Depending on who you ask, the best Alien film is celebrating a birthday today. James Cameron’s action-packed follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror flick turns 31 year’s old today. To this day, there’s still debate over which one is the better movie. The truth is though; it really doesn’t matter. Cameron did something entirely different from Scott, adding his own spin to the series while remaining faithful to the original.Aliens, which premiered on July 18, 1986, was an action movie. Instead of a single alien hunting down a spaceship full of miners, it was a whole colony of aliens taking on a crew of colonial marines. The playing field was more even. The marines now had weapons at their disposal that could easily kill the xenomorphs. That’s not to say the scares were gone completely. H.R. Giger’s body horror was still all over this movie, further fleshing out (ha) the xenomorph biology.Of course, we still haven’t mentioned Aliens’ most valuable contribution to the sci-fi world. It solidified Ellen Ripley into an action hero. In the first movie, she was mostly trying to escape from the alien until the final scene. In Aliens, she actively fought back. In a single movie, she became the coolest action hero of the ’80s (earning Sigourney Weaver an Oscar nomination in the process). There are a ton of great lines in the movie (“They mostly come out at night. Mostly.” and “Game over, man! Game over!” come to mind), but there’s a reason Ripley’s “Get away from her, you bitch!” is its most iconic. It’s the point where she becomes the sci-fi action hero she was always meant to be. Ripley was always one of the best-written women in sci-fi, but this one moment distilled everything that made her great into one shot. Plus, that mech suit is still the coolest thing ever put on screen. We still want one 31 years later.Here are 31 Ripleys to help you celebrate!View as: One Page Slides1. Jason Palmer2. Kreugan3. Chris Samnee4. Paul Jackson5. Brooke Regalado6. Rachel Petrovicz7. Daniel Murray8. ap6y39. Bene Hayes10. Kevin Wada11. 100% Soft12. skyblep13. Rachel J Pierce14. Gabriel Hardman15. Basils Hallward16. Ellinor/CurvedCat17. Alex Roca18. Nora Bean19. Nan Lawson20. Hey Moster21. Harriet-Julia22. Steven Lewis23. Ash Baharin24. Ohhh Dis!25. Otto Schmidt26. Adele K Thomas27. Glynrick28. Mixmaster Angel29. Jonathan B. Perez 30. Patt Kelley31. J GasstonLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target With Marvel taking the year off, Warner Bros.’ Hall H panel at Comic Con is the biggest event of the weekend for superhero movie fans. Especially because DC has some real heavy hitters coming. The DC portion of the panel began with the film we know the least about: Wonder Woman 1984. All we knew going in is that it’s still in the midst of production, that it takes place nearly 70 years after the first movie, and that somehow Chris Pine is in it. Well, now we know a little more. Warner Bros. screened some footage from the movie during their panel, and it probably won’t be released online. IGN describes the footage as containing plenty of action and 1980s style, so pretty much everything we’d hope for.The footage reportedly starts with Wonder Woman in full costume in a mall, because that’s what you do in the ’80s. She fights off two men with guns, saving a little girl in the process. Then, she ties them up with her lasso, and swings away from a balcony. The next scene WB showed had Wonder Woman running at super speed while onlooker standing next to old cars watch her go by. What’s she running from or toward? Who are the men with guns? They’re not saying. The movie is still being made, we’ll be waiting a while to find out.Deadline reports that the cast and crew was in attendance at the panel offering some general information about the movie. Chris Pine let everyone down easy, saying he wasn’t allowed to reveal exactly how Steve Trevor makes his return. However it happens, it’s something director Patty Jenkins sounds very happy about. “It’s something I’m super excited for everybody to see, [Chris] is a very important part of our movie,” she said.Jenkins also revealed why she wanted the movie to take place in the ’80s. “I grew up in the 80s, and this has its own look and feel. The reason I am excited is it showed mankind at its best and worst. It was grand and wonderful, there was great music, and there were elegant and beautiful things,” she said. “But other things about the decade revealed the worst of us. To have Wonder Woman in that period of time that was us at our most extreme, is wonderful.”For her part, Gal Gadot described the movie as something more than a sequel. It’s not a sequel; it’s its own story – a different chapter,” she said. With DC shying away from having a strictly connected universe, it could do the movie a lot of favors. If this is another standalone Wonder Woman story it doesn’t have to spend a ton of time linking to whatever happens next with the Justice League or even calling back to the first movie. Aside from Steve’s reappearance, of course. After Jenkins’ comments, I’m even more curious about how that happens.Zachary Levi in Shazam! (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)Now let’s talk about some footage that did make it outside of the panel. After Wonder Woman 1984, it was time for another movie we knew relatively little about: Shazam!. We got our first look at the bright comics-accurate costume earlier this week, and now Warner Bros. has released a full trailer. There are clear hooks to the rest of the DCEU in it, but from moment one, it’s so different from anything we’ve seen from the franchise so far.It just looks so much fun. It’s got humor, action and already some real genuine heart. It even has a semi-dig at the DCEU with Freddy Freeman getting all dark and serious for a second. Not every DCEU movie needs to be a comedy, but it’ll sure help to have one among its ranks. It’s refreshing to see a DC superhero that recognizes how freaking cool it is to be one. And also one that acknowledges that his name sounds just a little silly in 2018. The relationship between the kids is strong in this trailer, and it’s looking like that’s going to be the heart of the entire movie. Yeah, this is what the DCEU needed.Zachary Levi even commented on what it’s like to play a hero who’s as psyched to be one as he is, IGN reports. “There are very few characters that are just super stoked to have powers and that responsibility…but Billy Batson, Peter Parker are the characters that come to mind,” he said. Man, Levi. Why are you making us wish for a Marvel-DC crossover that will never happen? Levi also reportedly indulged a bit in the old comic book pastime of who can beat who. When asked if Shazam can stand up to Superman, Levi revealed he did his homework. Canonically, he said, Shazam could hold his own against Superman pretty well. Also, according to our friend MovieBob, Levi kept referring to his character as “Captain Marvel-Shazam.” Interesting… He also mentions that a little girl asked during the Q&A (most of the questions went to kids, apparently) whether we’ll see Isis in the movie. The answer: “We’ll see.” Hmm….There’s so much to like about this trailer. The action, the tone, the humor… I even love the callouts to the rest of the DCEU. It’s a nice reminder that all those movies still happened. That this universe has room for many different kinds of superheroes. Though if this does well, we’ll probably seeing more DC movies like Shazam! and fewer like Batman v. Superman. I’d be alright with that.Aquaman (Via Warner Bros.)Warner Bros. closed out its panel with a look at Aquaman. As expected, we got our first trailer from the movie, introduced by the cast including a *very* excited Jason Momoa. And looking at the trailer, he has a reason to be excited. From a purely visual standpoint, the movie looks gorgeous. We’d heard about how much work it took to make the underwater scenes, and you can see all that work on the screen. Atlantis is jaw-dropping.That’s just a real good superhero movie trailer. We’re briefly told his origin, we see the moment his powers manifest and then a few scenes of him as an adult. Warner Bros. keeps story details to a minimum in this trailer, focusing instead on the action. And James Wan certainly knows his way around an action scene. The wisecracks are funny, the costumes are intricate, and the fight scenes look so much fun. Even if Aquaman turns out to be a standard superhero movie, it’s shaping up to be a very good one of those.But from the sounds of things, it isn’t. During the panel, James Wan described it as “more of a science fiction movie than a superhero film,” according to Syfy Wire. For his part, Momoa promised that we’ll see the bits of Aquaman’s story that had to be left out of Justice League. Aquaman’s ascent to the throne, him being a reluctant king, that’ll all be in Aquaman. This is shaping up to be something truly unique, not just in DC movies but for superhero movies in general. According to MovieBob, who was in attendance, the panel ended with a second Aquaman trailer. This one won’t be released to the public because it contains minor spoilers. He won’t share what’s in it, and so far, neither will anyone else. It sounds like something special, though. All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Uhhhh…. okay. WB ends show with second #AQUAMAN trailer that will NOT be released to public because full of psuedo-spoilers. Won’t describe it, except to say that the film is MASSIVELY bigger than you think it is (if this is representative?) and could be the best DCEU movie.— Bob Chipman @ SDCC (@the_moviebob) July 21, 2018Holy crap, what could that mean? Well now I have to see this movie. Thankfully, we don’t have long to wait. Aquaman hits theaters December 21, 2018.One last interesting bit of news to come out of the panel, is that Warner Bros. has an official name for the DC universe of movies. DCEU was never an official title; it was ascribed to these movies by enthusiast media and fans. Bleeding Cool reports that Warner Bros. is now referring to these titles as Worlds of DC. It’s a fitting name, as it leaves them open to do films that have direct connections to each other as well as more standalone superhero stories. It allows there to be two different actors playing The Joker, for example. It’s probably going to make the movies better in the long run too. Now, they can focus on making good movies, rather than trying to tie it to a larger overarching universe. And if they ever want to unify it all again, maybe after all the characters are better established, well… that’s what a Crisis on Infinite Earths is for.With that, we come to the end of a darn impressive offering from Warner Bros. The future is looking better than ever for the DCE… um, I mean Worlds of DC. Yeah, it’ll take some getting used to. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.