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Black Lightning TV Series Finds Its Jefferson Pierce

Say hello to The CW’s Jefferson Pierce. By Alex Osborn Greg Berlanti’s potential Black Lightning TV series has found its leading man in Cress Williams. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams will star as Black Lighting/Jefferson Pierce in the upcoming DC drama, which received a pilot order from The CW. The actor is no stranger to the network, having previously starred as Lavon Hayes in The CW’s romantic drama Hart of Dixie. Cress Williams as Lavon Hayes in Hart of Dixie Black Lightning will center around DC Comics superhero Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning (Williams), who can generate and control lightning. After having hung up his suit years prior, Pierce is pulled back into the life of a hero when his daughter begins fighting for justice. In addition to Jefferson and his two daughters Jennifer and Anissa, the series will also include Pierce’s ex-wife Lynn. Check out the descriptions of all four characters for details on the show’s core cast. Black Lightning will reportedly begin production in March and could potentially join The CW’s slate of DC superhero shows as a full series for the 2017-2018 season. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Overwatch Shares Another Teaser for New Character

More evidence to suggest Efi Oladele may be the 24th character. By Alex Osborn A new teaser hinting at who will presumably be the next playable hero to join the Overwatch roster has been revealed. In a post on Twitter, the official Overwatch account shared the following image, along with the message: “[BREAKING] OR15 defense units destroyed in confrontation with unidentified assailant at Numbani airport. No civilian casualties reported.” Overwatch teaser image, via Twitter Just a few days ago, Blizzard introduced fans to Efi Oladele, an 11-year-old inventor who received a grant from the Adawe Foundation for her “impressive achievements in robotics and artificial intelligence.” Interestingly enough, in the character “interview” with Oladele that was released earlier this week, she directly mentions OR15s—the very same units shown in the new teaser—saying, “I want to create things that make our lives better. And someday, my dream is to build something that can keep us safe, like the new OR15s! I think that would be great.” While some suspect either Oladele or one of her robotic creations will be Overwatch’s next character, we’ll have to wait for an official announcement before we know definitively who will be the next hero to join the critically READ FULL STORY AT…

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Nier: Automata – Junk Item Upsets Players

Nintendo fans in Japan weren’t very happy. By Alex Osborn After receiving complaints from players in Japan, Square Enix has announced it will update the name of a trash item that can be found when fishing in Nier: Automata. As reported by Siliconera, the item is called “NIN64” and described as “trash that was fished up.” Whether or not it was an intentional joke about Nintendo 64 or something else entirely (others have suggested it may instead be a nod to the 1950s anti-aircraft system, the MIM-46 Mauler, or “MIM46”) fans have made their complaints known and requested the item’s name be changed. “NIN64” item in Nier: Automoata Producer Yosuke Saito took to Twitter to address the backlash, assuring upset fans the next patch will not only fix a few bugs, but also “change the name of an item you’ve all pointed out.” While Nier: Automata is already out in Japan, the game is not yet available to those in the west. The action-RPG from developer PlatinumGames will release for PS4 on March 7 in North America and March 10 in Europe. A PC version is also in the works and will launch sometime later this year. In the meantime, read IGN’s READ FULL…

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First Poster for Netflix Castlevania Series Revealed

Season 1 debuting later this year. By Alex Osborn Ahead of its debut later this year, the first poster for Netflix’s Castlevania series has been revealed. Series producer Adi Shankar unveiled the blood-red art in a post on Facebook, which you can check out below. Castlevania poster, courtesy of Adi Shankar on Facebook As described by Netflix, the series will follow “the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself.” We had the chance to speak with Shankar shortly after Netflix announced the series. He confirmed the show will serve as an adaptation of the classic NES game Castlevania III: Dracula Curse, but couldn’t share any additional details about the plot. Shankar did, however, say it will be “done in the vein of Game of Thrones” and “be R-rated as f***.” Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 will release sometime later this year. The season will be broken into four parts, with each episode lasting around 30 minutes. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Rogue One Blu-ray Release Date, Box Art Revealed

Coming to Blu-ray April 4. By Alex Osborn Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on April 4, Disney and Lucasfilm announced today. Prior to its Blu-ray release, Rogue One will be available via Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24. Alongside the release date, the official box art for the Blu-ray was revealed, which you can check out below. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray cover art The Blu-ray release will include the following special features, though some of the digital bonus content may vary by retailer: A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films. Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.   Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion. K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance. READ FULL…

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Logan May Not Be Patrick Stewart's Last X-Men Movie

More of Stewart’s Professor X to come? By Alex Osborn While Hugh Jackman has said that Logan will serve as his final big screen outing as Wolverine, recent comments from Patrick Stewart suggest the Professor X actor isn’t quite ready to leave the X-Men film franchise behind. “Hugh has raised the flag that says goodbye. I haven’t done that yet,” Stewart told ET. In Logan, Stewart stars as a much older Professor X, who appears to be in pretty rough shape. Read IGN’s review of Logan to find out why we found the return of Patrick Stewart as Xavier to be “one of the hugely satisfying aspects” of the film. The X-Men film series is reportedly being “reconfigured” at Fox. Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner recently revealed that the next entry in the franchise, which is rumored to focus on Dark Phoenix, will start shooting soon. Patrick Stewart as Xavier in Logan Jackman has said he’s ready to hang up the claws for good, but Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese said they’d love to bring his Wolverine into the world of Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed anti-hero, though for that to occur a major restructuring would have to happen with the franchise. According to Reese, Jackman READ FULL STORY AT…

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Alien: Covenant Cast Photo Features James Franco

Get an early glimpse at the sci-fi thriller tomorrow night on FX. By Alex Osborn A photo featuring the cast of Alien: Covenant has been released ahead of an upcoming sneak peek that will air tomorrow, February 22, on FX. 20th Century Fox shared the photo in a post on Twitter, which provides an early look at James Franco as Captain Branson. Accompanying the photo was tease for the aforementioned sneak peek, which will be shown during tomorrow night’s episode of Legion. Alien: Covenant cast photo, via Alien Covenant on Twitter In addition to Franco, the film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir and Benjamin Rigby. Find out what Fassbender had to say last year about a major twist regarding his role as David. While you patiently wait for the release of director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller on May 19, check out its very R-rated trailer below, as well as this collection of all the Alien: Covenant images released so far. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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First Look at The Predator Cast; R-Rating Confirmed

Filming begins today. By Alex Osborn The Predator begins filming today, and director Shane Black has taken to social media to provide an early glimpse at the film’s cast. “Partial cast… beautiful human beings, good people. Also, killers. Cameras roll today,” he said in a post on Twitter, which was accompanied by the following photo: Partial cast of The Predator, via Shane Black on Twitter In a subsequent post, the director confirmed that The Predator will be rated R in a roundabout way, saying, “And, just to be clear… PG-13 is for pussies. Spines bleed… a lot.” Last June, Black told us he plans to bring mystery back to the franchise with his new film. The Predator stars Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, and the recently-cast Thomas Jane. For more on the film ahead of its February 9, 2018 release, check out the first poster for The Predator. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Wonder Woman Has Reportedly Cast Its Villain Ares

Wonder Woman’s foe will reportedly be a blend of CGI and practical effects. By Alex Osborn Wonder Woman has reportedly found its Ares in Harry Potter star David Thewlis. According to Batman News, “multiple sources” have told the outlet that Thewlis—best known for his role as Professor Remus Lupin in the aforementioned wizarding film series—has been cast to star as Wonder Woman’s lead villain. Ares will reportedly be portrayed through a blend of practical effects and CGI. David Thewlis as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter In addition to his reported role as Ares in Wonder Woman, Thewlis will star in Season 3 of the FX television series, Fargo. Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and opens in theaters on June 2. The film stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, and Robin Wright as General Antiope. In Greek mythology, Ares is the God of War and son of Zeus and Hera. For an idea of how he may appear in Wonder Woman, check our detailed look at who Ares is in terms of DC Comics history. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow READ FULL STORY…

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New Kingdom Hearts 3, FFVII Remake Screenshots Revealed

See Cloud and Barret battle against the Guard Scorpion. By Alex Osborn This week at the Monaco Anime Game International Conference 2017 (MAGIC 2017), Square Enix pulled back the curtain on new screenshots of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III. Game director Tetsuya Nomura revealed the images at the event, which include two screenshots of Final Fantasy VII Remake and one of Kingdom Hearts III. Cloud ducking behind cover in Final Fantasy VII Remake, via Twitter According to Gameblog.fr (via Gematsu), Nomura shared a few new details about Final Fantasy VII Remake, saying he’s “put a lot of attention into the combat system, and it’s going to happen without interruption.” He also confirmed that allies can’t be hurt by your own grenades. Additionally, he said the iconic Guard Scorpion will serve as the game’s first boss (pictured below), and that “the scenery will be partly destructible.” Cloud and Barret battling against the Guard Scorpion, via Twitter As for Kingdom Hearts III, the single image revealed is set in Thebes and showcases a new type of Heartless. The transforming ability of Sora’s Keyblade is also shown off in the image, with Nomura noting that “the Keyblade turns READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

New Line of Pokemon Mega Bloks Revealed

Featuring Pikachu, Charizard and other Kanto region creatures. By Alex Osborn New Pokemon toys are on the way, as the popular creature-collecting franchise has joined Mattel’s line of re-branded toy sets, Mega Construx. As reported by Kotaku, Pokemon from the Kanto region will be featured in the upcoming Mega Construx sets, including fan favorites like Pikachu and Charizard. The first sets will release in North America sometime this summer. Pokemon Mega Construx Charizard figure Mega Bloks was recently split into two different lines, with Bloks-branded goods now geared specifically toward young children, and Construx sets designed to appeal to older kids and collectors. “We bring only the highest quality Pokémon experiences to our fans around the world and Mega Brands’ attention to detail and thoughtful creativity with Mega Construx is sure to delight kids as well as the most passionate Pokémon trainers,” The Pokémon Company International VP of marketing Colin Palmer said in a press release. Last year, the Pokemon franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary with the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon for 3DS, as well as the mobile phenomenon Pokemon Go, which just added 80 new Pokemon from the Johto region this week. Mattel will showcase its upcoming Pokemon Mega Construx in…

How Skyward Sword Feedback Impacted Breath of the Wild

Informing the creation of a massive, open world. By Alex Osborn The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma recently discussed how feedback influenced Breath of the Wild, revealing how a fan’s response to Skyward Sword impacted the game’s development. “So there was something that the fans said before starting development that changed what I thought,” Aonuma told Game Informer. “There was a fan that said he really, really loved Zelda. But while playing Skyward Sword, he missed experiencing this huge world where he could just ride Epona around,” something Aonuma said the fan really enjoyed in Ocarina of Time. “And somewhere within myself, I felt the same way,” he added, noting that “for Breath of the Wild, it’s something that I definitely thought about.” When we spoke to Aonuma about Breath of the Wild’s massive landscape last year at E3, he mentioned the series’ prior installment, saying, “after Skyward Sword we really needed to develop a bigger world, but we’ve actually never done that. So a lot of it was trial and error, and we had to feel things out.” The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches for Nintendo Switch and Wii U on March 3. While you patiently wait…

Star Wars: Rogue One Sequel Novel Inferno Squad Revealed

Releasing July 25. By Alex Osborn Inferno Squad, a new novel set after the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has been announced. As revealed by StarWars.com, this new book from author Christie Golden will center around an elite Imperial squad who embarks on a mission to take down the remaining Partisans of Saw Gerrera after the climactic events of Rogue One. Temporary cover for Inferno Squad by Christie Gold, via StarWars.com Inferno Squad will release later on July 25. In the meantime, read the official description of the novel, as provided by StarWars.com: After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger…

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Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Blu-ray Gets Release Date

Available on Digital HD starting April 4. By Alex Osborn Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on April 18, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have announced. A Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset version will be available for $39.99 SRP, which includes a copy of the film on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a Digital HD version and an exclusive Blue Beetle figurine. A Blu-ray Combo Pack, including everything in the Giftset except the figurine, will be available for $24.98 SRP, and the standard DVD version will be available for $19.98 SRP. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Combo Pack box art Prior to the animated film’s physical release, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be available via Digital HD starting April 4. Some of the “enhanced content” in the Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset and Combo Pack versions includes Batman and Harley Quinn: a sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original movie, a featurette on Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, as well as a second featurette on the origins of Deathstroke, and two bonus cartoons from the “DC Comics Vault.” The DVD version only includes the Batman and Harley Quinn sneak peek. The Judas Contract story, created READ FULL…