If Battlefront II’s Campaign is Another Canon Red Herring, Fans Deserve to be Angry (Spoilers)

I’m just going to say right now that this post will contain spoilers for Battlefront II’s campaign, so if you haven’t finished it yet stop reading right now.

When Lucasfilm did the “canon reset” for Star Wars, one of the advantages they cited was that the books, comics, games, and movies would all exist in one shared canon universe. So things that happened in one medium could be reflected in the other. This is really something no one has ever attempted before, and it’s pretty ambitious. But as the last couple of years have shown, it may be too ambitious to adhere to even for a company as big as Disney.

Flashback to the second Aftermath novel, Life Debt, where fans were really led along to believe that Gallius Rax could become Supreme Leader Snoke. Life Debt laid out all the clues, only to reveal that fans have been fooled by a misdirection in Empire’s End and Rax is really no one.

It’s at that point where I basically gave up on the Star Wars novels. I still read the comics, and play the games…for now. How Lucasfilm decides to play out what Battlefront II is apparently setting up will determine if I continue on those others mediums.

The Battlefront II campaign tells the story of an Imperial special forces squad after the Battle of Endor. At least for the first three and a half levels it does. At one point they realize how evil the Empire is and two of them (Iden Versio and Del Meeko) defect to the Rebellion.

From there the game actually interacts really cool with the rest of the expanded universe. Life Debt is directly led into with a Han Solo mission, and the Naboo part of Shattered Empire is shown in the Leia mission. Everything leads up to the Battle of Jakku (which was my favorite story transition in the game where you go from Bespin directly to the battle).

At the end of Jakku you see that Iden and Del end up together. These are two characters with dark hair and dark eyes, one had an encounter with Luke and started believing in the Force, and the story flash forwards thirty years later to the time of TFA.

We find out that at some point between Jakku and TFA these two characters (again who have dark hair and dark eyes) ended up having an unnamed daughter, and of course everyone thinks it’s…

Now some people are claiming that Rey can’t be their daughter as the timeline doesn’t line up, but the game does not tell us when they had their daughter. The only thing we know is that she was born some time between Jakku and TFA, and based on Rey’s age in TFA that fits.

At the end of the campaign we don’t know who the daughter is, where she is, or even where Iden is. It ends on a cliffhanger. We know what happens to Del, who joined the Church of the Force and ended up leading Kylo to start tracking down Lor San Tekka, but we don’t know anything about this mysterious daughter other than if Iden and Del had a daughter…she’d likely look a lot like Rey.

Again, this wouldn’t be the first time that the Lucasfilm Story Group led fans on a big red herring, Gallius Rax in Life Debt was a pretty nasty misdirection with the hints they dropped in that book.

Rey’s parentage is easily the biggest question fans have about the Sequel Trilogy, and if they intentionally set this up in Battlefront II only for it to be a huge nothing like in Empire’s End, then it’d be enough for a lot of fans to swear off anything canon related to the expanded universe. It’d also be enough for Lucasfilm to seriously re-examine the type of things they’d do in non-movie material going forward as stringing fans along with misdirections and red herrings is a mean thing to do.

Warner Bros Gave the Troops a Cool Veteran’s Day Surprise

News is just now starting to hit the ‘net, but it sounds like Warner Brothers treated the troops on Veteran’s Day night to an advanced screening of Justice League!

Reactions are starting to flow in to places like Reddit, and there may be people reacting on other social media platforms, but for Warner to do this for them on Veteran’s Day is seriously cool.

There have been a couple press screenings of Justice League over the last two weeks, but there hasn’t been a large public screening of the movie just yet. The big premiere is Monday night and that’s also when advanced screenings open to fans and local media will begin.

That means the troops were the first outside of the press to see the final version of Justice League! Big props to Warner for doing this on Veteran’s Day.

Psychopaths Now Sending Death Threats Because of the Justice League Embargo

Apparently I now run Warner Brothers.

Just like it was my fault that Justice League is only two hours long, resulting in harassment and death threats, it’s now my fault that WB didn’t drop the review embargo immediately following the press junket in London two days ago. It’s not like members of the media aren’t traveling home or anything.

Since it’s apparently my fault that WB wasn’t jerks to traveling media by dropping the embargo while they’re on an airplane, I’m now getting the same style of harassment and death threats because of that:

Following the first incident, some on Twitter have DM’ed me to believe this is either the crew of a “DC Stan” on YouTube who goes by “Alex Holiday”, or the same “Adam Heatherly” who is known for this type of harassment.

AT&T Wonder Woman Video for Justice League Released

Following the Cyborg and Flash videos, AT&T has released a new Justice League video focusing on Wonder Woman.

Like the previous two videos, this one includes exclusive footage that hasn’t been released in any of the TV spots or trailers yet. Check it out:

Danny Elfman’s ‘Hero’s Theme’ From Justice League Released

As part of the reveal of the official soundtrack track listing, Warner Brothers has released the first track from Danny Elfman’s Justice League Soundtrack. This is the “Hero’s Theme”:

Justice League Soundtrack Track Listing

A user on Reddit has found the track listing for Danny Elfman’s Justice League score due out on November 10th, and Warner’s official soundtrack site confirms it. The track listing confirms a plot synopsis that was floating around for a couple of weeks:

1) “Everybody Knows” — Sigrid
2) The Justice League Theme — Logos
3) Hero’s Theme
4) Batman on the Roof
5) Enter Cyborg
6) Wonder Woman Rescue
7) Hippolyta’s Arrow
8) The Story of Steppenwolf
9) The Amazon Mother Box
10) Cyborg Meets Diana
11) Aquaman in Atlantis
12) Then There Were Three
13) The Tunnel Fight
14) The World Needs Superman
15) Spark of The Flash
16) Friends and Foes
17) Justice League United
18) Home
19) Bruce and Diana
20) The Final Battle
21) A New Hope
22) Anti-Hero’s Theme
23) “Come Together” — Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL
24) “Icky Thump” — The White Stripes
25) The Tunnel Fight (Full Length Bonus Track)
26) The Final Battle (Full Length Bonus Track)
27) Mother Russia (Bonus Track)

The user who created the plot synopsis legitimately did see Justice League, he shared his ticket to the screening that was held earlier in the month. This track listing is roughly chronological through the story of the movie and if you know the spoilers it’s easy to match up the track names with what happens in the film.

Notice there’s no Green Lantern track? Well, that’s because the Lantern thing people are hyping themselves up for isn’t what they think…

The Wonder Woman & Justice League Double Feature Confirms Justice League’s Runtime (Again)

Despite numerous confirmations coming out over the last 24 hours confirming that Justice League does indeed have a runtime of 2 hours and 1 minute, some people still refuse to believe it. Now there’s another big confirmation.

On November 16th, opening night, many theaters will do a Wonder Woman/Justice League double feature beginning at 6:00pm. Tickets for this will go on sale this Wednesday along with the normal Justice League tickets. According to Regal’s website that revealed the double feature, it runs for 4 hours 22 minutes.

If you know math, this one is easy to figure out.

Wonder Woman’s runtime is 2 hours and 21 minutes. This is a fact, the movie has been out since the summer and you can even own it on disc already.

If you subtract 2 hours and 21 minutes from 4 hours and 22 minutes, you’re left with 2 hours and 1 minute. That’s the Justice League runtime and what some people are still in denial over.

The majority of the people who have already seen Justice League are praising it and say it’s really good. So insecure fans who have a fixation on length should really calm down and look forward to the movie.

AT&T Releases Exclusive Cyborg and Flash Justice League Videos

Over the next three weeks you’re going to be seeing a whole bunch of Justice League promo stuff hitting. In fact, don’t be shocked if you start hearing some reactions in the next couple of days as there are rumors that the movie may be screening for exhibitors at ShowEast tomorrow.

One of the big things that just showed up is a mini-site AT&T launched and they’re posting exclusive character videos. So far they’ve released a Flash one and a Cyborg one:

We’re likely to see one of these for each of the League members, so keep an eye on that site for when they’re posted.

Fandango CONFIRMS Justice League’s 121 Minute Runtime

After withstanding a full weekend of death threats and harassment over simply relaying the news that Justice League will in fact be 121 minutes long, more and more confirmations are coming out that I wasn’t lying to you.

The most recent is Fandango’s managing editor who confirmed JoBlo’s report on the shorter runtime, confirming that the movie is in fact 121 minutes:

How did JoBlo know that 121 minutes was the correct runtime? Their editor actually attended the set visit in London earlier this year and ZACK SNYDER told them it was always intended to be shorter:

Of course, no one will apologize for the crap they put me through because they refused to believe it.

Confirmed: Justice League Tickets on Sale 10/25

Everything regarding the Justice League tickets has been in flux since I learned on Thursday they’d be going on sale this coming week. While they won’t be on sale tomorrow or Monday, I do now have the confirmed date.

Following some kind of ad on Tuesday night during Game 1 of the World Series (probably very similar to how a shorter version of the “Heroes” spot has played during the NLCS and ALCS), the tickets will be put on sale the next morning. There’s no exact time yet, that will come later after the ad plays.

It’s still possible some chains may begin selling Tuesday night during the game, but it sounds like it’s more likely they’ll hold off until the next morning.

This is much earlier than the previous rumored date of October 30th. And the movie is still 121 minutes.