Soapbox: Defenders – 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Stick

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Fact #16: Yes, he is really for real blind…

Marvel’s The Defenders arrives on Netflix later this month, signalling the culmination of the studio’s plan to replicate their ridiculously successful cinematic model on the small screen.

Not only does the miniseries see the return of DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage, and Iron Fist – drawn together to form the eponymous superhero team – but also several of the supporting players from each of their respective series.

Among these familiar faces, without doubt the most mysterious is Daredevil’s former mentor Stick. Unlike fellow guests stars like Elektra or the Punisher, Matt Murdock’s enigmatic martial arts master stands out by virtue of just how little extra information fans of the comics know about him.

He might have been around for over 35 years, but Stick has kept his cards fairly close to his chest, revealing very little about his past during this time. What was his childhood like? Has he ever been in love? Exactly when did he start referring to himself as a fallen tree branch? Your guess is as good as anyone’s!

Still, there are at least some things we know about creator Frank Miller’s modern spin on the “blind samurai” archetype, some of which may have a bearing on the plot of The Defenders. With that in mind, we’ve done some digging and pulled together this list of 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Stick!

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Soapbox: Defenders – 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Stick

Crystal Ball: Kings, Cartoons And A Lot More Dragons – Five Fantasy TV Shows That NEED To Happen

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“Put your hands in the air if you want more fantasy TV!”

Whilst we’re all excited to have Game of Thrones back on our screens again, this enthusiasm is tempered with sadness, as this means we are edging ever closer to the fantasy TV series’ 2018 end date.

Among its many achievements, the show can take credit for making converts out of fantasy non-believers. As such, when the last episode of Game of Thrones airs next year, it will leave massive void in the television landscape – where will we all get our fix of sword-and-sorcery-related drama?

If the prospect of a fantasy-free small screen slate leaves you feeling anxious, never fear – in this list, we’ll look at five fantasy TV shows that could (and should) happen soon!

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Soapbox: 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie

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I felt oddly guilty about cropping Maggie out of this image

When it comes to ranking the most important TV shows of all time, The Simpsons must surely be up there. Not only is it the longest-running sitcom in American history – animated or otherwise – it’s also racked up dozens of awards and left an unparalleled imprint on Western pop culture.

It’s no surprise, then, that when Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie – along with the rest of the town of Springfield – made the leap to the big screen back in 2007, the end result was a commercial and (mostly) critical success. By the time it had finished its theatrical run, The Simpsons Movie had amassed $527,068,706 in box office sales, and several award nods – including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

As you might expect with a film so long in the making – it spent nine years in development – based around such an influential TV series, The Simpsons Movie boasts some pretty interesting trivia. In honor of this flick’s 10th anniversary, we’ve filtered through the many fascinating factoids available, compiling the best in this list of 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie.

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Soapbox: 15 Things The Unseen Justice League TV Pilot Got Wrong

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Network TV in the ’90s: it was a simpler time…

You’d be hard pressed to find a comics or cinema fan not aware of the highly anticipated Justice League film due this November. What many of these fans might not know is that this is actually the second attempt at adapting DC Comics premiere super team – with the feature-length pilot for a CBS Justice League of America TV series pre-dating it by a whole decade!

The reason why most people are oblivious when it comes to the Justice League pilot is simple: it never aired in the United States (although it did see the light of day on some international networks). The rationale behind the CBS executives’ decision to bury the pilot is even simpler: it’s… uh, not very good (like, at all).

Granted, superhero fans today are spoiled when it comes to big budget adaptations of their favorite characters on the big and small screens, but even so – the Justice League pilot is an especially lackluster affair, even by ‘90s network TV standards.

From costume shop-quality costumes through to its bizarre, quasi-mockumentary format (seriously!), it’s almost as if the creative team involved were trying to tick every box on the “awful comic book TV show” checklist.

Whilst the storytelling and technical faux paus on display in this 86 minute atrocity border on limitless, we’ve rounded up the most egregious missteps here in this list of the 15 Things The Justice League TV Pilot Got Wrong.

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Soapbox: 15 Things The Unseen Justice League TV Pilot Got Wrong

Soapbox: 15 Weakest Force Users In The Star Wars Universe

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Full disclosure: Ezra is easily the most recognisable character on this list…

Within the Star Wars universe, the Jedi and Sith are renowned for the fantastic abilities granted to them by mystical energies of the Force. This level of reverence is so great, that virtually anyone with Force powers is treated with outrageous amounts of awe by those without, as if all Force sensitive beings were capable of the same legendary feats. The actual reality is that, while many Jedi Knights and Sith Lords are indeed breathtakingly powerful, as with any profession, there are also plenty who are actually pretty mediocre – in some cases, almost embarrassingly so.

Yes, you get heavy hitters like Master Yoda who can lift entire X-Wings off the ground with only their mind, but there are also quite a few also-rans who are barely able to levitate a pebble, so weak is their connection to the Force. As these less capable guys and gals rarely take centre stage in your typical adventure set in a galaxy far, far away (and rightly so), many of them tend to go unnoticed by your casual fan – but no more!

Read on as we comb through the entire Star Wars canon – as well as the non-canon pre-Disney era expanded universe (the stories from which are now labelled “Legends”) – in order to shine a spotlight on the 15 Weakest Force Users In The Star Wars Universe.

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Crystal Ball: Super Spies, Killer Doctors And More – 10 Comics That NEED To Be Made Into TV Shows

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Because we can all agree we need MORE comics-related TV shows, right?

I think we can all agree there’s never been a better time to be a fan of comics and TV, given the sheer number of small screen adaptations featuring our favourite characters and stories on offer.

Still, you can never have too much of a good thing, so with that in mind, here’s 10 more comics network executives should definitely consider drawing upon for their next big budget TV show!

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Live From The Pop Culture Studio: Everything You Need To Know About American Gods

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Mr. Wednesday and Shadow both regretted the decision to fly coach

American Gods – Starz latest big budget TV series – arrives on our screens this weekend.

While fans of the Neil Gaiman novel on which the series is based will already be up to speed with what to expect, others might be a little less certain.

Never fear though – this month’s Live From The Pop Culture Studio video covers everything newcomers need to know about American Gods!

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