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9 of the Best Fictional Games We Wish We Could Play

From Quidditch to Calvinball, these games look like more fun than anything the real world has to offer.

It can be a lot of fun to engage with a sci-fi or fantasy world — to lose yourself in imagining the interesting ways life could be different.

But sometimes it's hard not to get jealous when the characters in those worlds are just having way more fun than we ever will. These are some of the made-up games in sci-fi and fantasy worlds that we desperately wish we could play.

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Because Dean Cain Sucks: MAGA Superman Is Dead

Dean Cain is no longer allowed to have anything to do with Superman. We're retconning him out.

Update: This week Dean Cain was on Fox News, complaining about "wokeness and anti-Americanism" in the recent Ta-Nehisi Coates-led Captain America comics, which featured Captain America decrying the way marginalized Americans are often sold a dream before they're "handed a raw deal."

Never mind the fact that Captain America has a long history of this kind of criticism, or the fact that Dean Cain praises America for "constantly striving for a more perfect union" — an effort that is literally impossible without vocal criticism of the nation's flaws. The more important point is that Cain has no authority to speak on superheroes, because we already erased him from Superman history.

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TV News

Jared Padalecki, Fans Surprised by News of "Supernatural" Prequel

The star reported feeling "gutted" by the news...but not as badly as he was gutted by Anna in season 5.

After 15 seasons and a seemingly endless amount of monstrous, ghostly, biblical insanity, the CW's Supernatural finally came to an end in 2020... or did it?

According to star Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), "After Supernatural wrapped its 15th season, we knew it wasn't over. Because like we say in the show, 'nothing ever really ends, does it?'" So when he and wife Danneel Ackles (who played the second incarnation of the demon Ruby starting in season 4) started their own production company, Chaos Machine Productions, they got to work in secret, developing a spin-off prequel series.

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Batman Oral Uproar: Zack Snyder Confirms, Heroes Do Go Down

Zack Snyder has declared Batman's oral "canon."

This week a conversation with Harley Quinn series co-creators Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern was published in Variety and sparked a firestorm on social media.

Specifically, a detail that Justin Halpern shared about a disagreement between the series creators and DC Comics caught fans' attention. While Halpern was noting the freedom the animated HBO Max show allows — thanks to its focus on villains, rather than the hero characters, who are generally treated more preciously — he offered a telling counterexample to illustrate the point.

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Film Features

Chris Evans' Shade-Throwing Friend Is the Real Hero of "Captain America"

A behind-the-scenes clip shows Evans' friend Jon keeping him grounded.

Have you ever wondered how Chris Evans stays so grounded?

He's handsome, charming, and has spent recent years as one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood for portraying a superhero — and actually having the physique to pull it off. And even after his character got his perfect ending in Avengers: Endgame, he's so popular that Marvel is reportedly trying to bring him back for at least one more movie — and possibly up to four.

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Robert Pattinson Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Pattinson began filming on "The Batman" two days ago.

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson seemed to be having a moment during COVID-19.

He starred in a charming cover story for GQ that labeled him "The King of Quarantine." He wandered around with a camera and won the hearts of a generation of fans. He was cast as the starring player in Christopher Nolan's The Batman.

But even Batman couldn't combat 2020's arch nemesis: the global pandemic that has brought the world to its knees. On September 3rd, Vanity Fair reported that Pattinson had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a "well-placed source."

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