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James Gunn’s DC Future After Peacemaker Season 2 Gets Exciting Update

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James Gunn’s future collaborations with DC after Peacemaker season 2 have received a promising update. After Disney briefly fired him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, WB and DC were quick to enlist Gunn to write and direct a standalone sequel to David Ayer’s critically panned 2016 movie, Suicide Squad. Gunn’s The Suicide Squad came out in 2021, and although it disappointed at the box office due to its COVID-19 day-in-date release, it garnered a glowing reception from critics. The critical success prompted WB to greenlight a spinoff show, Peacemaker, based on John Cena’s character from the movie. Gunn wrote, directed and produce the show, and when it premiered on HBO Max earlier this year, it broke viewership records. Peacemaker season 2 has already been renewed, with filming expected to begin in 2023.

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Shortly after Peacemaker aired, Gunn confirmed that he was “very seriously” working on more projects based in the DCEU. Of the various projects in development, Gunn recently revealed that one has gained significant momentum, and he had already begun working on the scripts. This had fans pleased, until earlier this month, the newly formed company Warner Bros. Discovery spread chaos among the DC fanbase by shelving the nearly complete Batgirl film. Gunn was quick to assure fans that Peacemaker season 2 remains safe in wake of the unprecedented cancelation, and now the fate of his other projects is also clear.


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A new report by THR notes Gunn has “multiple projects in development at DC,” and none of them are under any kind of threat. They remain on solid ground and continue to move forward, with the future of the filmmaker’s association with the franchise appearing decidedly bright. However, no other details were offered on the nature of those projects.

Gunn has surely had an occupied schedule working on both Marvel and DC projects over the last few years, and as the new update seems to suggest, he will remain busy in the days to come. One other spinoff show from Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie that has been reported to be in development is based on Viola Davis’ villain Amanda Waller, with the actress in talks to star and produce alongside Watchmen writer Christal Henry. However, Gunn hasn’t explicitly confirmed his association with that series, indicating that he could be working on an entirely different project. However, whichever show or movie he is working on, Gunn has promised that it will include some of the characters he introduced in Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad, so there is a chance that viewers could get to see some of their favorite antiheroes entertain them again very soon.


The new update builds curiosity to know what is the top-secret DCEU project with which Gunn is so deeply involved. Interestingly, Idris Elba is also circling a new DC project, and although it’s not confirmed that it would center on his The Suicide Squad role, Bloodsport, there is a chance that Gunn could be collaborating with him for a show or movie based on that character. After all, Gunn had earlier expressed interest in reteaming with Elba once he has the time. So now that his work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is approaching the finish line, it’s possible that he could sign on to pursue that ambition. That said, DC is actively working to increase outputs on all fronts in attempts to keep pace with Marvel. The new WBD CEO David Zaslav has already supposedly outlined a 10-year plan for the franchise, so once the details of that unravel, the specifics of Gunn’s upcoming DC project after Peacemaker will become clear.


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Muppet Christmas Carol Cast Reveal Their Favorite Songs On 30th Anniversary

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The Muppet Christmas Carol Muppets reveal their favorite song from the holiday film. Released in 1992, Muppet Christmas Carol has become one of the most popular reiterations of the classic Charles Dickens tale. Starring Sir Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol produced a soundtrack that remains a staple with fans during the holiday season. Directed by Brian Henson, the charming musical stars Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Gonzo as Charles Dickens, Robin as Tiny Tim, and Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit.

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Now, the Muppet Christmas Carol cast opens up about making the feature-length Muppets film. In a delightful interview for Entertainment Weekly, Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein sits down with the Muppet Christmas Carol cast on the film’s 30th anniversary. Reflecting on the Muppet Christmas Carol’s legacy, the Muppets share their experience working with Caine, filming in London, and performing their stunts. Speaking on the film’s soundtrack, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Robin, and Gonzo share their picks for their favorite. Check out the Muppets’ answers to their favorite Muppet Christmas Carol songs below:

GOLDSTEIN: What’s your favorite song in the film? Do you have a favorite?

KERMIT: Yeah, they’re all great, in my opinion. It all comes down to our good friend Paul Williams. It was the first time that we’d worked with him since The Muppet Movie. Paul, he’s always been able to take a special feeling and turn it into beautiful music. If you ask me, Paul and [composer] Miles Goodman made every one of those songs a new classic.

MISS PIGGY: Oh, I agree with Kermit, but if I had to pick one song, then I choose, “It Feels Like Christmas.” I’ve always believed that every day should feel like Christmas: joy, glad tidings, and especially —

KERMIT: Lots of presents.

MISS PIGGY: That’s right, Kermit. How did you know?

KERMIT: Well, I’ve known you a long time.

GOLDSTEIN: What about you, Gonzo? What’s your favorite song?

GONZO Well, I’m with Kermit. They’re all great songs. I’m a little bit disappointed, though, that my big solo number, “I’m Charles Dickens and You’re Not,” got cut from the final film.

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Why The Muppet Christmas Carol Soundtrack Was So Successful

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Indeed, the Muppet Christmas Carol cast had a great selection of songs to choose from. Written by Paul Williams, the memorable soundtrack includes “One More Sleep ’til Christmas,” “Thankful Heart,” and “It Feels Like Christmas.” Crafted by Williams and Miles Goodman, the collection of songs remains relevant during the holiday season. Last year, the fully remastered soundtrack of The Muppet Christmas Carol was released on vinyl, much to the delight of fans.

Of course, the Muppet Christmas Carol song catalog can’t be discussed without mentioning the lost song “When Love Is Gone.” Sung in Christmas pasts by Scrooge’s fiancé Belle (Meredith Braun), the song is a pivotal turning point for Ebenezer Scrooge. Omitted from the theatrical cut and DVD versions, the ballad will finally be restored for The Muppet Christmas Carol extended cut for Disney+. When asked about “When Love Is Gone” by Goldstein, Gonzo cleverly answered, “Well, if I had any idea it was cannon, I would have made them keep it in the movie.”

For now, Muppet Christmas Carol fans can enjoy the titular cast sharing their hysterical, thoughtful, and insightful input on the making of the iconic film three decades later. Each year, streaming services continue to dole out new holidays film, but longtime classics, such as Home Alone, A Christmas Story, and The Muppet Christmas Carol have stood the test of time and remain staples during the festive season. The Muppet Christmas Carol and its clever storytelling can be enjoyed this holiday season on Disney+.

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How Violent Night Changes Santa’s Origin (& Explains Why He’s SO Brutal)

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Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for Violent Night.


Violent Night makes a pivotal change to Santa Claus’ origins to explain his penchant for brutal violence. The film is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, best known for the 2009 Nazi zombie horror-comedy Dead Snow and its 2014 sequel, as well as 2013’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Violent Night inserts Santa Claus (David Harbour) into a Die Hard-like situation against a gang of mercenaries, which unveils a violent new twist on the seemingly jolly old elf’s backstory.

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In one of the quieter scenes of Violent Night, where David Harbour’s Santa is nursing wounds and speaking to trapped child Trudy (Leah Brady) on a walkie-talkie, Santa reveals that he was once a fearsome Viking named Nikamund the Red. Santa experiences great regret for this brutal and ruthless period of his life, which likely explains how this version of Santa is a borderline alcoholic, more interested in having brandy with cookies than milk. However, Trudy suggests to Santa that he can use this dark side of himself to do good, setting the stage for the violent chaos of the rest of the film.

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Violent Night’s Santa Was Once At The Top Of The Naughty List

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David Harbour in Violent Night

Accompanied by flashbacks of Nikamund the Red in his Viking garb, Santa speaks with pride and regret about how he would smash into the heads of his enemies with his mighty hammer, adding that he would have been at the very top of Santa Claus’ own naughty list. This is a time in Santa’s life that he would rather forget, with him fully embracing the Viking stereotype of pillaging, plundering, and killing, feeding his violent side. However, thanks to Trudy and her family held hostage by Mr. Scrooge (John Leguizamo), Santa taps into his dark past for a good reason.

How Violent Night’s Santa Returns To His Viking Roots

David Harbour as Santa Clause, holding a mallet in Violent Night.

The turning point of Violent Night comes after the arrival of a heavily-armed extraction team, who reveal themselves to be in cahoots with the mercenaries. Distraught over the many added names to his naughty list, Santa takes shelter in a shed, only to come face-to-face with a sledgehammer. This awakens the violent Viking within and Santa Claus’ true nature in Violent Night, and with Bryan Adams’ 1985 holiday hit “Christmas Time” ironically playing in the background, the movie begins to live up to its title with a gory action scene consisting of smashed heads, candy cane stabbings, ice skate beheadings, and a mercenary going through a snowblower.

It would have been easy for Violent Night to simply be a homage to Die Hard with Santa in the John McClaine role and be done with it. However, giving Santa Claus a Viking backstory adds extra layers to his character, especially as he is willing to delve into his dark past and resurrect that forgotten part of himself to save Trudy and her family. This unleashing of Santa’s Viking roots helps to make Violent Night a bloody good time.

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Cut Black Adam R-Rated Scene Details Revealed By VFX Artist

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Black Adam VFX artists detail one particularly gruesome R-rated scene that had to be cut from the final film. Earning mostly negative reviews from critics but a positive response from audiences, Dwayne Johnson’s debut DCU movie hit theaters this past October. The film sees Johnson take on the role of Teth-Adam, an ancient Egyptian bestowed with god-like powers who is released from his tomb to dish out his ruthless form of justice upon the modern world. Before the movie was even released, it was revealed that Black Adam originally earned an R-rating for violence before being edited down to a PG-13.

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Now, VFX artists who worked on the film, including Greg Teegarden and Niko Kalaitzidis, share details to Befores & Afters on one particular R-rated Black Adam scene that had to be cut. The artists go into detail about an arm dismemberment scene from the anti-hero’s fight with a group of mercenaries fairly early on in the film and explain that there was one specific detail that pushed the moment beyond PG-13. Check out the comments from Teegarden and Kalaitzidis below:

Greg Teegarden: “They had a prosthetic arm on set. They must have dropped it 20 or 30 times, and it just always looked like a dummy arm. And so we decided, ‘You know what, we can fix this.’ We already had the merc asset. It wasn’t a big deal to just tear an arm off and just line it up where he was connected to the shoulder and add some ‘tasteful’ gore to it. Then that way when it dropped on the ground, we had complete control over it and it didn’t look like a piece of rubber hitting the ground.

“So, we’re sitting in dailies one day and I said to Nikos, ‘It’d be really funny if, when it hit the ground, it felt like he had a little bit of a last little twitch in his finger.’ Arda, our anim sup, he’s like, ‘Yeah, I can do that.’ So he does that and we’re all like, ‘That looks great.’ So we showed it to Bill Westenhofer, who showed it to Jaume, everybody loved it. It was in the movie and then it got MPAA’ed. You can’t have a disembodied hand laying on the ground and the finger just all of a sudden twitching. The thing is, it was great because it was perfectly timed comedically.”

Nikos Kalaitzidis: “In the end, they just cut it short. They took out a few frames.”

Related: What Happened To Black Adam’s Box Office: Why It Won’t Beat Justice League


Should Black Adam Have Been Rated R?

Teth Adam holding the charred skeleton of a mercenary in his hand in Black Adam (2022)

It’s relatively rare for a superhero movie to earn an R-rating, with the DCU’s most recent attempt being James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, a movie that earned positive reviews but disappointed at the box office. In many ways, Johnson’s debut as Teth-Adam seems like the perfect opportunity to embrace the R-rating once more. Johnson, who worked for years to get Black Adam made, teased for months ahead of its release that his anti-hero would pull no punches and be decidedly more brutal than other DC heroes. Although an R-rated Black Adam is an exciting proposition, keeping the film PG-13 was probably the best decision.

In addition to promoting his hero as being more ruthless than those who came before him, Johnson also teased that Black Adam would essentially kickstart a new era for the DCU. Not only does this manifest itself in the form of the introduction of the Justice Society of America, but the movie’s talked-about post-credits scene finally sees the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman to the DCU after a 5-year absence. By avoiding the R-rating for Black Adam, Johnson’s character can more easily co-exist alongside these other heroes and share the screen with them moving forward without any jarring tonal shifts or changes to the amount of violence. Maintaining a shared PG-13 rating across projects also means DCU movies can tell larger, overarching stories without younger audiences missing out.

Another reason Black Adam is better off having avoided the R-rating, especially in hindsight, is the rating’s potential impact on box office performance. Generally speaking, superhero films are rated PG-13 or below in order to allow a wider variety of audiences to be able to experience the movie, thus making it more likely the film will earn its budget back and be profitable. Although not a flop by any means, Black Adam‘s box office has been somewhat disappointing, an outcome that may have been even worse had the movie been rated R.

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