re finding their own way. They’re both also kind of heartbroken and [laughs] whether it’s them asserting their masculinity by going out and fighting bad guys with brute strength, it’s kind of how they’re dealing with the circumstances that they’ve been left in at this point.
Winn has made that argument already that we fight with knowledge and we fight with what we’re given to help people, but at the same time, there are other ways to fight. Winn is still fighting with those things even if James is using more of his muscles. But, yeah, that sort of argument starts to surface as the season progresses. The fans are definitely not wrong in pointing that out, but I think we are sort of a step ahead of that and addressing that as the season progresses.
Winn has clearly picked up on the fact that there’s something growing between Kara and Mon-El. How will that story continue to develop this season? It was promising at first, Winn and Mon-El being best friends, but in episode 4, Mon-El really took advantage of Winn. While it was funny and fun, I don’t think Winn was super cool about it and on top of that, he starts to see this blossoming relationship [between Mon-El and Kara] that could be turning into something. Winn never really dealt with his feelings for Kara, and they never really dealt with it together. They kind of spoke all the stuff aloud and then kind of avoided each other and then swept it under the drug. I think that stuff starts to resurface and it becomes a little bit more like, “Well, this dude actually might be coming in and taking over.” You can only ignore your feelings for so long. I don’t know how Winn will ultimately deal with it, but I think he’s not going to be super excited for a happy new couple of Mon-El and Kara if that’s what it ends up becoming.
“W-What about a massage?” “Not the stiffness I’m worried about.” “Your tea will get cold.” “I like it cold. Besides, you’ll be more thirsty than I am in a minute.”
*clears throat* I’m feeling really thirsty after this story…
Excuse me while I recover from Saizo’s event story.
Saizo’s story event is so GOOD! Not just because these steamy scenes and angry shinobi sensei is hot but also because it also features Hanzo, Ieyasu (deliciously villainous), Shingen (in his fabulous furry old armor) and my personal fave chara, Mr. Cute Recycled Sprite!