Joaquin Phoenix Circling Joker Role in Origin Story Film

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly gearing up to play The Joker in a new origin story for Warner Bros.

Variety reports that Phoenix is director Todd Phillips’ top choice to play the famous Batman antagonist. Sources speaking to Variety confirmed Phoenix agreed to the role, but Warner Bros. has declined to comment.

IGN previously confirmed that Jared Leto, who played The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, would not be reprising his role for Phillips’ project. Instead, Warner Bros. is aiming to create a new imprint to tell stories of other characters in the DC canon, separate from any of their existing cinematic universes. Jared Leto’s Joker will appear in any DCEU films, including Suicide Squad 2, should the character make an appearance in the film.

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Venom Teaser Trailer Breakdown – SECRETS, Theories and Comics Easter Eggs

The Venom movie starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock hit us with its first teaser trailer, so check out our breakdown of all the Easter eggs and references we found to help us string together what we think this movie will be about.

Before you dig into our analysis, check out the Venom teaser trailer if you haven’t already:

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Warhammer: Dawn of War 3 Underperformed, Says Relic

Relic Entertainment has halted further development of Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III and has shifted its focus to other projects.

Relic released a statement to Eurogamer, noting that although the game has a dedicated player base, the game did not hit the team’s sales targets. The title has not picked up enough steam post-launch for Relic to justify further development.

“When a game underperforms, plans need to change. With Dawn of War 3, we simply don’t have the foundation we need to produce major content,” Relic explained in its statement. “We’re working in close partnership with Sega and Games Workshop to determine the best course of action, while shifting focus to other projects within our portfolio.”

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Dontnod’s Vampyr is Confirmed For a June 5 Release

Life is Strange developer Dontnod’s new game finally has a release date. Vampyr will be released for PC and consoles on June 5, which is still within the spring 2018 window the studio had been aiming for after the initial delay last year.

The update came via the fourth and final episode of the game’s webseries, Stories From the Dark.

Vampyr is set in early-20th century London and will have players take the role of a doctor who has recently been turned into a blood-sucking monster, creating an internal struggle between the need to take life to survive, and the yearning to save it.

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Nintendo Gold Points Can Be Put Toward Switch Software Soon

The My Nintendo service rewards have been limited to wallpapers, in-app items, and exclusive discounts since Club Nintendo shut down 2015, but Nintendo announced My Nintendo users soon be able to spend Gold Points on Nintendo Switch games in the eShop.

“Starting in early March, you’ll be able to spend any Gold Points you’ve accumulated in My Nintendo when purchasing Nintendo Switch software from Nintendo eShop on your device, or even via

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18 (Weirdly) Romantic Things to Give as Valentine’s Day Gifts This Year

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Valentine’s Day – the big holiday about making single people to feel bad and forcing people in relationships to buy stuff – is less than a week away. Flowers, candy, teddy bears, those are all great, (and if you’re looking to buy flowers online we’ve got you covered) but why not give something a little more… out there? Here are some quirky, weird, and cool gifts to give your significant other, or anyone else special in your life.

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Fortnite Guide: How To Build Effectively In Battle Royale

Since the launch of its Battle Royale mode last year, Fortnite‘s popularity has exploded. That’s no doubt thanks in part to being free-to-play, but while it follows the same basic format as other games in the increasingly popular sub-genre, it does offer a unique twist with its building mechanics. At the press of a button, you can build walls, floors, and stairs, and that ability is key to success.

However, with no tutorial and players eager to kill you, actually getting the hang of building is not especially easy. Building can generate a lot of noise, which invariably attracts unwanted attention. To help you get started, we’ve put together the video above in which we run through the basics of gathering materials and building. We cover both the small so-called “panic forts” that you’ll build during the course of a match to protect yourself, as well as the towers that are frequently used at the end of a game.

In the video, you’ll also get a look at the recently added minigun. Epic continues to make changes and add new content to Battle Royale, some of which can have a significant effect on building. The minigun is one such case, as it makes for an ideal way to rapidly destroy the cover that enemies are hiding behind.

A new update for Fortnite introduced the Crossbow, which, while packing unlimited ammo, doesn’t offer the kind of firepower that’s ideal for demolishing structures. It does, however, allow for stealthy takedowns, something that can provide you with a real edge. We’ll have more tips and guides for Fortnite soon, but in the meantime, check out Battle Royale’s new skins and upcoming Valentine’s Day-themed content.

Venom Trailer: Breakdown And Connection To The Comics

The first teaser for Venom was released recently, and it’s not quite what fans expected. Aside from Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) not wearing the symbiote during any part of the video, tonally, it felt more like a horror or thriller than a comic book movie. It’s completely unclear whether or not this movie takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Venom is solely a Sony movie, while Spider-Man: Homecoming was a Marvel and Sony collaboration.

While the comic book version of Venom has a history directly tied to Spider-Man, the webslinger will not appear in this movie, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Peter Parker isn’t in it. That may be a bummer for many fans, but the movie is planning on taking a new direction: horror and sci-fi.

Venom isn’t coming to theaters until October, but the first teaser for the gave its audience a trailer that’s mysterious but delivers the horror and sci-fi tone that was originally promised. Here’s what we learned.

The Witcher: 15 Actors Who Could Play Geralt in the Netflix Series

The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia is one of the most iconic characters in all of games, so whoever is chosen to carry the mantle of the legendary White Wolf in the upcoming Netflix series will have plenty of expectations to live up to. Thankfully, Netflix has a proven track record when it comes to investing in big-budget productions like Daredevil and Altered Carbon, which is a good sign for fans of The Witcher, since the series will undoubtedly need a large budget to achieve the same scope that the novels and video games have already established.

In anticipation of Netflix’s journey into the expansive world that author Andrzej Sapkowski created, we’ve compiled a diverse list of 15 actors we think capable of portraying Geralt. There’s still no word on when in Geralt’s life the series will take place, so we made sure to also consider some younger actors who could rise to the challenge if called upon.

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