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New Splinter Cell anime coming to Netflix from John Wick writer

Published: 31/Jul/2020 0:50 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:40

by Tanner Pierce

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Even though it’s not a new game, Splinter Cell fans finally have something interesting to look forward to thanks to the announcement of a new Splinter Cell animated show on Netflix.

One game series that has a surprisingly passionate fanbase is Splinter Cell. Fans are ravenous to consume anything Splinter Cell related, to the point where Sam Fisher’s appearance in Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Breakpoint got fans excited back in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

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This is all despite the fact that there hasn’t been a single Splinter Cell game since 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. While there have been plenty of crossovers over the years, it’s been seven full years since the last entry in the franchise, much to the sadness of longtime fans.

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Splinter Cell Blacklist (2013) was the last entry in the series.

While a new game still has yet to be announced, it seems like fans of the series will have some major content to sink their teeth into soon, as a brand new anime-inspired Splinter Cell show has been announced for Netflix.

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According to the report by Variety, the new show will be executive produced and written by Derek Kolstad, who previously wrote all three John Wick films and is a writer on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Unfortunately, there are no other details about the show, including what it could possibly be about. While it could be an adaptation of one of the games, that doesn’t seem to be what Ubisoft is interested in, as their previous film adaptations have been original stories.

The fact that this isn’t a new game is sure to upset some fans, however, there are some interesting aspects to the show. Kolstad, combined with the fact that it’s an anime, means that fans will, at the very least, be in for an incredibly unique time. Here’s hoping the show actually delivers and helps tide over longtime fans until the next entry.

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There’s currently no date set for the Splinter Cell animated Netflix show, but keep it locked to Dexerto for more news as it breaks.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.