IT CHAPTER 2 SPOILER FREE REVIEW: A SATISFYING CONCLUSION TO ONE OF STEPHEN KING’S BEST WORK IN A LONG TIME

Directed by Andy Muschietti starring James Mcavoy who plays Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak, Andy Bean as Stanley Uris, & Bill Skarsgard as the terrorizing clown Pennywise, IT: Chapter Two takes place 27 years after the events of the first film. The Losers group has all grown up, finally putting their old town Derry behind them. Forgetting the events that took place in chapter 1. Everyone for the most part has seem to moved on with their lives, except Michael who decided to stay in town still greatly affected by the trauma he faced years ago by the infamous killer Pennywise, has become obsessed with trying to find a way to kill the psychotic entity for good. After the body counts start to rise again, Michael takes it upon himself to gather the group together for one last showdown so that they can put an end to their crazy nightmare once and for all.

 

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I think I had just as much of a fun experience with this film if not more so than the first one. The stakes are higher this time, & will leave you in shock with just how unapologetically brutal & savage Pennywise is in this new installment.  The tone for this film is so much darker, but also mixed with some really great humor especially from Bill Hader who is sure to become a fan favorite amongst audiences, & definitely a huge comedic relief needed for such a dark story as this one. 

I’ve seen so many films this year that have been either disappointing, somewhat okay, or a few that barely hit their mark, & was just overall overhyped. But I’m proud to tell you, Andy Muschietti directs one hell of a sequel that earns its place as one of the most satisfying films to come out of 2019. Surpassing even the 1990’s adaptation directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, IT Chapter 2 is a step above from what you’d usually expect to see from a Stephen king adaptation, & will most likely be ranked down the line as a modern classic for the ages. Every single cast member in this movie nails it in their roles, & the chemistry they share with each other on screen is off the charts. You can tell everyone had just as much of a great time behind the scenes when filming. All the performances were genuinely wonderful.

 

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I don’t know what more I can say without giving any plot points away. So I’ll just leave you all with this. IT Chapter 2 is everything you could want in a follow up sequel, & by the time it’s over I can guarantee you, you’ll leave the theater with pure joy in your heart. Truly heartwarming, & a promising start to 2019’s fall season of films. Avoid spoilers at all cost, see it on the biggest screen possible, & remember to just go out & enjoy yourselves. It’s a perfectly well crafted climax to a beautiful story about the meaning, & importance of friendship, family, overcoming your fears, & most of all understanding that despite how hard things may seem at times, you’re never alone as long as you surround yourself with those that love you most. Never lose hope & keep fighting regardless of the obstacles that come your way because not giving up, IS winning. Stephen King should be proud. It chapter 2 is one of the best adaptations of his work in a long time. 

 

Hope you enjoyed my short review. I tried to give a bit a rundown on some of the thoughts I had, without spoiling anything as much as possible. Once you’ve gotten a chance to see it, tweet us or send us a message with your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you. Until next time, peace, & stay safe everyone.

Sources: DredCentral, Collider, Slashfilm

Why Todd Phillips Joker Might Be The EXACT Type Of ComicBook Film Needed Right Now.

Warner Bros has just released their final trailer for what might be their most anticipated film of the year JOKER! Led by Joaquin Phoenix, Directed & written by Todd Phillips, & co written by Scott Silvers. Other notable stars include the beautiful & talented Zazie Beetz, legend himself Robert De Niro, Francis Conroy, & Brett Cullen. DC might have had a few missteps in the past, but in the last recent years they’ve found their footing, & have had nothing but one home-run after another. Starting with Wonder Woman which single handedly helped reshape the DCEU as we know it. Then James Wan’s Aquaman continuing down that same path being the first ever DCEU film to cross $1 billion dollars at the box office. Followed by David F. Sandberg’s Shazam which won the good faith of both critics & fans alike, & was described by many to be the DCEU’s strongest film yet. DC’s been on a winning streak lately, but it seems like Joker may very well put them back at the top! Yes don’t get me wrong, Avengers: Endgame was good fun, but it’s nothing compared to the madness we’re about to get with this film. Some people may hate me for saying that, but that’s okay. I’m just seeing the facts for what they are. Joker looks to be so much more than just another comic book film. It’s arguably fair to say that, as fun & exciting as the comic book genre has become some of the films recently have begun to feel really redundant, & have caused a bit of a fatigue amongst the public. We’ve seen countless stories that have just felt extremely familiar with one another, & it’s a breath of fresh air to finally see something different. More unique than everything else. It keeps things fresh & opens up the door for new ideas. New stories to be told.  A film based on the origins of one of if not THE biggest & most popular super-villain in comic book history. Sign me up, because I’m all over this. How can anyone not be.

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The trailer is in every way of the word groundbreaking, & is bone-chilling to its core. It really is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Lots of people have already begun to compare Joaquin Phoenix’s performance to that of Jack Nicholson, & of course the late Heath Ledger who to many people including myself believe him to be the greatest joker we’ve gotten on the big screen to this day. His performance was so good in fact, he won the academy award for Best Actor back in 2009 for The Dark Knight directed by the legendary Christopher Nolan. Now it looks like Joaquin Phoenix may very well surpass that PLUS more! I believe this film has a very high chance at not just winning one but TWO academy awards come next season. Best Actor & Best Picture! Yes I’m serious, & although I’m not as infatuated about the academy awards like other film fans as a whole, I’d love to see the comic book genre transcend past people’s expectations and become something bigger than what we first imagined it to be when it started.

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Todd Phillips also mentioned earlier that his take on the clown prince of crime will not hold any ties to past comic book iterations, & will instead be its very own original story entirely. Speaking with Vulture, Phillips had this to say:

“We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”

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That’s exactly what I wanted to hear from a movie like this. Not every Comic book film needs to be exactly like the graphic novels to be considered good. Seeing a director who’s passionate & bold enough to take a beloved character such as the joker and bring their own spin to them, is much more exciting if you ask me. That is the mindset all directors who want to work in this genre should have. It’s not about repeating what’s come before. It’s about how you can add onto something that’s already great & loved by many, & if possible what can you do to help evolve the genre even more. That’s how you keep these films alive. By giving them a new voice each time, not being afraid to take risks, & giving the audience something they can really relate to at its core. This film seems to have all of that! A struggling comedian on the brink of insanity who’s left alone with taking care of his sick mother, dealing with a cruel society that is constantly humiliating him until he breaks. Lots of us definitely can see or at least come to an understanding of what it may be like to be in that kind of head space. It’s a fascinating story to think about that I can’t wait to see unfold on the big screen later this October. This looks to be like the CANNOT miss event of the year for Comicbook fans & general audiences alike.

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Very proud to see Warner Bros taking the DC property in a different direction than what Disney has given us with the MCU. DC possesses bigger than life characters that require this level of talent to help tell their stories properly, & it seems like Warner Bros has realized that themselves as well. The future for DC is brighter than its ever been, & as a hardcore fan myself I couldn’t be happier! Let us know your thoughts on the trailer, & is there another dc character, villain or hero you’d love to see get the same treatment down the line. Send us a message to our Twitter & Facebook pages Earth2comiccast, & TeamJVS. We’d love to hear from you. Hope you enjoyed everything I had to say. Stay safe & have a great weekend everyone! Peace!

Source: Vulture, Warner Brothers

Why The Witcher Should Be On Your List Of MUST-SEE Shows For 2019

Day 2 of Comic Con was nothing short of amazing & filled with loads of surprises! One of the biggest being Netflix’s most anticipated Fantasy Drama Series The Witcher! Based on the widely popular & beloved novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski.

The premise goes as follows:
“Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”

 

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Details about the show was finally revealed to us on Friday during a Hall H Panel hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown & fans were met by three of the main leads Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, & Anya Chalotra along with executive producer, & showrunner Lauren Hissrich who’s best known for her work on previous critically praised shows such as: Daredevil, The Defenders, Power, Parenthood, & the most recently released Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. So I think it’s safe to say The Witcher is in pretty good hands from the looks of it.

 

Henry Cavill being a massive fan of both the games & the books explained very early on that not only was he the first to approach Hissrich about the role of Geralt but that it was a dream come true for him once he got word back that he indeed got the gig!

 
 

Entertainment Weekly was lucky enough to do a brief interview with the cast of the epic series where Cavill finally shared his thoughts on what the role Geralt meant to him, why the world of the Witcher is vastly different from so many folklores we’ve seen before, & what makes it so relevant to our current society today:

 

 

 

Hissrich met with over 200 other actors before finally deciding on Cavill as her lead & knew right away from his first audition that he was the perfect choice mainly due to his passion & genuine love for the franchise.

 

Lauren Hissrich on the process that went into casting Henry Cavill:

 
 

 

Freya Allan who many may know as young Minerva on AMC’s Martial Arts Drama Series Into The Badlands, will be playing Princess Ciri.

 

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Details on her character have been for the most part kept under wraps, but Lauren Hissrich was willing to share some words on how she went about casting Ms. Allan for the role:

 

 

Words from Lauren Hissrich on Freya Allan with Entertainment Weekly:

 

 

Anya Chalotra who’s also a new upcomer in the spotlight will be playing the role of the powerful sorceress Yennefer, & was able to share some minor details revolving her character & the mindset she’s in when we’re first introduced to her on screen:

 

 

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One of the writers of the show Beau DeMayo had this to say about Anya Chalotra’s casting:

 

Fellow cast member Therica Wilson Read also had some very kind words to share about her co-star Anya’s performance:

 

 

Given the controversy that surrounded Chalotra when she was first bought on to the project in September of 2018, it’s good to see the well deserved praise she’s receiving and I for one can not wait to see her in action & prove all the trolls wrong once the series finally drops online!

 

WHAT MAKES THE WITCHER SUCH A COMPELLING STORY FOR EVERYONE:

 

The Witcher has already been described by showrunner Hissrich herself to be a very adult show, & will not hesitant at any expense to go as dark in tone as necessary in order to do the novels justice. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly she says:

 

 

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If you’re wondering why this series is so unique compared to other fantasy shows that have come before it, Hissrich had this to share:

 

 

The last bit of exciting news to come out of the panel, was that we finally got our very first look at the official teaser trailer released online worldwide from Netflix! And I’ll just say…. WOW! Anyone that may have had doubt before, will be turned completely around after seeing this. It is Glorious!! The budget behind this series is no joke. From the set pieces, to the costume designs, it is in every way a visual spectacle, & looks to be something truly extraordinary.

 
 

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Lots of people have been wondering if this show will be the answer to HBO’s Game Of Thrones. It’s a bit of both. In terms of scope sure, but Lauren Hissrich has been very vocal in saying:

 
 

 

 

To be honest, she’s right. The Witcher doesn’t NEED to be the next Game Of Thrones, because we’ve already gone through that ringer before. The whole reason why so many of us choose to invest ourselves into these fascinating fictional worlds whether it be through books, television, film or all of the above is because we’re given new original heartfelt stories from so many different writers across the globe that aren’t made to be in competition with another but instead just broaden our love for the fantasy genre even more. That’s all any of us can ask for at the of the day.

 

 

No release date has been announced yet, but its already been confirmed that the show will be premiering sometime around late fall of 2019. So it shouldn’t be too long before we hear something soon.

 

Overall I have to say, I’m very impressed by everything I’ve seen. I don’t think this will be a disappointment by any means, & I’m sure it’ll be another massive hit for Netflix! Be Ready!

 

 
(Watch the full Hall H Panel recorded from Variety by clicking the photo below):

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Keep a look out for any more info we cover on the show in the future, & let us know your thoughts on the trailer! Did it win you over? Did it not? Are you not completely sure yet & just waiting to see more first? Let us know by sending us a message to our Twitter pages @earth2comiccast & @tweet_JVS or our Facebook pages Earth2comiccast & JVS. Thanks for reading. Hope you all have great day, as usual stay safe out there, & until next time. Peace!

Pilot Reviews: Epix Pennyworth & CW Batwoman

Our good friend & team member Lucas Moore who’s also a member of another one of groups Team JVS has been lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic Con this year & will be covering all the details on some of the most anticipated films & shows coming later this fall.

 

There’s already two reviews for you guys up on the channel giving a little rundown on what to expect with two of the upcoming DC shows: Epix Pennyworth & CW Batwoman. They’ll be a link down below for you all to go & check out if you’re interested.

 

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Pennyworth takes place during 1960s London, & will follow the early days of Alfred Pennyworth(Jack Bannon) as a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company & goes on to work with the famous Thomas Wayne(Ben Aldridge) father of later Bruce Wayne who Alfred eventually becomes caretaker to after the tragic passing of his parents.

 

Pennyworth will be produced by Danny Cannon best known for his work on CSI: Miami & CSI: NY, along with Bruno Heller who’s also worked as producer on another DC series Gotham which just got finished airing its fifth & final season on Fox April 25th 2019.
The cast includes: Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Emma Paetz, Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Llyod Bennett, Pemola Faith, & Jason Fleming.

 

 

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Batwoman which will be airing on the CW & is the fifth DC show to join the Arrowverse on the same network will also be making an appearance at this year’s Comic- Con.
Cast includes: Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy, Cameron Johnson, Nicole Kang, Rachel Skarsten, Dougray Scott, & Elizabeth Anweis.

 

Caroline Dries who was an executive producer on CW’s The Vampire Diaries & worked as a writer for Smallville & Melrose Place will be serving as executive producer once again alongside Greg Berlanti who’s best known for his work on The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, & Black Lightning.

 

The series follows Katherine Kane cousin of Bruce Wayne, who after being kicked out of the military due to sharing a intimate relationship with another woman later takes on The Dark Knight’s mantle as protector of Gotham City as the new Vigilante Batwoman. The show will be premiering later this fall Sundays on CW Network.

 

 

More coverage will be coming your way later this weekend! Be on the lookout for that. Hope you guys enjoyed reading this article. If you have any thoughts on any shows not just the ones mentioned here, contact us at our Twitter handles @tweet_JvS & @earth2comiccast. Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!

Midsommar Spoiler-Free Review: Florence Pugh Gives One Of The Best Performances Of The Year!

Midsommar is a indie folk horror film directed by Ari Aster best known for his most recent work in 2018’s most talked about & critically acclaimed horror films Hereditary which was not only met with praise across the board by everyone, but has been called one of the best modern age horror films of the decade. Midsommar has already begun to see a similar amount of praise by audiences everywhere as once again one of the best films to come out of 2019, & some of the best work of Ari Aster’s career. So you can imagine the expectations fans had going into this one.

 

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The story centers around 5 friends who are invited to a midsummer Festival in a remote undisclosed village taking place in Sweden. Dani played by Florence Pugh who’s parents & sister passes away in an unspeakable tragedy is barely able to cope with the loss & is left in mourning while also doing her best to keep the last remaining relationship she has left alive with her boyfriend Jack played by Jack Reynor.

 

Jack feeling immense pressure from his friends William played by William Jackson Harper, Pelle played Vihelm Blomgren, & Mark played by Wil Poulter, while also now having to be Dani’s one & only anchor left, is having a hard time deciding on whether to end or continue his relationship with Dani, & chooses to go on a road trip to take his mind off from all the stress alongside his friends & girlfriend to visit Pelle’s family in Sweden for a much needed vacation.

 

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Once the gang gets there, they’re met by a group of strange & mysterious villagers who very early on in the film give off the vibe of a sinister ploy at work, eventually putting the lives of Jack & his friends in danger.

 

I’ll choose to stop there, so I don’t end up spoiling the film for anyone that hasn’t gotten the chance to see it yet.

 

My Thoughts:

 

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It’s a slow burn that takes its time to unravel the mystery surrounding Pelle’s family & why their festival only takes place every 90 years. The film does a great job of keeping you unsettled all the way through but also completely invested in a story that is not initially what you’ll expect to see in a horror movie. It’s got a few great comedic moments to it that helps lighten up the ominous tone this film sets off, as well as a strong & all around likable cast that audiences will quickly grow to love very early on within the story. I left the theater in shock & bit confused from how it ended, but for the most part appreciated the unique approach Ari Aster took with this film.

 

I know I may get some heat for this, but I wasn’t as fond of this movie like everyone else. I don’t hate it, but I’m not entirely in love with it either. It was okay for me. It’s got some great scary moments that will for sure not only have you on edge, but also causes you to put into thought of just how real a situation like the one Jack & his friends were in can actually be. This film in no way feels generic & is definitely unlike anything people have seen before within the horror genre. Which is probably the main reason people enjoy Ari Aster’s work so much. He does his best to deliver something different than what we’re all used to, & doesn’t just try to be shocking for the sake of it, but instead is able to tell a solid enough story with well written characters that will leave you talking for days on end long after the film is over.

 

Breakout Star – Florence Pugh:

 

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The strongest standout for me has gotta be without a doubt Florence Pugh. Don’t get me wrong the rest of the cast was great too, but I thought Florence Pugh easily gave the strongest performance not only in this movie, but probably one of the best performances I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this year. Out of all the movies to come out of 2019 so far, Florence Pugh managed to grab my attention the most, & just carries this entire film on her own.

 

 She’s unquestionably fantastic the entire way through, & literally steals  every scene she’s in. This might be too early to say, but I really hope the academy nominates her for the 2019’s Oscars. The chances may be low due to the upcoming competition of films coming this fall, but I believe she deserves to be acknowledged for how great of an actress she truly is. It’s not a joke. She’s THAT good! I may not have liked Midsommar as much as others, but I’d see it again in a heartbeat just for Ms. Pugh. Easily.

 

Florence Pugh’s Next Upcoming Project – Black Widow Set For a 2020 Release:
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Her next film will see her starring alongside Scarlett Johansen in the long awaited & highly most anticipated Marvel solo film Black Widow. Her role & the plot are as of right now are unknown, but it has been heavily rumored that Florence Pugh will be playing the character Yelena Belova who many fans may already know as the second woman to don the mantle of Black Widow in the comics, & is trained by the same people who trained Natasha Romanoff to act as her successor. That is some really exciting news in itself, & I can not wait to go see this when it comes out. Marvel is already on a high coming off strong with both Avengers: Endgame and Spiderman: Far From Home. So it’s no surprise that Disney would take the opportunity to bring on even more amazing talent for future projects they have planned for the foreseeable future of their overall beloved cinematic universe headed by Kevin Feige. Disney & Marvel Studios couldn’t have gotten a better actress than Florence Pugh for a film like this. Really excited to see what she can do, & where her career goes from here, & I think we’ll all be seeing a lot more her in much bigger roles very soon. I’m sure of it.

 

Final Thoughts: 
So I gotta say, even though this movie didn’t hit all the marks for me, I appreciate the different take Ari Aster bought to Midsommar, & I believe anyone who’s a fan of Hereditary will probably have a great time watching this. Even if you’re someone who may not have seen herditary at all beforehand (like myself) & are going in with fresh eyes, I’d say give it a go. It might surprise you, & you may end up loving the heck out of it by the end. Always judge a film based on your own opinions and not the opinions of others.

 

That’s the end of my review. Hopefully you all enjoyed it. Go see Midsommar this week, & see where it lands for you. If you want to reach us, send us your thoughts to our pages on @Earth2ComicCast & @Tweet_JVS. Enjoy your day everyone, & stay safe out there. Peace!

Cinemax’s Warrior: One Of The Best New Shows Of 2019!

Produced by daughter of the late Bruce Lee, Shannon Lee along with Justin Lin, & Jonathan Tropper comes a brand-new Marital arts drama series from Cinemax that has been 50 years in the making from the early works of the legendary Bruce Lee himself titled “Warrior” set in the late 1870s of San Francisco, California which follows a young man by the name of Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who’s on the search for his long lost sister in hopes of bringing her home, & is later sold to one of the most powerful tongs in Chinatown.

 

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Filled with an Awe-inspiring Cast starring Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Diane Doan, Kieran Bew, Dean Jagger, Joanna Vanderham, Tom Weston-Jones, Hoon Lee, Joe Taslim, Perry Yung, & Langely Kirkwood comes a story that reflects heavily on the hardships and reality of racism, discrimination, & sexism set in a fictional world that very closely mirrors our current society.

 

Let me just start off by stating it’s rare when we see a television series like this that is so committed to giving viewers across the world a show that is willing to speak so truthfully on the many struggles people of color have & continue to endure today. Warrior is not only throughly entertaining, but also is distinct on the messages it is able to tell through its dialogue & the characters we grow to love throughout the series.

 

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We see a world where racism is displayed at an all time high with Asians being called cruel/hateful names such as “Chink” & “Chinaman” along with political leaders of all kinds abusing their power & deeming those of color less than human by either having them arrested on false charges, not giving them fair trials or going as far as committing random attacks as a way of pushing them out of the country.

 

 Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Good because it should. Those same exact events you see on this show are happening in our world right now to so many of us, & unfortunately hasn’t gotten any better. That’s what makes this story so powerful. It’s not solely focused on just giving you cool entertaining fights which by the way are amazing, but instead uses its time to get you emotionally attached to characters that reflect real people suffering battles similar to our own. Really showing the difficulty of what it means to be looked down upon & judged wrongfully for no other reason but your ethnic background or your skin color.

 

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Ah Sahm who’s our protagonist played by Andrew Koji quickly gets himself involved with the Hop Wei Tong, & is later put at odds with their life long rival gang the Long Zii. Finding enemies from every corner & few allies he can trust, we see our hero Ah Sham grow into a force to be reckoned with that is hellbent on protecting his new found family and will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of his sister. I don’t think Shannon Lee could have found a better lead for this show. Andrew Koji is not just a terrific actor, but also brings a cool edgy type of energy to the character of Ah Sahm, & fully embodies the role of man who can be naive & cocky at times but most of all is determined on trying to do some good in his life & the people around him, & refuses to be broken down or belittled by a city that’s in fear of itself. Wonderful lead!

 

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Mai Ling played by the gorgeous & most talented Dianne Doan who’s original name goes by Xiaojing, is the younger sister of Ah Sahm, & one of the many powerful women we see showcased throughout the course of this show. After suffering years of abuse by her husband who she was forced to marry as a way of preventing the death of her younger brother, Mai Ling runs away from China to San Francisco & later becomes leader of the Long Zii Tong alongside her lover, enforcer & partner Li Yong.

 

Right from her first appearance Dianne Doan became an instant fan favorite of mine, & does an incredible job of portraying a woman who refuses to stay a victim to her past abuse and instead rises as a powerful warlord in her own right to help ensure others in Chinatown will no longer have to endure the same fate she suffered during her childhood. She has an enormous amount of strength about her that is infectious, & despite some of the cold actions she’s forced to unfortunately make at times, is able to cause viewers to fall completely in love with her, & want nothing but to see an outcome of her standing victorious by the end. People will be amazed by the wonderful performance Dianne Doan brings to the screen. You won’t be able to take your eyes off her, & will be left in shock with how much of a badass she becomes by the end of the first season. I’m telling y’all, she’s fantastic!!

 

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Li Yong played by the none other Joe Taslim who many may already know from the widely beloved film The Raid: Redemption directed by Gareth Evans, & the most recently critically praised film featured on Netflix right now The Night Comes For Us directed by Tim Tijahanto, is not only a pleasant surprise to see for everyone including myself, but also if you’re looking to create a show that is centrally focused on displaying true martial arts at its finest, then this is the man you’d want on a project like this. It’s just common sense, & it’d  almost be a crime not to have him involved in it. Very pleased he’s back to remind us all how much of a great fighter & actor he really is, & I think it was an excellent decision on Cinemax & the producers part bringing him on to this series.

 

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Big Bill O’Hara & Richard Lee played by Kieran Bew & Weston-Jones are two police officers investigating the mysterious deaths committed in Chinatown by an unknown assailant. O’Hara who’s unfortunately caught in debt with the Irish men gang is met with some unlikely tasks that threatens the livelihood of his own family, & is pushed into becoming someone unrecognizable to himself & his peers as a means of protecting his loved ones.

 

While Richard Lee who we discover much later on has been targeted with a bounty on his head for committing murder & is now on the run for his life. Both work together on protecting the others interests, & during their investigation come across a completely new world existing in Chinatown when they get entangled in the ongoing war of the Tongs.

 

Lee & O’Hara help represent the only few good officers left in San Francisco who genuinely want to help its people & put an end to a conflict that can unfortunately result in the deaths of many. Kieran Bew & Weston Jones bring almost a Bony & Clyde vibe to the show that at times can be made for comedic relief, but most importantly display a deep brotherly bond of two men dealing with their own inner demons, & helps one another discover a more stronger version of themselves they didn’t know existed before. They at times can be the heart of the show set in a place that has left many oppressed longing for a glimmer of hope that things will turn out okay.

 

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Ah Toy played by the beautiful Olivia Cheng is a Madame in charge of the Hop Wei Brothel, & stops at nothing to ensure the safety & protection of her own people from any and all kinds of threats surrounding Chinatown. Even if that means taking a life in the process. Intelligent, fearless, wise, & one of the few friends Ah Sahm has in San Francisco, & takes an interest in him after discovering his family connection to Mai Ling. Olivia Cheng not only steals every scene she’s in, but also is a downright thrill to watch, & most importantly one of the most stunning, & empowering women you’ll ever see on television right now. She does a fascinating job bringing such a great character in Ah Toy to life, & is one of the main reasons why this show is so damn incredible! She’s been involved with two other popular series as well titled Marco Polo & Deadly Class, which by the way she was also great in as well. Very ecstatic with everything she’s done so far, & can’t wait to see more of her in future seasons on this show.

 

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Wang Chao played by Hoon Lee is a black market arms dealer that works both sides of the Hop Wei & Long Zii, & also with the San Francisco police. Supposedly an ally to everyone, but really a lone wolf with his own secrets, & probably one of the smartest people that resides in Chinatown. Many may already know Wang Chao from a previous beloved show on Cinemax called Banshee which ran for 4 seasons & ended its run in may 2016. So you can understand why so many fans were excited to see him make a return once again alongside Jonathan Tropper who I mentioned before as one of the producers on this show, & also worked as showrunner for Banshee. Hoon Lee brings a cool swagger to the character of Wang Chao that sets him apart from the rest, & plays as a huge asset to an already incredibly talented crew.

 

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Joanna Vanderham plays Penelope Blake the wife of Mayor Samuel Blake whom she marries as a way of preventing her father’s business from going bankrupt. When we first meet Penelope, she’s already fighting a war of her own. Set at a time where women are almost forbidden to have a voice in almost anything, Penelope chooses to stand up against those that abuse their power, & begins to act as one of the first on breaking those barriers, while also slowly finding her own strength refusing to be silent against the visible racism currently going on within the city, & along the way grows a quick affection for our hero Ah Sahm who saves her from being mugged by a group of men working for the Hop Wei. Vanderham is so compassionate & empathetic in her portrayal. A remarkable actress that will immediately take your breath away, & is able to express a deep level of genuine & raw emotion on screen.  Especially in scenes that require little to no dialogue. A joy to watch, & a great addition to the cast!

 

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Dean Jagger plays Dylan Leary an American Civil War Veteran turned Crime Lord who holds a strong hate for the Chinese and firmly believes they’re the sole cause for jobs being taken away from the Irish. Dylan is a psychotic man feared by many around town who is committed on doing whatever it takes to drive out the Chinese from San Francisco, & will go as far as even taking another one’s life to ensure those goals are met. As sicking as this character may be, I gotta give it up to Dean Jagger for not being afraid on giving the audience one hell of a performance that reflects the acts & behavior of many people in our country that unfortunately shares the same hate. It’s not watered down in any way, & visibly shows just how cruel the world we live in really is.

 

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Jason Tobin & Perry Yung who play Father Jun & Young Jun. Both run the Hop Wei Tong, &  quickly decides to take in Ah Sahm in the beginning of the series as one of their own. Young Jun is son of Father Jun, & awaits the day of taking over the Hop Wei in honor of his father. Ah Sahm’s closest & most dearest friend in San Francisco, & has his back through thick & thin no matter the situation.  The two are basically blood brothers that will kill for each other if absolutely necessary, & do what they must out of respect for Father Jun & the Hop Wei. Father Jun is a much more lethal, & focused man with a single goal in mind which is keeping sole control of the streets with his Tong at the top. All seeing & all knowing. A powerful crime boss that always honors his word, & doesn’t believe in second chances. Someone who’s not easily fooled, & has grown tired & weiry of the ridicule Chinatown is forced to deal with causing him to make cold/calculated decisions in the betterment of his people. He sees potential in Ah Sahm & grooms him into one his most trusted enforcers.

 

A+ Choreography: 
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The action set pieces that take place are outstanding, & are some of the best I’ve seen since AMC’s Into The Badlands! Which is another show also centered around martial arts, & I highly recommend you all give that a look at too whenever you get the chance. The fights done on Warrior are grounded, gritty, brutal at times & intense, & doesn’t once slow down at all. It’s so well done, & beautifully shot, and if you’re someone who maybe even remotely interested in wanting to tune in, then the choreography alone should be more than enough to grab your attention. Trust me when I say, some of the fight scenes are just jaw dropping, & is once again a testament to how devoted everyone in this cast is to giving fans something that not only pays respect to the show itself, but also gives viewers everywhere a reason to start shouting out in praise with full adrenaline & pure excitement. It’s a rush you’ll love watching from start to finish.

 

If you’re someone who’s feeling a bit of an empty void now that Game Of Thrones is gone or just looking for a story that is not generic & is different from what you may have seen before, then I’d highly advise you take a look at this phenomenal series. Lots of hard work went into it, & it pays off tremendously. Believe me, you will not be disappointed. You have my word.. Season 1 is now available on the Cinemax app, & the show has now been renewed for a season 2. The more people that watch the better chances we have of it staying on air even longer. Which by the way is something I promise many of will be asking for by the time you fully become invested yourself. So keep showing your support, & if you haven’t seen it yet, hopefully I was able to convince you to start. Thanks for reading, & send us a message to either me or to our Twitter & Facebook pages @earth2comiccast or @Tweet_JvS. Be safe out there & enjoy the rest of your day. Peace!

 

Why Robert Pattinson Will Make An Incredible Batman For Today’s Generation

After years of speculation, countless rumors, & nonstop fan castings, it has finally been reported straight from Variety that none other Hollywood Star Robert Pattinson mostly notably known for his work as Edward Cullen in the widely popular film series Twilight, will don the cape & cowl as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman for this generation come June 25th 2021.

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I couldn’t be more ecstatic about this news, & I think it’s phenomenal casting! Despite not having a good rep from the twilight films, Pattinson has gone on to become an outstanding actor that has over time won the respect of a lot of critics, fans, & colleagues for turning his career around. He’s shown numerous times throughout his career to have an incredible amount of range in his performances on a number indie films such as Good Times, Bel Ami, The Rover, The Lost City Of Z, & his most recently released film the sci-fi thriller High Life directed by Claire Denis, which again has been met with rave reviews across the board by audiences & critics. He’s no longer the same actor many people saw 10 years ago during the days of Twilight. He’s completely redefined himself in the eyes of the public with the roles he’s chosen, & is taken a lot more seriously as a performer than before. Of course there will always be those fans out there that will feel differently & express their opinion with the usual “Not My Batman” comments, but give it time and I’m sure those that don’t see it now will change how they feel once they see his portrayal on screen.

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Most importantly, Matt Reeves who’s given us a handful of critically well received films in 2008’s Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, & War For The Planet Of The Apes is now attached as Director for the upcoming film, & has been very vocal on wanting to give audiences the definitive Batman story showcasing his detective skills at work proving and reminding us all why he’s known to be the world’s greatest detective first & foremost before being a superhero.

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We’ve gotten so many films in the past decade most notably Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, & Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice that have shown only one side of the cape crusader which is the action & spectacle parts, & although that’s entertaining and still very much needed in this new iteration, it’s not the only thing that’s important when bringing a well known beloved character such as Bruce Wayne to life. There’s so much more to him than just cool flips & having him beat up thugs on the street. Bruce Wayne is a character who’s story originates from pure tragedy. A child that watches his parents mugged & killed in an alley right before his eyes for no reason at all, & is then left all alone in a world that looks to have little to no hope. Seeing a film envision what it’s like for someone to grow through all of that can make for a powerful & lasting impact that can spark conversations amongst people for decades to come. That’s the kind of story true Batman fans who’ve loved this character since childhood have wanted for so long. We want a Batman that we can personally identify with, & emotionally fully invest ourselves into. Someone we can follow on a journey through the span of possibly a trilogy or more (if we’re lucky) and realizing why this man is so broken and how inspiring and encouraging it can be to watch such a well respected icon from the comics push through every obstacle that comes his way, no matter how impossible that situation may be. That in my opinion is the true Definitive Batman we need done on the big screen, & I think we are for sure going to get that once cameras start rolling early next year.

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We’ve had so many great portrayals over the years starting from Adam West, to Michael Keaton all the way to Christian Bale and Ben Affleck that some people may say that a fatigue is on the way, but I disagree. Each actor I’ve listed has given us something different from the last, and made the role their own. Pattinson will do the same and bring his own distinct tone & feel to his portrayal once the time comes. People just need to take a step back, breathe, & understand this casting won’t ruin the character by any means. I don’t think Reeves or WB would have signed a contract with him if they didn’t fully believe he can deliver on giving the fans something truly special that will for sure leave many of us very happy. It just takes time, & patience.

Another set of good news to come out due to this report, is that we can expect more casting announcements in the coming weeks as filming is about to go underway. Nothing official, but rumors have been circulating the internet that Vanessa Hudgens maybe in the running for Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

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If true, this would be another knock out of the park win for Matt Reeves hands down. Hudgens is mostly known for her work on the widely beloved popular Disney film trilogy High School Musical, Greese: Live & most recently RENT: Live, along with other films such as: Gimmie Shelter, Machete Kills, Spring Breakers, & now the newly released action thriller Polar where she co-stars along side Mads Mikkelson who plays a retired assassin helping a young woman who’s forced into hideout having to fight off a group of psychotic killers in order to get her life back. Hudgens has grown into a terrific actress in a short amount of time, & has even gone on to express her love for the character Catwoman going as far as to saying Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal partially helped her pursue a career into acting. She’s already got lots of love for the comics, can for sure give an amazing performance in any project she’s involved in, & has already worked with DC before in the past on NBC’s series Powerless. She’s more than capable of handling a role like this, & it would be a huge push for her career going forward if it all pans out. I for one am rooting for her all the way, & it’s one rumor I hope to the gods ends up coming true. Can’t go wrong with a beautiful, fun, full of life actress such as her. WB please don’t miss out on this opportunity. Take a chance & bring her on to this project. This is one casting you can only benefit from. She has a strong following, & will honor/cherish this role like no other.  Trust on that.

The Batman is set for a release on June 25th 2021! Also, Expect some more news to come soon with San Diego Comic-con right around the corner. It’s a very exciting time to be a Comicbook fan right now. We can only go up from here. Post all your thoughts on the recent news reported surrounding this casting, & share what you’d love to see done this time with the Batman. We’d love to hear from you, & send us a tweet or message to our Facebook pages @Earth2comiccast or @Tweet_JvS! Enjoy the rest of your day! Peace!