Whoa! Joey Lawrence Really, Really Wants to Be the Next Batman

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Steven Henry, Getty Images

After years of speculation, Ben Affleck has finally confirmed that he is indeed retiring his cape and handing the role of Batman off to yet another actor. Just who that actor will be is the real question. Both fans and Hollywood insiders have spent months theorizing about who could play the Caped Crusader next. While Armie Hammer and Jon Hamm seem to be the frontrunners, the buzz—and list of actors being considered for the role—will only grow until Warner Bros. and The Batman director Matt Reeves officially announce their new leading man. Which gives '90s sitcom star Joey Lawrence plenty of time to try to convince the powers that be that he is Batman. Whoa!

While you probably know Joey Lawrence for his parts in sitcoms like Melissa & Joey, Blossom, and Brotherly Love—not to mention his one-time musical career, or his awesomely '90s catchphrase "Whoa!"—he’s clearly been pining for the perfect dark and brooding role to come along. The 42-year-old has taken to Instagram to fervently profess his desire to become The Dark Knight.

Lawrence's grassroots campaign to be cast as the next Batman began in earnest back in January, when he told his (181,000) followers, “I want this part! Let’s do this!! Been dreaming of saving #Gotham far back as my memory goes!” He implored his fans to help make this casting dream come true by letting Warner Bros. and DC Comics know that they, too, want Blossom's dumb brother to land this role!

After Affleck officially announced his retirement from the DC Universe, Lawrence reminded his fans of his lifelong superhero dreams—then offered up that casting him would essentially be the same as casting Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy.

When Affleck admitted that part of his reason for departing the DC Universe was that he "couldn't crack" the role of Batman, Lawrence swore that wouldn't be a problem for him.

Lawrence’s most recent Batman-centric posts shows a side-by-side photo of him and Gotham's Dark Knight, plus an announcement that a petition to get him the part has in fact been started.

The petition, which has a goal of 1000 signatures, had 770 at press time. While we’re not sure having 1000 people in your corner is the way to convince a major studio that you can front a multi-billion-dollar franchise and play a role that has previously been filled by a bunch of Oscar winners, it's better than nothing, right?

With The Batman slated for a 2021 theatrical release, Warner Bros. has either found their new Batman and just hasn't announced it yet, has narrowed it down to just a couple of key names, or they're currently searching Change.org for possible actors to fill the role.

Out of Print's Retro Star Wars T-Shirts Pay Homage to an '80s Reading Campaign

Out of Print
Out of Print

If only Luke had known that he could use a book to channel The Force, it might have saved him a whole lot of hassle. Online retailer Out of Print has united two nerdy camps—readers and Star Wars lovers—with its latest collection of retro-inspired T-shirts.

One shirt features Yoda with the text, “Read and The Force is with you.” A Princess Leia tee says, “Read: It’s our only hope,” while one of Darth Vader says, “Read: Use the power of The Force.”

A Star Wars t-shirt
Out of Print

If the graphics look familiar, it’s because they’re from the American Library Association’s Star Wars-themed READ campaign, which first emerged in 1983 with a poster of Yoda holding a book.

“Star Wars is a vehicle to help support and excite young readers,” Todd Lawton, Out of Print’s co-founder, told StarWars.com. “That’s perfectly in line with our mission and we feel that the world’s a better place if people are reading more books. So when you see a character like Yoda or Darth Vader presented in a way that’s supporting this love of reading and the importance of reading, we want to show that and celebrate that as well.”

An Out of Print T-shirt featuring Darth Vader
Out of Print

The shirts are priced at $28 or $30 apiece, depending on whether it’s a classic unisex T-shirt or relaxed fit tee. Kids’ shirts are also available for $20 each.

Out of Print is also selling a Little Golden Books collection of Star Wars hardcovers, including A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and an anthology with seven books in one. For more literary-inspired apparel, totes, accessories, and more, check out the company's website.

New Game of Thrones Theory Predicts That the Night King Won't Be at the Battle of Winterfell

HBO
HBO

Game of Thrones is gearing up for the biggest battle the show has ever seen: At Winterfell, Gendry is forging weapons made of dragonglass, Brienne is training soldiers, and Jon is going through an existential crisis. No one knows who will live or die (or if anyone will live at all).

The White Walkers are very close to Winterfell, but where is their leader? At the end of season 8's second episode, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," we saw the frontline of White Walkers leading the wights toward Winterfell, but the Night King was nowhere to be seen. We know that the Night King is soaring through the air on Viserion somewhere, but what if his plan doesn't include making an appearance at the battle at all?

As Mashable reported, fans on Reddit have already started predicting that the Night King won't show up for the fight. They believe that he will use the battle as a distraction and that, while his army is attacking Winterfell, he'll fly to King's Landing instead.

The basic argument here is that the Night King is not stupid. He knows that it would be easy for Daenerys's two remaining dragons to fly up to the recently resurrected Viserion and breathe fire on him to kill him. So why not attack another, unguarded target?

"If you have a super weapon that you can't use against a particular target, then you find a different target," one Redditor explained.

So while everyone is expecting him to show up at Winterfell, the Night King could instead be flying to King's Landing in order to kill everyone there and create yet another army of the dead in the south—an army that whoever survives the battle in the north will ultimately have to conquer.

There are a couple of scenes in previous seasons that add some credence to this theory: In season 4, Bran had a series of visions which all came true—except the one where he sees a destroyed throne room and the shadow of a dragon pass over. This could have been the Night King on Viserion, instead of Daenerys and her dragons (as was previously believed). In season 2, Daenerys also had a vision where the throne room was destroyed and covered in snow.

While it does seem like a reasonable theory, we won't know for sure until next week, when audiences will finally witness what is being touted as the biggest battle in Game of Throneshistory.

[h/t Mashable]

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