But did anybody ask for this?
Nearly ten years after the release of the original in 2009, production has finally completed on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.
The first Avatar, a sci-fi passion project from director James Cameron, broke all existing box office records upon its release, grossing nearly 2.8 billion dollars. This beat the previous highest grossing film, Titanic (also directed by James Cameron), by over 600 million dollars.
Since you've probably forgotten over the past ten years, here's a brief refresher on Avatar's plot (to the extent that one existed): Avatar takes place on the mystical world of Pandora, inhabited by big blue lifeforms called Na'vi. Avatars are the human/Na'vi hybrid bodies which allow humans to explore the otherwise poisonous alien world. Then Dances With Wolves happens, except instead of a Civil War soldier and a tribe of Lakota Indians, it's a bunch of blue monsters with distended limbs.
The new films, two of four slated sequels, will star Cliff Curtis as a new character named Tonowari, the leader of a reef-dwelling Na'vi clan known as the Metkayina. Returning cast members include Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington as the taboo Na'vi/human couple Neytiri and Jake Sully. Sigourney Weaver will also return as Jake Sully's mentor, Dr. Grace Augustine, who supposedly died in the first movie. So expect some thrilling star-studded flashbacks.
Other newcomers include Oona Chaplain (Robb Stark's beloved on Game of Thrones), Cliff Curtis from Fear the Walking Dead, and Kate Winslet, who can do much better than an Avatar sequel.
Given the monetary success of the first film, it might come as a surprise that Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are not guaranteed. Rather, their existence will be heavily dependent upon the success of the next two sequels.
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That being said, success shouldn't be a problem, at least if James Cameron is to be believed. The visionary director has made some bold statements about his upcoming sequels, telling Empire Magazine in 2014, “They're gonna be bitchin'. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open." Frankly, that sounds like a horrific experience.
Also, a good portion of both new films will take place underwater. Cameron told Collider in 2017, “We've got six teenagers and one seven-year-old, and they're all playing a scene underwater. We've been training them for six months now, with how to hold their breath, and they're all up in the two to four minute range. They're all perfectly capable of acting underwater, very calmly while holding their breath. We're not doing any of this on scuba. And we're getting really good data, beautiful character motion and great facial performance capture. We've basically cracked the code." Translation: James Cameron waterboarded a bunch of kids.
Considering how long these movies have taken to make, and the hefty budgets associated (roughly one billion dollars spread across the sequels), James Cameron is sure to be pulling out all the stops. And what's a few drowned actors in the name of cinematic achievement?
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If you're mad because "Batwoman was never black," there's something you need to know...
TV's newest incarnation of Batwoman, Ryan Wilder, is Black.
The CW's Batwoman has always had a progressive streak. In the first season, Orange Is the New Black alum Ruby Rose plays Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne's cousin who dons the Batwoman cowl to protect Gotham City. Just like every other superhero show, Kate's romantic life factors into the plot. Unlike the rest, however, Kate is an out lesbian, making her the first leading lesbian superhero in television history.
But after the first season, Ruby Rose announced that she was leaving Batwoman for unspecified reasons, allegedly related to burnout from the ridiculously long work hours required from a superhero series lead. This meant that in order for Batwoman to continue, the CW would need a new star.
Enter Javicia Leslie, former co-star of CBS comedy-drama God Unfriended Me. Prior to Leslie's casting, fans of the show wondered how Batwoman might handle the transition of actresses. Would Kate Kane just look completely different in season 2 with no canonical explanation?
Nope. As it turns out, Javicia Leslie's Batwoman will be an entirely new character: Ryan Wilder.
The rocker celebrates his 45th birthday today
Jack White almost became a priest.
But then again, did he? The iconic rocker has regularly beguiled the press. "I'd got accepted to a seminary in Wisconsin," he told 60 Minutes Mike Wallace back in 2005 in what seemed like a moment of genuine candor. "At the last second, I thought, 'I'll just go to public school."
Whether you believe that story or not, the blues-rock polymath, who turns 45 today, has led an undeniably punk life and crafted some of the most sacred rock music in history. Two decades after The White Stripes' self-titled debut, Jack White has remained purposefully slippery with the public. He told publications that he and Meg White, his then-wife and White Stripes-cohort, were the youngest of ten siblings and claimed that his label, Third Man Records, used to be a candy company, among other outlandish claims.