A hot new trailer for The Defenders was just released on NetFlix Korea and Stan Lee narrates. The Defenders miniseries was first announced in late 2013 and after almost four years the team is finally assembling. After the release of two seasons of Daredevil and the first seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, the heroes of the Netflix Marvel Cinematic Universe are finally teaming up. The four solitary heroes are joining together with a common goal – to save New York City.

The trailer is narrated by 94-year-old Stan Lee riding in the back of a car. In a nice touch, the license plate spells out "Stan Lee".

As he rides he looks out the window to see various action scenes around New York. Most of them are recycled scenes from the shows, but there are a couple of new shots. What makes this trailer special is how it highlights how different the Netflix shows are from the movies. The street-level, dark and gritty feel of the shows also highlight how human these guys are.

"They’re the greatest stories ever told," says Lee as he sees Daredevil (Charlie Cox) fighting the Hand and other thugs. “Heroes show us we don’t need to be perfect to do what’s right," Lee says watching the all too human Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) stop a mugging and get throwing a guy into a garbage bin. "It’s not about living in fear, it’s about facing injustice," Lee says thoughtfully.

"It’s not about feeling powerful," Lee continues as he passes by Danny Rand (Finn Jones) using his fist to knock out a wall of the hospital, "but finding your calling when you least expect it."

Lee passes by an alley where Luke Cage (Mike Colter) stops a car and says: "They show us it’s okay to be vulnerable no matter how tough you are. Because even though they’re heroes, they’re still human."

Then we get a shot of the four in a hallway about to drop the pain.

Finally, we get a shot of the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) saying "Looks like I got here just in time."

Marvel’s The Defenders stars Charlie Cox, (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist).  Additional cast members include Academy-Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver (Alexandra), Élodie Yung (Elektra Natchios), Scott Glenn (Stick), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Franklin "Foggy" Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse), Simone Missick (Misty Knight) and Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing).

Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist join forces to take on common enemies as a sinister conspiracy threatens New York City.

Marvel’s The Defenders premieres globally on Netflix on August 18, 2017, at 12:01 am PT. Check out the new trailer below:

Here are a couple of posters released last week at Comic-Con.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you planning to watch The Defenders?

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Entertainment Weekly magazine cover 2015 - 2017 comparison
The entertainment magazine Entertainment Weekly finally realizes Black Panther is not a joke.

EW featured a Captain America: Civil War (2015) cover showing the main heroes: Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). They also featured the third star of the film: Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).

Unfortunately, they chose to denigrate him. First, there's the fact that he's standing behind the two stars. The previous Avengers covers had actors standing behind the main star, but they usually show more than the head and shoulders.

Second, the blurb says he has claws "That A Real Housewife Would Envy."

This irritated me to no end. How can you make jokes about the first Black superhero and a king? Did the Thor cover make jokes about his hammer? Does the Black Widow cover make jokes about spiders?

This is offensive not just to me, but other's as well. Devin Faraci of Birth. Movies. Death said,
"Look, I don't want to get all gender normative here, but there's no way to read the cover text as anything other than an emasculation of a powerful black man. 
More than that, it's an emasculation of the first black superhero. It's the emasculation of a superhero whose very existence and day job as a KING was intended to make him an empowering figure."

Not the only one to point this out Mark Julian of ComicBookMovie.com said,
"The fandom has very few African-American superheroes. Period.  It's disappointing to see Black Panther singled out as the only hero, that's trivialized on a cover that also features Iron Man and Captain America. Don't get me wrong, I get that it was an attempt at humor, but it was poorly executed... Do better, Entertainment Weekly."

Darian Robbins "fixed" the cover (h/t @WeAreWakanda)

The biggest mistake is they thought it would be funny to show the cat-themed superhero saying "meow". Was that even necessary? Is Tony saying "Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist"? Does Black Panther famous for his sense of humor?

The whole thing was, and is insulting. Fast forward two years.

Reviews of Civil War praised Black Panther as a highlight of the film. The Black Panther solo movie is highly anticipated and the trailer picked up 89 million views in the first 24 hours. Entertainment Weekly finally realized their mistake and gave him a cover worthy of a king.

They released a new cover for their special Comic-Con double issue and it features "an Afro-futurist paradise whose king is one of the most groundbreaking heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe". The cover also has Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, and the always lovely Lupita Nyong'o as one of Black Panther's bodyguards Nakia.

Not only does he look like a superhero, he looks like a king. The blurb calls him the "most beloved, game-changing superhero" ever.

Much better Entertainment Weekly. Keep up the good work.

Update: Here's another awesome Black Panther photo

Click on the link for all our coverage on Black Panther (2018).

What do you think of the EW cover? Are you looking forward to Black Panther?

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It seems like comic books are always making changes to superheroes and supervillains, from the costumes to their powers. Most of these changes come from careful and thought-out ideas developed by writers and artists, but some of the biggest changes in comics weren't intended to be done at all. They were actually started by someone making a joke which someone else took too seriously. Here are five times when a change was actually just goofing around.


In 1993's "Fatal Attractions" storyline, the X-Men fought Magneto, who disabled the world's electrical systems with an electromagnetic pulse. When Magneto engaged the X-Men in battle, and was stabbed by Wolverine's claws, Magneto used his powers to tear every molecule of indestructible adamantium out of Wolverine's skeleton. That left Wolverine vulnerable for years until Apocalypse bonded his skeleton again years later.

According to Peter David, the idea of Magneto pulling out Wolverine's adamantium came from the plotting of the "X-Cutioner's Song" crossover. He had sarcastically suggested that Wolverine wouldn't be a threat to Magneto because the villain could just rip out his skeleton. He didn't expect the other writers to take him seriously, and he argued they couldn't leave Wolverine as just a pile of skin on the floor. The writers decided they could have Magneto remove Wolverine's adamantium, and the rest was history.


While Storm has always been known for her long, flowing white hair and body-hugging black outfit, she's just as famous for her 1980s punk mohawk and leather outfit. It turned out that, much like the other entries, her mohawk was just a gag that went too far.

In The Uncanny X-Men #173, writer Chris Claremont and artist Paul Smith were trying to create a new look for Storm. Smith was creating feminine designs, and included a drawing of her as Mister T, just to be funny. It turned out X-Men editor Louise Simonson liked the Mister T design. Smith tried to explain it was just a joke, but he was leaving the book in a couple issues, so they ignored him, he left, and the mohawk stayed.


The face of Iron Man with its slits for the eyes and mouth is one of the most iconic masks in comics, which is why it caught readers by surprise in 1974 when Iron Man's mask suddenly had an indentation for his nose in Iron Man #68. Even in the pages, some characters commented on how silly the nose looked, and the nose went away a year later. It turned out the whole thing was just an idle joke from Stan Lee.

While looking over some artwork on the latest Iron Man, Lee asked, "Shouldn't there be a nose?" He apparently just meant that the mask was drawn so tightly on Tony Stark's face that there was no room for his nose, but the Marvel staff took it as a decree that Iron Man's mask needed a nose. It didn't take long before the nose was taken out, never to return.


In 1980, the critically-acclaimed and influential "Dark Phoenix Saga" started in Uncanny X-Men #129 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. In the story arc, Jean Grey gained cosmic powers and became the Phoenix, but was so powerful that she consumed a star, killing billions of alien beings. Having become Dark Phoenix, she committed suicide. Her death was a major turning point in comics, but started as an argument between the creators and editors.

In the original ending for "Dark Phoenix," Jean Grey would have been forgiven and permanently depowered, but editor-in-chief Jim Shooter was apparently outraged by the lack of accountability for the act of genocide. With all sides unable to decide on how to end the story, Claremont suggested they just kill Jean Grey. He was actually bluffing, hoping that Shooter would object to killing such a major character, but Shooter called the bluff and ordered her death.


In 1992, DC released the epic storyline "The Death of Superman," where Superman fought the immensely powerful supervillain Doomsday until they both died on the streets of Metropolis in Superman #75 in 1993. The story never would've happened if it hadn't been for the TV show Lois and Clark and an idle joke.

In 1992, DC had planned to have Lois Lane and Clark Kent marry, but ABC was developing a wedding episode in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. DC agreed to put the comic book marriage on hold until Lois and Clark reached its wedding episode. Without the planned wedding, DC was struggling to come up with ideas to replace it. At the end of one meeting, Adventures of Superman writer Jerry Ordway suggested, jokingly, "Let's just kill 'im." The joke became a running gag in story meetings, but in desperation, they decided to actually do it.

Which was the best idea and which should have stayed a joke?

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Watch the Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) recreated using 90's animated series.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is Marvel's latest hit starring Tom Holland. It's got a "Certified Fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes and took in a massive $257 million box office around the world in its first weekend. What could make the movie better? Animated Spider-Man of course.

There are a bunch of animated Spider-Man series over the years starting with the 1960's cartoon. In fact, there's a new one coming soon. But for a lot of kids growing up, they're favorite was the 90's version.

Back in the 1990's, there was a wildly popular animated series based on Spider-Man. Originally released on Fox Kids back on November 19, 1994, it ran for five seasons. It enjoyed high ratings for a Saturday morning cartoon and was the highest rated and most popular children's television show in the country.

So, I thought it would be fun to see what the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer would look like if it were remade using clips from the Spider-Man Saturday morning cartoon.

What do you think of the trailer remake? What do you think of Spider-Man: Homecoming? Are you a fan of the animated series?

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After posting about diversity here at Geek Twins for a number of years, we've pretty much become experts at racism, thanks to our comments section. Instead of addressing the racist arguments to individuals one at a time, we'll start addressing them in a series of articles so we can just post the link when someone uses the argument. Today, we'll be tackling "make black superheroes white!"


This argument is usually thrown out whenever we talk about a typically white character who is changed to a person of color. Someone in the comments says, "How would you like it if I made a [movie/comic] where [minority superhero/famous minority] was white?!"

Example: "They shouldn't make Captain America black! What if I made a comic where Luke Cage was white?!"


It's not the same thing. I repeat, it's not the same thing. And you know it's not the same thing, which is why you said it. Let's spell it out.

People of color and women don't have as many superheroes as white males. That's just a fact no one is denying. Rather than count how many white male superheroes there are, let's say there are a hundred. And rather than count all the minority and female superheroes, let's say there are ten. When one superhero is changed from a white male to (for example) a black female, you're losing one out of a hundred. When a minority or female hero is changed to a white male, we lose one out of ten.

Instead of superheroes, let's talk about jellybeans. Imagine if I have five jellybeans, and you have a hundred jellybeans. I ask, "Can I have one of your jellybeans?" You say, "No! I can't spare any of my jellybeans! Besides, you already have five jellybeans! Isn't that enough for you?!" And you chow down on your hundred jellybeans while I eat my five.

Next time we get together, you again have a hundred jellybeans and I have five jellybeans. I say, "Hey, I'm going to take one of your jellybeans," and I do. Now I have six jellybeans and you have 99. You say, "That's not fair! You can't take one of my jellybeans! I'll take one of yours!" And you grab two of my jellybeans. Now you have a hundred again, and I have four.

The few minority superheroes that exist are precious because there are so few of them. The white male superheroes are a dime a dozen. A third of all white male superheroes in comics could be changed to female and/or people of color, and you'd still win. If you changed a third of the people of color and female characters into white males, you'd make entire comic book universes devoid of diversity at all.

That's why it would be more upsetting if Luke Cage became white instead of Captain American becoming black, and that's why making Captain America black is not that big a deal. It's not the same thing.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988) - Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart)
Here are the greatest Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes featuring Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Star Trek: TNG is over 20-years-old but it's still fun to watch.

Today is Captain Picard Day and, as part of our annual celebration, here's a Picard-centric blog post.

There have been 178 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Which would you say are the best episodes featuring Patrick Stewart? Here they are ranked from good to best.

I've tried to keep the episodes spoiler-free in case you want to watch them, but there are some minor spoilers.

Make it so.

13. "Conspiracy"

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988) - Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart)

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 1, Episode 25 (1988)
Best Line:"Friendship must dare to risk, Counselor, or it isn't friendship."

After an old friend sends a top secret message to Captain Picard he races the USSC Enterprise-D back to Earth. Picard uses all his knowledge of Starfleet regulations to uncover the aliens taking over Starfleet Command.  Even today this episode is chilling for its paranoia.

The episode ends with the greatest chest-bursting scene since Alien.

12. "Phantasms"

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) - Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton), Data (Brent Spiner), Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart)

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 7, Episode 6 (1993)
Best Line: "Normally I would wish you pleasant dreams. But in this case, bad dreams would be more helpful."

Patrick Stewart has had some amazing episodes in front of the camera. This one stands out as the best one with him behind the camera as a director. Data (Brent Spiner) begins having horrifying dreams and they realize they hold the key to saving the ship.  Stewart's uses camera angles and acting direction to make a terrifying episode. It's so scary that this is one of the few Star Trek episodes edited for screening by the BBC in the UK. The turbo lift scene when Data confronts Troi with a knife was so upsetting to audiences that the shot of him stabbing her has been cut out of some airings in the UK.

It's an amazing episode. Plus, we get Troi's cellular peptide cake. With mint frosting. Would you like a bite?

11. "Starship Mine"

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) - Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), Devor (Tim Russ)
Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 6, Episode 18 (1993)
Best Line: "My name is Mot. I'm uh, I... I'm the barber."

The Enterprise is evacuated for a routine procedure to "eliminate accumulated baryon particles". Whatever those are. Left alone, Picard plays a cat-and-mouse game with terrorists trying to steal toxic waste from the warp core. The episode is basically Die Hard on the Enterprise, but it's one of the episodes that shows Picard is not just a man of words. He's a man of action.

The scene where Picard does the Vulcan nerve pinch is worth the price of admission. Especially because it's on future Vulcan actor Tim Russ.

10. "The Drumhead"

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) - Sabin Genestra (Bruce French), Admiral Satie (Jean Simmons), Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart)
Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 4, Episode 21 (1991)
Best Line: "But she or someone like her will always be with us, waiting for the right climate in which to flourish – spreading fear in the name of righteousness. Vigilance, Mr. Worf. That is the price we have to continually pay."

After a dilithium chamber hatch explodes aboard the USS Enterprise-D Starfleet Admiral Norah Satie (Jean Simmons) begins a hunt to find the saboteur. In her search for a conspiracy, she crosses the line into paranoia. Picard decides that he won't help him with her xenophobic witch-hunt for Romulans and other enemy conspirators. Admiral Satie eventually accuses Captain Picard of treason.

This episode is a powerful analogy of the McCarthy communist hearings of the 1960s. Picard fights fear-mongering and shows that the goal of any society is to uphold the rule of law and equality.

9. "Q Who"

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) - Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg), Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart)

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 2, Episode 16 (1989)
Best Line: "If we all die here, now, you will not be able to gloat. You wanted to frighten us. We're frightened. You wanted to show us we were inadequate. For the moment, I grant that. You wanted me to say 'I need you'? I need you!"

When Captain Picard is kidnapped by omnipotent Q (John de Lancie) he finds out that Q has been cast out of the "Q Continuum". To prove to the Enterprise that they’re not prepared for the challenges of deep space Q throws the ship seven thousand light years into uncharted space. There they have their first encounter with the cybernetic hive-mind race known as the "Borg".

They survive the encounter, but Picard comes to the terrifying realization that Starfleet may not be ready for the future. This episode introduces the greatest TNG villains of all time.

8. "Tapestry"

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 6, Episode 15 (1993)
Best Line: "I refuse to believe that the afterlife is run by you; the universe is not so badly designed."

This episode begins with Captain Picard dying. It gets better from there. Captain Picard and Q, were often at odds and this is the best episode he guest-starred in. Q gives him a chance to change the past. So he goes back and stops the barroom brawl that took his original heart as a young officer. In the process, he changes who he is and leaves him a low-level officer in the Astrolab.

Picard realizes his greatest regret is what led to him become the disciplined and restrained man he is today. Seeing him interacting with his former crew as a lowly officer is a hoot too.

It’s a wonderful exploration of Picard’s character and a powerful lesson on letting go of regrets.

7. "Ménage à Troi"

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 3, Episode 24 (1990)
Best Line: "My love is a fever, longing still for that which longer nurseth the disease. In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, for they in thee a thousand errors see. But 'tis my heart, that loves what they despise, who in despite of view, are pleased to dote. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Picard has a rocky relationship with Counselor Troi's mother Lwaxana, played by Roddenberry's widow and ship's computer voice Majel Barrett. She is immediately smitten with him and her aggressive nature combined with Picard's desire to keep peace make for awkward and hilarious interactions.

In this episode, Lwaxana is kidnapped by the Ferengi DaiMon Tog (Frank Corsentino) and the Enterprise has to rescue her. He has to convince Tog that she's his lover and he'll destroy the Ferengi ship if she's not returned. The best part is when he's reciting Shakespeare sonnets confessing his love. This inspired one of the Internet's favorite memes: Annoyed Picard.

When Lawaxana returns, she's so impressed by the ruse that she wants to keep it going. Picard graciously returned her to her home planet of Betazed - at maximum warp 9.

6. "Chain of Command, Parts I & II"

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) - Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart)

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 6, Episode 10 and 11 (1992)
Best Line: "There... Are... FOUR lights!"

When Captain Picard, Worf and Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) are tasked with a secret mission involving the Cardassians the Enterprise is put under the command of Captain Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox). He's a completely different style than Picard and quickly begins grating on the nerves of the crew. In Part II, Captain Picard is kidnapped and tortured by the Cardassians for information. Patrick Stewart shines in his torture scenes with Gul Madred (David Warner).

This a moving and powerful performance by Patrick Stewart as he insisted on filming his scenes naked on a closed set to capture the real inhumanity of torture. It also serves to remind us what an amazing leader Picard is. Especially when Jellico makes Troi cover up her cleavage.

5. "Family"

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 4, Episode 2 (1990)
Best Line: "I tried. I tried so hard. But I wasn't strong enough! I wasn't good enough! I should have been able to stop them. I should, I should."

After the confrontation with the Borg, the crew goes on extended leave. Captain Picard goes to his home village of La Barre, France. He hasn’t been home in twenty years after being estranged from his brother Robert (Jeremy Kemp). Picard is a private man and this episode explores some of his history and delves into why he went into space in the first place.

With all the space adventure episodes, this one has a slower pace. All the actors do an amazing job, but the monolog one really lets Patrick Stewart’s theater training shines as he explains what it was like being turned into a Borg.

4. "The Best of Both Worlds Parts I & II"

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 3, Episode 26 and Season 4, Episode 1 (1990)
Best Line: "Mr. Worf, dispatch a subspace message to Admiral Hanson. We have engaged the Borg."

In this two-part episode, Starfleet is caught by surprise when the Borg invades Federation space. They kidnap Picard and turn him into their spokesperson Locutus. The crew struggles to fight their greatest enemy while struggling to save their leader.

While the most memorable part of the episode is Picard’s abduction, there are some great scenes between him and Shelby as she tries to take command of the Enterprise for the war effort.

3. "All Good Things, Parts I & II" 

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) - Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton), Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden), Data (Brent Spiner), 

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 7, Episode 25 and 26 (1994)
Best Line: "I... I don't know how or why, but I'm moving back and forth... through time."

The episode begins with Picard frantically asking the date to the confusion of Worf (Michael Dorn) and Troi (Marina Sirtis). Q tells Picard that he's responsible for the destruction of humanity and sends him hurtling into the past and twenty-five years into the future. Picard has to solve the mystery of what he did to destroy everything.

Besides being the greatest season finale in television history it's also one of the best ways to reminisce on all seven season as Captain Picard goes from his first day of command of the Enterprise to his future on his family vineyard in France.

2. "Yesterday's Enterprise"

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 3, Episode 15 (1990)
Best Line: "Attention all hands. As you know, we could outrun the Klingon vessels. But we must protect the Enterprise-C until she enters the temporal rift. And we must succeed! Let's make sure that history never forgets... the name... Enterprise. Picard out."

The USS Enterprise-D encounters a time anomaly. The USS Enterprise-C thought destroyed decades before emerges from a time anomaly and changes the present. The ship is now a warship in battle with the Klingon Empire and only months away from total defeat. Only Guinan realizes something is wrong and entrusts Picard with the truth: If the Enterprise-C doesn’t go back and get destroyed the future will be changed and billions of lives will be lost. Picard makes the difficult decision to ask the crew of the Enterprise-C to return to their timeline and stop the war before it stops.

The return of Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) who died a "senseless" death in "Skin of Evil makes this one of the most heartbreaking episodes of the series. If you’re looking for an episode that shows Picard struggling with the moral choice between two necessary evils, then this is it.

1. "The Inner Light"

Episode: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Season 5, Episode 25 (1992)
Best Line: "I always believed that I didn't need children to complete my life. Now, I couldn't imagine life without them."

After encountering a mysterious space probe, Captain Picard faints and wakes up as "Kamin," a resident of the planet Kataan. The crew of the Enterprise tries to get Picard out of his coma while freeing him from its influence. Meanwhile, Picard accepts his life as a farmer with his wife and children and realizes that the planet is dying. The probe makes him live through the last decades of its homeworld in the span of approximately twenty minutes.

When Picard is finally freed from the probe's influence he goes back to his quarters and plays the flute found in the probe. It has been a computer simulation to everyone else, but to him, it was his life. The flute showed up again several times and every time it does my heart breaks.

Which is your favorite Captain Picard episode and why?

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Minority Report (2002) - Tom Cruise 
Here are Tom Cruise's best and worst sci-fi movies. Last weekend the latest Tom Cruise movieThe Mummy (2017), opened and it looks like this is going to be his latest flop. The movie has a dismal 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and pulled in a pathetic $57.2 million in the North American box office.

Cruise has an amazing career as a dramatic and action star, but he's made a few science-fiction movies. Some have been brilliant, but some have been awful.

Here are all Tom Cruise's science fiction films ranked from best to worst.

1. Minority Report (2002)

Minority Report (2002) - Tom Cruise 
Based on the 1956 science fiction short story by the late Philip K. Dick Tom Cruise stars as a future Washington D.C. policeman with a unique organization that stops crimes before they happen. In the year 2054, a group of mutant psychic children has the ability to see visions of future murders. Using that information the "Procog" division arrests people before they can commit crimes. But then the precogs predict he will murder a man he's never met. He goes on the run to discover if the infallible psychic predictions are ever wrong.

Directed by Steven Spielberg the movie is thought-provoking without being preachy and visceral with arresting visuals. Minority Report shows a future grounded in reality. It also predicts future technology like the gesture recognition in your cell phone.

Tom Cruise is lovable and cocky but a tortured soul. The movie has all of the things you expect from a Cruise movie, including fast action, high emotion, and a strong character arc, but it also does what all good science fiction should do. Great science-fiction makes you think. Minority Report asks "does free will exists if the future can be predicted"?

2. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) - Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), Major William Cage (Tom Cruise)
Tom Cruise has played a military man in many films like Top Gun (1986), A Few Good Men (1992), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Edge of Tomorrow (2014) turns the concept on its ear. Cruise stars as Major William Cage a public relations officer who's never been in combat. Suddenly he's forced into a war zone against aliens called "Mimics". After he's killed, he wakes up to discover he's stuck in a time loop and forced to relive the day over and over again. Together with revered Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt, they search for the reason for his predicament and a way to end the war once and for all.

Edge of Tomorrow is based on the popular 2004 Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It captures many of the themes of the manga. It's action-packed and has lots of light humor and clever twists.

A brilliant premise and brilliant acting make this story work perfectly. It's not a movie you'd watch over and over again, but it's entertaining. The biggest complaint is the ending, which is completely different from the heart-breaking ending of the novel. In true Hollywood fashion, they shoehorn in a happy ending. It ruins a great film.

3. War of the Worlds (2005)

War of the Worlds (2005) - Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise)
The Mummy isn't the first time Cruise has starred in a remake. He also sang in Rock of Ages (2012) based on the 2006 rock jukebox Broadway musical. That one did OK, but this one didn't fare as well.

In this remake of the 1950's classic Cruise plays a divorced dockworker named Ray Ferrier fleeing from an alien invasion. While struggling to protect his son and daughter he witnesses the devastation of humanity.

Directed by Steven Spielberg it's a decent disaster movie and captures some of the thrills and paranoia of the original film. Cruise has a surprisingly shocking scene where he kills a man and it's hard to say if it's justified or not. That gives the character a dark side that Cruise just isn't good at.

This movie has a nice twist by focusing on the character arc of the everyman. But this is Tom Cruise so he still manages to be a larger-than-life hero. It delivers on the promise of a typical Tom Cruise action film. The story is muddled and weak though and doesn't really add anything new to the film. It's a nice film, but not a great one. Cruise's performance was nominated for a Saturn "Best Actor" and a Raspberry "Worst acting" award. Both are deserved.

4. Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion (2013) - Jack Harper (Tom Cruise)
On an Earth abandoned after an alien invasion Cruise plays a security repairmen named Jack Harper. He plans on completing his mission and leaving Earth, but he's haunted by dreams of another time and a woman that seems familiar. In his travels, he finds a crashed ship that has the woman from his dreams. It makes him question his understanding of the world he lives in.

Joseph Kosinski's direction makes this the most beautiful film you'll ever see. But the story is pathetic and falls apart halfway into the film. This is one of the few Tom Cruise movies based on an original story, but it turns out that's the biggest mistake.

Cruise does an OK job on this mind-bending story. But the ridiculous twists leave you more confused than inspired. It's a terrible movie but makes great wallpaper for your computer desktop.

Which is your favorite Tom Cruise movie? Which one do you hate? 

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Adam West - Batman, Mayor West
Adam West, the beloved star of the popular and campy 1960s "Batman" TV show, died Friday night after "a short but brave battle with leukemia." At 88, West had a long and varied career but is best known as the square-jawed superhero. Here are some things you probably didn't know about the late, great Adam West.

1. Adam West's Mother Blamed Him for Her Failure

Adam West as a boy on the farm
Adam West was born on Sept. 19, 1928, in Seattle to Otto West Anderson, a farmer, and his wife Audrey V. Speer. His mother was a former piano player and singer and didn't like life on a farm. They divorced when West was 15 and she took them to live in Seattle. She later became an alcoholic and blamed him for derailing her career. Adam West later said she told him it was his birth that "stopped her becoming another Joan Crawford".

It was hard, but Adam West wasn't bitter about it. He told his father he got into the entertainment industry because of her. But he said his mother's disappointed ambition "meant I always felt guilt about what I achieved as an actor".

2. Adam West Doesn't Exist

Adam West isn't his real name. He was born William West Anderson but adopted the more dynamic name Adam West for his first film, The Young Philadelphians, in 1959. He chose the last name West because it was his mother's maiden name. Why did he choose Adam? He just liked the sound of it.

3. Adam West Saved Buffalo and Then Ate Them

One of his earliest roles was in the Three Stooges movie The Outlaws IS Coming! (1965) In the film, he, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Joe “Curly Joe” DeRita stop an evil outlaw from killing off all the Buffalo.

After the movie wrapped Moe Howard 'Ok, everyone's invited to my place in Bel Air for a buffalo barbecue!' So a few buffalo didn't make it after all.

4. Adam West Was on a Show with a Chimp

When Adam West was living in Hawaii his old Washington school friend Carl "Kini Popo" Hebenstreit hosted a popular variety show named The Kini Popo Show. He appeared on it occasionally until Hebenstreit moved to New Zealand. They were looking for a new host and 21-year-old West was chosen. His co-host was a trained chimpanzee named Peaches.

When he met film star Natalie Wood, who was visiting the island, he was terrified. "I remember hoping that she didn't turn on the TV the next morning and see Peaches and me in hula skirts, strumming ukuleles and singing Mala Mala Mala to a puppet octopus," West later told The Independent.

But, despite the animal acts, it was a hit show on the island and also gave attention to many aspiring performers like Elvis, Liberace, and Ed Sullivan. It was Adam West's first brush with stardom.

5. Thank Nestle Quik for Adam West's Batman

Adam West was chosen to do the role, not because of his long and illustrious career, but because of a commercial. 

In 1966, he starred in a commercial for the chocolate drink Nestle Quik. He played a parody of James Bond named Captain Quik. He smoothly eludes a super villain’s death traps while enjoying a glass of Nestle Quik. It wasn't until about 18 months after he got the part that he found out why.

You can watch his brilliant performance below

6. Captain Kirk and Batman Almost Starred in a Show Together

In 1964 he co-starred with William Shatner in a TV series called Alexander the Great re-creating the historic Battle of Issus (333 B.C.). Shatner played Alexander and West played one of Alexander's officer's named Cleander.  It wasn’t picked up but was later released as a TV movie in 1968. West later said, "it turned out to be one of the worst scripts I have ever read and it was one of the worst things I’ve ever done." 

Shatner was kinder saying, "Every piece of entertainment is made with the idea that it will be terrific but then it hits the public and then that’s when you find out if it’s really good or not."

You can watch a sample of the show\TV movie below

7. Batman Was Supposed to More Serious

Adam West is known for giving Batman a certain oblivious charm that makes him endearing, but it wasn't supposed to be that way. While the producers wanted the show to be campy they wanted him to play it straight. 

"When I started in that first pilot with Frank Gorshin as Riddler, I got quite a bit of criticism," Adam West told USA Today, "They wanted the character more Lone Ranger, but my sensibility told me that if I played it with a kind of twinkle, looser and in a more bizarre, funny way, that it might have some longevity. And maybe I was right. It looks pretty good now."

8. Adam West Made Batman Clueless

Adam West loved that Batman was so brilliant but clueless at the same time. "What I loved about Batman was his total lack of awareness when it came to his interaction with the outside world," Adam West told The Independent, "He actually believed nobody could recognize him on the phone when he was being Bruce Wayne, even though he made no attempt to disguise his voice."

9. Adam West's Batman Costume Was a Nightmare

When designing the look of Batman they tried to adhere closely to the comic book design and had him wearing a skintight outfit to show off his physique. Unfortunately, Adam West's wool suit was itchy and hot. "It wasn’t that heavy, but it was just very itchy," he later told Chicago Sun Times, "And the cowl was really hot which made it annoying. If you think the humid Chicago weather is hot, the temperature inside there was like 140 degrees at all time." 

He sweat so much that a wardrobe guy  used a hair dryer to dry any perspiration between takes.

10. Adam West Made the Costume "Work"

"The costume was uncomfortable. The cowl was very tight and I couldn't see down and around, but you deal with those things. They paid me well," he says. "You make the costume work for you. Ben Affleck, if you're (reading), make the costume work for you!"

11. Adam West Met the Pope with a Hangover

At the height of Adam West's fame, he became something of a playboy in real life. He began partying a lot more, including when he was supposed to meet famous people. Like the time he met Pope John Paul Vi in 1966."I woke up the next morning with the worst hangover of my life," He later told The Independent, "I made it to the Vatican, and I was at the back of this line of people who each knelt down to kiss his ring. Then it was my turn. He put out his hand. I realized that, if I knelt down, I wouldn't be able to get up again, I was so hung over." Rather than throw-up on the Pope, West simply bowed his head slightly and shook the Pope's hand.

"He looked at me and said: 'Oh, Signor West. I have seen all of your shows. I love Pipistrello.'" It turned out the Pope had seen the Batman show the night before and became a huge fan.

12. Adam West Turned Down James Bond

Adam West was offered the role of James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) after the original star George Lazenby left the role. But West turned it down believing 007 should be played by a British actor. "Cinema owners voted me the next big movie star," he told Express. "I didn't become that."

13. No One Wanted to See Adam West's Batman in Bed

After Batman ended in season three, Adam West struggled with typecasting. He said one of the biggest problems is that despite his leading man looks, studios thought he was too recognizable to be taken seriously. He told FHM the producers casting would say, "No, what would happen if he went to bed with the leading lady? They’d forget the whole story — 'Look, it’s Batman in bed.'"

While initially frustrated by the lack of work he eventually embraced his fame. “I decided early on to embrace the character,” Mr. West told the Guardian newspaper in 2014. "I mean how many actors are lucky enough to play a character that becomes iconic?"

14. Adam West Played the Mayor Thanks to The Fairly OddParents

In Adam West's later years he became famous for another role. He played the hilariously clueless Quahog, Rhode Island, Mayor Adam West on MacFarlane’s animated Fox sitcom The Family Guy. "Seth MacFarlane had written a pilot for me with Butch Hartman, who does The Fairly OddParents," Adam West told A.V. Club, "Seth called about Family Guy, we talked about it, and it was that simple." McFarlane later said that he was "beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him" and he was "irreplaceable".

Here's one of his funniest clips as "Adam We"

15. Adam West Never Wanted to Retire

While some actors retire from acting in their thirties, Adam West wanted to keep working as long as he could. "Eighty is the new middle age," he told Express, "Until I go to that great Bat-cave in the sky I'm delighted to keep working." When he died he was working on Batman vs. Two-Face with William Shatner. Even at the end, Adam West was bringing joy to fans of all generations as Batman.

How do you remember Adam West? Which fact didn't you know before?

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