James Gunn DC Slate Comic Book Inspirations: Batman, Superman

What are you smiling at, Superman?Image: DC Comics It’s been an exciting week for fans of superhero movies, especially if you love DC Comics. this week, James Gunn and Peter Safranwho together run DC Studios at Warner Bros., revealed the start of their 8-10 year plan to bring DC heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder … Read more

AI Art Generators Can Simply Copy Existing Images

The image on the right was generated by taking the training data caption for the left image “Living in the light with Ann Graham Lotz” and then feeding it into the Stable Diffusion prompt. Image: Cornell University/Extracting Training Data from Diffusion Models One of the main defenses used by those who are bullish on AI … Read more

Streaming Services Showtime and Paramount+ Set to Merge

Image: JOCA_PH (Shutterstock) A new rebrand is in the works for Paramount after CEO Bob Bakish announced the company is merging Showtime and Paramount+. As part of the merger, Paramount+ will be rebranded as Paramount+ With Showtime, which will be overseen by Tom Ryan. Meanwhile, Chris McCarthy will continue to oversee network operations for Showtime, … Read more

Amazon Announces Tomb Raider Film In the Works

Image: Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix Yesterday, the news broke that Phoebe Waller Bridge was creating a TV adaptation for Crystal Dynamics’ long-running Tomb Runner franchise for Prime Video. On its own, that information wouldn’t be terribly surprising; Amazon’s making a habit of adapting thingsand we’re in a period where any and every game seems up to … Read more

Dungeons & Dragons Scraps Plans to Update Its Open Game License

Sword of Dungeons and Dragons by artist Chris RahnImage: Wizards of the Coast | Chris Rahn Wizards of the Coast, publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, announced today that they will no longer be pursuing deauthorization of the Open Gaming License 1.0a, abandoning plans previously stated in the drafted OGL 1.2. This statement comes after relentless … Read more

Infinity Pool Review: Brandon Cronenberg’s Icky Triumph

Image: Courtesy of Sundance Institute Of course io9 wants you to read this review, but infinity pool—the latest from Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral, Possessor)—is one of those movies you shouldn’t know too much about before you watch it. No spoilers here, but if you want to go in totally blind, you’ve been warned. Set on a … Read more

Large Study Finds Link Between Viral Infections and Future Brain Illness

An illustration of varicella zoster virus, the cause of chickenpox and shingles.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Common viral infections may be having far-reaching effects on our brain health, new research suggests. The study found a link between dozens of different viral exposures and a later increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. More research will … Read more

Last of Us Zombie Kiss: Showrunner Discusses Character’s Death

Anna Torv as Tess.Image: HBO After only two weeksit should be pretty clear that HBOs The Last of Us is catching on with audiences. From its spot-on adaptation of elements of the video gameto its dark extensions of that lore, to the terrifying reality of its world, fans and non-fans of the game alike seem … Read more

The Outbreak Begins on HBO’s Show

Time to learn more about Ellie, and the virus. Image: HBO The second episode of The Last of Us was all about beginnings: the beginning of the viral outbreak that would basically end the world, and the beginning of Joel and Ellie’s story as the pair, along with Tess, set out into the open world … Read more

Saturday Night Live Sketch Gives M3GAN a Sequel

Image: Blumhouse/Universal The success of Universal and Blumhouses M3GAN during the month can be attributed to a few factors, but it definitely resonated with queer audiences. Maybe it was because of her hair, the way she always looks like she’s throw shadeor maybe just that she’s doing murders: call it what you want, she found … Read more