The Batman Has Cast Its Catwoman

The Batman has cast Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, the alter ego of Catwoman, IGN has confirmed.

Deadline first broke the news that Kravitz will portray Selina Kyle opposite Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne in the reboot from writer-director Matt Reeves, which is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021. It’s notable that Warner Bros. announced Kravitz’s casting as “Selina Kyle” with no mention of Catwoman, but given how familiar fans are with the character’s secret identity – and rumors that Reeves’ new take on the Dark Knight will be a trilogy – it seems impossible to imagine that Kravitz won’t don the catsuit and whip at some point.

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Pokemon Go Adding Regigigas Next Month, But You Can Catch It Early If You Pay

A new Legendary Pokemon is coming to Pokemon Go very soon. The colossal Regigigas is set to debut next month in EX Raids, but if you can’t wait until then to catch one, you’ll have a chance to encounter it early–but only if you pay.

Niantic is introducing a paid ticket system that will give players access to a Special Research questline called “A Colossal Discovery.” By purchasing a ticket, you’ll be able to take part in a special story event that culminates in an encounter with Regigigas before it appears in EX Raids.

The Colossal Discovery event will take place on Saturday, November 2, from 11 AM to 7 PM local time. In addition to access to the event, purchasing a ticket will net you a Colossal Discovery medal, an Unova and Sinnoh Stone (used for evolving certain Pokemon from their respective regions), an exclusive avatar pose, and the ability to receive up to 10 free Raid Passes when you spin Photo Discs at PokeStops during the event.

The ticket will retail for $8 USD, and unlike other in-game items, it cannot be purchased using Poke Coins. This is sure to be a controversial addition to the game. Up until now, Special Research questlines have been available for free for all players, but this new ticket system locks an entire event behind a pay wall. You can read more about ticket, including details on how to purchase one, on the Pokemon Go website.

If you don’t decide to spring for a ticket, you’ll still be able to catch Regigigas in EX Raids later in November, but you need to receive an invitation to participate in those. Meanwhile, Regirock, Registeel, and Regice will return to standard Raid Battles from November 1-4, and you’ll have your first chance to encounter their Shiny forms.

That’s not the only Pokemon Go event on the horizon. This year’s Halloween event kicks off on October 17 and introduces costume-wearing starter Pokemon, Shiny Yamask, and specially themed Field Research quests. The Legendary Dark-type Pokemon Darkrai will also make its debut in five-star Raids.

Here’s How Long Little Town Hero Lasts

Little Town Hero is the next RPG from Game Freak, the studio that brought us the massive Pokemon series. This game is a little smaller in scope, though, as you may expect from the little town name. Game director Masao Taya says he wanted to make it a smaller, more digestible role-playing game for adults who are pressed for time.

“Despite my love for this genre, I haven’t really been playing turn-based RPGs other than Pokémon as of late,” Taya told Nintendo Life. “Of course, becoming an adult has reduced the amount of time I can devote to games, but I believe that’s not all. RPGs are really time-consuming, and with how big the maps are, you can easily get lost and stuck in areas where you only get to battle weak opponents. That was a large part of the reason that I stopped playing as much.

“So with Little Town Hero, we’ve been careful not to prepare maps that are infinitely huge, or maps filled with opponents that can defeated just by spamming the attack button. Instead, we’ve aimed for an interesting battle system that really makes you consider how to go about defeating your enemy, each and every time.”

Taya says that Little Town Hero can vary based on how quickly players connect with its unique battle system. If you catch on quickly, it will be 10-12 hours. If not, it might be more around 15-20.

That’s still a good bit shorter than a lot of other RPGs. Pokemon games tend to be 20-30 for the main campaign, and much more if you aim to catch ’em all. Persona 5 is well over 100 hours.

Little Town Hero releases on October 16 on the Nintendo Switch eshop. Game Freak is also preparing to put out its next main Pokemon games, Sword and Shield, in November.

You Can Preorder Shenmue III for $49.94 Right Now

It’s been a long time coming, but Shenmue 3 is finally launching for PlayStation 4 and PC on November 19. This partially crowd-funded sequel, which arrives 18 years after the initial release of Shenmue 2, lets players explore an open-world version of rural China. You can rifle through drawers, take on part-time jobs, play mini-games, and much more. The game has reams of dialog and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. You can learn more details in our Shenmue 3 preview.

If you’re ready to secure a copy of the game for yourself, you’re in luck: Shenmue 3 is now available to preorder at numerous retailers. You’ll even get a preorder bonus for your troubles. Check out the details below.

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The Evolution Of The Live Action Joker

Put on a happy face.

Love him or hate him, Joker is one of the most famous and instantly recognizable comic book villains of all time–a title that is only solidifying further now that his solo film debut is out in the wild, making wave after controversial wave. But Joker’s fame isn’t just because creepy clowns are always scary and fighting Batman is always cool. The character has experienced a slow but extremely high-profile evolution over time, not only on comic book pages and in cartoons, but in live-action performances too, which has helped him reach massive audiences both in and out of various pop culture fan communities.

The Joker’s comic book history may be one thing, but his history on the big and small screen is another thing entirely–and one that, in light of his recent blockbuster success, is definitely worth sitting down and taking a closer look at.

Conrad Veidt (The Man Who Laughs)

Okay, sure. This isn’t technically an actual, intentional live-action version of the Joker, but it’s still important to understand the history here. Conrad Veidt’s character Gwynplaine in the 1928 silent film The Man Who Laughs served as a direct visual inspiration for Jerry Robinson, Joker’s co-creator in 1940. So while Veidt may not have actually been trying to embody a DC comics character with his performance–clearly, DC Comics didn’t actually exist when the movie was being made–if you want to get really nitty-gritty about things, Gwynplaine is technically the first live-action “Joker” in history, and the point from which all other live-action Jokers spring from in one way or another.

Cesar Romero (Batman ’66)

The world’s first live-action Joker came in the iconic camp classic ’60s TV show, played by actor Cesar Romero, who, famously, refused to shave his trademark mustache for the role. The makeup artists dealt with this by just smearing white grease paint over it, which resulted in a weird–yet undeniably memorable–new look for the character.

It’s important to remember that at the time of Romero’s casting and the ’60s TV show, the dark, gritty, violent Joker we know today absolutely did not exist. The character was introduced with the same thin pretense as most ’40s and ’50s superheroes and villains–he was just a run-of-the-mill criminal with a visual gimmick to make him more interesting for readers to look at and for artists to draw. It was only over time that the Joker’s personality and would-be “aesthetic sensibilities” really started to solidify. But even as they did, it was Romero’s role in the TV show that really drove that idea home, and made the Joker an instantly recognizable character in DC’s pantheon.

Jack Nicholson (Batman ’89)

Nicholson’s Joker occupies an interesting area of Batman history. The halcyon days of the ’60s TV show were long gone by 1989 and the Batman comics revival courtesy of books like The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One was well underway. The public’s perception of Bruce Wayne was evolving, and with it, so was their perception of his rogues.

Still, it wouldn’t be correct to say Nicholson’s Joker is particularly grim or gritty. He blurs the lines between Romero’s traditional clownery and the new, much darker sensibilities infused within Gotham City by being, essentially, the halfway point between the two. His Joker attempted to make more sense–he was given a real origin story that tied him directly to Bruce Wayne, and a physical deformity which lead to the whole clown gimmick–but he still strutted around in a bright purple clown suit in a cartoonishly gothic Gotham City.

Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

By the time 2008 rolled around, fans’ idea of Batman had been totally reinvented. The camp of the ’60s was long, long gone and books like The Killing Joke, A Death In The Family, and Arkham Asylum had established Joker more strongly in recent memory than any slapstick gags. Joker was, at this point, well known and understood as a psychopath and a murderer, and Heath Ledger’s role in The Dark Knight only cemented that concept further.

Ledger’s Joker was messy, anxiety-inducing, and brutal. He shed all the cartoon trappings of his predecessors in favor of an edge that would go on to define live-action Jokers for years to come. This is where we began to see the adaptations really lean into some of the ideas the comics had been passively playing with for years. Things like Joker being a completely unreliable narrator when it came to his own stories, the fact that he killed without motivation, that his fixation of Batman really had nothing to do with his own past at all, that it was only a flight of fancy for him with no deeper meaning at all. The sharply dressed, novelty gag slinging clown of the ’60s and ’80s was long, long gone and in his place, there was one of the most horrifying men in Gotham.

Cameron Monaghan (Gotham)

If Ledger’s Joker really leaned into the more chaotic elements of the character, Cameron Monaghan’s incarnation of “Jerome” and “Jeremiah” on the Gotham TV show took the ball and sprinted away with it. Like most characters on Gotham, Monaghan wasn’t trying to specifically be the Joker the way any of his predecessors had–everything about the show was loosely inspired by the Batman mythology at best–but that didn’t make the influence any less obvious. Jerome/Jeremiah owed his strange and stylized evolution to Ledger’s take on the character if only for the constant back-and-forth he experienced with the truth. Was he actually supposed to be the Joker? Was any part of his backstory the truth? Did those questions even matter in the face of how horrifically violent and brutal he was?

Jared Leto (Suicide Squad)

Leto’s version of the Joker takes some of the groundwork laid by Nicholson and Romero–the over-the-top performative aspects and flair for drama–and modernizes it, arguably in the worst way possible. Clearly there’s a precedent for the choices made here, but Suicide Squad’s version of the Joker leaned in a little bit too hard and came out the other side looking less like a clown and more like the worst person you can remember from your most embarrassing moments in high school. But cringe-worthy as it may be, the fundamentals are all there–this Joker is hyper-violent, a gangster more than a petty criminal, interested more in the aesthetics of his “brand” than the viability of any of his crimes.

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Arthur Fleck isn’t exactly an anomaly in the spectrum of live-action Jokers, but he’s not really traditional either. Where Leto ran in one direction with the more physical aspects of the character, Phoenix went the opposite with the mental. This is a Joker that is much, much less concerned with actually “looking” the part (though he does, undeniably, look the part) and much more interested in selling the origin story–a part of the character that hasn’t been solidly examined in live-action since Nicholson in the ’80s. As such, Fleck feels less like another link in the Joker chain and more like a return to or a re-examination of the branching-off point that occurred somewhere between Nicholson and Ledger.

Arrow’s Season 8 Premiere Sets Up The Crisis Crossover By Looking To The Past

The eighth and final season of Arrow, the show that launched The CW’s superhero universe, premieres Tuesday. With it comes not only the beginning of the end for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his team of vigilantes, but the first steps toward the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. To do that, Arrow is revisiting its own past, as familiar faces reenter the picture.

It was previously revealed that among the characters returning for the Season 8 premiere were Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell), and Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), none of whom have regularly appeared on the show in some time. In fact, the entire episode is structured in a way to take the audience back in time eight years to the show’s first episode. “I feel like this episode specifically is a love letter to the pilot and to the series,” executive producer Beth Schwartz explained to GameSpot and a small group of press after the screening.

In revisiting characters like Moira, Malcolm, and Tommy, Schwartz said the series can explore “what the character Oliver Queen/Green Arrow has meant to all of the other characters in the show and how he has affected everyone’s life.”

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And while it’s unclear how these appearances are happening–the Season 7 finale saw the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) calling on Oliver to leave Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and help prevent the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths–they won’t be the only familiar faces in Season 8. It was previously announced that Willa Holland would reprise her role as Thea Queen, while Colton Haynes revealed on Twitter he would appear as Roy Harper. They, along with even more returning characters, will help Oliver and the fans of Arrow get a sense of closure in the home stretch of episodes.

“The season is pretty much just our series’ greatest hits as well as a build-up to [Crisis on Infinite Earths],” Schwartz concluded.

Arrow airs Tuesdays on The CW.

Every Movie and TV Show Included With Disney Plus at Launch

Disney took to Twitter today to release a ridiculously long list of titles that will be included in Disney Plus at launch. Among this immense catalog of Disney+ content you’ll find plenty of moves and TV shows like Star Wars, The Simpsons, Pixar, and Marvel, as well as new Disney Plus-exclusive shows like The Mandalorian. And even though the Twitter thread contains 629 items, Disney said this wasn’t the end, as the thread ended with “We did that. And the announcements aren’t even over yet… Stay tuned for more soon!”

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Wargroove Free DLC To Add Co-Op Campaign And New Commanders

Indie studio Chucklefish has announced a huge update coming to its strategy game Wargroove. The “Double Trouble” DLC will come to all platforms for free, and brings a co-op story campaign, additional commanders, units, editor tools, and more.

According to the announcement, Double Trouble’s new story campaign stars a league of roguish troublemakers as its new Outlaw Commanders: Wulfar, Errol and Orla, and Vesper. You’ll be able to play the new story campaign co-op online or on the couch, or solo if that’s your groove. It will also introduce two new units, Thieves and Riflemen. Thieves can lift gold from enemy encampments and strongholds, while Riflemen are strong but ammo-limited range fighters.

The update also includes competitive online Quick Play maps, public and private multiplayer lobbies, new arcade missions, and a Volcano theme along with a host of editor tools. You’ll be able to use unit modifiers, indicators for special criteria like where the last attacker was, counters, and much more.

Plus the update will introduce a series of balance changes. Many of them are cost adjustments to units, along with tweaks to damage or special abilities. You can check out the full list of announced balance adjustments below.

No release date is set for Double Trouble, but Chucklefish says it’s in the final stages of testing and will be ready soon. The studio will be hosting a look at the DLC on its Twitch channel on October 15. Plus it reiterated that its physical edition is incoming on PS4 and Nintendo Switch on October 29. In GameSpot’s Wargroove review, Chris Pereira called it a “delight to play.”

Wargroove Double Trouble Balance Changes

  • Spearmen – Cost increased 150 => 250 gold
  • Dogs – Cost decreased 200 => 150 gold
  • Amphibians – Damage vs structures reduced, crit damage now 45-55 => 35-45
  • Amphibians – Cost increased 250 => 350 gold
  • Trebuchets = Cost increased 900 => 1000
  • Balloons – Cost decreased 500 => 450
  • Balloons – Can now only carry the same units as wagons
  • Harpies – Minimum base damage vs structures 45% => 50%
  • Koji – Drones now take 50% damage from all units instead of 800% damage
  • Sedge – Sadistic rush charge speed, very slow => slow
  • Tenri – Tornado charge speed, medium => slow
  • “M” (secret Commander) – Groove charge speed, slow => medium
  • Ryota – Blade dash charge speed, medium => fast
  • Ryota – Blade dash now starts at 50% commander damage
  • Ryota – Blade dash now increases in damage by 5% commander damage per “jump” on blade dash route.
  • Ryota – Can now dash through neutral structures
  • Commander – Minimum base damage vs soldiers 95% => 115%
  • Commander – Minimum base damage vs spearmen 65% => 75%
  • Critical hits no longer increase RNG damage range. All damage is max +/- 5%, even after crit
  • Killing non unit summons (vines, crystals, etc) will no longer build groove

Every Game With Confirmed Cross-Play

With Sony recently completing the beta phase of cross-play on PS4, the long-requested feature is now positioned to grow out of its infancy and into a multiplayer staple by the time next-gen consoles launch during Holiday 2020. With official support in place from all major platform holders, we’re highlighting every current and upcoming game with confirmed cross-play.

In order for a game to qualify for this list, it has to feature cross-play between any combination of PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC (specific PC platforms are listed as they apply). If a game has multiple cross-play combinations (e.g. Xbox One-PC and PS4-PC, but not Xbox One-PS4), they’re simply listed on different lines.

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