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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.

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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