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The First Look At R-Batz Proves That Batman's Greatest Weapon Is His Jawline

'The Batman' has suddenly rocketed to the top of my "most anticipated films" list.

We’ve been going on for a while about how awesome The Batman will be and how Robert Pattinson is perfect as a younger Dark Knight based on nothing but choice quotes and rumours. Well based on some stunning footage released by director Matt Reeves, it seems like our hunch might be right.

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Matt Reeves cheekily dropped the first look of The Batman in the form of some camera test footage of Robert Pattinson suited up in the Dark Knight cowl, and holy hell is it amazing.

The footage shows a suited up R-Batz stepping into a dark frame that’s saturated in red light. As an ominous score by The Batman composer Michael Giacchino plays in the background, we see R-Batz and his new Batsuit slowly come into focus.

The whole thing lasts less than a minute but boy is there a lot to digest from it all, which we’ll do after you’ve watched the amazing footage.

Firstly, that score from Michael Giacchino is pure sex as it is distinct in its own noirish way, yet it still feels like “Batman.”

Secondly, the suit looks elaborate and mechanical, and I mean that in a complimentary way. Rather than take inspiration from the Dark Knight suits worn by Christian Bale and Ben Affleck, it looks like Reeves is using the designs from the Batman: Arkham video game series with a dash of Daredevil as his muses. Just take a gander at that bat symbol on R-Batz’s chest. It looks like it holds two batarangs. Amazing.

And lastly and most importantly, the biggest winner of this camera test footage isn’t the score or the Batman suit. No, that accolade goes to Robert Pattinson’s jawline. Rocking the Dark Knight cowl requires a great jawline and R-Batz’s jaw looks like it could cut diamonds.

After much furor over whether Matt Reeves and R-Batz can deliver with The Batman, it definitely looks like we’re in for something special. June 25, 2021 can’t come soon enough.

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Marvel's First Gay Couple Is In 'Eternals', Here's Hoping They Do It Right

Time to start walking the walk.

For all the wild success Marvel has had in getting people’s arses in seats to all of its movies, the studio hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to LGBTQI+ representation. However, it appears that this is about to change as it’s been confirmed that the upcoming Eternals will feature the MCU’s first ever gay couple.

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Chatting to Logo about being part of the sprawling Marvel universe for the first time, Haaz Sleiman says he’ll be playing the husband of Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos in Eternals, and they’ll be representing a gay couple with a child.

Not only will there be a gay couple onscreen in a Marvel movie for the first time but we’ll actually see them interact with each other and doing couple-y things like kissing and stuff instead of being background afterthoughts:

“Oh, yeah, absolutely, and it’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be.

Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community were all children at one point.

We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on that human part.

This is a big thing for LGBTQI+ representation in the MCU as previous efforts were pretty meh. Over the course of 20-something films, all we got was lot of off-screen talk about Valkryie being bisexual in Thor: Ragnarok and a minor gay character in Endgame. It’s not been great and Marvel has copped quite a bit of criticism for it over the years for talking the talk but not walking the walk.

Here’s hoping that Marvel actually follow through properly with its LGBTQI+ representation in Eternals this time around because it’s important and it’s a little tiring seeing studios doing the absolute bare minimum in terms of inclusivity and patting themselves on the back for it (*cough* that kiss in Rise Of Skywalker *cough*).

Let’s see whether it’s another case of Marvel doing a lot of talking and no showing or whether actual progress is made this time around when Eternals drops on November 6.

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The Simpsons Still Owe Ned Flanders Proper Closure For Maude's Death

20 years on and we're still not okilly-dokilly about this.

You’d think that The Simpsons‘ version God would be quite nice to Ned Flanders after all his decades of faithful devotion, yet the five-fingered bearded one still saw fit to kill both of Ned’s wives, Maude and Edna Krabappel.

It’s now been 20 years since Maude was sent to the pearly gates and her death is still felt among the Simpsons faithful (well, me anyway at least), mainly because neither we or Ned Flanders got some proper closure.

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Unlike Edna, who was gracefully written out of The Simpsons due to Marcia Wallace (the character’s voice actor) died, Maude’s unceremonious death via an ill-timed blow to the face by a T-shirt shot out of a cannon came about due to a pay dispute between the character’s voice actor, Maggie Roswell, and Fox.

As a result of this dispute – which was later resolved and saw Maggie return to The Simpsons – the writers decided to kill off Maude as a way to force Ned Flanders to “face a challenge and grow in a new direction” – as well as a cheap and surefire way to boost ratings.

Now there’s nothing wrong with killing off a major character, especially for a show that’s gone on as long as The Simpsons, provided that the death is handled well. Unfortunately for Ned and us, Maude’s death and its consequences were given almost no attention.

We don’t expect a Ned Flanders go through every single stage of grief on an episode of The Simpsons, but surely the show could’ve done more to give us and Ned some better closure for Maude than a quick funeral and a grieving period lasting about 30 seconds.

After Maude quickly gets pushed aside for a rushed “Ned gets back into dating” storyline thanks to Homer’s intervention, a THIRD storyline about Ned losing his faith is tacked on top of everything. Sure there were a few cheap laughs, but you have to wonder why the Simpsons writers squeezed in three episodes worth of story into one 20-ish minute episode.

While Maude wasn’t exactly the most popular character (though far from the most unpopular), it’s an absolute shame The Simpsons didn’t dive deeper into the aftermath of her death. She and Ned had been married for years and the way she was so quickly forgotten leaves a bit of an uneasy feeling.

It would’ve been a really interesting creative direction to have an entire Simpsons episode dedicated to Ned and his sons properly working through what happened and another episode exploring Ned’s latest crisis of faith.

Maude deserved a better exit than a death by T-shirt cannon, and Ned Flanders certainly deserved proper closure for such a traumatic event that didn’t involve getting roped into one of Homer’s ideas.

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