Netflix's Rebecca Review - IGN
Rebecca is a tale of whirlwind romance, betrayal, sex, and murder. So why is Ben Wheatley's version such an absolute snooze?
Rebecca is a tale of whirlwind romance, betrayal, sex, and murder. So why is Ben Wheatley's version such an absolute snooze?Based on the 1938 novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca centers on a lovely and naïve young woman (Lily James), who unexpectedly tumbles into a life-changing love affair in Monte Carlo. From a humble background, she is a professional lady's companion, essentially a personal assistant to the elderly social climber Mrs. Van Hopper (Ann Dowd), who relishes remarking on how low on the ladder the young woman is. It's a thankless job until she crosses paths with wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer). He sweeps her away to decadent lunches, scenic drives along the coast, and sensual visits to the beach. After a speedy courtship, they marry and she becomes Mrs. de Winter, the second mistress of the massive and remote English estate of Manderley.The poor girl thinks she married into a dream life of wealth and romance. Then comes the rude awakening that she lives in the long shadow of the late Mrs. Rebecca de Winter. In this sprawling mansion, the second wife is barred from the west wing where the late Rebecca used to roam. Her husband's affections have cooled toward her, and she's subjected to sullenness and scolding. Then, there's Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas), the sneering housekeeper who never fails to mention how the new Mrs. de Winter is failing to live up to the memory of her predecessor. The pressure of comparison drives the young woman to dark places until a horrible secret is washed ashore that puts a horrid trial on the de Winter marriage. The original novel was a tale of gothic terror and gaslighting, as the unnamed heroine doubted herself and her sanity in the face of such coldness and cruelty. Though adapted many times since, the Rebecca most remembered is Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 version, which starred Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. This film proved so seminal that it's impossible not to compare Wheatley's adaptation to it. And in this, the new version only suffers. Hitchcock brought a macabre wit to his Rebecca, which made posh clowns out of the upper crust who treated his heroine like a pretty plaything. The theatricality of his Van Hopper made her an arrogant buffoon for audiences to chortle at, while awkward moments about boating and costumes balls invited dark guffaws. Though in films like Sightseers, High-Rise and Free Fire, Wheatley has shown a flair for subversive and dark jokes, he bleeds dry the humor here. This choice undermines upper-class criticism and certainly makes this film far less fun. The only laugh to be found comes at the expense of the new Mrs. de Winter. While taking her on the tour of the home, Danvers practically hisses, "I'm sorry. I thought you'd been a lady's maid." It's not remotely amusing out of context. But within the film and with Thomas's withering delivery, it's shade meant to establish swiftly and stingingly that the new wife will not rule this house. Wheatley's made a name for himself with films that brandish ultra-violence and dangerous desires. In this, he might have set himself apart from Hitchcock's classic, as it was made under the suffocating censorship of the Hays Code, which demanded studios tone down anything that might outrage audiences. Yet, he opts for bewildering restraint. Admittedly, the adapted screenplay by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse hews more closely to the novel in a climactic revelation. Plus, it makes explicit lesbian longing that was only implied in Hitchcock's version. Nonetheless, for a story that is meant to be about sex and death, this film still feels shockingly tame. The trouble begins with the couple's first date, where they eat oysters together. This delicacy is notorious for not only its aphrodisiac qualities but also for the visual symbolism of a certain sexual act. Wheatley shows us the future Mrs. de Winter nervously swallowing an oyster, but when Rebecca cuts to Maxim, we've missed the money shot. Here was an easy opportunity for Wheatley to spark thirst for his devastatingly handsome leading man, and he wastes it. Then, instead of actually witnessing this defining date, Wheatley cuts to hours later, robbing of us of conversation and chemistry. A montage of gorgeous locations and Maxim in crisp resort wear is offered in place of any substance. A strange little sandcastle built on her shoulder blade is given as a substitute for actual sexual connection. When a love scene does come, it is as if Wheatley has no interest in its lust. It's brief, shot chastely with hazy focus and no sounds of ragged breath or moans, just a gentle instrumental score. A scene discussing horse riding proves steamier. I'm not just talking cheap thrills. To understand Rebecca's heroine, you must understand what would urge her to throw away the life she knew on a whim to run off forever with a man she barely knows. We might be swept up in the wave of passion she feels, but Wheatley seems uninterested in building any justification for her choice beyond he looks like Armie Hammer. If she were a fool, that might be reason enough. But the script suggests that while she is naïve about the ways of the absurdly wealthy, Mrs. de Winter's is a ruthlessly clever girl in other regards. So, this idealism doesn't really click comfortably, especially as James carries with her a sharp glare that suggests a sharp mind.
Disney Plus Offers Warnings Over 'Outdated Cultural Depictions' in Classic Films - IGN - IGN
The warning seems to stem from some of the depictions of racial stereotypes in Disney's older animated films.
UPDATE: Disney has updated their content warning on Disney+ to an unskippable, 10-second message in front of controversial movies or shorts. "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures," the statement reads. "These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe. To learn more about how stories have impacted society visit: www.Disney.com/StoriesMatter." Although Disney posted this message in front of the original Aladdin, the version on Disney+ has still removed the "cut off your ear" line from the opening song and Aladdin's mumbling on the balcony. Aladdin never had a content warning until now, but the edited version has always been on Disney+. Disney's policy here is also sketchy considering the sheer amount of content still edited on Disney+. Santa's Workshop, Three Little Pigs, Clock Cleaners, Fantasia, The Rescuers, Toy Story 2, and a lot more programs are still edited for controversial content. On a different note, Disney has actually restored Saludos Amigos on Disney+. The original movie contains a scene of Goofy smoking a cigarette that was previously edited on Disney+. The full cigarette scene is now there at the 24:00 mark for anybody who is curious. Disney also removed the "This program is presented as originally created" description from Saludos Amigos, which is funny because now the movie is actually presented as originally created. The original story from November 2019 detailing the original Disney+ content warning is below. ORIGINAL STORY:Disney Plus is officially out in the wild now, and while it features a ton of new movies and shows like The Mandalorian, a Lady and the Tramp remake, and Jeff Goldblum, users are noticing that some older content is coming with an outdated cultural depictions warning. First noticed by Twitter user @324_B21, and reported by Mashable, films like the original 1941 Dumbo, The Aristocats, Jungle Book, the 1955 animated Lady and the Tramp all feature the same outdated culturual depictions warning. The warning understandably stems from some of the racial stereotypes Disney has employed in certain characters and scenes in its earlier films. Dumbo has been criticized in the past for depicting a group of wise-cracking crows using African-American stereotypes of the time. With a white actor voicing the crow, some, like the Washington Post, have called it the vocal equivalent of blackface. The original Lady and the Tramp film infamously depicts a pair of Siamese cats taunting Lady via a song, using exaggerated Asian accents and deliberately butchered English. The cats also feature large buck teeth, a common Asian stereotype from that era. Notably, the 2019 live-action remake turned the cats into a pair named Devon and Rex, voiced by two black musicians. IGNs Jim Vejvoda noted that while the remake was enjoyable enough, its more colorblind use of the same time period left some problematic elements on the table, which you can read about in our review. The Aristocats featured a similarly negative Asian stereotype with a scene featuring a Siamese cat. Similarly, The Jungle Book has been criticized for employing some African/African-American racial stereotypes to depict a group of monkeys, even going so far as to have another character call them mangy and flea-picking, among other problematic elements. Some other Disney films, like Fantasia, Aladdin, and Peter Pan, have been criticized as well, but notably, Disneys Song of the South remains absent from the service. Of all Disney films, Song of the South has been perhaps criticized the most thanks to its depiction of African slaves. Warner Bros. featured a similar warning regarding some of its older cartoons, such as Tom & Jerry, which appeared on Amazon, according to CinemaBlend. Heres a version of that warning, which is notably more in-depth than the one-sentence warning that Disney has implemented. No plug forthcoming. Lets be clear, Disney did harm. A lot. The only question is how to best address this. If the consensus from those directly harmed is that we need stronger wording you will receive no argument from me. Many have referenced the WB. Here is that wording. pic.twitter.com/X9aGjXv97o Evan (@324_B21) November 12, 2019 If youre looking for more things to binge, check out all the movies and shows on or coming soon to Disney Plus. You can also check out our reviews of High School Musical: The Series, Marvels Hero Project, or the Imagineering Story. Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.
Gal Gadot Playing Queen of Egypt in Cleopatra Movie - IGN - IGN
This marks the third collaboration between Gadot and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
With Wonder Woman 1984 now, still tentatively, scheduled to be released in December, star Gal Gadot has signed on to play the lead in Cleopatra, which will once again team her with the director of both Wonder Woman films, Patty Jenkins.After some squabbling over the rights (reportedly between Apple, Universal, Warner Bros. and Netflix), the project landed at Paramount and, per Variety, will star Gadot as the legendary queen of Egypt. Gadot will follow in the steps of Oscar-winners Claudette Colbert and Elizabeth Taylor, who both once played big screen versions of the role.Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Alita: Battle Angel) will write the screenplay. Meanwhile, all the delays to Wonder Woman 1984, which was supposed to release last June, have fans even more curious about the story, which features villains Maxwell Lord and Cheetah. If you're looking for more info on Maxwell Lord, played by Pedro Pascal, head here. And likewise if you need a brush up on Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig, you can check that out here. Plus, check out our explainer on how Chris Pine's Steve Trevor is back for this movie after dying in the first Wonder Woman film. Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.
How Do You Animate a Soul? Pixar Turned to Science - IGN
Pixar’s next film, Soul, posed a unique challenge for the iconic animation studio. How does an animator bring a soul to life? In the end, to visualize this most spiritual of concepts, Pixar animators turned to science.
Pixars next film, Soul, posed a unique challenge for the iconic animation studio. How does an animator bring a soul to life? How does an artist realize someones very essence? In the end, to visualize this most spiritual of concepts, Pixar animators turned to science.A new soul that hasn't been born yet looks down on Earth with skepticism and says, Is all that living down there really worth it? And we thought to convince this soul, let's bring in a character whose already lived to show what's so great about the world down there, so the basic concept of the film became a soul who doesn't wanna live meets a soul who doesn't wanna die, Soul director Pete Docter explained during a recent virtual press event. But if we were gonna make a film about souls, really our first problem was: What does a soul look like?Pixar animators have a history of researching real-world environments, elements, people, and animals as visual references for their films, whether its venturing to South America to recreate the settings and creatures seen in Up or traveling far and wide throughout Mexico for Coco. While Soul largely takes place in New York City, with the filmmakers working with outside experts to accurately portray the citys jazz scene, there was obviously only so much research that could be done to depict the Soul World. We did research all around the world for religions and various teachings [and] the basic fundamentals that came through, again and again, were people would describe souls as vaporous, non-physical, formless, breath, air. It was all very interesting, but really not very helpful because how do you draw air? Docter said. I mean, if we were gonna film this, we had to put something on the screen. How could we capture non-physical? This is where the world of the corporeal came in to help realize the realm of the spiritual. Pixar animators studied aerogel, the lightest solid synthetic material on Earth which is widely used by NASA and in the aerospace industry as well as in everything from insulation to lighting. It has a cloud-like appearance and feels like styrofoam and has actually been around since 1931. Aerogel is porous, ultralight, and the least dense solid material available. For example, this ice cube-sized piece of aerogel weighs just 1.22 grams (notably, a physicist once famously claimed that a human soul weighs 21 grams so Pixars soul is far lighter). Left: Pixar's Soul; Right: Aerogel (Photo: NASA/JPL) Aerogel, as Soul producer Dana Murray explained, seemed to suggest the non-physical stuff in our research that we were talking about, but in a way we could actually put it on screen. So, with this in mind, we started to explore what a soul might look like, which, you can imagine, was not so easy, and so a lot of different artists at Pixar started to take a crack at this, and they came up with some really cool and interesting ideas. In order to depict souls, the animators first had to establish some rules, which led to the creation of three distinct groups within the Soul World. From the very beginning, the art team were exploring some really interesting design rules for Soul: limbs that would appear and disappear, facial features that seemed to move anywhere on the face, big, expressive mouth shapes that filled the face, straight lines and curves in the body, and really strong lines of action in the posing, explained Animator Supervisor Jude Brownbill. The first group is the new souls who have not yet lived. They're very cute, very appealing, with simple, rounded shapes and no distinguishing features just yet, said Brownbill. Because they've never lived on Earth, they have no concept of gravity, so they tend to float about or even fly. While Tina Feys snarky unborn soul, 22, belongs to this group, she has no desire to be born given what shes already learned of human life. 22's never been to Earth, but she knows a lot about it and has already begun to evolve, as you can see by her teeth, her tuft of hair, and her ability to produce legs if she wants them, Brownbill said. The second group is mentor souls who have lived on Earth. They are an abstraction of how they saw themselves on Earth, each with unique, distinguishing features and accessories, Brownbill explained. Because they have experienced gravity on Earth, they walk as if it exists, even though they don't really need to. The movies protagonist, Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx), falls into this latter group. After Joe suffers an accident on his way back from what would have been his big break as a jazz pianist, he arrives in the Soul World. The animators settled on an approach to distinguish Joes soul from the rest of the mentor group. How soul Joe seems himself on Earth, what's important to him, are his hat and his glasses, and they also help us to pick him out of the crowd, giving a visual connection to his human form, Brownbill said. But as the animators were developing the looks of the souls, they realized that clarity was being lost in the characters faces and hands so they went about adding just the right amount of lines in order to express a wider range of emotions such as fear, rage, and confusion. This took a long time to hit upon just the right degree of expression and definition while not losing the overall formlessness that characterizes a soul. The final Soul World group is the Counselors, who can literally turn into anything they want. As Animation Supervisor Bobby Podesta explained, the Counselors were described as the universe dumbing itself down for humans to be able to comprehend. After exploring countless drawings and designs, the art team settled on a form that felt both recognizable as a character, yet malleable enough to be almost anything, said Podesta. And that form? A line. You might think, Hey, that's a line. It looks like the easiest thing in the world to animate. Actually, the technology behind creating the counselors is mind-boggling, Podesta explained. Not just any line though. We're talking about a living line. A piece of art in a form that was understandable, yet still ethereal. So, to achieve the sense of design within the animation, our animators had to draw on their backgrounds as artists to craft a visually stunning performance, and it's that combination of being both an actor and an artist that raises the bar at Pixar to a level that we hope continues to exceed our audience's expectations. We will know just how well Soul met audiences expectations when Pixars next film debuts exclusively on Disney+ on December 25.
Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S 'Virtual Press Briefing' Leaks Online - IGN - IGN
An Xbox Virtual Press Briefing has leaked online and allegedly shows part of Microsoft's original plan to reveal the Xbox Series S and the price and release date for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
An Xbox Virtual Press Briefing has leaked online and seemingly shows part of what Microsoft's plans were for revealing the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S' price and release date before last week's leak.This press briefing, which was most likely meant to be under embargo for press in preparation for the official reveal that Xbox head Phil Spencer stated was set for next week, was posted online by @_h0x0d_ on Twitter in four parts.Xbox News Briefing 2020, Part 2 (skipped Jason Ronald clip)https://t.co/PnkSMm5tv7 WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 12, 2020 Xbox News Briefing 2020, Part 4 https://t.co/SnzvRsQb9M WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 12, 2020 The four clips don't reveal much we don't already know, but go through the reveal of the Xbox Series S,the price and release date of both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S,EA Play coming to Xbox Game Pass,a walkthrough of the Xbox All-Access program for these next-gen consoles, and more. The presentation is led by Sr. Director of Xbox Platform Marketing Cindy Walker, and features Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Head of Platform Engineering and Hardware Liz Hamren, and Head of Xbox Partnerships and Ecosystem Sarah Bond. Microsoft's planned reveal was shifted due to the leak of both the Xbox Series S console and the release date and price for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. For more on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, which will both be available for pre-order on September 22, check out 56 Xbox Series X and Series S comparison shots,the first gameplay footage from the Xbox Series S, and its full specs. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected] Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
Diana Rigg, Star of Game of Thrones and Bond Girl, Dies at 82 - IGN - IGN
Diana Rigg, who played Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones and Tracy Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, has died aged 82.
Dame Diana Rigg, who played Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones and Tracy Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service among many other roles, has died aged 82.As announced by her agent today, Rigg "died peacefully early this morning. She was at home with her family who have asked for privacy at this difficult time."Rigg rose to fame in the UK during the 1960s, playing Emma Peel in spy series The Avengers. She rose to world prominence later that decade, as she played the ill-fated Tracy Bond - the only Bond girl to marry James Bond - in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. In recent years, she became best-known for playing Lady Olenna Tyrell, the 'Queen of Thorns', in the latter seasons of Game of Thrones. Lady Olenna became a fan-favourite, not least because of her barbed one-liners (of which you can see a selection in the gallery below). Rigg also played herself in an episode of Ricky Gervais' Extras, Lady Neville in Andy Serkis' directorial debut, Breathe, and Mrs. Winifred Gillyflower in Doctor Who episode, 'The Crimson Horror'. In 1994, Rigg was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to drama in the Queen's Birthday Honours. 'Crimson Horror' and Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss wrote on Twitter that Rigg was "Flinty, fearless, fabulous. There will never be another. RIP". Fellow Game of Thrones actor Tony Way (Ser Dontos Hollard) wrote, "A true icon. I met her a couple of times on Game of Thrones. I played Backgammon with her once. She called me a c**t for beating her. She was fantastic." Bond movie producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli provided a joint statement: "We are very sad to hear of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, the legendary stage and screen actress who was much beloved by Bond fans for her memorable performance as Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majestys Secret Service, the only woman to have married James Bond. Our love and thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time." Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]
EA Sports UFC 4 Gets In-Game Ads a Few Weeks After Release - IGN - IGN
A few weeks after launch, EA has added in-game, fullscreen advertisements to EA Sports UFC 4, and its fans are not happy.
EA has put in-game ads into EA Sports UFC 4 a few weeks after release, and its fans are not happy about it.Reddit user Ydino shared a clip of the in-game ads, which do seem intrusive, and they note that it was added "a month after it's [sic] release so it wasn't talked about in reviews."Additionally, Ydino brings up that UFC 4 is a $60 game and not a free-to-play title that is using ads in lieu of charging the player an entry fee. This particular clip features marketing from Amazon's The Boys' second season. There is a full-screen advertisement during replays, its logo appears on the octagon, and it also appears above the timer on the bottom of the screen. EA Sports UFC 4 was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 14, 2020. In our review of UFC 4, we said "is a largely iterative sequel that tightens up some looser parts, makes a few smart tweaks here and there, and doesnt rock the boat all that much. And in that sense, its a success. Longstanding problems still remain in the ground game and some dated visuals, but without any competition for the title, EA Sports UFC 4 still remains the king of combat sports." At launch, UFC 4 did feature microtransactions in the form of an in-game currency called UFC Points. These UFC Points can be used to buy cosmetic items, but have no impact on the game. Additionally, there were brands featured on the octagon, but the full-screen ads recently seen were not. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected] Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
Box Office: The New Mutants Expected to Magik $8 Million in Debut Weekend - IGN - IGN
Plus, Bill and Ted Face the Music makes a smaller, but still strong, splash.
The New Mutants, which was already a long-delayed film before the pandemic pushed almost every movie's release date back, is expected to pull in an estimated $8 million plus in its debut weekend after opening in 2,412 theaters which are operating on restricted/limited auditorium capacity.Per THR, The New Mutants, from director Josh Boone, is one of the first movies to release in theaters nationwide following the shut down last March. Based on Friday's haul of $3.1 million, analysts say the final X-Men universe installment -- which stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, and Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton as Cannonball -- will earn close to $8 million.In related news, Orion Pictures' Bill and Ted Face the Music, playing in 1,007 theaters while also releasing on PVOD, pulled in $400,000 on Friday and is projected to make a strong $1.07 million showing. IGN's review of The New Mutants called it an "entertaining, if at times formulaic small-scale genre movie" that didn't deserve to be shelved for years. Before movie hit theaters, New Mutants co-creator Bob McLeod took to Facebook and slammed the movie's whitewashing and misspelling of his name Check out the 7 best New Mutants comics worth binging and then watch one of the movie's latest trailers released during the official [email protected] panel with director Josh Boone. Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.
Ubisoft to Remove Raised Black Fist Imagery from Tom Clancy's Elite Squad Following Controversy - IGN - IGN
Ubisoft will be removing the "raised fist" imagery from Tom Clancy's Elite Squad's intro video that is said to have connected a fictional terrorist group called Umbra to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Ubisoft has decided to remove the black raised fist imagery from Tom Clancy's Elite Squad's intro, as it has been deemed "insensitive and harmful" and appears to connect a fictional terrorist group called Umbra to the Black Lives Matter movement.Ubisoft posted its statement on Twitter, and confirmed it will be removing this "raised fist" imagery from Tom Clancy's Elite Squad in the next title update on Tuesday, September 1 on Android and "as soon as possible on iOS." "Imagery that appeared in the opening video sequence of Tom Clancy's Elite Squad featuring a 'raised fist' was insensitive and harmful in both its inclusion and how it was portrayed," Ubisoft tweet reads. "We have listened to and appreciate the players and the broader community who have pointed it out and we apologize. This 'raised fist' imagery will be removed in the next title update this Tuesday, September 1 on Android and as soon as possible on iOS." In Elite Squad's intro video, the narrator describes Umbra, this fictional terrorist group, as "a new threat has emerged to take advantage of escalating civil unrest." It continues by calling them a "faceless organization that wants to build a new world order." When the narrator says "They claim to promote an egalitarian utopia to gain popular support," the "raised fists" in question come into view. The raised fist has been used for many years as a symbol for revolution, and most recently has been used by those in the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight against police brutality and systemic racism. This controversy is yet another one for Ubisoft, a company that has been dealing with the fallout of the multiple sexual allegations against some of its employees. Ubisoft has committed to "major changes" and is putting systems in place to ensure these issues will not happen again. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected] Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
Gotham Knights: WB Games Montreal Explains Why It Killed Batman - IGN India
"We wanted to take away any certainty, any safety."
WB Games Montreal says it chose to have Gotham Knights begin with a dead Batman in order to take away "any certainty, any feeling of safety" in its world. Speaking at DC FanDome during the Legacy of the Bat panel, creative director Patrick Redding explained that Gotham Knights' Batman has been fighting crime for around 15 years, before being killed in still-unexplained circumstances. "We wanted to take away any certainty, any feeling of safety," Redding explained. "So we could take a Gotham City where Bruce Wayne has been operating as Batman for, like, 15 years - with all that history, his whole network of allies - and then take him out of the picture. It really demands players figure out, 'How would I step up, and how would I protect Gotham City?'" That lack of certainty could perhaps signal a game that's more willing to see other major characters killed off during its runtime. The game's trailer opens by suggesting a disaster has hit Gotham, with Bruce Wayne apparently found dead in the rubble. A message sent to his proteges upon his death tells them that the Batcave has been destroyed, but the Belfry will act as their new base of operations. Red Hood, Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing then become the Gotham Knights. It's worth pointing out that, while Batman may be messaged as dead at the start of the game, that's not necessarily going to remain the case. There are a few options here - Rocksteady's Arkham Knight ended with Bruce Wayne faking his own death, for instance. WB Games Montreal has chosen an entirely different timeline for Gotham Knights but, even without that story point to lean on, the Court of Owls (who will be an enemy faction) have been involved in resurrection in their comic book appearances previously. And who knows, with five massive boroughs to explore, perhaps Ra's al Ghul's Lazarus Pit could sit just waiting to be used somewhere in the dark underbelly of Gotham. After years of teases, Gotham Knights was today announced for a 2021 release on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC. It will feature an option for two-player online co-op, and a 7 minute gameplay trailer showed off open-world exploration, combat, and a boss battle with Mr. Freeze. Check out the full DC Fandome schedule to stay up-to-date on all the latest reveals, how to watch live, panel times and more. Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]