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DC and Warner Brothers have been hit or miss with their comic book movies. The majority of their Superman and Batman content is pretty good (with some stinkers) but their other properties struggle to achieve the same level of critical and financial success. Now that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has been created, they’re trying to bring all their properties together in the same manner that Marvel does with their Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Next up on their slate is Wonder Woman, set to release in a few weeks.

Suffice it to say, the DCEU is in trouble. It only has three movies under its belt and at best we can say they have mixed reviews. Viewers seemed to either love or hate Man of Steel for its different take on Superman, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was almost universally disliked by people other than the DC super fans, and Suicide Squad didn’t do much better. For many, Wonder Woman will be what will make it or break it for the DCEU. Skeptics aren’t certain it’ll live up to the hype it needs to in order to save the DCEU, but recent reports suggest otherwise.

Early reviews for Wonder Woman have just hit the internet and it seems mostly positive. Before any naysayers state “well the same thing happened before Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad and look how those turned out”, there’s something you should take into consideration. BvS and Suicide Squad’s early reviews were from DC fans while Wonder Woman reviews are from critics, which eliminates a lot of bias from the reviewing process.

Even ignoring these reports, I think Wonder Woman will be the shot in the arm DC needs in its films based on one thing: how unique it is. For starters, it’s the first female-led movie about a superheroine. Yes, Catwoman and Elektra are both female-led films that came first but both are more anti-heroine than superheroine and neither are all that good. Another aspect is the fact that it takes place in a time period not often explored in modern entertainment: World War I. Besides Battlefield 1 and the upcoming Dunkirk (both of which are very recent mind you), there aren’t that many modern interpretations of this war.

The biggest element of Wonder Woman’s uniqueness is the lack of content with her in it, let alone at the forefront. Characters like Batman and Superman have been done to death and are getting stale. Batman especially has a ridiculous amount of different incarnations in the past 10 years from the Dark Knight trilogy, to Lego Batman, to kid Batman on Gotham, to murder-y Batman in the DCEU, to animated Batman in the Injustice games and Justice League Action, to his comics, and even to his numerous shout-outs and clear existence in Supergirl. Superman isn’t much better for that matter having multiple different incarnations in all the same media as Batman. Wonder Woman, however, isn’t stale because what content she’s in she’s barely ever the lead character. She has her comic and animated adaptations but beyond that, there’s a reference to her in The Flash show and there’s her DCEU version. Even then, actress Gal Gadot is bringing an interpretation of Wonder Woman to the table that is very different from past incarnations of the character.

So yes, I think Wonder Woman will be the heroine that DC both needs and deserves to set its films straight. Whether that continues afterwards with Zack Snyder returning to helm Justice League is another matter entirely.

 

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I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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Star Wars Outlaws PS5 Demo Falls Short of Delivering the Full Experience, According to Critic

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Star Wars Outlaws, although it appeared visually stunning during Ubisoft’s livestream earlier this week, has received some criticism for feeling somewhat outdated. A preview unfavorably compared the release to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the PS Vita exclusive spin-off that was launched in 2011. However, according to the creative director, the sampler is merely a small taste of what the full experience has to offer.

“When entering a show of this nature, where you’re finalizing a game’s production, you’re faced with numerous decisions. Our producer limited us to just one demo for all the shows we would attend throughout the year, such as Gamescom and Comic-Con,” Julian Gerighty explained in an interview with VGC.

He explained that the events are designed to cater to both consumers and journalists. To ensure an engaging experience, they opted for a 20-minute format that offers a diverse range of content and showcases different game systems. However, they intentionally avoided showcasing the open-world experience at this particular event, as they plan to unveil it during the studio tour and preview event. This will be a brief overview, more of an appetizer than a full meal when it comes to the game.

According to Gerighty, the developer Massive Entertainment has crafted a highly engaging game, with only a portion of its greatness showcased here.

Admittedly, the comments do make sense. It’s common knowledge that creating demos requires a significant amount of the team’s focus. If a game plans to showcase itself at consumer conventions, it can’t just offer a short gameplay experience of two or three hours. That simply won’t suffice when attendees are patiently waiting in line. This seems to be just a subpar demo, which is unfortunate. However, it may not be something to worry too much about in the end.

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The Sky Breaker Pierce DLC for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora comes out in July for PS5

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Ubisoft has given us our first look at The Sky Breaker, the first DLC story pack for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. In it, a strange shadow will appear in the sky and threaten the Na’vi clans, who just can’t seem to get a break. It comes out next month on PS5, on July 16th.

A new part of the Upper Plains called “The Heart of the Plains” can be reached by taking the Sky Breaker. Some well-known biomes have changed into new types, and there are also many new ones. Of course, the RDA has also sent out new types of enemies, so you need to be careful. The good news is that not everything is bad. During the Na’vi Festival of Games, players can look forward to timed tasks that are a little less scary. Secrets of the Spires, another story pack, is still planned to be added to the game at some point.

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