Wonder Woman 1984 is the long-awaited sequel of 2017's Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot portraying the titular superhero for the fourth time in a feature film.

Originally slated for release more than a year ago, on Dec. 13, 2019, the film's debut in the United States was pushed a surprising number of times before finally seeing the light of day on Dec. 25, 2020, via HBO Max. The film was first delayed until June, 2020, due to "rushed pre and post-production," but then received an additional extra seven months for the post-production team to perfect the film due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Every Complaint About Javicia Leslie as the First Black Batwoman Is Ridiculous

If you're mad because "Batwoman was never black," there's something you need to know...

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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.

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The "Captain Marvel" Backlash Isn't Sexist—That's Just the Internet

Brie Larson said she works with "overwhelmingly white males," but everything's fine and probably no one's mad.

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Brie Larson is no one's "social justice warrior," but try telling that to the irate Captain Marvel reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer—Untangling the Villains

Find out who the baddies are in the new Spider-Man movie.

In a shocking spoiler for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer reveals Peter Parker is alive and well.

Just kidding, everybody already knew Peter Parker wasn't actually permanently dissolved at the end of Infinity War—not when another Spider-Man sequel had been announced before that movie even hit theaters. Sure, we'll have to wait until Endgame to discover the exact mechanics of how you can rebuild a person from a pile of cosmic dust, but rest assured, Spider-Man will be back. And when he is, he'll be vacationing in Europe.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will follow Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his friends as they travel abroad for summer vacation. Peter just wants a break from being Spider-Man, a totally understandable request from a high school kid who recently got murdered by a giant purple alien man. But uh-oh, trouble's a' brewing overseas. No sooner has Peter started to woo his crush MJ (Zendaya) when some giant elemental monsters tear up the town. What's a web-slinging superhero to do? Why, put on a new costume and team up with Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal in a crazy cyber-suit), of course!

Who are the new villains?

The most exciting part of any superhero movie are the villains, and Spider-Man: Far From Home gets instant points for using new ones outside of the usual staples: Doc Ock, Rhino, Sandman, and Venom. This time, Spider-Man is up against the Elementals, a group of four extradimensional beings who, as their moniker suggests, have control over various elements.

There's Hydron, with the the power to control water.

Magnum, with the power to control earth.

Zephyr, with the power to control air.

And Hellfire. You can figure out what he does.

The group, created by writer Tony Isabella and artist Val Mayerik, debuted in Supernatural Thrillers #8 (August 1974) for an 8-issue run, briefly fought Ms. Marvel for two issues of her series in 1977, and subsequently never appeared again. Until now.

So far, we've only seen the powers of Hydron and, most likely, Magnum (although many people are mistaking his powers in the trailer for Sandman). But the others are sure to follow.


Of course, the main villain is probably Mysterio.

And as the main villain of a major movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mysterio is a fantastic choice. One of the oldest Spider-Man villains (created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 in June 1964), Mysterio has no actual powers. Rather, he's a master of special effects and illusion, a Hollywood stuntman turned supervillain. How perfect for a real Hollywood movie!

In the comics, Mysterio is often a punchline of sorts, usually foiled by his own hubris. But in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it's entirely possible Jake Gyllenhaal will turn the character into a truly sinister threat.

How will Mysterio's misdeeds factor into the attacks on Europe? Are the Elementals real or simply his illusions? We'll have to wait until July 5, 2019 to find out. In the meantime, check out the trailer above.

Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at dankahanwriter.com

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