Why T.J. Miller Doesn’t Want Deadpool 3 To Happen After X-Force Movie

Despite incredible popularity, there’s been a ton of confusion around the cinematic future of Deadpool. The Disney/Fox merger has seemingly caused delays in development for both Deadpool 3 and the X-Force film that will likely feature Ryan Reynolds’ iconic foul-mouthed hero. And one of the franchise’s stars, TJ Miller, has some thoughts about whether a threequel should even happen.

On November 15, TJ Miller was a guest on The Adam Carolla Show, where he discussed, among other things, his line of hot sauce and the future of the Deadpool franchise. The actor gave an update, to his understanding, as to where the film’s creators are in the development process, saying:

TJ Miller went on to explain that he has very specific concerns about how successful a subsequent Deadpool film could be — at least, as far as quality is concerned. He said:

Despite TJ Miller’s uncertainty and reservations, it seems like the future of Deadpool 3 hinges more on “when” rather than “if.” Writer Rhett Reese made it clear that as far as he knows, the third chapter is set to come after the X-Force movie. Deadpool’s co-creator said it’s coming “soon.” And earlier this year, Ryan Reynolds revealed that he’s developing the series’ next installment.

What’s less clear is TJ Miller’s future with Deadpool. Since 2017, he’s faced accusations of bullying and sexual assault, on top of other legal problems. His chaotic stint and subsequent departure from Silicon Valley in 2017 also made headlines. And we know for sure that he won’t be a part of X-Force. While Weasel is most certainly woven into the fabric of the series if the Deadpool team chooses to keep TJ Miller on board, it will most certainly be controversial. So, for the time being, we’ll have to join him and everyone else, and just wait for more news.

Mark Ruffalo Has Storyline Ideas For Hulk’s Return After Avengers: Endgame

What’s next for the big and sometimes bespectacled green guy after Avengers: Endgame? Mark Ruffalo apparently has storyline ideas for Hulk’s MCU return, and he’s meeting with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige to break it all down. And then maybe he’ll accidentally leak the plans to everyone else.

This is not the first time Mark Ruffalo has mentioned one of his little chats with Kevin Feige — and I picture them eating some shawarma together, or maybe taking selfies with fans in diners. A couple of years ago, when Thor: Raganok first came out, Ruffalo told CinemaBlend that Feige had pulled him aside and asked him what he would want them to do if they could do a standalone Hulk movie…

It sounds like Mark Ruffalo’s input was factored into the arc Hulk got from Thor: Ragnarok to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. So now Ruffalo and Kevin Feige are due for another meeting to plan the next arc. That’s what it sounds like, anyway. Feige did recently confirm that She-Hulk and two other new Marvel heroes will be coming to the big screen in MCU movies after their Disney+ shows debut. I wouldn’t be shocked if She-Hulk was joined by her cousin on screen.

Avengers: Endgame did set up Hulk for some potentially interesting storylines. The Snap nearly killed Hulk, and the Russo Brothers confirmed it left him with permanent damage:

The Hulk lost some strength and has heartbreak from losing Black Widow, but he must also be hurting from losing Bruce Banner’s fellow Science Bro Tony Stark.

Do you see a place for Hulk in that lineup as a key supporting player, like he was in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame? Mark Ruffalo said he was excited about Spider-Man’s MCU return, and I could see Bruce Banner as a potential new mentor for Peter Parker after the loss of Tony Stark.

Why Christopher Nolan Didn’t Make A Fourth Batman Movie, According To Christian Bale

When The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters in 2012, fans knew that it was time to say goodbye to Christopher Nolan’s version of Gotham City. The director made it extremely clear that he was going to contain his Batman franchise to a trilogy. He’s kept his word, but hasn’t really said much else on the matter. Now The Dark Knight Trilogy’s star, Christian Bale, has given some insight as to why Christopher Nolan didn’t make a fourth film.

In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Christian Bale was frank when the conversation turned toward his iconic portrayal of Bruce Wayne and his collaboration with Christopher Nolan. He told the newspaper:

It’s no surprise that Christopher Nolan had a clear vision going into the franchise. A large part of what made Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises so successful was their individual strengths as films and their ability to work as a cohesive trilogy. Christian Bale revealed to the Toronto Sun that he fully supported Nolan’s creative mission, even when presented with the chance to expand the franchise. He said:

It’s safe to say we’ll never see Christian Bale suit up as Batman again. But at the very least, Christopher Nolan putting a hard stop to his series reignited cinematic interest in the franchise. And in that way, the end of The Dark Knight Trilogy made room for a new era of intriguing Batman and Batman-adjacent projects.

Will Terminator: Dark Fate End Up Hurting James Cameron’s Avatar Sequels?

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James Cameron is still a brand name filmmaker, but there are some chinks in his armor after Terminator: Dark Fate. He did not direct the movie, but he was heavily involved before Tim Miller’s filming and during editing — and he has taken credit for one twist that upset several fans. I’ve even seen some fans say Cameron’s deep role in Dark Fate made them less excited for his Avatar sequels.

I wasn’t expecting that. I’m not at all rooting for James Cameron or his Avatar sequels to fail — and there are certainly Terminator: Dark Fate defenders — but now I’m wondering if the current box office disappointment may actually hurt the long-term Avatar plan.

I still think Avatar 2 will clean up at the box office — even just for the curiosity alone of how James Cameron will follow-up his former highest-grossing movie of all time. But I’m now slightly less sure James Cameron will still please enough fans to continue for as many Avatar sequels as he’d like. He already filmed Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 and put dates on the board through 2027 for Avatar 4 and Avatar 5. But he also acknowledged that making Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 will depend on box office returns of the first two sequels.

After all, James Cameron envisioned Terminator: Dark Fate to start a new trilogy and it doesn’t look like that will happen now. And there were — maybe still are? — plans for Alita: Battle Angel to continue, but the box office numbers haven’t been where any producer would want them to be. Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will need to be BIG to justify continuing from there, considering the Avatar sequels are estimated to cost at least $1 billion to make.

James Cameron will always be a legend, but he could use a new win. His reputation for churning out blockbusters is potentially in doubt, since it was a full 10 years ago when Avatar took over from his other film Titanic as the highest-grossing movie of all time. Plus, he did take responsibility for at least one of the controversial choices of Terminator: Dark Fate

Spoilers ahead for Terminator: Dark Fate.

James Cameron told the L.A. Times it was his idea to kill off John Connor at the start of Terminator: Dark Fate:

I said, ‘Let’s take him out in the first 30 seconds. They’re sitting in a pizzeria, a Terminator walks in and blows him away. You’re one minute into the movie.’ Everybody went, ‘Really? You want to do this?’ I said, yes! You pull the rug out from underneath the entire construct that’s been going on for the last three decades.

It was a bold choice to abruptly kill off John Connor, and it worked for some Terminator: Dark Fate viewers … but not for everyone.

Breaking hearts is nothing new for James Cameron — and, yes, there was room for Jack on that door, dang it — and making confident, bold choices is part of why Cameron has been this successful. But this particular movie broke some hearts while not quite breaking the bank. What do we make of that, and what if anything could it mean for the next big titles on JC’s filmography — his Avatar sequels?

Two years ago, James Cameron explained his ambitious plan for filming his many Avatar sequels:

Avatar 2 and 3 will be captured together and then [go through postproduction] sequentially. Then we go back and capture 4 and 5. They’re all written and they’re all designed, so we literally hit the ground running the day after Avatar 3 comes out, starting capture on 4 and 5 and then post on those and release those. That’s the plan. So, it’s kind of a two-and-two structure.

The first two movies have finished principal photography and now they are in post-production for Avatar 2‘s release in 2021 and Avatar 3‘s release in 2023. Those two are pretty much set in stone. The next two, though? Here’s what James Cameron told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the practical application of this plan:

Most of the actors, the key principals, have all read all four scripts, so they know exactly what their character arcs are, they know where they’re going, they know how to modulate their arc now across the first two films. We all know where we’re supposed to be dramatically in the saga, and that’s great. Let’s face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5. They’re fully encapsulated stories in and of themselves. It builds across the five films to a greater kind of meta narrative, but they’re fully formed films in their own right….

Yes, Avatar producer Jon Landau also talked about each Avatar title working as a standalone movie. So that’s a safety net if the first two don’t make quite enough to justify making the next two.

Everything can still go exactly the way the Avatar team wants it. Some of the stars of Avatar 2 sound pretty confident, anyway, even giving a little light trash talk to Avengers: Endgame for taking the new title — for now — as highest-grossing movie of all time.

James Cameron was gracious about that loss, too, rightly seeing it as a win for the kind of big movies he’s trying to make in the Avatar sequels. It shows there’s still a big movie audience out there. But they didn’t turn out for Terminator: Dark Fate, and as popular as Alita has become to its supporters, there wasn’t a huge box office for that movie either. JC didn’t direct either film, but his creative thumbprints are on them and his name was a big part of the promotion for the movies.

Weirdly enough, James Cameron may be positioning himself as an underdog before Avatar 2 opens in December 2021. It’s hard to imagine JC ever needing to have a “comeback” but he could get one with the first two Avatar sequels — if Avatar 2 doesn’t just make a lot of money, but also has strong enough box office and word-of-mouth to give another similar win to Avatar 3. He needs both to do well. It’ll be a while before we see if that happens. This wait has been … well, not as long as the wait between T2 and Terminator: Dark Fate, but long.

What do you think? How are you feeling today in November 2019 about the many Avatar sequels? More or less excited than you were before, no change to however you were feeling? Do you think we will see Avatar 5 in theaters someday, in December 2027 or whenever?

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Tom Hardy Posts And Deletes Photos From Set Of Venom 2

Social media can get an actor in trouble, be it through accidental leaks of the slightest bit of material, or other more problematic events. As such, it’s always good to try and use that delete option before too many people see classified materials. Like, say, Tom Hardy’s first photo from the set of Venom 2. But, of course, the internet never forgets, and some eagle-eyed folks have spotted the supposedly offending material.

The photographs are pretty innocuous, as there were two Instagram posts that Hardy shared from the Sony/Marvel sequel’s supposed beginning of principal photography. One show was of Tom Hardy, sitting in what looks like a makeup trailer, with the following caption: “W3’R’V3N0M2 day one.”

You don’t need to be a cryptographer to decode that message, as it clearly looks like the man is ready to work.

But the next photo was an even cuter look at Venom 2’s on-set life. It features Tom Hardy’s French Bulldog and included a message of best wishes on his first day of work from his human co-worker. Knowing Hardy’s love for dogs, this sort of thing is not only expected, it’s also always welcome.

However, those evasive photos were zapped from Tom Hardy’s Instagram profile, and cannot be found outside of screen caps. More than likely, someone high up saw that the Venom 2 star was blabbing that production had started, and handed down the order to ditch the evidence for a more cryptic tease. You know how comic movie sets can be about their privacy.

Instead of the photos described above, Tom Hardy posted two captionless replacements for his supposedly verboten snaps that he had to delete from his profile. The first photo is extremely fitting, with a tease to the Andy Serkis directed sequel’s double Symbiote adventure in the form of a Raven that’s half black and half red, but all smiles. I wonder what it means? Quick, somebody check Woody Harrelson’s Instagram!

The second photo shows the cute pupper got a cool photo taken with his on-set ID badge — his badge says Blue, although Tom Hardy has also called his dog Blu — with Venom 2 said to be filming under the working title “Fillmore.”

While these new photos are definitely cool teases to Venom 2, those old photos didn’t exactly give the store away. There wasn’t any sort of new information, like say confirmation of Naomie Harris as Shriek. Nor were there any spoilery details to be lifted from a completed set. Which just has to make you wonder… what was it about those photos that got them deleted? I’d keep a closer eye on that dog if I were you. He might be up to something.

Venom 2 is, presumably, in production now, for a presumptive October 2, 2020 release date. As soon as this information is confirmed, you’ll hear it from us in short order. In the meantime, you can head to our 2020 release schedule, to see what movies might be competing with Eddie Brock for as much box office cash as they can grab.

As Joker Hits $1 Billion, Compare What Joaquin Phoenix Was Paid To Other Movie Stars Of 2019

In the weeks since its release, Joker has achieved phenomenal feats at the box office. It recently became the most profitable comic book film ever — and this weekend, it’s slated to cross the $1 billion dollar threshold. What’s even more surprising, though, is how much Joaquin Phoenix initially pocketed to play the film’s titular antihero, especially given how much some other movie stars made in 2019.

Variety reported on some of the most notable salaries for Hollywood stars this year. According to the magazine, Joaquin Phoenix made $4.5 million for the work he did in Joker. Very few people would argue that’s a small amount of money, and it’s definitely not the lowest salary on the list — that belongs to Jessica Chastain, whose salary for It: Chapter 2 was reportedly $2.5 million. But Joaquin Phoenix’s salary is still low in comparison to many other actors this year.

Martin Lawrence, for example, made $6 million for next year’s Bad Boys For Life. Kristen Stewart netted $7 million for her performance in the Charlie’s Angels reboot. Ben Affleck and Idris Elba both made $8 million for Netflix’s Triple Frontier and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, respectively. And the stars of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, each took home $10 million.

Even those salaries are low compared to some of Hollywood’s top earners this year. At $17 million, Will Smith’s Bad Boys For Life salary was much higher than his co-star’s. Dwayne Johnson raked in $20 million for Hobbs & Shaw, while Robert Downey Jr. scored a similar salary for the upcoming The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle. And Ryan Reynolds — who recently made fans chuckle with his response to Joker’s success — earned $27 million for his Netflix project, Six Underground.

On the surface, it might seem pretty unfair that Joaquin Phoenix’s salary represents such a small portion of Joker’s revenue. But Variety points out that more often than not, actors negotiate contracts that ensure a percentage of their film’s profits in addition to their base salary. One notable exception to that practice is Netflix deals, which stipulate that an actor’s salary won’t include profit sharing. In other words, even if Ryan Reynolds’ and Ben Affleck’s Netflix films end up with record-breaking streams, they won’t see another dime.

If Joaquin Phoenix made a backend deal for Joker — and let’s be real, he almost certainly did — then his overall profit for the film could make that original $4.5 million look like chump change. And that money probably won’t dry up anytime soon. Joker is still showing in theaters worldwide, and it will almost certainly find similar success on the home entertainment front.

Ford V Ferrari Has Some Of The Highest Fan Scores You’ll Ever See

It’s hard to please the fans, especially when you want to aim for a film with a massive appeal to a far and wide swath of them. But somehow, Fox seems to have pulled it off this weekend, and get this: it’s not a comic book movie or an existing IP that did the trick. It was director James Mangold’s historical biopic Ford v Ferrari that landed this feat, as three major fan scores on the internet seem to signal this film is one hell of a crowd pleaser.

As of today, the movie has an A+ rating on CinemaScore, a 99% verified audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes (which isn’t far from the 92% critic’s score,) and an 8.2 out of 10 on IMDb’s publicly aggregated score. You’ll have to excuse the surprise, but in an era where what the definition of what constitutes as “cinema” is so hotly debated, it’s rare that such a consensus can be had. And yet Ford v Ferrari managed to get the public, and critics, to vote with resounding confidence.

This is hopefully a good sign of the Fox film’s health at the box office, considering that Ford v Ferrari and Ad Astra are two vitally important films to the studio’s performance. Both films carry a decent sized budget on their backs, with Ford v Ferrari taking on an almost $100 million price tag during production. Initial reports had the film starting out at a modest $2.1 million showing in Thursday previews, and the estimates for the weekend in total look to be in the $29 million range.

Here’s the fun part, though. While there will be a healthy competition with Frozen II, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and 21 Bridges all opening in the next week, there’s a chance that Ford v Ferrari could show some power under the hood with a slow but steady run in the next couple of weeks. Which feels like a more powerful prospect when you see such amazing fan scores coming out of the first days of release alone.

This sort of reaction could spark a hugely positive word of mouth, as not only could younger audiences be drawn in by star power and excitement, but older moviegoers could fondly relive a piece of history they lived through in their day and age. It may not have the same modest budget as Downton Abbey, but it might have the longevity, considering the wide stripe of audience members both films feel like they bring to the box office.

Even if that doesn’t totally work as a strategy on the domestic front, the greatest hope for the Christian Bale/Matt Damon starring vehicle might be in the international release of the film. Centering around Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles’ attempted conquest of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, the international racing event is sure to have its fans across the globe. So Ford v Ferrari’s retelling of that history, under the slightly different title of Le Mans ’66, might be set to rake in the bigger bucks throughout the rest of the world. In which case, we might see these scores differ a bit, hopefully seeing a change for the better.

But even if Ford v Ferrari maintains the scores we showed you above, that’s still extremely impressive. If you want to see what the fuss is all about, shift into gear this weekend and head to your local theater to see it for yourself.

Why The Batman’s Castings Have Me Even More Excited For Matt Reeves’ Movie

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With The Batman scheduled to begin principal photography early next year, it will be a while until we get our first looks at what Matt Reeves’ vision of Gotham City and its population of colorful characters. That said, you can often start forming an idea of whether a movie will be good or bad based on castings, and so far, The Batman has made some excellent hires.

It’s clear on the casting side of things that The Batman is emphasizing true talent and outside-the-box thinking over big names/celebrity status to draw people in. Yes, most of the actors who’ve been announced so far are well-known to one degree or another, but it helps that one wouldn’t have necessarily thought of including them in The Batman, but now that they have been, they’re great fits. Keeping that in mind, I’ve decided to look over everyone who’s been confirmed so far, as well as a few people who’ve only been reported/rumored so far, and explain why they’re welcome additions to this adaptation of the Caped Crusader’s mythology.

Robert Pattinson in Life

Robert Pattinson (Batman)

Admittedly, Robert Pattinson was an out of left field pick to play Batman, and most people still know him best from his time as Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga movies. Nevertheless, in he years since that franchise wrapped up, Pattinson has primarily acted in independent/lesser-known movies, many of which had dark and dramatic beats. Cosmopolis and Good Time in particular are great examples of why he’ll do well in The Batman’s setting, with the former movie seeing him play a billionaire (albeit not one as morally conscious as Bruce Wayne) and the latter movie being a gritty and crime-ridden tale. The Batman will be familiar territory for Pattinson, it just that this time he’ll be wearing an elaborate costume.

Jeffrey Wright in Westworld

Jeffrey Wright (James Gordon)

Jeffrey Wright has played a number of intense and determined characters over the years, like in Boardwalk Empire and currently in Westworld, and those descriptors fit James Gordon. You have to be intense and determined to enforce the law in a place like Gotham City. But Gordon also serves as the everyman figure in a city where colorful freaks are popping up more frequently. He’s not as flashy as Batman, but he emirates a quiet heroism that’s rarely seen in Gotham City. Wright can bring that energy to The Batman, and hopefully, unlike how J.K. Simmons was used in Justice League, this Gordon will factor prominently into the story.

Zoe Kravitz in Big Little Lies

Zoë Kravitz (Catwoman)

First off, let’s just acknowledge that Zoë Kravitz already has experience playing Catwoman thanks to The LEGO Batman Movie… but we can safely assume The Batman’s version of the character will be different than her animated predecessor who loved saying “Meow.” If this Catwoman is being modeled after how she’s depicted in modern stories, she’ll presumably be more of an anti-hero than straightforward villain who will flirt and may even fight alongside Batman, but ultimately follows her own goals and agenda. Kravitz can channel this balance of sultriness and independence quite well, and she’s also well acquainted to the world of franchise filmmaking thanks to X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, to name a few.

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Paul Dano (Riddler)

The Riddler is a lot of things, but physical imposing is not one of them. He relies on his mind to terrorize the denizens of Gotham City, and Paul Dano has shown on several occasions he’s talented at playing characters who favor brains over brawn in their schemes. There Will be Blood and Prisoners particularly demonstrate this, with the latter movies ironically having his character wearing The Riddler’s favorite colors, green and purple. The last big screen interpretation of The Riddler, Jim Carrey’s in Batman Forever, was modeled after the campiness of Frank Gorshin’s in the ‘60s Batman TV series. Dano can give us the cerebral and intimidating Riddler we’ve been waiting for in a movie.

Andy Serkis in Black Panther

Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth)

Although Andy Serkis is primarily known for his motion-capture work, he’s unquestionably a talented actor when judging him by the conventional performing standards. He’s arguably better known for his villainous work, including his time as Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he can also play good guys effectively, and he’ll surely do a good job of balancing Alfred Pennyworth’s caring nature towards Bruce Wayne with the tough love and sarcasm. Since Serkis is so far the youngest actor to play Alfred in a live action movie, perhaps that also means he’ll get to be more involved in the movie’s action, making him comparable to the Earth-One and Gotham incarnations of Alfred. And unlike the rest of these actors, Matt Reeves already has experience working with Serkis thanks to the latter two Planet of the Apes reboot movies, so it makes sense why Reeves wanted to bring Serkis aboard The Batman.

Jayme Lawson

Jayme Lawson (Bella)

To be perfectly honest, Jayme Lawson is the hardest person to get a read on for The Batman. She’s a newcomer to the Hollywood stage, having recently graduated from Juilliard and The Batman serving as her first movie. And all we know about her character (who hasn’t been officially confirmed yet) is that Bella is a “grassroots political candidate running for office in Gotham.” Nevertheless, if Matt Reeves decided that Lawson’s acting talents were worth shining a light on in The Batman, then I’m looking forward to seeing what she brings to the table, and hopefully this is just the start of a rewarding career.

Colin Farrell in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Colin Farrell (Penguin)

Unlike all the actors before him, Colin Farrell is still in negotiations to appear in The Batman, so don’t count on him playing The Penguin just yet. Nevertheless, he’s arguably even an more unexpected casting choice than Robert Pattinson was, especially since Penguin was one of two characters Jonah Hill was in consideration to play. But it’s the unconventional choice of Farrell playing Penguin that makes it so exciting. For one thing, rather than resembling the traditional short, stout Penguin, many fans have noticed that Farrell resembles the Penguin from the Batman Telltale games. And while we don’t expect him to get as hammy as he did for Bullseye in Daredevil, Farrell has shown he can have fun playing villains, so while his Penguin will presumably be more subdued than the Danny DeVito version, that doesn’t mean he’ll be any less captivating to watch.

The Batman hits theaters on June 25, 2021, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for updates on how its coming along, including when more actors are added to the cast. Feel free to also browse through our DC movies guide to learn what else this superhero franchise has in store.

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The 10 Most Iconic Disney Villains, Including Maleficent

Screenshot of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

Sometimes, it’s good to be bad. Disney has no shortage of deliciously devious villains. They often have the best looks, lines and songs, and while they might not be the characters you root for, you can’t take your eyes off of them whenever they’re up to no good. Over the years, the famous animation studio has crafted many iconic villains under its banner. Whether it’s Maleficent, Scar, Ursula, or any of the great bad guys and gals who’ve graced the silver screen, it’s hard to pick any one favorite. That’s why we’re taking this time to celebrate 10 of the most beloved baddies.

Now, it should be noted that we’re not exactly ranking the best Disney villains — though there will certainly be a lot of overlap in this list. We’re simply looking at 10 of the most iconic antagonists. They might not be the most dastardly, wicked, deprived, scariest or intimidating (if those were the main criteria, I’d pick The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘s Claude Frollo). They’re simply the ones that you’re most likely to remember or love whenever you think back on all the great Disney villains.

Without further ado, let’s break down the most iconic villains in Disney’s storied history!

Screenshot of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)

In what remains arguably the most gorgeously animated film in Disney’s long-standing run of stunningly-realized features, Sleeping Beauty is a spellbinding accomplishment. And it’s made all the more captivating by its lead villain, Maleficent. Played with splendid presence and captivating radiance by Eleanor Audley, Maleficent has nearly everything that a great Disney villain should hold.

She is wicked and conniving, she is gorgeously realized from a design standpoint, and she is instantly iconic from the first moment she graces the screen. Angelina Jolie did a commendable job playing the part in 2014’s Maleficent, and she weathered the bombast of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil as well as any professional could, but it’s hard not to think of the truly great work done by Eleanor Audley when watching her performance. Audley created an instantly bewitching villain who was truly spellbinding.

Screenshot of Scar from The Lion King

Scar (The Lion King)

There are some villains who are simply delighted in their gleeful, sinister evilness. Scar from The Lion King is certainly one strong example of a Disney villain who loves to be bad. With no shortage of snarl and sneer in his commanding baritone voice, Jeremy Irons delivered one of the most celebrated voice performances in animation history with his ravish turn as the spiteful brother to the noble Mufasa.

Filled with distain and a desire to do anything to earn his place on the throne, Scar is a character who screams villainy — so much so that it’s a little odd that the other characters are later surprised to learn that Scar isn’t necessarily a lion with a heart of gold. From his electrifying musical rendition of “Be Prepared” to his haunting scenes where he uses Simba’s misplaced trust in him to his wicked advantage, Scar is simply one of the best and most well-recognized villains in Disney’s history. It’s a shame the new remake couldn’t produce a version of the character that lived up to his indelible legacy. Nevertheless, Scar remains terribly great.

Screenshot of Ursula in The Little Mermaid

Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

Simply put, Ursula is divine. Which is only fitting, since the character was reportedly modeled after the late, great Divine. The fabulously deranged character is someone who carries a sneaky glee for the deception and deviousness she can unleash on the world — sea based and land based alike.

Ursula carries a marvelous design, some wonderfully expressive octopus legs and an extraordinary voice performance from Pat Carroll. The character has been played by several women, many of whom have done solid work in the part. But it’s hard to imagine anyone upstaging Carroll in the part, though it’ll be interesting to see Melissa McCarthy’s version in Disney’s live-action remake — even though the actress isn’t everyone’s choice for the role.

Screenshot of Cruella De Vil from One Hundred And One Dalmations

Cruella De Vil (One Hundred And One Dalmatians)

Quite easily one of the most instantly recognizable and famous villains in history, Disney or otherwise, it would be a fool’s errand to try to make this list without Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The character, much like the characters listed above, has almost everything that makes a great Disney villain.

The look is exceptionally on point, filled with flair, style and clear mania. Her desire to hunt and skin helpless animals is entirely cruel and fuels her wicked heart, and the voice performance by Betty Lou Gerson that accompanies the outstanding character design is one of the finest villain turns in Disney history. Glenn Close did a tremendous job playing the live-action version of this character in both 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians, respectively, but it’s hard to top the character’s triumphant animation form. Emma Stone has her work cut out for her in this fabulous part.

Screenshot of Jafar from Aladdin (1992)

Jafar (Aladdin, Aladdin: The Return of Jafar)

Though it’s safe to say that 1992’s Aladdin is usually considered Robin Williams’ movie, often overshadowing his fellow screen partners, there is one character in particular who he doesn’t upstage: Jafar.

Voiced with ravenous indignation by Jonathan Freeman, Jafar is complimented by his long, wildly expressive face, stunning outfit, flair for the theatrical and dry wit that often is working overtime to compress his wicked glee or building frustrations. It’s a marvelously menacing role, one that makes an impression and refuses to be forgotten. It’s a shame that his live action version is so utterly bland.

Screenshot of Captain Hook in Peter Pan (1953)

Captain Hook (Peter Pan, Return To Never Land)

You’re a crook, Captain Hook! While the villain was certainly not first created by the Mouse House, Disney’s version of Captain Hook from its 1953 film, Peter Pan, has often served as the most distinctive and defining interpretation of the literary character.

While not quite as menacing as some other variations of Captain Hook, nor is he completely without his moments of grave terror upon our youthful protagonists, this version of the vengeful sea-based character, voiced with snarling intensity by Hans Conried, merges the character’s buffoonish side with his cruel desire to hunt and kill our child lead. It’s a striking balance of delightful and threatening that has helped to make this Hook celebrated and recognized for years to come.

Screenshot of Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella

Wicked Stepmother (Cinderella)

There are some villains who you hate to love, and there are some villains that you love to hate. With Cinderella‘s Wicked Stepmother, though, you’re left with a character who is simply no good whatsoever. A cruel and relentless force of menace and terror for our title character, the vindictive step parent, voiced with great disdain by the great Eleanor Audley, the Wicked Stepmother has served as the golden standard for terrible parental figures.

The acclaimed actress plays up the foul disgust she harbors for our hapless, down-on-her-luck lead character with a haunting sense of burning hatred and ugly intensity. She is truly, ahem, wicked. Between this performance and her unparalleled work as Maleficent, Audley was truly an incredible talent.

Screenshot of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)

At first, Gaston seems like just a lunkheaded dolt who doesn’t share Belle’s love of reading and doesn’t know when to take a hint. But it’s clear that the beef-headed guy is among the more sinister of the Disney villains, believing that he is entitled to wed the woman he fantasies and uses his charm and disarming good looks to trick other townsmen into doing his bidding.

Still, Beauty and the Beast‘s primary antagonist is a stunning charismatic character, one who is recognized and remembered for his bulky character design, his scene-stealing presence and his confidence-booming villain song, simply titled “Gaston.” While Luke Evans did a fine job in the live-action version, there is no one like 1991’s Gaston, voiced by Richard White.

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Evil Queen (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)

There is always a first. In the very early days of Disney animation, there was one movie that started it all: 1937’s astonishing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s a movie that’s cherished and remembered for a variety of different reasons, though one of its key sources of impact is the movie’s central villain, the Evil Queen, voiced by Lucille La Verne.

The antagonistic character isn’t necessarily among the most complex or dynamic villains in the history of Disney, but she served as the foundation through which villains were shaped in the studio’s expanding history. Her legacy shouldn’t be diminished or overlooked. Evil Queen is a character who served as the seed through which many villain characters sprouted out throughout the history of cinema.

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Hades (Hercules)

While 1997’s Hercules isn’t necessarily the most critically acclaimed and/or culturally cherished Disney movie, particularly as it was released towards the tail-end of the Disney Renaissance, there’s definitely a lot to admire in the late ’90s animated film. Chief among them is James Woods’ hilariously nasty role as Hades.

The villain is more funny than menacing, admittedly. There are times where Hades seems too inspired by his blue contemporary, i.e. Genie from Aladdin (who is decidedly not a Disney villain at all). But from Hades’ hilarious delivery to his mix of cool charm and red hot fury, it’s a role that’s one of the most memorable and delightful supporting turns in recent Disney history. More so, Hades is a well-designed character who steals quite nearly scene with his captivating command, cunning deception and building frustration with everything around him — including his dumb henchmen.

These are just a mere handful of Disney’s iconic villains, and there were certain others contenders we considered here, including the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Shere Khan from The Jungle Book, Chernabog from Fantasia, Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog and Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove, to name a mere few. But we’re sure you have your own personal favorites, and we’ll look forward to reading them below.

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The Good Liar Ending: What Happened, And Who Really Conned Who

The Good Liar Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in front of a black and white background

Warning: spoilers for The Good Liar are in play. If you haven’t seen the film, please bookmark this page and come back once you’ve seen the film.

Twisted mysteries are something that the public certainly has a fascination with. Which is a good thing for director Bill Condon’s most recent film, The Good Liar, as it happens to be a story that could scratch that itch for amateur sleuths. Of course, when things get a little too twisty, it’s good to have a solution key to check, just to straighten things out. So if you’re ready to relive the ending to the film, and figure out who really conned who, you’ve come to the right place.

As usual, there is a prerequisite spoiler warning for this recap of The Good Liar’s ending. So if you haven’t seen the film, and you’re not the type of person that likes to spoil the plot beforehand, turn away. But if you’re ready to get dirty, and dig into the past of Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren’s sordid protagonists, then let’s get started.

The Good Liar Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren at dinner

What Happened At The End Of The Good Liar?

Throughout The Good Liar, we see Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) and Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) pursue a sort of courtship; one that even lasts through Betty’s grandson Steven (Russell Tovey) outing him as a German translator who assumed the identity of a British officer that died while the two were hunting a Nazi war criminal shortly after World War II.

After this point in The Good Liar, Roy and Betty’s relationship progresses to that point all of Roy’s cons must arrive at: the joint deposit. Throughout their time together, Roy has been softening her up to the point where she would go ahead with his scheme, thanks to his friend and partner Vincent (Jim Carter) acting as a “banker.” The two lovebirds deposit their money into a joint account, and Roy supposedly goes off to see his estranged son as soon as this has happened.

In actuality, this was supposed to be Roy’s disappearing act, but the only problem is, he forgot the keypad he needs to draw the funds from the joint account. Which means he needs to go back to Betty’s house… which is now totally empty. As it turns out, Betty’s been The Good Liar the whole time, conning Roy into a corner and for a very important reason.

After a flashback explaining Betty’s motives, Roy is ready to try and kill her in order to get his money back and live to con another day. The only problem is, Betty bests him, and leaves him to two of his previous victims, some businessmen that she discovered have a bit of an axe to grind with Mr. Courtnay, if that is his real name. And trust us, it isn’t.

We last see Roy left in the hospital, debilitated by a stroke, and cared for by his only friend in the world: Vincent. At least he has a wall that mimics the beach he always wanted to retire on, and he can pretend his water is champagne.

The Good Liar Ian McKellen smiling in his office during a transaction

Roy’s Con In The Good Liar

The Roy and Vincent con artist is all about fleecing their victims in investment schemes that are supposed to have high yield payouts. When in truth, Roy and Vincent drain the account of said funds, and disappear into the night. We see them pull this sort of transaction off with some Russian and English businessmen throughout The Good Liar, while also watching Roy trying to avoid the repercussions throughout his other con as a serial online dater.

There’s not much difference between the two, as Roy treats his ladies like he treats his business associates, with the same scam and physical threats, if necessary; as we saw with his treatment of Betty in the finale. He’s weaseled his way into the life of Betty, who presented herself as a recently widowed history teacher who was supposed to not only be seriously ill, but also quite wealthy. Like £2 million wealthy. But his ultimate con is, he’s not really Roy Courtnay.

The Good Liar Ian McKellen accusing someone with his finger pointed

What Is Roy Courtnay’s Real Identity?

Before you ask, no Roy Courtnay isn’t an alias for Albus Dumbledore. Originally Hans Taub, a German man who served as an English translator during and after World War II, “Roy” assumes his identity after his namesake dies during an attempt to apprehend a fleeing Nazi war criminal after the war. Wanting to leave post-war Germany, Roy used his new name to make a new life in England. One that would eventually see him become the criminal magnate we see throughout The Good Liar.

This is all outed by Betty’s grandson Steven (Russell Tovey), who is an expert at researching people’s backgrounds and other historical matters. But despite his revelations, Betty supposedly has no problem with this, and allows the con to go on. Only Steven’s not really Betty’s grandson. And surprise surprise, Betty’s not really Betty.

The Good Liar Helen Mirren startled in her dark kitchen

What Is Betty McLeish’s Real Identity?

Sorry, but before you ask, no, Betty McLeish isn’t secretly Mama Shaw from the Fast and Furious franchise. Betty’s real name is Lilli, and she is also a German who immigrated to England after the war. The daughter of a factory owner, we learn in the big flashback towards the end of The Good Liar that she and her family were disgraced by an unknown party. That person is none other than Hans Taub, who as a young man, was an English tutor to Lilli, and an object of her affection.

At least, that was until Hans struck out with Lilli’s older sister, whom he had a crush on. Which led the enraged young man to rape Lilli out of spite, and ultimately got him fired from his tutoring job. By time these events have transpired, the woman who would later rename herself Betty McLeish would have her family sold out to the Nazis, leading her to her plot the ultimate counter-con.

The Good Liar Helen Mirren listening intently

Betty’s Con In The Good Liar

The Good Liar reveals that after living through the hell of seeing her family die due to wartime, suicide, and execution, Lilli swears vengeance on Hans Taub for being responsible for her family’s downfall. “Betty” eventually tracks down her quarry, and sets the bait by fabricating a fake residence, a false grandson (who’s really dating her true grandson,) and even creates an online dating profile to trap this villainous party.

Letting “Roy” work his con artist magic on her, she has Stephen confirm that “Roy” is really Hans, while his partner/her real grandson Michael spies on her mark and gathers intel. Wise to the game, she uses Vincent’s objections with Roy’s con against him, to make sure everything goes as Roy had planned. In the end, Betty knows Roy will come back for the keypad she kept from him, and she’s generous enough to leave him £100,000 to live off of. But knowing he won’t go for that, she sacrifices him to his former “investors” who go to work on him.

Oh, what a tangled web The Good Liar weaves for its audience; and if you’re left with your head spinning just a little it, it’s understandable. But with the guide above, you have all the information you need to set the film’s plot straight. Though if you want to put it all together again, feel free to see The Good Liar again, as it’s in theaters this weekend.

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