10 Last-Minute Changes That Hurt Superhero Shows (And 10 That Saved Them)

Life happens. It isn’t a static or linear journey where every twist and turn can be predicted and anticipated. Too often we’re forced to take a detour and embark down a path that we never expected. One thing’s for sure, though: it’s never boring.

Despite all the planning and preparation, superhero TV shows aren’t immune to the phenomena of life, either. They’re hit by numerous setbacks and unexpected occurrences.

In many cases, the showrunners have to think on their feet, which results in them sinking or swimming.

Last-minute changes are all too common in the entertainment industry.

Whether it be an actor wanting out on a production or some exec changing his/her mind for the millionth time, everyone will need to adapt. Hence most job descriptions for the industry state an ability to work under pressure and adaptability.

Change is sometimes good, though. There have been a handful of times where shows have turned out for the better because of an eleventh-hour tinkering.

By embracing the unknown and going with the flow, it can unlock a whole new area of creativity.

On the other hand, it could be a bust. It’s like sorting out your washing and putting it out to dry on the line, only for a massive thunderstorm to derail your plan.

Some TV series experience storms in a teacup that hit them incredibly hard and send the whole production over the cliff.

With that said, let’s explore the 10 Last-Minute Changes That Hurt Superhero Shows (And 10 That Saved Them).

20 Hurt: Removing The Suicide Squad From The Arrowverse

When the likes of Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Amanda Waller appeared in Arrow, fans knew that the Suicide Squad would be a part of the show – and Task Force X was for a bit.

However, the announcement of the Suicide Squad movie threw a spanner into the works and all plans were scrapped.

It annoyed everyone, as it felt like the storyline led to nowhere. Willa Holland, who portrayed Thea Queen, was also irritated and publicly bemoaned the decision at MCM London Comic Con.

“We were actually trying to build that on our own on the show, and I guess once DC found out they were going to be doing their own movie of it, we had to axe all of the characters,” she said.

19 Saved: Mark Hamill Replacing Tim Curry

Nowadays, Mark Hamill is remembered as the definitive voice of the Joker. It’s difficult to imagine anyone else providing the pipes for the Clown Prince of Crime – even though many have tried.

Originally, Tim Curry was the actor selected to voice the Ace of Knaves on Batman: The Animated Series.

Reasons for his departure have been conflicting, but at Fan Expo in 2017, he revealed to ScreenGeek: “I did play Joker for a while, but I had bronchitis and they fired me – and hired Mark Hamill. That’s life.”

While Curry would’ve been an excellent choice for Mr. J, Hamill brought something special here. Ultimately, we have Curry’s sick day to thank for this casting change.

18 Hurt: Tom Welling Refusing To Wear The Superman Suit

Despite many naysayers predicting that a Superman origin story wouldn’t work as a TV series, Smallville proved everyone wrong as it lasted 10 seasons.

Although, many were left disappointed that Tom Welling’s Clark Kent didn’t suit up in the iconic suit.

As it turns out, we have Welling to blame for this.

Welling told Entertainment Weekly: “Our finale was supposed to be, in the first act, Clark puts on the suit and flies around, saves Lois on a plane, and does this other stuff. I said, ‘That’s not our show.’ [Peter Roth’s] like, ‘No, it’s going to be great,’ and I go, ‘Yeah, but just think about what we’ve been doing. If we just jump into that, we haven’t earned it.'”

17 Saved: Brandon Routh Cast As Ray Palmer And Not Ted Kord

Brandon Routh is best known for portraying the Man of Steel in Superman Returns, even if his time as Supes isn’t exactly fondly remembered. That said, it was a nice touch to see him brought into the Arrowverse as Ray Palmer,

There was heavy speculation that Routh would actually be Ted Kord, aka the second Blue Beetle, and not Palmer.

Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of Arrow, confirmed on his blog that Palmer is a combination of both characters, and didn’t deny that Kord had been the original plan.

Kord’s character had been teased many times before, but considering how Jaime Reyes’ Blue Beetle is the most popular version around right now, it’s a good thing that Kord didn’t get introduced.

16 Hurt: Finn Jones Cast As Iron Fist Instead Of Lewis Tan

In the eyes of many, Iron Fist is the weakest entry in Netflix’s Marvel series. Finn Jones was simply not convincing as a master of martial arts.

Lewis Tan, who appeared as Zhou Cheng, was originally in the running for the role of Danny Rand.

With his martial arts background, he would’ve been a much superior choice.

“I read for Danny and they liked me a lot. I read again, and it was a long process, and it got to the point where they were talking about my availability and my dates. That’s always a good sign, you know? And then they went with Finn and they had me read for a villain part,” Tan told Vulture.

15 Saved: Re-Recording Storm’s Lines

As revealed in Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series by X-Men: The Animated Series showrunner Eric Lewald, there were three different actresses who voiced Storm in the first season.

After season one had wrapped up, the showrunners thought it probably wasn’t a good idea that a white woman had voiced a black character, so they got Iona Morris to re-record all of Storm’s lines.

However, Morris was American – and this caused a financial issue since American voice actors get paid residuals based on reruns.

So, they brought in Canadian Alison Sealy-Smith to voice Storm for season two and had her re-record all the lines from season one as well. It all worked out in the end, though.

14 Hurt: Smallville’s Showrunners Jumping Ship

The mere fact that Smallville lasted 10 seasons is a significant accomplishment. Though, it’s obvious that the show started to suffer in the quality department in the latter seasons.

One of the main reasons for this was the departure of original showrunners, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, in 2008.

While they provided no specific reasons for leaving, it’s believed that it was a difference in opinion between them and the executives of the program.

Unfortunately, Smallville bounced around showrunners until it ended in 2011, never quite settling on someone’s specific vision.

For many fans, though, the series truly ended when Gough and Millar jumped ship after season seven. It seems like everything went downhill from there.

13 Saved: Drew Goddard Dropping Out

Make no mistake about it: Drew Goddard is a talented visionary in Hollywood, and that’s the reason that Marvel appointed him as the showrunner for Daredevil.

His departure from the series to work on The Sinister Six movie turned out for the best, though, as Steven S. DeKnight took over the reins.

DeKnight brought all of his experience from working on Spartacus and applied it to The Man Without Fear’s TV outing. It was dark, gritty, and extremely real.

This wasn’t a show for kids; it was a full-blown tribute to Frank Miller’s work on Daredevil.

DeKnight has since left the series; however, there are many who still hope that he’ll return in the future.

12 Hurt: Recasting Alura Zor-El

Supergirl lost an important cast member when Laura Benanti, who portrayed Alura Zor-El, left the series after season two. She might not have been a regular, but she left her mark every time that she appeared on the screen.

“Unfortunately Laura, who Greg and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Variety.

Benanti’s replacement was Smallville alumnus Erica Durance. While it’s a nice tribute to the extended universe, Durance doesn’t exactly convince as Kara’s mother like Benanti did.

In fact, her portrayal has been rather disappointing and the less we see of Alura, the better.

11 Saved: Keeping Jerome Valeska Around

Gotham is a bit of a mixed bag. It doesn’t always make sense, but when the show gets it right, it really does.

Case in point being Jerome Valeska, as portrayed by Cameron Monaghan, who (along with his twin brother, Jeremiah) is Gotham‘s prototype Joker.

While many fans were against an origin story for the Clown Prince, Monaghan convinced the loudest detractors – even changing the show’s original plans.

“I knew pretty much from the third episode I shot in the second season. While we were shooting it, I had a couple conversations with producers who said ‘Hey, we really like what’s going on, and we have some plans for the character already. We possibly could bring you back next season,'” Monaghan revealed to Observer.

10 Hurt: Recasting Poison Ivy

The casting changes for Poison Ivy on Gotham make you wonder if the showrunners ever had any plans for the character in the first place.

First off, Clare Foley was replaced by Maggie Geha because of the decision to age the character.

Then, out of the blue, Peyton List replaced Geha as Ivy. While the show said it was a decision to further the evolution of the character, it seems like it was another rash decision made by the showrunners.

Geha didn’t receive much of a chance to prove herself as the villain, so it was bizarre how she’d be replaced so suddenly.

The way things are going we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s yet another Ivy casting change in Gotham‘s final season.

9 Saved: Bruce Timm Voicing The Jokerz Leader

Bruce Timm is renowned for his work behind the scenes in the DC Animated Universe; however, he had a hand in shaping an unexpected character’s voice for Batman Beyond.

As the story goes, Timm was reportedly unhappy with the original actor’s voice for J-Man, the Jokerz gang leader. Apparently, it wasn’t what he had in mind for the character and he was visibly upset about it.

Producer Alan Burnett suggested that Timm provide the voice for the character himself. He agreed, thinking it would only be for a few episodes.

However, Burnett and the other writers purposely wrote J-Man into many episodes as possible so Timm would have to voice him over and over again. The sneaky rascals!

8 Hurt: The Departure Of Hawkman And Hawkgirl

Hawkman and Hawkgirl are mainstays of the DC Universe. So, when they first appeared in The Flash and joined Legends of Tomorrow, fans were ecstatic to see the winged tandem in action for a long time to come.

Sadly, they were only a part of the first season and departed the series. Guggenheim revealed to Deadline that it was a last-minute decision.

“We went through the team, made a list of all the characters and started to think of stories for them. When we got to Hawkman and Hawkgirl, we had trouble coming up with stories,” he said.

Surely, the writers and showrunners could’ve done better? Hawkman and Hawkgirl have a storied history in DC Comics, so they should’ve tried harder.

7 Saved: Recasting Jimmy Olsen

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman featured Michael Landes as Jimmy Olsen; however, he only lasted one season.

Landes told Digital Spy how he felt about the firing. “I was 21 and at the end of the first year they just said, ‘We’re not going to have you back for any more’. They said it was because I looked too much like Dean Cain, who played Clark… and Teri Hatcher, who played Lois. Part of me was like, ‘So what, I didn’t look like them 22 episodes ago?'”

His replacement, Justin Whalin, ended up being a terrific substitute. He was more reminiscent of the Jimmy we all knew and loved in DC Comics, and quickly became a fan-favorite.

6 Hurt: Amanda Waller’s Removal

When Task Force X met its maker in Arrow, the fear was that Amanda Waller would follow.

She survived, though, and played a pivotal role for a little while longer, before also succumbing to the curse of the Suicide Squad film.

It angered fans of the show because Cynthia Addai-Robinson was rather popular and formidable as the chief of A.R.G.U.S.

If a different Flash could exist in the DCEU and the Arrowverse, why couldn’t Waller exist in two universes as well?

Unfortunately, the passing of The Wall on the show wasn’t for the better and robbed us of a complex character that added something special. Who else rubs up Oliver Queen the wrong way like Waller did?

5 Saved: Rila Fukushima Replacing Devon Aoki As Katana

Arrow tweaked Oli’s history by including a backstory with Katana in season three. The initial person chosen to portray the woman also known as Tatsu Yamashiro was actress Devon Aoki.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Aoki pulled out of the role and The Wolverine’s Rila Fukushima signed on instead.

Fukushima proved to be a scene-stealer and many fans called for her to portray the character in the live-action Suicide Squad film (but she didn’t as the part went to Karen Fukuhara).

Katana has been absent from Arrow – most likely due to Suicide Squad – but Fukushima’s last-minute casting didn’t disappoint in the slightest.

Hopefully, she’ll get another opportunity to portray the character again in the near future.

4 Hurt: John Astin Replacing Frank Gorshin As The Riddler

Batman featured a host of memorable villains. While the likes of Penguin and Joker are often mentioned, Frank Gorshin’s over-the-top Riddler stole the show for much of the first season and even received an Emmy nomination.

Recognizing it, Gorshin requested an increase to appear in the second season of the show. Creator William Dozier declined his request but secretly hoped that Gorshin would return.

The producers changed the storyline to feature the Puzzler instead of the Riddler, allowing for Gorshin’s return if he decided to have a change of heart.

When he didn’t, the team gave up and cast John Astin in his place as the Riddler. Unfortunately, Astin never quite had the same gusto that Gorshin did.

3 Saved: Expanding Felicity Smoak’s Role

While Felicity Smoak might not be the most popular character in Arrow because of her whininess nowadays, it’s difficult to imagine the series without her.

Speaking to Collider, actress Emily Bett Rickards revealed she only auditioned to appear in one episode. “I auditioned for episode three. I had two scenes in that. So, I just went in for one day, and people were kind enough to bring me back.”

The fans’ reaction to her was overwhelmingly positive, considering she added a different dimension to the show, so she was brought back again and again until she became a series regular.

She’s a major character in Arrow, so it’s safe to say that the showrunners made a good call on her.

2 Hurt: Jason Statham Not Being Bullseye

Back in 2015, several sites reported that Jason Statham was deep in negotiations with Marvel to portray Bullseye in Daredevil.

It was a proposed casting that fans got behind as everyone drooled over the prospect of seeing Statham’s Bullseye duke it out with Charlie Cox’s Man Without Fear.

The talks went nowhere, with Statham even taking a swipe at Marvel in the press.

“A lot of the modern sort of action movies I see, Marvel Comics sort of things, I just think any guy could do it,” he said in an interview.

Statham wasn’t cast and Bullseye failed to appear in season two of Daredevil. The rumors are that the villain will appear in the forthcoming season of the show, though.

1 Saved: Krysten Ritter’s Casting Over Other Bigger Names

The role of Jessica Jones was a coveted one when it was first announced. As Deadline reported back in 2014, the likes of Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Marin Ireland and Jessica De Gouw were all up for the role along with Krysten Ritter.

Daddario and Palmer, in particular, are recognized names in Hollywood, but it was Ritter who got the part in the end. Truth be told, we’re grateful it happened the way that it did.

It’s difficult to imagine anyone else portraying Jones. Ritter has a nuanced approach and she’s won over the audience with her quirky portrayal.

In fact, if she ever left the role, we think that Marvel would struggle replacing her.

Are there any other last-minute changes hurt or saved superhero shows? Sound off in the comments section!

Disenchantment's Futurama & Simpsons Easter Eggs

WARNING: The following article contains SPOILERS for Disenchantment.

Fans of Matt Groening’s work will not be surprised to learn that Disenchantment – the new fantasy series Groening created for Netflix – contains a number of Easter eggs and references to his earlier work. The early seasons of The Simpsons often made reference to Groening’s comic strip Life In Hell, and the sci-fi comedy Futurama also paid tribute to Groening’s past creations – even before an official crossover was arranged between Springfield’s favorite family and the employees of Planet Express.

To that end, we’ve attempted to inventory all of the subtle nods and sight-gags in Disenchanted that pay tribute to the earlier animated series and comics – from familiar wigs to a potential shared universe.

Related: Disenchantment Cast Guide

Fry And Lisa Flip Their Wigs

The second episode, “For Whom The Pig Oinks,” sees Princess Bean chatting with her new fiancé, Prince Merkimer, while he is trying on new wigs. A hair-piece based on Futurama protagonist Philip J. Fry’s famous “do” can be clearly seen on the shelf behind Princess Bean. A wig based on Lisa Simpsons’ hair is hidden with more care, but can be seen directly behind Luci The Demon’s tail.

Blinky The Fish & Prime Minister Odval

Introduced in the episode “Two Cars In Every Garage And Three Eyes On Every Fish,” Blinky the Three-Eyed Fish became something of a mascot to The Simpsons during its early seasons. The piscine mutant brought down Mr. Burns’ effort to run for governor, after his claims that the the fish altered by the radiation emitted by his nuclear power plant tasted great were put to the (taste) test. In the end, Mr. Burns proved unable to swallow his own fish story.

Blinky went on to make a number of cameos in Futurama, but is only mentioned by name in Disenchantment. The fourth episode, “Castle Party Massacre,” reveals that Dreamland ‘s Prime Minister Odval has a third eye in the middle of his forehead, which is usually kept hidden by his ceremonial hat. When Elfo discovers this, he decides to name the eyes, calling them “Winky, Blinky and Soul-Stealer.” The dour Odval, unsurprisingly, is not amused.

Three-Eyed Owls

As Princess Bean, Elfo and Luci flee Bean’s wedding in the first episode and enter an enchanted forest, an owl can be heard hooting ominously as it swiftly swoops downward. The owl has three eyes, marking it as one of the dangerous magical animals that are said to be inhabiting the forest. This is another nod to Blinky The Fish from The Simpsons, but is also a reference to Futurama, where owls supplanted pigeons and rats as the major urban pest of New New York.

Elfo’s “Legit” Girlfriend

The seventh episode, “Love’s Tender Rampage,” sees Elfo attempting to cover his crush on Princess Bean by making up an imaginary girlfriend. In his desperation to describe a woman other than Bean, Elfo describes his girlfriend as living in a far distant land nobody has ever heard of, being an orphan and having one eye. Luci the Demon scoffs at this, sarcastically saying that Elfo’s description of a “super-hot, one-eyed girl with a dead family” sounds totally legitimate. And yet it sounds like a pretty good description of Turanga Leela – the female lead of Futurama.

Akbar and Jeff’s Ancestors?

King Zog has two servants – Vip and Vap – whose primary duty seems to be following him and carrying the train of his cape. Vip and Vap are identical twins and of a diminutive size compared to the rest of the cast. Though they seem to favor berets to fezzes, one can’t help but notice a faint resemblance to the characters of Akbar and Jeff from Matt Groening’s comic-strip Life In Hell.

Futurama and Disenchantment Share A Timeline?

Disenchantment saved its biggest Easter Egg for last, with the final episode seeming to suggest it takes place in the same universe as Futurama. As Luci uses a crystal ball to show King Zog images from past events, we see a brief flash of Fry, Professor Farnsworth and Bender in The Professor’s time machine from the episode “The Late Philip J. Fry.”

Are there any other Matt Groening related Easter Eggs that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: Pittsburgh Steelers Rookies Perform Black Panther Scene

The rookies of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team took part in a talent show earlier this week, and outside linebacker and undrafted free agent Olasunkanmi Adeniyi contributed a scene from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. As the first film from Marvel to feature an all-black cast, Black Panther took the world by storm when it was released back in February, crushing box office records and changing the landscape of the superhero genre.

It’s the third film ever to cross over $700 million at the domestic box office, and combined with an international haul of over $646 million, Black Panther has grossed over $1.3 billion total, putting it in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time. And because of all that success, Black Panther has been woven into the fabric of pop culture; it’d be very difficult to find someone who hasn’t seen the movie. Even a town in Illinois took part in celebrating Black Panther‘s release due to its name being similar to Wakanda – the superhero’s home country in the movie. But that isn’t the only example of which Black Panther has found its way into the real world.

Related: Black Panther is Most Tweeted About Movie EVER

Outside linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi shared a video on Twitter of a skit he and other rookies performed during training camp (below), showing them acting out a scene from Black Panther. NFL teams have fun and sometimes wild traditions for what they do during their training camps, and this year the Pittsburgh Steelers had their rookies put together a talent show for the veteran players. The players, dressed up in makeshift costumes, acted out the scene from the movie where M’Baku and the Jabari tribe descend from the mountains to interrupt T’Challa’s coronation as the new king of Wakanda. M’Baku is not happy with the idea of T’Challa becoming the leader of the secret, technologically-advanced African nation, calling out his sister as “a child who scoffs at tradition” and belittling T’Challa for being unable to protect his own father. He challenges the young king for the throne, which T’Challa quickly accepts. Take a look:

The scene is definitely a favorite among fans. M’Baku’s introduction became so iconic that it inspired the “M’Baku Challenge“, with fans from all over doing their best impressions of the Winston Duke character, as well as the Jabari tribe’s signature chanting. Back in March, a video of a young Black Panther fan acting out the same scene went viral, although he went so far as to portray M’Baku, T’Challa, and Zuri all by himself. In Adeniyi’s video of the Steelers’ skit, the rookies can be seen smiling, having fun, and doing their best not to start laughing.

Black Panther has become a significant part of entertainment history not just in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or for the United States, but for the entire world as well. The fact that people are still talking about the film and acting out the scenes shows that Black Panther is here to stay, and the world is all the better for it.

More: Are The Oscars Scared Of Disrespecting Black Panther?

Source: Olasunkanmi Adeniyi

Crazy Rich Asians Has Biggest Rom-Com Opening Since Trainwreck

The newest romantic-comedy, Crazy Rich Asians, scores the genre’s biggest box office opening weekend in years. Adapted from the novel of the same name, the film rode a wave of positive buzz into theaters, as it earned several enthusiastic reviews. Not only did critics find its story heartwarming and charming, but many saw it as a major step forward for onscreen representation. Hence, there was much excitement over its release this weekend.

Arriving at the tail end of the summer, Crazy Rich Asians seemed poised to do solid business, seeing that it faced minimal competition. Save for the occasional studio tentpole (the original Guardians of the Galaxy), August tends to be something of a dead zone commercially, so a well-received film like Asians looked to be in a great spot. Now that the numbers are in, we can safely say it’s a hit.

Related: Crazy Rich Asians Makes Big Changes From the Book

Per Box Office MojoCrazy Rich Asians grossed $23.2 million over the traditional three-day weekend to secure the top spot on the box office charts. It debuted on Wednesday, August 15, so its 5-day total stands at $34 million. This development means the film has the highest rom-com opening weekend since 2015’s Trainwreck, which made $30 million in its first three days.

Crazy Rich Asians has already eclipsed its production budget ($30 million) at the box office, so it’s well on its way to turning a nice profit for Warner Bros. Using Trainwreck as a comparison, the Amy Schumer vehicle earned $110.2 million in its domestic run, opening in between blockbusters like the original Ant-Man and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. In all likelihood, Asians will be able to net at least that much – if not more. There aren’t any other rom-coms on the horizon, and August’s other high-profile titles, like The Happytime Murders, are premiering with limited fan fare. Crazy Rich Asians could be set up for a very fruitful run of its own, as it should have strong legs.

Elsewhere in the top five this weekend, last week’s champ The Meg came in second with $21.1 million. The Jason Statham action thriller now stands at $83.7 million domestically. Other new releases like Mile 22 ($13.6 million) and Alpha ($10.5 million) failed to make much of an impression at the box office, suggesting neither will be sticking around for much longer. In the case of Mile 22, the action film was ravaged by critics, so it had an uphill climb to begin with. Mission: Impossible – Fallout earned $10.5 million in its fourth weekend, raising its U.S. total to a strong $180.7 million. It is still way ahead of where Rogue Nation was at the same point in its run, so Fallout should eventually become the biggest M:I film of all-time.

MORE: Crazy Rich Asians Has a Mid-Credits Scene That Sets Up a Sequel

Source: Box Office Mojo

Stranger Things Season 3 Inspired By Chevy Chase Comedy Fletch

Stranger Things season 3 will be taking inspiration from Chevy Chase’s 1985 action comedy, Fletch. With little known about the plot of the upcoming season – and only a retro ad for Hawkins’ new Starcourt Mall to serve as a teaser – fans can only look at the upcoming season’s inspirations in order to glean some information as to what season 3 will entail when it premieres in 2019.

Stranger Things has been a series defined by its twists and turns that keep viewers guessing from one episode to the next. Much of the aesthetic choices for the series have been displayed through homages to ’80s pop culture, especially the works of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, among others. For the upcoming season, however, the writers are paying specific attention to films from 1985. With season 1 taking place in 1983 and season 2 set the following year, it is likely that season 3 will be set in 1985, and there are certainly some strong film choices for the Duffer Brothers to reference to keep their ’80s vibe going. The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, and Back to the Future were all released that year – and each of them could tie into the world of Hawkins in fun ways.

Related: Stranger Things Writers Considered Reviving Barb In Season 2

In a recent interview with Variety, David Harbour, who plays police chief Jim Hopper in the series, stated that one of the films that has directly inspired the new season is Fletch. Explaining the film’s inspiration, Harbour said:

“The Duffers are so specific each year with the movies. And ‘Fletch’ is one movie we get to play around and have some fun with this season, which you wouldn’t expect from ‘Stranger Things’ and you wouldn’t expect from the Spielberg universe and you certainly wouldn’t expect from a darker season.”

Fletch follows the story of Chevy Chase’s Irwin M. Fletcher, a Los Angeles Times reporter who takes on different roles and identities in order to get the scoop on his latest story. The film developed a cult following and has had a reboot in the works for some time with Jason Sudeikis set to star as Fletch. With the introduction of new actors to the cast, it’s possible that newcomer Jake Busey’s character, Bruce, will be the source of much of the Fletch inspiration. Busey will portray Bruce, a “journalist for The Hawkins Post, with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor.” The introduction of a questionable journalist in a season set in 1985 certainly seems like the most plausible place to insert references to Chase’s classic role.

Regardless of how the Duffers choose to pay homage to Fletch, the choice of film is a fun curveball for fans who are expecting the seemingly inevitable references to classics such as Back to the Future and The Breakfast Club in season 3. The comedy homage also may come as a surprise after the promise of a bigger and darker season in 2019. With so much time before fans revisit Hawkins again next summer, it will be interesting to see what shape the story will take and how the series will continue to dive deeper into the ’80s nostalgia that has made it so great.

More: 1985 Films Stranger Things Season 3 Should Reference

Source: Variety