Into The Badlands is one of AMC’s best shows:

Into the badlands is television series that first aired on AMC in november 2015. The show is created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar both of which created the widely popular CW series Smallville. Into the badlands is an apocalyptic action, drama, adventure type story and has been praised by not just fans but by a wide number of critics as well. Into The Badlands is a series that is unlike anything else on television currently and does a great job in being a show that is based heavily on martial arts, something that is not shown a lot today.

I’ve been a fan of this series from the start. One of the reasons why is because of how original the show is in how it creates its world and how it makes the use martial arts essential to its story. In this article I’ll be explaining why I think Into the badlands is not only a great show, but also why everyone should be watching it, and should catch up before season 3 starts in April.

The Badlands:
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 The premise of the show takes place in an apocalyptic world that is about 400 to 500 years in the future. In this world civilization has fallen apart over the years and become for the most part violent and deadly. Guns as a whole has been banned from most regions forcing people to revert to martial arts as a means for survival. The show takes place in a region called the badlands and is ruled by feudal lords known as Barons who each are in charge with keeping balance amongst the people in the badlands and maintaining peace at all costs. Each baron is in charge of either oil, opium, weapons, and food. To protect their interests each baron is known to have a military force known as clippers that do and say whatever a baron wants at anytime. Each Baron has a regent which is known as their right hand and their strongest clipper amongst their force. Some of the clippers are known to take up young children as their cogs who are known as their students in training to become clippers.
The Characters:
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   The characters in the show each have their own story and have a reason as to why they are in the badlands or trying to survive the badlands. Some of the characters are:
Sunny: 
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   Sunny played by Daniel Wu, is the main character in Into The Badlands and is revealed to be the best clipper in the badlands. He is the most feared and for the beginning of the first season is known to be the most loyal to his baron. In the show, Sunny is revealed to have a love interest named Veil played by Madeline Mantock who is later shown to be pregnant which causes Sunny to have a different outlook to the world and causes him to commit actions that  slowly challenge his loyalty to his baron. Sunny realizes he does not want to raise his family in the badlands and chooses to make the decision of leaving the badlands to give his child the chance of a better life.
Veil:
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    Veil played by Madeline Mantock is a doctor in the badlands and is Sunny’s love interest and pregnant with Sunny’s unborn child. Quinn found Veil as a baby and allowed the doctors that helped delivered his son to adopt her as their own. Veil is the heart of the series and brings out the best in Sunny. She is constantly trying to show him a different approach to life than the one he’s grown to know since a child. Veil’s strength comes from being able to stay true to her morals in a world where morals almost no longer exist and is also in the end, Sunny’s inner strength. She is honest, strong, and caring and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the ones she cares about no matter the cost.
M.K. 
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   M.K. played by Aramis Knight, is a young boy introduced early in the series, and eventually comes into contact with Sunny. M.K. is revealed to be from a paradise region beyond the badlands known as Azra which many believes to be a folklore that’s not real. Early on in the series, M.K. is shown to have a hidden dark ability that causes him to blackout. Sunny takes notice of M.K.’s powers and decides to train him as his cog in return of  M.K. helping him leave the badlands and find Azra.
Quinn:
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   Quinn played by Martin Csokas is known as the most powerful baron in the Badlands and his regent is known to be the best clipper in the Badlands which is Sunny. Quinn is known to be a ruthless ruler amongst his own people and throughout the Badlands, and in the end cares about nothing more than power. Quinn adopted Sunny as a young boy and trained sunny to be the best that he is known to be. Quinn is someone that believes power is not something inherited by bloodlines but instead believes true strength comes from taking power from others.
Lydia:
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   Orla Brady plays Lydia who is Quinn’s wife and mother to Ryder. Lydia is loyal to Quinn more than even Sunny and constantly supports him and his actions, but isn’t blinded by her love for Quinn either. Lydia stands by Quinn but tries her best to raise Ryder to be a different man than his father in hopes that he becomes a better baron his father.
Ryder: 
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  Oliver Starkk plays Quinn’s son Ryder and is not necessarily favored by his father. Ryder’s need to be acknowledged by his father causes Ryder to be rash and jump into action while also trying to be ruthless like his father which causes a lot of trouble for himself and Quinn in the end. He does his best to prove to his father than he can become a better baron than him, and tries his best to gain his father’s approval.
The Widow:
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  The Widow played by Emily Beecham, is essentially the anti-hero of the series and is revealed to be a baron. Other barons are shown to not take her seriously due to her taking the power from her deceased husband. The Widow plays off as a mysterious figure for the beginning of the series, and wants to rule the badlands due to her own reasons and not agreeing with how the badlands has been handled so far. She is known as a mentor and mother figure to her clippers known as butterflies and is known to be extremely protective of them.
Tilda:
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   Tilda is played by Ally Ioannides and is known as The Widow’s regent and most trusted ally amongst the butterflies. Tilda looks up to The Widow as more of a mother figure and mentor. Tilda suffers from a tragic past and was saved and taken in as a daughter by the Widow. Tilda similar to sunny is fiercely loyal to her baron and does her best to become the best regent she can be and to always stand by the Widow’s side no matter what, until she runs into M.K. who she grows a liking too throughout the series.
The Choreography: 
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 The choreography like I mentioned before is unlike most television shows today, and  Stephen Fung  who is most known for his work on Enter The Phoenix, House Of Fury, and the Sony Pictures drama film Jump, Huen Chiu Ku also known as Master Dee Dee are one of the many people responsible for brining the action scenes in this show to life. The fight scenes on the show for each episode is shown to be unique from each other based on the environment, and each character is shown to have their own unique style that blends with their personality. The show also has a fight camp that the cast members themselves  attend before each season is filmed in order to get into shape for the action scenes.
Overall:
Overall, the show is one of AMC’s best shows because of the great characters in it, the great visuals it is able to pull off, and most importantly the fantastic action scenes it creates as well. I love this show and have been a fan for a while now. I recommend everyone check it out. I doubt you will be disappointed. The first season is already on Netflix along with the second season appearing on there soon. Season 3 premieres April 22nd on AMC. I hope everyone enjoyed this article. It was a lot of fun to write, and definitely give the show and chance and check it out.
Here’s a link to the trailers for season 1 and 2 below:
If you want to know more about the show check out the link below:
 http://www.amc.com/shows/into-the-badlands

FlashPoint: DC’s Next Best Film

Last month news broke out from Variety  that announced  John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein directors for the upcoming film Game Night and who also worked together on the screenplay for Spider-Man:Homecoming, will be taking on the role as directors for the long awaited DC film Flashpoint! 

Now when this news broke out many people reacted differently, and for the most part many of the fans were shocked by the news. Reasoning for why some fans were shocked is because both John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were known to have worked on another superhero film Spider-Man:Homecoming, and for the most part a lot of DC fans felt uneasy by the news mainly because they felt the recent spider-man film was more of a comedy than a superhero film. With Flashpoint being wildly known for being one of DC’s darkest stories in history, some can understand why some fans felt uneasy. Others were happy at the fact that the upcoming Flash film finally had a director period, and that too is also understandable.

Now instead of giving you a whole article about how I feel about John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein taking on the helm as directors for Flashpoint, I’m instead going to give you my thoughts on why I think Flashpoint could be DC’s next best film and what can be done to make that possible.

The story does not need to be exactly like the comic book:

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Now usually when a beloved comic book story is being made into a film, fans tend to get worried and lash out sometimes because they’re afraid that the movie might not be exactly like the story they read as a child and in all honesty I think it is great thing that, for Flashpoint to not end up exactly like the comic book storyline, but to instead take inspiration from it, and create something new and inviting to both old fans and new.

If films were exactly like the stories we read in books, then there wouldn’t really be a point in seeing the film, because as a fan you probably will know what is going to happen which might ruin the surprise factors for the film. On top of that, studios will have trouble grabbing the attention of people who don’t know anything about the source material and don’t gravitate to the original stories in the book. Giving original content can a lot of the times open opportunities for new and amazing stories to be told. And I think that’s what this film needs to do which is, be different and be its own thing entirely while taking inspiration from past stories.

Fantastic introduction for Reverse Flash: 

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In the flashpoint comic book storyline, Reverse Flash is eventually revealed to be the villain, but has already shown to have come into contact with barry once before already. Something Flashpoint can do is set up its storyline different from the comics where instead of barry allen being the cause of flashpoint, we can have professor zoom be the cause instead. We can have barry thrust into a new reality due to reverse flash and have him play the mystery figure that is tipping things out of balance, and it later could be revealed in the third act that not only does other speedsters exist besides barry, but the reason reverse flash takes on these actions is because he comes from the future to ensure he becomes the one and only flash by erasing barry’s present reality forcing barry to race against time to stop him before the changes become permanent.

I think this idea works because not only does it surprise fans who are familiar with the graphic novel, but it can also cause an interest in the audience to want to know more about the other speedsters, the speed force, and barry allen’s world as a whole as well.

The True Flash:

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In the graphic novel storyline, Barry Allen is already shown to many viewers to have already taken on the mantle as The Flash. This film can have Ezra Miller’s barry allen continue from the young student he was in Justice League, to eventually transforming into the barry allen that becomes more understanding of his powers, and more aware of why his abilities need to be taken seriously to prevent certain situations from happening such as the one reverse flash causes in this film. Seeing Ezra’s Flash being introduced into a new reality while taken on a villain who has the same abilities as him for the first time, can come off as a surprise to the audience and seeing how he deals with all these ramifications could allow for a student becoming a master sort of story, that I think can be really cool.

Last thoughts:

I think the two directors helming this film can pull off something amazing, and really give both new and old fans a movie that can have a serious tone to it similar to Inception or Looper, but also have fun elements added to it as well. I’m not familiar with all of the work done by both John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, but I did enjoy what they did with Spider-Man:Homecoming, and their recent film Game Night is also said to possibly be one of the reasons as to why Warner Brothers approached them in the first place, because of the serious film it was along with fun elements mixed with it. I hope you all enjoyed this article. I thought with the recent news that came out today from collider, discussing this film and the possibilities that can come with it would be a cool idea to do. Let me know what you think about the recent news circling this film. Have a great day everyone!

If you want to read up on more of the recent news concerning the Flashpoint film check out the links below:

Warner Brothers announces directors for Flashpoint: https://www.google.com/amp/variety.com/2018/film/news/flash-movie-directors-john-francis-daley-jonathan-goldstein-1202665854/amp/

Flash directors reveal how they landed the job: http://collider.com/flashpoint-directors-explained-john-francis-daley-jonathan-goldstein/

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Why The New DC Division could be a great idea!

Now I’m sure many of you already know about the news reports that Warner Brothers will possibly be launching a new DC movie franchise that will not be part of the current DC live action films, and this new franchise will be launching independent films based on the characters of DC. Later last year, Deadline reported a solo Joker origin film was in the works with Todd Phillips who is best known for the Hangover films will be not only co-writing the film with 8 Mile writer Scott Silver but he will also be working as the director for this film along with academy award winner Martin Scorsese possibly on board as producer for the film as well.

Now just recently another report came out that Joaquin Phoenix has been in talks with Todd Phillips to possibly play the clown prince of crime, and for the most part the news has been received fairly well by majority of the public.

My Thoughts:

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Even though I’m hesitant to believe a lot of the rumored DC news lately, I think the news about Joaquin Phoenix possibly playing the joker is fantastic! Joaquin Phoenix has been known to be in a number of films such as Gladiator, Her, and Inherent Vice. Many people even say his acting is so good he is almost a chameleon, and that is exactly why I think he is one the best picks for the role. Having an actor like Joaquin Phoenix that can completely adapt to the characteristics and mindset of the Joker could possibly give off one of the best performances of the joker ever! In fact if this works out and this movie turns out great, Joaquin Phoenix could possibly rival Heath Ledger’s performance as the joker in the film The Dark Knight! And yes it is possible to rival that performance but I think it will take the right team to pull that off, and I think so far Warner brothers has possibly gathered the right team for the job.

Reasons why the new DC banner can work:

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The idea of having else world stories worries me, because people might begin to get confused rightfully so about which characters are in continuity and which are not, but still the idea of having different directors of all different styles coming in and showing their point of view on DC characters is amazing news and I think if done well, it can turn out to be something great. Right now it looks like the future DC films might be going in that direction anyway. With Aquaman coming later this year from director James Wan who is mostly known for horror films such as the Saw Franchise and The Conjuring films, seeing James Wan tackle a film that’s not horror based but possibly more action based will be very cool to see, and James Wan has already shown that he can handle action basedon his work as director for Furious 7. Aquaman has the ability to be an epic film with epic visuals that no one has seen before, and I’m looking forward to what James Wan does with the film later this year.

Other films that could come out of the new banner:

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Lastly like I mentioned before, having else world or solo stories could be a great thing. The new possible banner allows directors and writers to tell stories on certain characters that don’t necessarily have to fit in with the continuity. Seeing a film that has Jason Todd for example as the main lead and having the audience see a gritty Gotham full of crime in the point of view of Jason Todd would be a really cool thing to see, because it allows readers who are already aware of the character’s story to resonate with him on a different level, and it allows new people to possibly become fans of a character they did not know about before. We’re already have a Nightwing film on the way based on one of my favorite heroes from DC, so it’s possible anything can happen.

Overall, Warner Brothers and DC launching a new possible banner that allows for more independent film making using DC characters can not only be a great thing, but it can also put them on a different level than marvel without trying to compete with them and allow people to see their own style on things without comparing them to other companies. I’m looking forward to what Warner Brothers  and DC does in the future, and I hope for the best.

If you’re interested in learning more on this news, check out the articles below to know more details and to stay updated on everything:

Solo Joker Film Announcement and details on new division: http://deadline.com/2017/08/the-joker-origin-movie-todd-phillips-martin-scorsese-scott-silver-batman-dc-universe-1202154053/

Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play The Joker: http://variety.com/2018/film/news/joaquin-phoenix-the-joker-origin-movie-todd-phillips-1202692188/

James Wan Announced as Director for Aquaman: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/aquaman-james-wan-directing-1201511748/

 

I hope you all enjoyed my first article on Earth2ComicCast. I had a lot of fun writing this article, and I hope to continue writing and sharing more of my opinions with you all in the future.

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