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DC Universe Scares Up Another Hit With Swamp Thing

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When you think DC’s Swamp Thing the first thing that probably comes to mind is probably the low-budget, forgettable movie from the early 1980s. While the film was without a doubt a product of its time and a certified cult classic there was only room for improvement. That upgrade comes in the form of DC Universe’s newest streaming series of Swamp Thing.

All of this becomes apparent within the first few minutes as a bunch of hillbillies destroying the swamp land of Louisiana get attacked by a mysterious creature. It’s genuinely terrifying and a great modern horror approach to the genre.

The rest of the first episode takes things slow as we establish most of our main characters. Our main character isn’t Swamp Thing or even the man who will becomes Swamp Thing but instead the beautiful Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed).  Arcane is a scientist for the World Health Organization and has been called back to her hometown to investigate a mysterious plant outbreak that has been killing people.

Because Arcane is the main character and not the Swamp Thing it allows the audience to discover the world with her, a directorial stroke of genius.  She also brings along her research assistant (Leonardo Nam) who unfortunately gets sidelined through much of the first episode. Thankfully it doesn’t take long for her to cross paths with Andy Bean (Alec Holland), an eccentric biologist also studying the outbreak.

The only real hitch in the series comes in the form of Will Patton, who plays the town’s token rich white guy and clearly the villain. Patton is a fantastic actor but the way he’s presented just screams villain from the very start.

Those wondering where the big green guy is are in for a slow burn. If the series showed all of its cards right out of the gate it wouldn’t be worth watching. Instead viewers must wait until the very end for the creature to appear and it’s totally worth it. DC didn’t hold back and Swamp Thing looks EXACTLY like he does in the comics. It’s glorious.

DC has been putting out its best material on its new streaming service proving that it is very much a major player in the comic book multimedia medium. While their movies may have their faults the level of commitment that they are putting into their TV shows proves they are a still a force of nature.

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The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.

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The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.

Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.

The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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