How Are Blade Runner and Alien Connected?

With the release of Blade Runner 2049, fans finally got the chance to return to the distinctive world introduced in the original film. As it happens, though, Blade Runner 2049 could be construed as not quite the first time Ridley Scott has revisited the Blade Runner universe. Both Blade Runner films are, in a sense, part of a larger shared universe that includes the Alien and Predator franchises.

We don’t expect to see Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver joining forces to battle Xenomorphs anytime soon, but it is fascinating to see how Blade Runner and its sequel intertwine with films like Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Taken as a whole, these movie form one large meditation on the nature of humanity and what truly separates the creator from the creation. Check out our breakdown of how Blade Runner and Alien link together thematically and in terms of continuity. Full spoilers follow for Blade Runner 2049, Alien: Covenant, and all the films that preceded them both.

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Star Wars: Luke Skywalker Visits Jedha

Marvel’s flagship Star Wars comic kicked off a major new story this week, one that revealed some surprising connections between the Original Trilogy and the characters and events of Rogue One.

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Warning: this article contains spoilers for Star Wars #38!

New series writer Kieron Gillen picks up right where outgoing writer Jason Aaron left off, as the Rebel Alliance is still searching for a new base in the period in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. This issue brings Luke, Han, Leia and the gang to the ruined world of Jedha, which is still clearly feeling the effects of the Death Star attack in Rogue One.

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Wrestling Wrap Up: Survivor Series a Now a Must-See PPV

There was a lot of movement in the wrestling world this week. So much magnificent movement.

Jericho’s facing Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12, Pete Dunne showed up on RAW to beat Enzo with the Bitter End (which for some reason is not called the Well Dunne or the Pete’s Sake), Kurt Angle wrestled a RAW live event (teaming up with Rollins and Ambrose again), I’m told that TNA/GFW/Impact Wrestling/Thing That Should Not Be held its annual Bound for Glory event, and Sami Zayn proved that he was capable of delightfully dancing like an idiot to someone else’s theme…

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Amazon Greenlights Comic Book Series from Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen is working on a new series for Amazon based on The Boys comic book series.

Deadline reports Amazon has given an eight-episode order for The Boys, which is based on the comic created by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson. Evan Goldberg and Rogen, who are also behind the Preacher TV show, will direct. Filming will begin in the spring of 2018 for a 2019 release.

The story of the comic book series follows a group of vigilantes known as “the boys” who attempt to take down corrupt superheroes who embrace the darker side of their massive fame.

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Jupiter Jet #1 Advance Review

Note: This is a spoiler-free advance review of Jupiter Jet #1, which will be released on December 6.

You have to admire Action Lab Entertainment for the versatility of their comic book lineup. The publisher recently wrapped Spencer & Locke, a dark, Sin City-flavored and strictly adults-only spoof of Calvin & Hobbes. Now they’re shifting to the very other end of the spectrum with Jupiter Jet, an all-ages superhero comic more in the vein of The Rocketeer. This industry can certainly use a few more all-ages titles, and it appears that Jupiter Jet will do its part to fill that niche.

The Rocketeer comparison is unavoidable, as this series also features a jetpack-wielding protagonist fighting injustice in a steampunk-flavored setting. Fortunately, there’s plenty else to distinguish the series. Teen heroine/orphan Jacky Johnson isn’t punching out Nazis, but rather robbing the rich, zeppelin-riding elite of Olympic Heights and using her ill-gotten goods to support her younger brother and their various downtrodden neighbors.

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Ben Affleck Suggests He May Not Play Batman For Much Longer

While a standalone Batman movie from DC has been planned for many years, it hasn’t always been clear what we’d be getting. Initially, current Batman actor Ben Affleck was set to star in, direct, and co-write The Batman. However, Affleck stepped down as director in January, to be replaced by War for the Planet of the Apes’ Matt Reeves. It was then reported that Affleck’s script had been scrapped, and that he might not appear in the movie at all.

Affleck has now commented on his continued involvement with the DC universe. In an interview with ExtraTV, the star was asked if he will fulfil his five-film contract with the studio, to which he replied, rather wearily: “I don’t know about that. We’ll see what the future holds.”

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In July it was rumored that DC were considering easing Affleck out of the role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio were looking to replace the 45-year-old star as Batman, a change that would be addressed “in some shape or form in one of the upcoming DC films.”

Since Reeves came on board, the direction of The Batman has clearly changed. While the director has since stated that Affleck is still involved, he has also confirmed that his script would no longer be used. Reeves has also teased a few details about his film. “It’s really that emotionality that I am interested in,” he said. “I want to do a very point-of-view-driven [film]. In all the films what I try to do, in almost a Hitchcockian sense, is use the camera and use the storytelling so that you become the character and you empathise with that point of view,” he said.

“I think there is a chance to do an almost noir-driven detective version of Batman that is point of view driven in a very, very powerful way. And hopefully it is going to connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”

Affleck’s latest appearance as Batman is in Justice League, which hits theaters on November 17. This week it was revealed that the surprisingly short running time of the movie was ordered by Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara as a reaction to the extended length of previous movies such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film clocks in at 119 minutes, which makes it the shortest movie in the DC universe so far.

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