EA Misses Getting Giant Bags of Money With Star Wars: Battlefront II – Plans To Reintroduce Microtransactions Soon

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Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper T-Shirt Sheer

Oh EA, why must you hurt us so…

While Star Wars: Battlefront II, the embattled multiplayer first person shooter from DICE, sold a whopping nine million copies, it fell a million short of EA’s conservative ten million estimate, and considerably below the three-month opening sales of the previous title. The game has also fallen short in terms of revenue, prompting EA to confirm that microtransactions will be returning to the game soon.

After hastily removing the ability to buy crystals, virtual currency for the lootbox-driven progression mechanic of the game, hours ahead of the game’s launch, EA promised that they would bring them back once they figured out how to better make them fit into the multiplayer game. Today, EA explained that the microtransactions will be returning within the next few months.

Additionally, EA CEO Andrew Wilson was quick to clarify that the supposedly acrimonious row between the publisher and Disney was fictional and their relationship was no weaker for the controversy. “You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the press,” explained Wilson. “We have a tremendous relationship with Disney and we have built some amazing games together, and we have been very proactive with that relation in the service of our players.

“We’re at a point where, when we make the decision that we have the right model for players and our community, I have no doubt that we will get the support of Disney on that,” he said when discussing reintroducing the microtransaction model back into Battlefront II.

EA has revised their forecast to expect Battlefront II’s sales to hit its original 10-11 million goal by the end of the fiscal year, or the start of April. This number still puts it behind the first game in the same time frame, which sold fourteen million by that point.

World of WarCraft Expansion Battle for Azeroth Is Coming This Summer

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World of Warcraft Logo Mighty Fine T-Shirt

I may not go back ever, but this really does bring back memories.

Blizzard has said Battle for Azeroth, the seventh World of Warcraft expansion, will launch this summer – a date further clarified to mean on or before 21st September 2018.

Pre-purchasing the expansion – buying it outright ahead of time – comes with benefits. One of those is an immediately available free boost to the game’s current level cap of 110; another is a head start on quests to unlock Allied Races in the full Battle for Azeroth expansion. It’s not clear how much of the quests you can complete.

A more expensive Digital Deluxe Edition (£53) offers a Seabraid Stallion Alliance mount or Gilded Ravasaur Horde mount in World of Warcraft, and a cute baby Tortollan pet. There are also some voice lines, sprays and icons for Overwatch; a Hearthstone card back; a Heroes of the Storm Flamesaber mount; and Horde and Alliance StarCraft 2 sprays.

Eurogamer has the full story

We are finally getting a Gotham style Metropolis TV Show!

Superman Logo Sweater
Superman Logo Sweater

I couldn’t be all more in, really, give me more!

What was Metropolis like before Superman moved to town? That’s a question that will be answered in the latest original series announced for DC Entertainment’s upcoming streaming service.

Metropolis comes from John Stephens and Danny Cannon–the producers of Gotham, which is set in a pre-Batman Gotham City–and will consist of a 13-episode first season. A synopsis from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV reads, “Set in the wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman, Metropolis follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.”
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While on the surface, Metropolis sounds a lot like Gotham, there is a major difference. While Batman has yet to arrive in Gotham City on the Fox series, a young Bruce Wayne is one of the main characters. With Metropolis focussing on Lex Luthor and Lois Lane, there will likely be no Clark Kent. Of course, it’s notable that Lois is teaming with someone who will go on to become one of the biggest villains in the DC universe.

Metropolis will go into production later in the year to make a debut in 2019 on DC’s streaming service. It joins other announced series like the live-action Titans, and animated Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn series. A date for the new platform’s release has not been announced.

Gamespot has the full story.

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 26th to January 28th

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is meh, but if you watched all the other Maze Runner’s like me you will have to watch this one. We need closure!! Anyway, lots of moviegoers game out to see some of the Oscar nominations pushing up contenders like The Shape of Water to $37.6 million total.

1. Maze Runner: The Death Cure $23.5 Total: $23.5
2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $16.4 Total: $338.0
3. Hostiles $10.2 Total: $12.0
4. The Greatest Showman $9.5 Total: $126.4
5. The Post $8.8 Total: $58.5
6. 12 Strong $8.6 Total: $29.7
7. Den of Thieves $8.3 Total: $28.5
8. The Shape of Water $5.7 Total: $37.6
9. Paddington 2 $5.5 Total: $32.0
10. Padmaavat $4.2 Total: $4.7

Just In: New Spider-Man Half Web Spider Logo Distressed Tee

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Spiderman Half Web Spider Logo Distressed T-Shirt

Spiderman Half Web Spider Logo Distressed T-Shirt

Get caught up in a web of excitement wearing this fun Spider-Man t shirt! The Spiderman Half Web Spider Logo Distressed T-Shirt is red with a distressed print. The top half is covered by black webbing, centered around the black spider-logo worn by the web-swinging superhero star of Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man!

Third Cloverfield Film Could Be Going Right To Netflix

Rumors around Park City, however, indicate there may be a reason for that. Following their acquisition of the international rights to Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” from Paramount, it seems the pair may be doing something even bigger with Netflix rumored to be closing a deal to acquire nearly all the worldwide rights to Julius Onah’s “God Particle” – better known as the third “Cloverfield” film.

Dark Horizons has the full story.

I really liked 10 Cloverfield Lane, so I’m all in.

Just In: Superman Cute Superman Juniors Tee

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The Man of Steel and his pet superdog are featured in child-like form on this cute Superman t shirt! The Superman Cute Superman Juniors T Shirt is a light blue, fitted female shirt with a junior fit. The front features chibi-style images of Superman and his pet dog Krypto the Superdog. Krypto has appeared in the Superman comic book series and also Adventure Comics, Superboy, Krypto the Superdog and other series from DC Comics. Here boy!

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John Cena in talks to star as Duke Nukem

John Cena is getting ready to shoot up some aliens.

Hollywood Reporter has the full scoop.

The wrestler-turned-actor is in negotiations to star in Duke Nukem, a big-screen adaptation set up at Paramount of the popular video game franchise featuring a politically incorrect action hero.

Platinum Dunes, the company run by Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, will produce.

No director is on board at this stage. A search for a writer will begin soon to develop a script for what is intended to be a starring vehicle for Cena.

To me this is a terrible idea, no one can see him.

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 19th to January 21st

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle beat out all the new movies this weekend to take the top spot in the North American box office for the third straight weekend.

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $20.0 Total: $316.9
  2. 12 Strong $16.5 Total: $16.5
  3. Den of Thieves $15.3 Total: $15.3
  4. The Post $12.1 Total: $45.1
  5. The Greatest Showman $11.0 Total: $113.4
  6. Paddington 2 $8.2 Total: $25.0
  7. The Commuter $6.6 Total: $25.7
  8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi $6.5 Total: $604.2
  9. Insidious: The Last Key $5.9 Total: $58.7
  10. Forever My Girl $4.7 Total: $4.7

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Screenwriters to Direct DC’s Flash Movie

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Flash Brush Stroke Logo T-Shirt

Hollywood Reporter has the scoop.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are staying in the superhero game.

The screenwriting duo behind Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming are moving over to DC and are in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ Flashpoint movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The studio declined to comment.

The film will star Ezra Miller, reprising his role as Barry Allen/The Flash from Justice League. The Flash solo film has previously had two other directors attached. Dope filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa left in October 2016 over “creative differences.” His exit followed that of Seth Grahame-Smith, who had written the script and was attached to helm.

Daley and Goldstein were largely known for penning comedies such as Horrible Bosses and writing and directing 2015’s Vacation before last year’s Spider-Man, which earned more than $880 million worldwide. They also directed Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams’ Game Night, a film that blends the thriller/comedy genres and is set to open Feb. 23.

With Spider-Man: Homecoming being so insanely awesome, this is actually great news.

Spawn Movie Will Be More R-Rated Than Deadpool

Speaking at the ACE Comic-Con, McFarlane explained that his movie would be very different from other recent R-rated comic book adaptations. “It’s funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like ‘Oh like Deadpool and like Logan?'” he said, via The Playlist. “For me, no. Deadpool, to me, was a PG-13 action movie. It just had some naked butts and a couple f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula.

“I’m talking R. I’m talking that there will not be a lot of fun, there will not be any stupid lines in it. I never like my hero to make a joke right when the jeopardy was at its highest. I felt that if my hero wasn’t afraid right now, why should I be? I want my heroes to go ‘S**t, what do I do now?'”

If he keeps it dark like the old HBO series I can’t wait.

Weekend Box Office Chart forJanuary 12th to January 14th

Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle crushed the competition with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales.

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $28.1 Total: $284.2
2. The Post $19.3 Total: $23.7
3. The Commuter $13.7 Total: $13.7
4. The Greatest Showman $12.5 Total: $95.2
5. Insidious: The Last Key $12.4 Total: $48.6
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi $12.0 Total: $592.3
7. Paddington 2 $10.9 Total: $10.9
8. Proud Mary $9.9 Total: $9.9
9. Pitch Perfect 3 $5.9 Total: $94.9
10. Darkest Hour $4.4 Total: $35.6

DC’s Shazam Has A Release Date

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Shazam Let’s Fly T Shirt

While more super heroes movies are great, I really want a villain flick staring the Rock as Black Adam.

Gamespot has the full story.

DC’s upcoming superhero movie Shazam has an official release date. It will hit theaters on April 19, 2019, and is now the third confirmed movie on the the studio’s slate together with this year’s Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2, which arrives in November 2019.

oh and

Shazam will be directed by David F. Sandberg, who previously helmed the horror hits Annabelle: Creation and Light’s Out. In October, Zachary Levi was announced in the lead role of Billy Batson. Levi is no stranger to the superhero genre–he is already part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having played Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.

Just In: New Harry Potter Gryffindor Crest Zip Hoodie

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The Tick Returns February 23rd !

The Tick returns with more action-packed episodes! Evil is on the march, and The City is right in its way. Something terrible is going to happen, and Destiny needs her champions now more than ever. The Tick and Arthur round up the gang in a crash collision course between justice and villainy. Stream new episodes 2/23 on Prime Video.

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 5th to January 7th,

It was bound to happen, Star Wars is no longer #1. Jumanji really isn’t a bad movie. It’s even sitting on Rotten Tomatoes with a very nice 75% currently. Insidious: The Last Key however is terrible and you should skip that till it’s on basic cable.

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $36.0 Total: $244.3
2. Insidious: The Last Key $29.2 Total: $29.2
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi $23.5 Total: $572.5
4. The Greatest Showman $13.8 Total: $75.9
5. Pitch Perfect 3 $10.2 Total: $85.9
6. Ferdinand $7.7 Total: $70.4
7. Molly’s Game $7.0 Total: $14.2
8. Darkest Hour $6.3 Total: $28.3
9. Coco $5.5 Total: $192.0
10. All the Money in the World $3.5 Total: $20.1

DC Films Gets New Leadership After Justice League Misses The Mark

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Justice League DC Trio T-Shirt

Gamespot has the full story.

There’s a changing of the guard happening at Warner Bros. and DC Films. It was revealed in December that Jon Berg and Geoff Johns were being replaced as the heads of the DC Entertainment films division, and now the new head has been announced.

Producer Walter Hamada, whose credits include It, The Conjuring, and Annabelle, is stepping in to guide the future of DC properties on the big screen. The move, which was first reported by Variety, comes after Justice League failed to meet its critical or box office hype in late 2017, leaving many wondering what the future of the DC movie universe would look like.