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Never Mind Robert Pattinson, We May Be Getting A Black Batman

Just do it.

The internet was equal parts outraged and excited when Robert Pattinson was confirmed to be the new Batman. However, that furor pales in comparison to a wild rumour that’s making the comic book rounds: DC may be giving us a Dark Knight who isn’t Bruce Wayne and is black.

Yeah. Amazing, right?

Now take this with a bat cowl full of salt but Bleeding Cool says a number “prominent sources” confirm that DC Comics plan on introducing a black Batman in 2020 leading into 2021.

As for who will be this rumoured new Caped Crusader, Bleeding Cool says it doesn’t know but it definitely won’t be Bruce Wayne or Duke Thomas (since he’s taken up the mantle of Signal recently). While theories have been tossed around, it’s likely DC will opt for a completely new character no one’s ever seen before.

Again, lots of salt should be taken with this rumour.

Should this all come to fruition – and here’s hoping it does – then it would be a massive step forward from DC since every incarnation of the Dark Knight so far has been white. No shade to Robert Pattinson, who will undoubtedly do a great job in Matt Reeves’ live-action Batman film.

It also means that a black Batman will also eventually spill over into the movie side of things, which will be a hell of a milestone for DC. We’ve already seen how well black characters have been integrated into the Marvel universe, not to mention a black/Latino Spider-Man with Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, so it’ll be great when DC finally takes this big leap.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though because DC has yet to comment on these black Batman rumours and who knows if Bleeding Cool‘s sources are solid.

But here’s hoping the comic book behemoth will follow up on the buzz by bringing us a Caped Crusader of colour because not only will that open up a treasure trove of interesting character and storytelling potential, the dream of seeing Michael B. Jordan suited up as the Dark Knight on the big screen at some point in the future just entered the realm of possibility.

Thank How I Met Your Mother For Giving Us One Of Breaking Bad's Greatest Characters

Haaaaave you met Walt?

From Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut, it goes without saying that Breaking Bad (and by extension Better Call Saul) has some of TV’s greatest characters. But one of these characters only existed thanks to the interference of the last thing you would’ve expected: How I Met Your Mother.

A lot of guest stars have appeared on HIMYM over the course of its nine-season run and one of those stars happened to be Bob Odenkirk, who plays the one and only Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. However, this caused a bit of a scheduling conflict between the various shows Bob was on.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Bob revealed that he was actually scheduled to appear on HIMYM at the same time he was supposed to hang out with Walter White, and the adventures of Ted Mosby ultimately won out. In hindsight, Barney is probably the more entertaining guy to chill with than Walt.

Since Breaking Bad desperately needed Saul for what they had planned, Bob said the writers quickly created a new stand-in character in order to get the required information across. This new character? Mike Ehrmantraut.

“I promise you I thought I was up for three episodes of Breaking Bad — well, they wanted me for four, but I could only do three ’cause I was in How I Met Your Mother.

They actually added the character of Mike because I couldn’t make that fourth week, and they needed another character to get that information across, so that’s amazing right there.”

Who would’ve thought that a scheduling conflict would ultimately lead to one of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul‘s most important characters?

If it weren’t for Mike Ehrmantraut, Breaking Bad would’ve been a wildly different show due to the his vital role in Walter White’s descent. Hell, there’s a possibility Better Call Saul wouldn’t exist had Mike to been hastily cobbled together in the writer’s room due to a last minute panic.

So let’s give a massive thanks to HIMYM because it meant Ted’s long-winded story about how he met his wife ultimately finished on a happy ending rather than the titular mother’s death.

Today I Learned: Ashton Kutcher Is Not Only Smarter Than You, He's Solving The World's Problems

Kelso's done quite well for himself.

You probably know Ashton Kutcher as that dimwitted pretty boy Michael Kelso from That 70s Show or as the husband of Mila Kunis.

Those are all accurate but there’s more to the bloke than being a super good-looking Hollywood actor who’s married to another super good-looking Hollywood actor.

Ashton Kutcher also happens to be a genius. Like, intelligence spilling out of his ears genius.

Yes, this dude.

Prior to being an actor, Ashton had originally studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa with the intention of finding a cure for his brother’s heart ailment.

However, that path took a backseat when he realised he could be far more successful by leveraging his looks and so he went to Hollywood instead, which ultimately worked out pretty damn well for him.

But when he’s not working on movie and TV stuff, he’s off using his smarts to be a massively successful venture capitalist who is incredibly knowledgeable about the IT scene and has invested in several start up companies that have gone on to be huge.

That’s a big, fat lie.

Just to give you an example of how business savvy Ashton is, he was an early investor in companies like Uber, Spotify, Airbnb, Skype and Shazam because he saw potential in them and we all know how those companies all panned out. All in all, he’s invested in over 70 companies and built up a portfolio worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Who would’ve thought the dumbest-looking person on That 70s Show actually turned out to be the genius?

They say it takes a smart person to play a dumb person.

But beyond being super smart, good looking and a wildly successful businessman, Ashton is also helping to solve one of the world’s biggest problems.

Back in 2012, he and his ex-wife Demi Moore started up Thorn, an organisation outsourced by the FBI to help catch pedophiles, stop child trafficking and the exploitation of children. Using his tech connections built up through the years of being a business investor, Thorn has fought cybercriminals using tech and developed online instruments to assist authorities to catch human traffickers.

Thorn is also one of the reasons why he makes that Netflix show, The Ranch: the paychecks help finance the organisation. There’s a lot more going on in that pretty head than you may think.

So to sum up, Ashton Kutcher is not only a big Hollywood star who’s happily married to Mila Kunis, he’s a wildly smart guy who’s made hundreds of millions by investing in start ups. When he’s not busy being successful, he’s off helping to stop child trafficking and pedophiles with Thorn.

Damn.

Seems like Zoolander was right: there really is more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking.

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