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Flashpoint DCEU Movie Shows that Warner Bros Haven’t Learned from Past Mistakes

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We learned a great deal about Warner Bros’ plans for the DCEU at comic con, but one bit of news really stands out. The Flash movie is now being called Flashpoint, the name of an iconic event in DC Comics history. Despite how awesome seeing a live action Flashpoint adaptation would be (not counting the CW’s attempt), it should raise many concerns for fans of DC movies.

Flashpoint revolves around the Flash going back in time and saving his mother from being murdered. As a result, the known timeline that Flash inhabits is changed in favor of a dystopian, elseworld story. In it, many things have changed but remain familiar to fans of the comics. For example, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are the monarchs of their respective people and are in a highly aggressive war with one another. Bruce Wayne was also murdered instead of his parents who became Batman and the Joker respectively. The Flash and his arch-nemesis, Reverse-Flash, are the only two who remember the original timeline. Flash eventually decides to reset the timeline once more, returning things to how they were.

While it’s a wonderful storyline and the movies at the very least have most of the characters to do the story properly (unlike the show), this is way too soon. Until Justice League comes out, we’ve only had three scenes with the Flash so far. There were two in Batman v. Superman where we can’t even see him clearly in either and another in Suicide Squad that lasts for maybe five seconds. He’ll no doubt get his origin story in Justice League, as the trailer implies with him visiting his father in jail, but it’s not enough for Flashpoint to be done justice.

Spider-Man: Homecoming and Batman v. Superman serve as good examples of taking a hero that the public is way too familiar with and skipping the origin story. This is mainly done because most audience members out there are sick of seeing the same thing over and over again. However, the only mainstream Barry Allen story that the public has been exposed to since the 90s has been The Flash TV show. As great as that show is, it doesn’t have anywhere near the following that Spider-Man or Batman movies have traditionally had. Thus, the majority of people are going to need more of an origin story for the Flash.

Even then, the DCEU hasn’t earned Flashpoint yet. It would be an excellent way to right the ship after some shaky entries or allow for Ben Affleck to exit the role of Batman as he is rumored to want to do. That being said, the DCEU hasn’t existed long enough to warrant a story with multiple timelines or even anything close to a reboot. We don’t need another X-Men situation where no one can tell what timeline certain movies are supposed to be a part of.

There’s no need to rush things, something the people behind the DCEU don’t seem to get. They really want to get to the deeper, more impactful stories that DC Comics has to offer. Batman v. Superman tried way too hard to stuff in elements from The Dark Knight Returns, Under the Red Hood, and the Death of Superman comics but it was only the second film in the series. Suicide Squad crammed in so many origin stories that we barely got to see Jared Leto’s Joker and still can’t really say much about it. Now we have Justice League coming up featuring three heroes who have yet to be given a movie of their own. They haven’t even introduced the Reverse-Flash yet, a character integral to the Flashpoint story, and they don’t really have room to until the Flash gets his movie.

Warner Bros and DC really need to reevaluate making a Flashpoint movie so soon. I’m personally stoked to see it eventually happen, since seeing Jeffrey Dean Morgan reprise his brief role as Thomas Wayne to play Batman would be great. That being said, I can wait until Flash has had a movie or two so we don’t go diving head first into a nearly empty pool like we’re about to with this film.

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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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Not everyone knows the difference between FM and AM radio yet

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With cell phones and easy access to digital broadcasts, you no longer have to fiddle with your radio and scare yourself when you switch from FM to AM by accident. Rest in peace to anyone who did this with their portable radio while wearing headphones. But what’s the real difference between them?

How does the radio work?
Before you can understand the difference between AM and FM, you need to know how radio stations receive signals. They still use old-fashioned ways to send signals to our stereos.

A station starts with a carrier signal, which is an electromagnetic wave (in this case, a radio wave) with a steady frequency and amplitude. These variables are changed when they play a song or when the host reads the weather report, for example. This adds the new information to the carrier wave.

The big transmitters that are attached to radio stations then send out this newly mixed signal. The receiver on a radio picks it up, uses a demodulator to decode the information, and turns it into sound waves.

What’s the difference?
Knowing what AM stands for gives you a clue about how it works. The amplitude of a wave is its height. To send information, AM stations change the amplitude of the carrier wave.

FM, on the other hand, stands for frequency modulation. As you might have guessed, this means that stations change the frequency of the carrier wave.

FM vs. AM
But is one better than the other? AM and FM are still used today.

People may not want to use AM because of one pretty big problem. Radio waves like those from AM come from many other places, such as power lines, lightning, and even the Sun. Waves can interfere with each other. In this case, the other sources can mess up the carrier signal and change its amplitude.

Because of this, our radios send out a lot of static, which scares the living daylights out of you when you switch to AM just to see what’s going on.

When you listen to an FM radio station, on the other hand, the sound is usually much clearer. This is because the information is stored in changes in frequency, so a little amplitude-changing interference doesn’t really affect the end result. It also helps to have more bandwidth options.

That being said, why do people still use AM radio?

It has a much wider broadcast range than FM because its wavelengths are longer. It can even get through areas with a lot of buildings. Radio is more than just music. AM’s ability to send messages to a large area can be very useful for alerting people to an emergency.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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