Gotham Season 5 Confirms Bane Is Coming, Batman’s Arrival At NYCC

The final stand to save Gotham City has begun. The fifth and final season of Gotham won’t premiere until 2019, but the cast and executive producer John Stephens took part in their final New York Comic Con panel to give the first look at the new episodes and share some news about what this show’s version of the “No Man’s Land” comic book story arc will look like.

That arc will include a new character played by Shane West, who was previously announced for the series. Stephens finally confirmed that West will play Bane, pulled directly from the comics. In fact, there will be one showdown between Bane and Alfred that will see the butler’s back get broken.

In a short sizzle reel that included new footage, the future of Gotham looked bleak. After Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan) blew up the bridges to the city, essentially cutting off the outside world, Gotham has descended into something resembling The Purge–except, it’s everyday life.

In the new Gotham, the city has been divided up into pieces controlled by various villains, with a small green zone right in the center of town that Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the GCPD are keeping safe. The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) has taken over City Hall, Poison Ivy (Peyton List) ruling Central Park, and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) making the Gotham Public Library his own domain.

Additionally, Penguin has naturally found a way to make himself a vital piece of Gotham’s underworld. He’s essentially a war profiteer, controlling the city’s ammunition. If anyone wants bullets, they’re forced to go to him. Barbara (Erin Richards), meanwhile, has enforced a man-free zone of Gotham and will suffer a major loss early in the season. Our guess is it’s Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) that will bite the bullet, propelling Babs on one final tear through Gotham City.

As for Selina (Camren Bicondova), who was shot and potentially paralyzed in the Season 4 finale, the new episodes will find her suicidal as she copes with her injuries. “We find her in a place where we’ve never seen her before,” Bicondova said. “We find her in a place of despair… The Selina we’ve known for the past four seasons goes completely out the window.”

With so much bad happening on Gotham–including even more new villains, like a Harley Quinn-esque girlfriend for Jeremiah–the need for a Batman continues to grow and fans are finally going to get that. Mazouz confirmed during the panel that, “Bruce is going to become Batman,” in the final season. Of course, you’re going to have to wait for that as it won’t be happening until late in the season.

As for when Gotham will premiere, a date was not announced. However, the final ten episodes will air sometime in early 2019 on Fox.

Riverdale Casts Jughead’s Mom and Sister for Season 3

Riverdale has finally cast Jughead’s mom and sister for Season 3.

As announced at New York Comic Con, Gina Gershon will play Jughead’s mother, Gladys Jones, “a ‘businesswoman’ who runs the salvage yard (chop shop) that doubles as a Serpent compound, and the Serpents all snap to attention when she gives them an order. A Serpent with a GED, she acts as Fagin to a crew of teenaged car parts thieves.” And newcomer Trinity Likins is set for the role of Jughead’s sister, Jellybean “JB” Jones. She’s described as “wise beyond her years, and her favorite bands are Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. Jellybean lives with her biker mom in Toledo where they run scams to make ends meet. And like mother like daughter: Jellybean — who goes by JB now — is quite the little con artist herself.”

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Makes No Sense (And That’s Okay)

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey transports the franchise to ancient Greece, when the military driven Sparta and democratic Athens are in the midst of war. For the first time in the series, you get to choose whether to play as a man named Alexios or a woman named Kassandra. Regardless of your choice, your protagonist is the disgraced child of a Spartan general who grows up to be a neutral mercenary for hire.

As a mercenary, Kassandra and Alexios should hold no allegiance for any one side in the war, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey allows you to choose who they side with. If you want, you can ally with neither or both sides as well. In terms of gameplay, this allows Kassandra or Alexios to do missions for either army, even if they’ve spent the previous hour helping the other.

This opens the game up to some pretty enjoyable side quests and bounties, but it also clashes with the game’s overall narrative. Even if Kassandra and Alexios aren’t technically Spartan, it seems odd for them to betray their country. And when the game’s story switches gears and presents plenty of evidence as to why Kassandra or Alexios would side with Athens, the game still allows you to kill the Athenian leadership.

In the video above, video producer Jake Dekker discusses how this ludonarrative dissonance–an inconsistency between a game’s narrative told through the gameplay and told through the story–causes Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to make no sense. It’s not the only example either, as Kassandra and Alexios have access to seemingly supernatural abilities, like surviving a drop from any height without a pile of hay, that make no sense in the world of Assassin’s Creed. However, as Jake also notes, this is totally okay. Despite the illogical disconnect between story and gameplay, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is still fun and absolutely worth playing.

In our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey review, editor Alessandro Fillari gave the game an 8/10, writing, “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s ambition is admirable, which is reflected in its rich attention to detail for the era and its approach to handling the multi-faceted narrative with strong protagonists at the lead. While its large-scale campaign–clocking in at over 50 hours–can occasionally be tiresome, and some features don’t quite make the impact they should, Odyssey makes great strides in its massive and dynamic world, and it’s a joy to venture out and leave your mark on its ever-changing setting.”

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey pulls inspiration from a lot of different games–including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Mass Effect: Andromeda–to various levels of success. If you’re still on the fence over whether or not to buy Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you can get a good understanding of the game by watching GameSpot social media producer Sam Leichtamer, Funhaus writer and producer Alanah Pearce, and Kinda Funny founder Greg Miller play through it together.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse | What We Learned At NYCC

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American Gods Season 2: Trailer Breakdown & Everything We Know So Far

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The Craziest, Rarest, And Most Expensive Funko Pops At NY Comic Con 2018

Earlier this year, we here at GameSpot Universe discovered all the most shockingly expensive Funko Pops for sale at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Naturally, now that New York Comic Con has come around once again, we were eager to recreate that journey–and not just for our benefit, as you lucky readers get to come along with us.

This week once again we were reminded that whether we’re talking about Beanie Babies, Pokemon cards, or–of course–Funko Pops, there’s always someone willing to pay more for a “holy grail” than what you might happen to consider reasonable. And once again, the results of our latest Comic-Con Funko Pop hunt were shocking and incredible.

Just how rare is rare when it comes to Funko Pops? As we discovered on this amazing journey, some Pops are rare because they were only ever released at a single event, while others were produced in hyper-limited quantities.

At the end of the day, these Funko Pops are just cheap chunks of colored plastic. Their only actual value is the imaginary worth we assign to them. But as with any popular collectible, that doesn’t stop Pop hunters from dropping hundreds–and even thousands–of dollars on them. And in the end, if they bring someone happiness, isn’t that worth it?

Read on to see discover the craziest, rarest, and most expensive Funko Pops we found at New York Comic Con 2018.

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