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Justice League Trailer Confirms Parademon Theory

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Justice League Trailer Confirms Parademon Theory

 

WARNING: This article contains potential SPOILERS for Justice League

The Justice League fans knew that the movie’s Parademons have a secret – and the new trailer has confirmed just how Darkseid’s soldiers are actually ‘born.’ It won’t come as a shock to die-hard fans of DC Comics, or even our readers, since we proposed the theory of Parademon creation after taking a closer look at the enemy soldiers. They’re strong, they’re glowing, they fly, and they’re nasty… and they used to be humans, before the power of Apokolips transformed them.

To this point it was assumed by most that Steppenwolf, the villain of Justice League, would be leading an army of Apokolips in an invasion of Earth – just as he had once tried to do thousands of years in the past. But as Bruce Wayne reveals in trailer, he can’t help but sense something “darker” in Steppenwolf’s plan. What if Darkseid isn’t sending his lieutenant to invade Earth – but harvest it instead?

Again, we’ve based our prediction that Justice League will see humans turned into Parademons on a few factors. They seem to all be confirmed by the shot in the new trailer of a human soldier – fighting alongside the rest of Earth’s united armies in the opening battle of Justice League, set thousands of years in the past – screaming out in pain and he appears to be burned by an unseen force.

Well, not so much ‘burned’ as ‘reborn’ into a nightmarish monster. Take a look:

What’s left is the charred, wrinkled, greying skin of the Parademons in Darkseid’s army. Accompanied by transformed teeth, grown more pointed and vicious. Also, the glowing red eyes are a good sign that the soldier has been transformed, if the rest isn’t convincing. While the exact cause of the transformation isn’t show, it’s easy to make some predictions. And no matter what those may be, it’s likely that the process will be less intense of involved than when the Parademon creation process was revealed in the comics. In fact, those glowing red rifts in the Earth’s surface could be the answer.

As is usually the case with adaptations of comic books to film, it’s safe to assume the most complicated aspects of the mythology will be streamlined for the sake of casual audiences. And in truth, simply saying that the ‘power of Apokolips’ can infect a person through simple exposure would pass believability for fans (the New Gods who live there are basically beyond understanding anyway). And if that red, glowing energy is enough to transform those coming into contact with it… well, let’s just say Steppenwolf’s mission to create a version of it powerful enough to stain the skies red later in the trailer spells disaster for humans everywhere.

For those unaware of the introduction of this new method of Parademon construction, it was introduced relatively recently – or at least explicitly clarified. Since the beginning, the winged Parademons of Apokolips were accepted as the shock troopers of Darkseid’s army. How, or what they even were wasn’t all that important – some even resembling normal humans with massive armor and weaponry. But in the New 52’s version of Earth-2, which just so happened to be launched by writer Geoff Johns, current supervisor of the DC Movie Universe, the true origin of at least some of the Parademons was explained.

As we said before, they were constructed out of human beings through a fittingly comic book-y dose of mad science. But the key here, as we pointed out in our earlier theory, is that humans may not turn into regular Parademons. In the comics, the result of transforming a person was a Parademon Berserker: a stronger, more formidable foe in Darkseid’s ranks. Given the inherent distinction based on what species is being transformed, the fact that some Parademons seen in the modern section of Justice League‘s story glow yellow instead of red seems important.

It’s worth pointing out that the human seen being turned into a Parademon in the ancient prologue still has red eyes, so if the distinction in color really means anything, the truth of it is still kept under wraps. Perhaps the yellow glow is the result of a different Earth race being Parademon-ized – Atlantean, or even Amazonian? Most of the effects-heavy sequences involving the Parademons have undergone changes in post-production, but still, the decision to make them glow yellow seems like a deliberate choice.

These answers were likely to be a focal point of Justice League even before the human-to-Parademon transformation was shown to be a highlighted feature of the prologue. After all, it’s presumably the same Apokoliptian technology that gives Cyborg almost an identical body to the Parademons… minus the subservience to Darkseid. We’re already worried about the innocent bystanders being abducted ahead of Steppenwolf’s arrival, and the ones apparently living next to the nuclear facility used for the climactic set piece. Can a process like this ever be reversed?

Let us know your own theories, or whether or not you think we’ve nailed the real mystery in the comments.

 

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Aquaman Filming Has Wrapped!

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Aquaman Filming Has Wrapped!

Aquaman filming has wrapped!

UPDATE: James Wan has also posted about the end of filming. You can view his tweet below!

Aquaman filming has wrapped! Stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard took to their Instagram accounts to announce that they have finished filming the movie, scheduled to hit theaters on December 21, 2018. The Aquaman filming took place at the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, with extensive filming accomplished at Village Roadshow Studios. Filming also took place in Newfoundland, Sicily and Tunisia.

The Aquaman cast includes Jason Momoa as the titular King of Atlantis, with Amber Heard as his wife Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Ludi Lin as Murk, Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna and Michael Beach as Jesse Kane.

Directed by James Wan from a script by Will Beall, Geoff Johns and Wan, the film is being produced by Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Rob Cowan, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Audiences will get to see Aquaman again quite soon, as he is a key member of the Justice League. Look for the superhero ensemble to open in theaters on November 17.

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Stranger Things Season 2 Poster Released by Netflix

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Stranger Things Season 2 Poster Released by Netflix

The official Stranger Things Season 2 poster!

Netflix has debuted the official Stranger Things Season 2 poster, which you can view in full in the gallery below. The second season will hit the streaming service this Friday, October 27, just in time for Halloween.

Stranger Things Season 2 is set a year after Will’s return, and everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins. It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Stranger Things Season 2 will star Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine. New cast additions include Sadie Sink (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Brett Gelman (Blunt TalkThe Other Guys), newcomer Linnea Berthelsen, and ’80s icons Sean Astin (The Goonies) and Paul Reiser (Aliens).

What do you think of the new Stranger Things Season 2 poster? Let us know in the comments below.

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Justice League Runtime, Rating and Sequel Talk

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Justice League Runtime, Rating and Sequel Talk

 

Justice League runtime, rating and sequel talk

Manabyte has confirmed that the Justice League runtime is 121 minutes, or two hours and one minute, which makes it the shortest of the DC Extended Universe films so far. Man of Steel was 143 minutes long, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came in at 151 minutes, Suicide Squad with 123 minutes, and Wonder Woman was 141 minutes long. The Warner Bros. release has also received a PG-13 rating for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action,” which is not unusual for this type of film.

In related news, Total Film (via Cosmic Book News) spoke to J.K. Simmons, who plays Commissioner Gordon in Justice League and said a script for the sequel is in the works. “Well, Commissioner Gordon wears a trench coat in every scene, so I don’t know that the ‘pumped up’ part is going to be all that evident, especially when you’re standing next to Batman! But this is the first Justice League movie – we hope – of a few. They’re working on scripts for The Batman and for the next Justice League movie. It introduces my incarnation of Commissioner Gordon. I don’t have a lot to do. I feel like I just dipped my toe in the water of who Commissioner Gordon will be.”

Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeMan of Steel), the screenplay is by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Whedon directed the additional photography for the sequel and is overseeing the completion of its post production following Snyder’s family tragedy. Justice League is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.

Justice League opens in theaters on November 17.

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