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Clients will deliver briefs to you, or your talent agency if they want to work with you.

Clients will always deliver a brief to you if they want you to work on a campaign. This could happen after you or your talent agency has pitched to them for the work, or alternatively the client may have even reached out directly to you with a brief in a bid to work with you. If they’ve done the latter, it’s likely they are keen to work with you specifically on the campaign.

Once you’ve received the brief it’s up to you to respond to it. You can accept it, reject it or ask for changes to be made if there’s anything you’re uncomfortable with. This stage often includes confirming that you’re happy with the budget the client has presented to you. Be ready to implement some of those negotiation skills included earlier in the guide if it’s less than what you would like.

Once you’ve agreed on a brief the client will want you to follow it closely. It’s important to read through carefully. In addition to costing, be careful to check the key points in the brief as the client will very likely hold you to these during the campaign once you’ve agreed to them.

How will you receive briefs from clients?

There are a number of ways you may receive a brief, depending on the urgency of the campaign and other factors.

Generally speaking you will usually receive a brief by email. Therefore I recommend having an email address that isn’t your hotmail account from 2003.

If you’re a little internet savvy you can get a domain that represents you and use that. If you’re not sure how to do this give it a google. It’s simple and will cost around $20 to do. You can link the domain to google to get your emails through there too.

The people emailing you will usually be formal. They might be nice, but don’t expect the same nature of conversation you might get from an IG message from your friends. Communications will be to the point, particularly if you’ve never dealt with them before.

As an extra point, please remember, the contacts briefing you are working full time in an intense environment dealing with 30+ other things per day. At this point when briefing they only want to know that you can do the job, get an agreed rate and know they can lock you in on the campaign.

An example of what they will ask for might be:

1 x Youtube video 

5 x IG Stories

1x IG post

Posted on the 11th December

It’s important to note that just because you receive a brief does not mean you have to accept it. If you feel like the campaign doesn’t fit in with your content strategy or you’re not passionate about what the campaign is advertising you can absolutely turn it down. But, if you want to genuinely be an entrepreneur you should try to find a creative way to integrate it into your content strategy, if it’s possible. 

Another consideration you should have is that if you take on and complete the first campaign well, there might be another one around the corner from the same contact, so agreeing to do a paid campaign that isn’t quite ideal may help you land the big one with more budget that really is right up your street.

As always, be polite and professional when replying. And don’t be a hassle or cause them to have to send another 5 emails. The client is unlikely to be contacting you again if you’re difficult to communicate with. A good goal to try to stick to is to always try to respond within 24 hours. That really helps clients to trust you.

What important things will be included in the brief?

Brands can spend a lot of money on influencer campaigns. In exchange for this, there may be some specific requirements the client wants fulfilled to ensure the success of a campaign. 

All campaigns will usually have a set of hashtags or tags (unless otherwise specified).

Many will need you to include a Swipe Up link on Instagram, or a link in bio to a website destination.

There may also be specific keywords or phrases you need to include in your content.

On all campaigns, once you’ve agreed to the brief will need to ensure you stick very closely to it. If you don’t the client may be unsatisfied and may choose not to work with you again, or may even have a case for not paying you. If you don’t like anything in the brief, negotiate with a different offer a better idea. Do this in a polite way if you can.

Taking extra time to re-read the brief is good practice and helps to ensure your content answers the requirements.

Keeping the brief in mind, it’s still important to include your own flare and personality in your content. This makes the campaign better and even more authentic. Don’t be too “salesy” to your own audience, and don’t simply hold the product up and take a selfie. Do something creative, and figure out a way to produce something your audience will like, your client will like and do this whilst working within the brief.

Again, this is you earning the dollars we talked about previously by producing good content.

What might they ask you to do?

The brand will always have a specific objective in mind when briefing an influencer. They also might already have an idea in mind of how to achieve this. Here’s a variety of ideas and objectives they may ask you to undertake in order to achieve their goals.

Become a brand ambassador.

Becoming a brand ambassador is actually a very big request. If you receive one you should be very proud as they think you represent the brand well enough and they believe your content to be of a high enough quality for them. It allows you to become an official representative, either in promotion of a single product, or for their brand as a whole and ongoing.

Being a brand ambassador comes with some additional responsibilities. First, you need to make sure your content online and your actions in public are in line with the company’s values. So, if you’re a brand ambassador for a brand that has children consumers you must steer clear of inappropriate behavior, for example cussing or anything that would not fit in with their vision.

If you’re ever unsure if your content or actions are appropriate consider if the owner of the business you’re working for was with you and if they would appreciate your content. That is often a good way to self check your content is okay.

Brand ambassadors should also speak positively of the company they are working for and have a vested interest in their products or services succeeding.

Drive online traffic to a destination.

Driving traffic is often an integral part of many campaigns. 

One of the ways to do this is through the Swipe-Up function on Instagram (available for influencers with 10k+ followers). Alternatively, you can place a link at the end of a youtube video, or post a link in a bio or caption. There are different options depending on the platform you’re posting the content on.

It is also helpful in a campaign that’s based on driving traffic to encourage your audience to follow the link. This makes a big difference in the performance of the campaign.

Create awareness.

You can create awareness by mentioning a brand or using their products or services in your content. If you’re promoting a DVD for example, show the DVD in your content, but again be creative with it. A plain photo of yourself holding a DVD is boring and your followers and client won’t be impressed. You’re being paid for your creativity as well as your reach.

There’s a lot of scope for creativity in an awareness campaign. If you take the time to create high quality and unique content it will help generate more awareness and make the client more likely to be satisfied.

Attend an event.

Attending events is a lot of fun. There are usually more props or backdrops to work into your content, and oftentimes more people for you to work and collaborate with too.

If you’re attending with other influencers feel free to ask them to get involved in your content. This is a really exciting way to spice up your newsfeed and create a powerful influencer network. Try to use the opportunity of being at the event to get to know the client as well. If they like you, they might give you more work.

Drive Sales or Purchases.

If you are asked to directly encourage sales of a product or service it’s important you genuinely believe in what you are promoting.

If you don’t, feel free to turn the campaign down so you can stay true to your audience. However, if it’s not asking your followers to spend any money you might want to give yourself some leeway in order to put food on the table and some dollars in your pocket.

Promoting products that you’re not passionate about will not yield the best results and your audience may pick up on a lack of enthusiasm. It’s also pretty immoral if you have no genuine advocacy for the product if you’re asking your audience to spend their hard earned dollars on purchasing it.

Run a competition.

Running competitions on your social accounts can be fun, and a fantastic way to really engage your audience. If you’re asked to run a competition you may be asked to define the terms of your competition yourself. 

You can have your audience submit videos or answer questions, create fan art or anything relevant to the campaign at hand. 

It’s often one of the most simple content pieces you can do. Be aware though that you will need to select a winner. Perhaps use a random generator on google to get your winner.

Produce content around another content piece

You may be asked to produce content around a trailer launch, press conference, article or other. You can do this through reaction videos, Swipe-Ups or any other creative approach that fits the campaign.

 

To sum up

Getting briefs from brands can be a little stressful. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to speak to clients or how to answer a brief. Don’t panic and use your talent agency if you have one, or ask as many questions as you like until you feel you understand what they are asking you to do.

Reach out to Digital Fox Talent

Answering briefs can be tough, especially if you’re new to being a content creator. Talent agencies like Digital Fox Talent manage all of this for their talent team so if you think we can help, you can sign up here. For more advice, visit here.

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Chapter 4: Understanding the content creator market https://www.digitalfox.media/paid-content-creator-training/how-to-be-a-paid-content-creator-chapter-4-understanding-the-content-creator-market/ Fri, 29 May 2020 20:15:52 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=37210 How much money is being spent on influencer marketing? When pitching and working on brand partnerships, it’s important to understand how much money is being spent on influencer marketing. This gives you the confidence to charge for your time and a general understanding of how the market works. In 2022, influencer marketing spend by brands […]

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How much money is being spent on influencer marketing?

When pitching and working on brand partnerships, it’s important to understand how much money is being spent on influencer marketing. This gives you the confidence to charge for your time and a general understanding of how the market works.

In 2022, influencer marketing spend by brands is expected to increase to around $16 billion. That’s an increase of $4 billion from 2019. In 2018 only 2 billion was spent. The budget spent on influencers is increasing and the amount of opportunities for good, professional content creators is going to increase.  It’s important to be as prepared for that as possible and take advantage of it.

Those willing to work for it and become an content creator entrepreneur are very likely to get great results

Over-performing sets you apart from your competitors.

In an earlier article, we spoke about math, and what a certain amount of views might be worth. In that example we used 90,000 views to create a rough value for those views.

The client objective of almost every campaign you execute will ultimately be to increase sales. If you generate the client 90,000 views, how many people viewing your content do you think might go on to buy in the next 3 months? Probably quite a few if you’ve got the right audience for the brand.

This is why brands spend money on influencers. If you make for example 100 sales from 90,000 views can you begin to imagine how valuable 100 sales is to the brand? Clearly if the product your promoting is worth $25 that’s a value of $2,500 in sales. If you make 1,000 sales it’s $25,500. Over-performing is certainly one way to make sure they use you, and also pay you more next time. Believe me, if you over-perform, they will track that and know about it.

This is something The Rock and Ryan Reynolds are exceptional at as content creators. Bothe have athlete mentalities when it comes to work, and when they sign onto a project they don’t just take their salary/payment and go home. They do everything they can to make sure the projects performs as well as possible, and so should you if you want to become a go to Content Creator for brands.

Check out Ryan Reynolds promoting Toon Blast. The campaign isn’t live anymore so you can’t see the original video, but he generated over 60 million views through his own channels across 10 different versions of content, getting the balance of entertainment / advertising right (important) and adding huge value to the brand through his channels. 
 
Having proven that he could get the reach, results and downloads of the game, his value for future campaigns in the industry skyrocketed as a paid ambassador. This led to 20th Century Fox welcomed and supported him and his channels as the central marketing platform for Deadpool. He was also offered a huge share in an already successful gin business in exchange for doing the marketing. The gin sold so well, he then went on to buy the company off the owners, and continue to do the bulk of the marketing organically through his social media, and utilising social media network (Hugh Jackman anyone?). 

It’s another way of understanding your value as an influencer entrepreneur and why you need to charge for your work, but it’s also good to understand why genuinely becoming an advocate for the product ongoing, fiercely, and generating over-performance is in your best interest. Even if the first time around you’re not quite being paid what you would perhaps like. If that happens, out-perform on the campaign, and show what you should be getting paid next time through the results you generate.

Another example is The Rock. When he gets a brand campaign he goes all out, and consistently got paid more and more after proving his value. He never lets a campaign fail and is an actor combined with a one man marketing machine.

When The Rock is hired now, a huge reason to select him above all others for the role is because of how well he markets the movie through his channels. The movie producers know if he gets involved in the movie he is going to make it over-perform. Even if it’s a bad movie he will get it to number one, cough, rampage cough.

The point is to always over-deliver. If you’re in danger of under-delivering, post again, or post on another channel, or get an influencer friend involved until you make up the metrics.

Jayden Rodrigues Content Creator
One of Jayden's secrets as a world class content creator and brand partner is that he never allows his campaigns to fail. If the client is posting purely on his TikTok Jayden will use other social media channels to drive traffic to a campaign until he beats his target by a distance, which is often set by clients.

The differing companies who will work with you and have the budgets to spend, on behalf of brands.

After receiving an enquiry or response from your proactive email, your negotiation and communication technique should vary slightly depending on the type of agency you’re dealing with. This comes with experience, but you can get a head start by understanding the type of buyer you’re dealing with.

PR agencies

PR agencies are generally employed by brands to gain exposure through “earned” means. One of the reasons brands employ PR agencies is to have them get the most exposure possible, in the biggest media outlets (influencers included) for the lowest cost.

You can expect them sometimes to approach you offering an experience, or product in exchange for a post. If you negotiate with them, generally they may have a small budget to spend, but rarely go over that unless it’s a high priority campaign and if you negotiate too hard they may instead just source another influencer.

In terms of things to bear in mind when running  a campaign for PR agencies it’s important to remember that they will usually care more about the quality of content produced and that the idea behind the content is on brand, than focussing on the amount of views or cost per view the campaign achieved.

They will have their own targets to hit, so it’s important to be as flexible and understanding as you can. They are probably talking to 20 other influencers at the same time for the same campaign so you can make yourself stand out by being negotiable, understanding, but clear in your expectations.

Marketing agencies

Marketing agencies tend to have larger budgets, and will generally spend a bit more frivolously. You can expect them to approach you with an actual budget in mind and also expectations on what that budget will achieve.

Depending on the offer and whether it’s in line with “the math” that we talked about earlier you may wish to take this, or renegotiate with them. I would expect marketing agencies to approach you with a fair and considered offer. The person you’re speaking to probably has plenty of data that they are looking at when approaching you and will  have probably done this a lot before. They will have a good understanding of the value you bring and what a reasonable rate for your influencer work would be. It’s important to be considerate of that, and see if you agree with their rationale before negotiating.

Often marketing agencies won’t bat too much of an eye at a slight increase in price, as long as you can back this up with rationale, or offer something additional into the campaign if there’s clear value for doing it. An example might be an extra post or adding in another social media channel. Marketing agencies will be very focused on the stats achieved by the campaign, so keep those reach, views and cost per view figures to mind and be ready to share the demographics of your audience and followers in the media pack we spoke about in an earlier article.

Media agencies

Media agencies usually have very big budgets, and will be thinking of running campaigns with influencers at scale.

You won’t be the only influencer on their list and these agencies should be a focus for any influencers with over 100k followers. They want the big results and might care even more about the cost per view stats than marketing agencies.

Be vigilant in the stats, your presentation format, and the expected results that a campaign through yourself will gain for them. If the cost per view is less than what the media agency usually gets, you could warrant some really big budgets.

Talent agencies

Talent agencies are a great idea to sign up for, provided you get the right one for you. If you sign a contract with a talent agency like Digital Fox Talent you will be expected to forward on all enquiries to them. They will then negotiate on your behalf which can be very useful if you aren’t confident in pitching yourself, working out the math, working out the value or negotiating in general.

In terms of gaining extra work, they will probably have fantastic clients on their books already, so it’s important to ask who they generally get campaigns from before you sign. Digital Fox Talent for example work with Disney, Warner Brothers, Sony, Electronic Arts, Marvel, LucasFilm, Universal, IMAX, 20th Century FOX, Amazon Prime Video, Topps, Ubisoft, 2K Games, Nickelodeon, Playstation, Comic-Con and more.

If the talent company specializes in the right industries and has clients that fit into your content strategy, getting signed by them can be a huge win for you as an influencer, and it can be a very effective partnership. Once signed on you can expect business to come to you through them without having to do any pro-active work at all, or indeed any negotiating/communication with brands.

Be wary to decide whether they have your best interests at heart, and whether you feel that you trust them. That’s really important. This can be mitigated by getting a tight contract in place to ensure it’s a mutually beneficial relationship, and it gives you a clear indication on how beneficial the relationship is to you.

Lastly on talent agencies, try to observe whether they are willing to give you their time, be patient with you, explain the business, explain how it helps you and what any barriers might be. Those who explain both sides of whether a contract is right for you, and are patient and fair in their discussions would be worth exploring as they can increase your revenues dramatically. 

Brands

Generating relationships with the bigger brands is tricky. These brands generally have talent agencies in place to manage partnerships with influencers and it’s in their interest not to go directly to talent. It saves time and money to go to an agency with an existing batch of relevant, tried and tested Content Creators.

When you do manage to get direct contact, negotiations with brands can usually be very quick as you’re dealing directly with them. They will be more focused on running an efficient campaign that delivers a good result than watching the individual dollars, negotiating too hard and trying to make a profit by running the campaign. The key thing here is to deliver a campaign that drives results for them. Those cost per views I mentioned before are useful to present here once you’ve finished the campaign.

All of these potential clients will provide you with a brief once an influencer campaign has been agreed with you.

To sum up

Understanding the market, and the business you’re speaking to will go a long way to creating a good, and profitable relationship for all parties. 

Reach out to Digital Fox Talent

Answering briefs can be tough, especially if you’re new to being a content creator. Talent agencies like Digital Fox Talent manage all of this for their talent team so if you think we can help, you can sign up here. For more advice, visit here.

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Chapter 3: Creating revenue driving opportunities https://www.digitalfox.media/paid-content-creator-training/how-to-be-a-paid-content-creator-chapter-3-creating-revenue-driving-opportunities/ Wed, 20 May 2020 22:40:47 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34898 How do content creators pitch themselves to brands or agencies for paid work? Oh, if only business fell into our laps. Sometimes, you’ll get an agency or brand contacting you, asking you to post some content in exchange for product or small bit of compensation. This is awesome, but if you’re relying on this each […]

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How do content creators pitch themselves to brands or agencies for paid work?

Oh, if only business fell into our laps. Sometimes, you’ll get an agency or brand contacting you, asking you to post some content in exchange for product or small bit of compensation. This is awesome, but if you’re relying on this each time, you won’t make much. Unless you’re Kylie Jenner or a celebrity level ambassador, they will very rarely come to you offering heaps of money. So, because not every content creator is celebrity-level in terms of status, it’s important to be able to pitch yourself with some credentials to show your worth, and also to have something to send to companies you might like to be a content creator for. A talent agency like Digital Fox Talent will usually manage this process for you, but if you’re keen to manage your own business deals, here are a few tips.

Even when a brand contacts you directly, you should have some ammunition and be prepared. This is still a pitch from you to the brand. Because they have contacted you directly means they are very interested in working with you, so you should make the most of the warm opportunity by presenting what you can do for them with professional pitch material.

What should you have in your content creator / brand influencer pitch material?

We would highly recommend building this on Google Slides or even on a website so you can simply send a link to any potential brand partners. Include plenty of pictures or media from other projects you have worked on, or just existing content to show the potential client what you’re capable of.

Deadpool influencers
Laura has negotiated with huge entertainment brands in Australia directly and advocates using a "media pack" to showcase what content creators can do for them.

I would highly recommend curating a media kit. It can be as simple as a table with a list of all your social media accounts, the followings, and your rates for stories, posts, and/or videos. I find it often works in my favour to pitch a discounted “bundle” and will offer a lower rate for a combination of different promotional work.

Laura Gilbert (@infamousbylaura)

Things content creators can include in their brand influencer media packs.

What makes you a good brand ambassador?

This section should be a quick summary of yourself, what your content strategy is and your personality. This allows brands to get the chance to see if you’re genuinely a good fit for them.

Details around your content strategy.

If you have series of content that you publish, be sure to showcase those and if you specialize in an industry be sure to talk about how you produce content for that genre.

Your number of followers.

This section is important, and easy. Simply list out your reach across each social media platform you publish content on. This shows brands the reach they could potentially get by paying you as an influencer.

Your stats. Get your math on here.

First of all, not everyone is great with math or digital marketing metrics. If you struggle with this, it might be worth skipping this section, and signing up with a talent agency to handle all of this for you.

The savvier you are with presenting your stats, the better. It’s not solely about how many followers you have. If you can calculate what your estimated cost per view is, that’s invaluable when pitching to brands. Here’s how to work it out.

If a brand pays you $1,000 to promote them, and you get the brand 90,000 views of the sponsored content you’re posting, your cost per view (CPV) is $0.011.

You can calculate this by dividing the number of dollars the client spent with you by the number of views you gained.

In this case it’s $1,000 / 90,000 = $0.011.

You can use this calculation to work out what you should charge per post.

Take a look at your average number of views per content piece. Use at least 10 examples so you can get a good estimate. Then divide the cost that you’re thinking of charging by that number of views.

If it’s less than $0.02 then you’re costing is in a reasonable place. If it’s higher, you might struggle to get the brand partnership because traditional digital marketing methods are likely to beat it. But remember — it’s views, relevance of your content, audience, and credible influence that matters, not simply the size of your following.

A digital marketing person will consider a $0.02 cost per view as pretty good. The fact that you’re also providing the content production, advocacy, and a highly targeted audience of followers who may go on to buy their product, means they should be very keen to partner with you.

You can do this calculation across all of the social channels you plan to post on and give an estimate of the resulting views of the content. This helps you to make an effective pitch because it’s backed up by data. You’re beating other competitors and you’re also including an estimate of the results.

Brands are going to be much more keen to pay you when you’ve backed up your price with expert rationale, rather than someone who plucks a figure out of the air.

Your rates

Use the above to work out a good rate for the views you will generate. Don’t Google what you should charge. The search results you’re given are often based on assumptions and the followers you have. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to based what to charge on how many followers you have. Even if that sounds easiest.

You need to work in the marketeers world. Marketeers will make decisions based on CPVs and the right fit for the brand.

You can work this out a good rate to charge by using the above calculation, or the below:

Your average amount of views of content x $0.02.

You can lower the $0.02 if you want your price to be more competitive and appeal even more to the brand you’re pitching to. Remember the $0.02 is just a very good cost per view rate in most digital advertising plans. By matching or beating this, you’re showing good value.

Who should you be pitching to?

Here’s a full list of people that would be keen to hear from you, provided your pitch is good.

Social Media Managers

SMM’s generally have control of a brands social media presence. They are often looking for ways to increase their social media presence through influencers and amplify any content campaigns they are running through influencers.

Social Media Executives

SME’s work under SMM’s. They generally have less control to approve campaigns but are still very worth building a relationship with. Typically they work on managing social media communities and build out social media content calendars but do often integrate influencers into the strategies.

Marketing Directors

Marketing Directors are probably the most senior contact you might have a relationship with. They have the greatest power to approve campaigns but often won’t correspond with influencers directly very often.

Marketing Managers

Marketing Managers tend to have great control of budgets and are the ideal contact to have and to pitch to. Try to bounce off Marketing Managers and generate ideas and ways of integrating their brand naturally into your content strategy.

Marketing Executives

Again, Marketing Executives are great contacts. They tend to sign off on the smaller spends than Marketing Directors and Marketing Managers and are very good people to pitch to and build a relationship with.

Publicists

Publicists generally deal in trying to get as many media partnerships and opportunities for interviews as they can, but they do sometimes also get involved in influencer activities and may approach you to try to generate more exposure when an actor or actress is in town or when a trailer is launching.

PR Managers

PR Managers generally try to get as much exposure as they can for as little money as possible. It is in their best interest to do this and give the best value they can to their clients or brand. It is possible they may approach you without offering payment, and instead offer to compensate you with product or exposure. Remember to negotiate a rate back and don’t be afraid of missing out on the campaign. If you work for free once, you’ve set the bar at free moving forward.

PR Executives

PR executives are similar to PR Managers but more junior. The projects they approach you with or discuss with you may be smaller, but your approach should be the same. Again, they commonly ask for content to be produced in exchange for “contra”. Try to get a real feel for what they are offering and whether it’s valuable enough to you to do the work. If you struggle with this, Digital Fox Talent can manage it for you.

Which clients and brands should you pitch to?

First, consider which brands you are relevant for. Then build a list of brands like these that operate in the same industry. Then reach out, and contact them. Alternatively, sign up with a talent agency and they will do this for you.

It’s a good idea to mix small and large brands as targets to approach. Your level of reach might appeal to one or the other, or both. Also include PR, Media, Advertising, Influencer and marketing agencies who have these brands as clients.

 

This takes a bit of research but there are ways to narrow this down and create your list.

How do you find these brand partner contacts?

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great platform for searching for and finding the right contacts. Build those connections up and don’t be afraid to drop people a message. It can be scary to contact someone in the industry and attempt to pitch yourself, but if you get the tone professional friendly and show how you can help you might actually be doing them a favour.

Learn to network

Networking at events is HUGE for content creators. Say hi to everyone, learn what they are responsible for and if it’s anything to do with marketing, present what you do. Grab that email address or business card and follow up with them later.

Networking +2.

It’s not just events that you can network in. You’ve probably been producing content for a while now and may even know who some players are in the industry. If you’re a beauty influencer, you could have a friend that works at Glossier as an intern. Perhaps they could chuck you the email address of someone who works at marketing there or give you an intro?

The more you do this, even if it’s just you keeping networking at the back of your mind, the more contacts you’ll make and the more people you have to pitch to.

To be clear, you might think pitching is annoying people. Sometimes it might be, but nothing will happen if you don’t. Without pitching, you’re relying on people contacting you. There are too many influencers out there to choose from to get enough business directed to you, so you won’t get the lion’s share. You’ll have to go out there and hunt it down.

How do you make Case Studies?

Let’s say you nailed a campaign. You want to show potential clients that this is what you’re capable of. Take the stats and performance and any testimonial/thank you from the client and get it in your About You/pitch deck.

Case studies are essentially a record of a campaign you completed at the results for that campaign. They can be reassuring for clients. The bigger the brand the case study is for, the more reassuring the case study and the more confidence the brand you’re pitching to will have with you.

How do you get this About Me/pitch deck to the list of contacts you’ve identified?

Email them. Write a simple two or three sentence email introducing yourself, offer to help, explain why you think it will work, and then link to the pitch deck you’ve prepared.

Remember, be confident in your pitch. There is plenty of budget in the influencer market that can be made available to you.

Answering briefs can be tough, especially if you’re new to being a content creator. Talent agencies like Digital Fox Talent manage all of this for their talent team so if you think we can help, you can sign up here. For more advice, visit here.

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Chapter 2: Why become a paid content creator? https://www.digitalfox.media/paid-content-creator-training/how-to-be-a-paid-content-creator-chapter-2-why-become-a-paid-content-creator/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 21:46:48 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34862 First off, being a paid Content Creator isn’t easy. Content Creators and Influencers get a bad rap sometimes. After all, how can you explain to your family members who have done the daily grind for decades that you post content on your phone and make hundreds or thousands of dollars per brand partnership? It doesn’t […]

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First off, being a paid Content Creator isn't easy.

Content Creators and Influencers get a bad rap sometimes. After all, how can you explain to your family members who have done the daily grind for decades that you post content on your phone and make hundreds or thousands of dollars per brand partnership? It doesn’t seem real, right?

Science Fiction Influencers
Jake Chambers, Digital Fox Talent member, attending and promoting Alita: Battle Angel as a brand partner for 20th Century Fox. The truth is, it’s not that simple, and not as easy as it sounds. It’s genuinely a tough job that requires strategy, focus and commitment.

Yes, influencers can get paid money for a gig, but the best influencers treat it as a career, and approach it as such. If content creators approach brand partnerships professionally they’ll get hired again and again, and if they don’t they’ll get found out really fast. It’s just as hard a gig as any other in the entertainment industry, and in some cases it’s harder. The hundreds or thousands of dollars in compensation is for good work, professionalism and results.

Having said that, and clarifying the challenges in the job, it does mean you get to pick your work hours, the industry you work in, and you have control over how many hours you put in, and therefore the amount of money you make. You’re essentially an entrepreneur and business owner, freelancing out your craft and social channels. This alone in most cases makes it worth it compared to the job at at the office.

You'll need a strong work ethic to earn your dollars.

If you are a content creator, 95% of the content you produce probably won’t be paid. You’ll need to keep posting high quality content in order to keep your audience engaged and your followers growing.

For all intents and purposes, you are a one person media company and you’re probably thinking about your news feeds and followers very regularly. You’re adjusting your content strategy, assessing the performance on social media platforms and engaging with your communities. Plus, you are trying to bring in the dollars through partnerships to put food on the table. You really do earn the dollars you make, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

As a Paid Content Creator, you get to spend time doing things you love.

This is the best part. You get to pick an industry or something you’re interested in, revel in it, produce content around it and then partner with the brands you love. You’re turning a hobby into a career.

Being a content creator is an amazing way to take your career into your own hands too. It gives you the opportunity to invest as little or as much time as you want into your craft and if done properly can result in an awesome side-gig or full-time job.

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Talent in the UK promoting 20th Century Fox's Dark Phoenix at MCM Comic-Con as ambassadors for 20th Century Fox.

Content Creation can be a fantastic revenue stream.

Being a paid content creator or an influencer gives you the potential to earn a full time salary or more. It also allows you to be paid substantial amount of money for a days work that would otherwise take most people weeks to earn working full time.

There has never existed a generation with more resources at their fingertips to generate money simply by cultivating an audience effectively.
It can result in a bundle of extra dollars for your bank account, and you can continue reaping the rewards of building your audience for years to come.

Being a Content Creator can open industry doors.

You can also open up opportunities in a range of industries that you’re interested in. By presenting yourself professionally as a content creator, and working with brands through influencer deals you may be approached by multiple industries for presenter work, sponsorships, product placements and more.

If you have an agency or talent agency these opportunities can increase even more, as you have a think tank in your corner who manages these arrangements consistently.

If you work at it, having and maintaining an audience can be good fun, and is a great situation to be in because you have reach and influence.

Hopefully those later points showcased how rewarding being a content creator can be, and the earlier points gave you a dash of perspective on how it’s not easy to get there but worth it for those who treat it as a profession.

How do you get the brands though? Well, it all starts with creating revenue driving opportunities, which you can find in our next chapter.

Answering briefs can be tough, especially if you’re new to being a content creator. Talent agencies like Digital Fox Talent manage all of this for their talent team so if you think we can help, you can sign up here. For more advice, visit here.

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Chapter 1: Being a Paid Content Creator https://www.digitalfox.media/paid-content-creator-training/how-to-be-an-entertainment-content-creator-chapter-1-being-a-paid-content-creator/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 22:09:36 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34891 About this Guide Digital Fox Talent has a long-standing history of mentorship with members of our talent team. We help geeky content creators to make connections, respond to paid opportunities, receive briefs, and generally help to develop their side hustle or full time career as a geeky content creator. We’ve provided a lot of the […]

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About this Guide

Digital Fox Talent has a long-standing history of mentorship with members of our talent team. We help geeky content creators to make connections, respond to paid opportunities, receive briefs, and generally help to develop their side hustle or full time career as a geeky content creator.

We’ve provided a lot of the tips we’ve learned along the way to members of our team, but thought there might be a better way to give everyone access to this knowledge. So in a bid to do that, we built this guide. We’ve broken it down into chapters and will be providing to you regularly through our social channels. This is chapter one.

This guide is for geeky content creators and influencers who have already gained their followers. It’s most appropriate for those now looking to learn how to make money as an entrepreneurial content creator and gain an understanding of the most professional way to go about this. This is not a guide to producing content, social platforms, or how to become an content creator. You’re probably pretty good at all that stuff already.

You’ll hear the term “entrepreneurial content creator” in this guide a lot for good reason. This is a guide to making money, and being an entrepreneur with your content creator skills.  If you don’t want to create a career, or develop brand partnerships as a content creator, and instead prefer to work for free or just as a hobby, then this guide probably isn’t for you. 

If you do want to make money as a content creator, and take a professional, committed approach to doing this, then read on friends.

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Anthony Gabb (@nonelikeanthonygabb) produced some high quality content and became a Spider-Man influencer, working on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie launch for Sony.

Do you publish content regularly? With all the social media algorithms out there these days and the hunger for content from your audiences, it’s important for content creators to publish content regularly. This doesn’t mean every day or every hour, but it is important to be consistent to keep your audience engaged. 

If you answered the questions above with yes, then you’ve got the basics in place to start doing brand partnerships and be a paid influencer for brands, rather than simply a content creator.

Can you be a paid content creator, and do you have influence?

Believe it or not, this is an important question to ask yourself before you get started and work with brands. Having millions of followers does not necessarily equate to influence. It means you have a platform to influence from for sure, but that’s not the same thing.

Also, a content creator might be great at producing content, but to be a brand influencer or paid content creator and work on branded campaigns you need an entrepreneurial spirit to be able to grow your brand and generate revenue. Not to mention you’ll need the patience and ability to deal with clients, negotiate briefs and report your performance to brands.

If you are more creative than you are business-minded, or if you don’t have time to manage business inquiries and just want to focus on producing content, that doesn’t count you out from being an influencer or a paid content creator. Instead, you would need a talent management team like Digital Fox Talent, or an agent to help you with the business side of things.

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@CosplayChris has successfully evolved a passion for cosplay creation into a full time hustle by being entrepreneurial, hardworking and creative .

If you’re able to spark online chat around topics you’re passionate about, then that’s an indicator of having influence, and that’s what’s appealing to brands. There’s no value for brands in working with a content producer who focuses on memes or model shots if they do not offer any opinions, thoughts, credibility, or actual engagement with their audience.

Do you have a specific audience? If you can clearly describe what their demographics, their common age, and what their interests are, then you have a specific audience. It doesn’t matter if this audience is large or small, as long as you can specify it.

Influencers and paid content creators are an important part of driving conversation around current events and topics. Their audience follows that account for that reason, whether that’s your opinion, your personality, or your aesthetic. As a result, to be paid by a brand, you will need to have the power to change conversations or perception around topics relevant and of interest to your audience. 

To summarize, a social media influencer and a potentially paid content creator is someone with a following on any number of social media platforms who has enough credibility in an industry to affect that industry, or its consumers. That’s what potential brand partners are interested in, it’s simply hiring credible influencers and content producers who can sway their audience towards achieving a goal for the brand.

Content creators with accounts that have a vast following, but no influence on an audience are not influencers. Examples include meme accounts, lewd accounts, accounts with an inconsistent content strategy and accounts with a hard to specify audience.

Marvel Influencer
Bronte Reynolds (@callmebronte) has a consistent content strategy and influencer with her audience, enabling her to partner with brands like Marvel and Typo.

A consistent content strategy creates a specified audience.

This is important. If you’re regularly covering similar topics day in and day out in the content you produce, you are specializing in an area and therefore are creating a specific audience.

This is important for brands as they will always be looking for partners who are experts in a particularly industry, and that will work towards their objectives of the partnership more effectively.

If you do not produce content with particular themes, it is unlikely that brands will approach you as you do not have influence over a specific industry. This it makes it harder to get good brand deals when you don’t specialize.

Also falling under the bracket of inconsistent audiences is fake followers. Fake followers might bulk up that initial perception of your following, but they will not engage with you, or give you good stats, and brands will overlook you. Your audience must be real if you wish to earn revenue.

A little note on swearing, drugs and lewd content.

This is completely dependent to what brands you wish to work with. The majority will not want to partner with influencers who swear often in their content. I would recommend not swearing, or only swearing on the odd occasion when perhaps you can’t stop yourself. If you’re going after R rated brands you might be fine.

Generally you want to keep yourself open to working with as many brands as possible and that means keeping your content consumable across as many audiences, demographics and ages as possible.

If you’re found to be promoting the use of illicit drugs in content or in person you will be removed from any current or future campaigns, this also applies to illegal activity of any kind. We also recommend that you refrain from smoking at all at influencer events, or when producing content.

“Lewd” had become a term for sexualized content online. The truth is that lewd accounts get followers. People who want a lot of followers can resort to publishing this content to gain followers fast. However, by doing this it’s unlikely brands in this industry will consider you to promote their products. They will assume you have an audience who is interested in the lewd content, rather than your opinions and “influence”.

With all of these things to bear in mind, it’s easy to ask yourself why on earth you would ever want to be an influencer! Trust us, it’s worth it if you’re willing to put in the hard work, and also accept that it’s still no stroll in the park.

Why are brand partnerships important for a content creator?​

If you’re an established influencer, it’s likely that you’ll remember the days of earning really good revenue through the likes of Youtube. The truth is, this has dropped off massively and is not going to increase again anytime soon. Despite that revenue stream diminishing, there’s more opportunity now than ever to partner with brands directly rather than profit from google ads or similar on your content. But, you’ll need to change your focus.

Jayden-Rodrigues-influencer
@jrod_hd has had brand partnerships with almost every movie brand you can imagine including Disney, Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal Studios, Paramount, Lionsgate and more.

The other thing to understand is how hard these content creators truly work. They have to produce hundreds of pieces of content per year, manage their audiences whilst earning enough dollars to put food on the table along with managing brand relationships. It’s not an easy gig. Our next chapter explains why this is. 

Answering briefs can be tough, especially if you’re new to being a content creator. Talent agencies like Digital Fox Talent manage all of this for their talent team so if you think we can help, you can sign up here. For more advice, visit here.

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Wow, Titans: Nightwing Did Not Go as Expected https://www.digitalfox.media/opinions-on/wow-titans-nightwing-did-not-go-as-expected/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 09:59:21 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34848 The season finale of Titans season two, ‘Nightwing’, threw viewers some unexpected curveballs. What does it mean for the Titans? It was the most anticipated moment of Titans—the appearance of Nightwing, the new codename and costume of Dick Grayson, formerly known as Robin 1.0 (Brenton Thwaites). But while Nightwing was a massively important part of […]

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The season finale of Titans season two, ‘Nightwing’, threw viewers some unexpected curveballs. What does it mean for the Titans?

It was the most anticipated moment of Titansthe appearance of Nightwing, the new codename and costume of Dick Grayson, formerly known as Robin 1.0 (Brenton Thwaites).

But while Nightwing was a massively important part of the Titans season two finale, there was so much more that happened in this episode, and it’s going to have repercussions for season three.

We look at the biggest moments of Titans: Nightwing and what it could mean for the next season. Spoilers ahead!

Nightwing is Here!

Titans fans always knew that Nightwing would eventually appear on the show. But even though Dick burnt his Robin suit halfway through season one, there was nary a sign of Nightwing anywhere.

Many assumed that Nightwing would be introduced partway through season two, but Dick stayed suit-less for almost the entirety of the season.

To make fans wait for an iconic character like Nightwing till the finale of the season seems a bit harsh, but Nightwing’s arrival also felt more earned this way.

Dick has spent two whole seasons discovering himself and it is only now that he realises the importance of being a symbol, not only of power, but of family, togetherness, and belief.

That is all encapsulated in the Nightwing suit and the person that Dick has finally become.

The Fight Scenes

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The energy! Source: Warner Brothers

DC Universe may have eked out Nightwing’s arrival, but what we got in this finale was well worth the wait—Nightwing arrives in spectacular fashion to fight off a murderous Deathstroke (Esai Morales).

He is helped by Rose Wilson, aka Ravager (Chelsea Zhang), in the fight but the focus is on Nightwing, who gets to show off his stunning acrobatic moves, and his prowess with his escrima sticks. Love it!

In the second half of the episode, the Titans go up against Cadmus, who have mind-controlled two of their own—Conner Kent, aka Superboy (Joshua Orpin) and Gar Logan, aka Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).

Cue some hilarity as Kory Ander’s, aka Starfire’s (Anna Diop), powers take a break and Donna Troy, aka Wondergirl (Conor Leslie) has to fight Superboy.

The energy of the fight scenes in Titans season two has been amazing, but this episode takes it to another level that was heart-pumpingly exhilarating.

Rose and Jericho

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Together, at last. Source: Warner Brothers

It was  great to see Jericho (Chella Man) being avenged by Rose, his sister, instead of Nightwing. At the end of the day, Titans season two has been about family, and it would have been unfair if Jericho had been avenged by a man who hardly knew him, instead of his sister (though she doesn’t know Jericho much either).

I am also thrilled that Jericho didn’t turn out to be the season’s villain—he wasn’t controlling Deathstroke, but had been trapped inside his father’s mind. Jericho doesn’t get his freedom, but he does get to inhabit the mind of Rose, who at least cares about him.

That Death!

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These two made it till the end, unlike some other people. Source: Warner Brothers

So, my prediction that Hank Hall, aka Hawk (Alan Ritchson), would not last the season was dead wrong. And I am glad for that because I have grown rather fond of Hawk. Instead of dying, Hawk joins the final fight against Cadmus, and more than holds his own.

However, Hawk’s good fortune is someone else’s loss—Wondergirl’s, to be precise. Donna was one of the best characters of season one, and I was delighted that she had been bumped up to series regular for Titans season two.

Donna has been the heart, soul, and the temperamental mind of the Titans all season, but she has been a riveting character to follow.

We have seen her displays of power, her wit, and her stoicism–all reasons to love her. Which is why it is a shock that she is now dead.

Yes, in an attempt to save Dawn Granger, aka Dove (Minka Kelly), Wondergirl took on the might of an… electrical pylon and was killed in ignominious fashion.

Okay, so this wasn’t the greatest moment of Titans: Nightwing and I have to wonder why the writers chose to kill Donna in this way. She survives facing off against Superboy, and has been unfazed by much worse before. How did a pylon kill her?

However, this may not be the end of Donna. Rachel Roth, aka Raven (Teagan Croft) travels to Themyscira with the Amazons. Rachel’s powers have been changing and growing all season, and she seems to be convinced that she can bring Donna back somehow.

We know Rachel has healing powers, and we have seen her bring animals back from the brink of death. Is she being unreasonably optimistic here or will Rachel find a way to reverse death? We can’t wait for season three to find out!

What Next for the Titans?

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Family again. Source: Warner Brothers

Considering how much happened in Titans: Nightwing—the fight against Deathstroke, battling Cadmus, saving Gar and Superboy from Cadmus’ mind control, Donna’s death, and the formation of the newer Titans (Titans 3.0?)—one would think that all plotlines had been neatly wrapped up.

Not so! We now know that Blackfire (Damaris Lewis), Starfire’s (Anna Diop) evil sister and usurper of her throne is on Earth and ready to take over the planet for her own nefarious purposes. Clearly, she will be the antagonist of Titans season three.

We will hopefully find out the mystery behind Starfire’s missing powers. They seem to have been affected by her recent conversation with her sister. Now that Blackfire is on Earth, maybe she is somehow coopting Starfire’s abilities?

In the meantime, Nightwing has finally made peace with Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen) and has created his own little family with the Titans. But is there peace for everyone in the Bat-family?

After Rose Wilson revealed that she had been working with Deathstroke, Jason Todd (Curran Walters) took off and didn’t participate at all in the finale. We do see him at the airport as the Amazons were taking Donna’s body, but he leaves almost immediately.

Does this mean that Jason is veering away from the life of a hero? He has always been on the edge, but considering his comic counterpart’s villainous turn as Red Hood, that reality seems to be getting ever closer.

And then there’s the ELKO mystery—Dawn, Donna, Starfire, and Rachel were drawn to a little town called ELKO, where Bruce essentially instigated them to reform the Titans. But at the dinner in Titans: Nightwing, Bruce tells Starfire he’s never even been to ELKO.

Who was that impersonating Bruce? Was it a manifestation of Rachel’s soul-self making one last-ditch attempt to bring the team together so they could save Dick? It didn’t exactly work at the time, but the intended consequence was the same. Or was it someone else with malicious intent?

There are certainly a few puzzles left to be solved come Titans season three. This season has been exhilarating, and despite a couple of dips, has more than delivered on what it promised. Bring on the next season!

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Is Hawk Going To Make It To Titans Season Three? https://www.digitalfox.media/opinions-on/is-hawk-going-to-make-it-to-titans-season-three/ Sat, 23 Nov 2019 08:18:12 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34823 In the penultimate episode of Titans season two, ‘Faux-Hawk’, Hank Hall is on a downward spiral. Can Hawk come back from this? Hank Hall, aka Hawk (Alan Ritchson), hasn’t had the easiest time being one of the Titans. But despite battling childhood abuse, the loss of his younger brother, serious injuries, and addiction, Hank has […]

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In the penultimate episode of Titans season two, ‘Faux-Hawk’, Hank Hall is on a downward spiral. Can Hawk come back from this?

Hank Hall, aka Hawk (Alan Ritchson), hasn’t had the easiest time being one of the Titans. But despite battling childhood abuse, the loss of his younger brother, serious injuries, and addiction, Hank has always powered through to become a better version of himself.

But in Titans: Faux-Hawk, it seems that Hank’s efforts are coming to nought. With the Titans having disbanded—an initiative that Hank championed—it seems that Hank is worse off than everybody else.

We look at what went down in Titans: Faux-Hawk; why we think Hank’s downward spiral could be the death of him; and what the episode’s events mean for the superhero. Spoilers ahead.

Content Warning: Discussion of substance abuse.

Hawk by Name, Not Deeds

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Hawk knows how to make an entrance. Warner Brothers

Ever since breaking up with Dawn Granger/ Dove (Minka Kelly), Hank Hall has been worse off than ever before.

While the other Titans are trying to get their life back together and help people even while out of their suits, Hank decided to go on a bender and once again abuse substances, a habit he had since long quit.

In Titans: Faux-Hawk, we see Hank don his Hawk suit once again, but not to save people. Hawk is now a cage-fighter—a good one, at that—who gives as good as he gets.

We’ve seen the hero-as-a-cage-fighter trope many times before—Peter Parker in Spider-Man, and Wolverine in X-Men are the most memorable of those instances—so, it isn’t surprising to see Hawk in the fighting arena.

However, the reasoning for Hawk’s new career choice is disconcerting. While Parker and Wolverine were making a living with their special set of skills, Hank is cage-fighting to finance his addiction.

This isn’t a good look for a hero—especially one who is well-known in the world of Titans for his crime-fighting.

What’s worse is that Hank is so deeply addicted that he doesn’t realise when he’s hurt or what his body needs.

Following a fight that leaves him badly bruised and battered, Hank decides to take a lady up on her offer of spending a night together.

Not only are his injuries severe enough for him to not be able to function properly, but the strenuous fighting and addiction leave him exhausted. Though Hank gets some much-needed rest, his erstwhile partner is left feeling disgruntled.

These antics of Hank’s aren’t harmful beyond the personal arena, but that changes near the end of Titans: Faux-Hawk.

What Faux-Hawk Means for Hank

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Not looking good for Hawk. Warner Brothers

After yet another bender, Hank wakes up to news of a man in a red bird costume—aka, the Hawk suit—robbing a laundry.

How could someone be impersonating Hawk? Well, it turns out that Hank’s suit is no longer in his closet—had he passed out from his bender enough for someone to steal his suit from his room?

If that isn’t worrying enough, Faux-Hawk takes liberties with Hank’s suit—he posts videos of himself in the suit, spouting nonsense about being a defender for the Titans, all while robbing laundries, of all places.

Fortunately for Hank, he still has enough of his wits about him to track down the thief and get his suit back.

The only problem: Faux-Hawk never stole the suit. Hank gave it to him for $200, because he needed money for drugs.

Hank has no memory of this exchange, and he certainly doesn’t have the money anymore. Was he so addled that he sold his Hawk suit for drugs? And then forgot about it?

The last we see of Hank in Titans: Faux-Hawk, he is lying in bed, an array of substances in front of him, contemplating how things have gotten so bad.

Hank’s arc in Titans has been very grounded and realistic, and this episode is no different. From all the characters, Hank is the one who is most relatable.

He is a man so consumed by his traumas that he will do anything to forget, if it means being a superhero, taking on more pain than he can handle, or becoming addicted to substances.

But the events of Titans: Faux-Hawk show viewers that a lifetime of untreated trauma-related stress tends to have bad consequences.

There is nobody to look out for Hank and if what we have seen in this episode is anything to go by, there may be no more Hawk very soon.

What Next for Hank?

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What’s a Hawk without a Dove? Warner Brothers

Hank’s downward spiral seems to have no end, but we do know that Dawn and Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) are looking for him so they can bring the Titans back together.

The question is: will they find him in time? Because Hank isn’t just losing his memories from substance abuse—the fear of being so out of control may push him even further over the edge.

Of course, we also need to wonder whether Titans would kill off a character like Hawk. Hawk and Dove have been on the periphery of the Titans since their introduction, but in season two, their roles have been much larger and more important.

Hawk and Dove have also always been a duo on their own. Before Dawn became Dove, Hawk’s brother was Dove, but he was killed in a tragic accident. Hawk couldn’t function until another Dove came along.

Having said that, Dawn has been more than capable of being a superhero on her own. Even when Hank hung up his feathers, Dawn was sneaking out at night, fighting the bad guys as Dove. She could go on without Hawk, though it would take an emotional toll on her.

Despite what we’ve seen in Titans: Faux-Hawk, I sincerely hope that Hank won’t be killed off in the season finale. It would be good to see a character go through the hell he has and still come out at the other end. Superhero stories are aspirational, after all.

From set photos that were leaked, we know that Hawk will be fighting alongside Nightwing, but does that mean he will go down in a blaze of glory?

The Titans cast has felt overstuffed this season, and even though it has been fun to get to know characters like Aqualad and Superboy, most of the other cast members have suffered.

We already know that Aqualad isn’t coming back; could Hawk be joining his ranks? We will have to wait with bated breath for the season finale next week.

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Let’s Get Dangerous! Here Are The Most Memorable Villains In Darkwing Duck https://www.digitalfox.media/opinions-on/lets-get-dangerous-here-are-the-most-memorable-villains-in-darkwing-duck/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:23:04 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34792 Darkwing Duck is back! Now available to stream on Disney Plus, the much-loved animated series Darkwing Duck has received a surge in popularity. The show has even been trending on Twitter in the days since the new streaming service launched. In honor of Darkwing’s comeback, let’s take a look at the most memorable villains he […]

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Darkwing Duck is back!

Now available to stream on Disney Plus, the much-loved animated series Darkwing Duck has received a surge in popularity. The show has even been trending on Twitter in the days since the new streaming service launched.

In honor of Darkwing’s comeback, let’s take a look at the most memorable villains he faced.

1. Morgana Macawber

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Morgana in action.

If Darkwing Duck is loosely inspired by Batman, then Morgana Macawber was his Catwoman. A sorceress from Transylvania, Darkwing was smitten with her from their first meeting.

Technically a villain in her first two appearances, Morgana ultimately chooses to do the right thing. She helps Darkwing stop the true villain of each episode before things go too far. Later, she gives up crime entirely in favor of pursuing a relationship with Darkwing, and becomes one of only four characters to learn his secret identity as Drake Mallard.

2. Bushroot

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Bushroot and his pet, Spike

A highly renowned scientist, Reginald Bushroot was transformed into a half duck/half plant hybrid in an experiment gone wrong. Bushroot is known as one of the series most sympathetic villains. All he originally wanted was companionship, and usually commits his crimes for what he thinks are good reasons. Creator Tad Stone believes Bushroot would have eventually become a hero.

Despite his status as a sympathetic villain, Bushroot actually holds the highest body count in the series, eclipsing even ultimate big bad Negaduck. In later episodes, he joins Negaduck’s Fearsome Five.

3. Taurus Bulba

Taurus with one of his minions.

He only appears in three episodes, but Taurus Bulba makes a big impact. He is the only villain Drake Mallard’s adopted daughter, Gosalyn, is afraid of.

In the show’s two-part pilot, ‘Darkly Dawns The Duck’, Bulba kidnaps Gosalyn, believing she knows the activation code for a dangerous government weapon built by her deceased Grandfather. The villain was believed killed in an explosion, but later returns as a cyborg. Thankfully, Darkwing and Gosalyn defeat him again.

4. Megavolt

The insane Megavolt.

Megavolt is arguably the most important of all the series’ villains, as he is the reason Darkwing Duck even exists. Megavolt was formerly Elmo Sputterspark, a high school rival of Drake Mallard. After being driven insane by a failed science experiment, Sputterspark crashes the school dance as his new villainous alter ego. Drake invents the Darkwing Duck persona to stop him, and the two have been enemies ever since.

Megavolt eventually joins Negaduck’s Fearsome Five. As creator Tad Stone’s favorite baddie, he became the most commonly recurring villain.

5. Negaduck

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Darkwing faces Negaduck.

Two versions of Negaduck appeared in the original series. One was a manifestation of Darkwing’s evil side born from Megavolt’s Tronsplitter. The second was an evil Darkwing from an alternate universe. The second version is the most-well known, becoming the main villain of the series soon after his first appearance.

Negaduck is the mastermind behind villain team-up, the Fearsome Five. Darkwing forms his own team, the Justice Ducks, to take them on. Long-time fans know that Darkwing Duck preferred to work alone. Having him acknowledge that he needed help proved just how big a threat Negaduck was.

The 2017 Ducktales reboot recently introduced a new Negaduck, aging actor Jim Starling. In this universe, Starling played Darkwing Duck in an old TV series. He goes mad after learning the part has been recast for a reboot film.

Darkwing Duck was a fun superhero parody that grew into something special. Hopefully, the series will continue to find new life as Disney Plus launches in more countries.

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Rescues, Revelations, and Reconditioning in Titans: E.L._.O. https://www.digitalfox.media/opinions-on/rescues-revelations-and-reconditioning-in-titans-e-l-_-o/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:10:03 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34787 The Titans are in dire straights as Titans: E.L._.O. begins. But could there be a happy ending for the superhero team? One can never know what to expect from DC Universe’s Titans, and it’s never more exemplified than in its latest episode, Titans: E.L._.O. At the start of the episode, the splintered team are struggling—Rachel […]

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The Titans are in dire straights as Titans: E.L._.O. begins. But could there be a happy ending for the superhero team?

One can never know what to expect from DC Universe’s Titans, and it’s never more exemplified than in its latest episode, Titans: E.L._.O.

At the start of the episode, the splintered team are struggling—Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft) is having prescient nightmares of death and destruction. Gar Logan (Ryan Potter) is being experimented on by Cadmus. And Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) is barely alive in his solitary cell in prison.

How are the Titans ever going to get out of this mess? The answer may just lie in a small diner in the middle of nowhere.

With the finale of Titans season two only a few episodes away, Titans: E.L._.O. leaves audiences tantalisingly close to the answers they’ve been searching for.

We look at what went down in Titans: E.L._.O. and what it could it mean for the future of the Titans. Spoilers ahead.

The Secret Behind E.L._.O.

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So unhappy together? Source: Warner Brothers

This is one of the more bizarre titles that Titans has produced, but the mysterious name is somewhat necessary for the story.

As we have seen over the last few episodes of the Titans, the titular team don’t fare very well when they’re divided.

One can objectively say that the men on the team have fared worse. Hank Hall has gone on a bender since leaving Dawn Granger (Minka Kelly). Dick is in prison.

Conner fought the wrong crowd and got himself and Gar caught by Cadmus—Conner is apparently back in stasis, but Gar is being reconditioned to become Cadmus’ new weapon.

On the other hand, Donna Troy (Connor Leslie) is still out and about, trying to put her team back together. Rachel has joined a group of fellow runaways. Dawn is living her best free life. As is Kory, though she is also upset at the loss of her crown, at the hands of her evil sister, Blackfire.

But at least the ladies are free, and that is the central focus of Titans: E.L._.O.—to use that freedom to bring the team back together.

Of course, the way the episode goes about it is hilarious and bizarre—like its title. The ladies are essentially led to Elko’s diner via voicemails, dreams, radio transmissions, and TV ads—the last one promising Kory the best donuts (she never gets them, though).

It’s all very mysterious and magical, but it does the job.

Kory, Rachel, Dawn, and Donna end up in one place, giving Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen), of all people, the chance to encourage them to come back together.

Ladies to the Rescue

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The rescue squad. Source: Warner Brothers

Bruce’s weird team bonding exercise aside, his plan doesn’t actually work. The four superheroes don’t agree on one course of action.

Donna and Dawn decide to team up to save Gar, despite Rachel’s pleas that her dreams portend Dick’s death. At least Kory joins Rachel to rescue Dick.

We have yet to see how Donna and Dawn will fare against Cadmus, but we do see Rachel and Kory make short work of the prison guards at the institution Dick is held in.

We also see Kory struggling with her powers, which is disconcerting. Despite growing in her powers over the course of the season, Kory hasn’t been the same since Blackfire’s revelations.

Is this dip in her abilities psychological? Earlier in Titans: E.L._.O., Kory has a brief liaison with a psychologist who thinks she’s having a manic episode. That could explain her recent erratic behaviour, especially considering the losses she has suffered.

Rachel and Kory’s efforts come to nought—partially—as Dick has already made his escape. He does leave a chilling message.

The Revelation

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He was better in Dick’s head. Source: Warner Brothers

Throughout Titans: E.L._.O., Dick is suffering from a bug, exacerbated by his time in solitary confinement.

Hallucinations of Bruce haunt him, but instead of mocking Dick, as he did in episode seven, this time, Bruce actively encourages Dick to rethink his last interaction with Slade Wilson (Esai Morales).

And as Dick gets back into his groove, he realises he missed something about his meeting with Slade—a hand gesture that Dick had dismissed makes it clear that Jericho is actually alive.

Titans Season Two’s Real Villain

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How many secrets can one man hide? Source: Warner Brothers

After Jericho’s untimely death in episode eight, some critics and fans had speculated that Jericho may be alive. From Dick’s message scratched in his cell wall in Titans: E.L._.O., it seems the speculations were right.

Jericho’s ability to co-opt another person’s body seems to have made it possible for him to continue living even after the death of his own body.

So, has he been living inside Slade’s consciousness for the last five years?

That may explain Slade’s vendetta against the Titans—after all, if Slade killed Jericho, why would he go after the Titans? He would have held himself responsible.

That also explains how the Titans found deeply personal items and messages around Titans Tower—Slade wouldn’t have known these truths about the team, but Jericho would have.

One can also assume that Jericho retains his power while in Slade’s body—which is how Slade/ Jericho would have learned facts about the newer team members.

This essentially means that the true villain of Titans season two hasn’t been Deathstroke, but Jericho.

All this is designed to lead to Dick’s eventual transformation into Nightwing—there was some bird imagery in Titans: E.L._.O. that suggests we might be seeing Nightwing as soon as next week.

However, what does taking down Slade/ Jericho mean for the Titans? Jericho was their friend, and a good person. Jericho’s recent actions can easily be blamed on both Slade and Dick.

Will Slade and the Titans take responsibility for turning Jericho into a pawn in their own game? We will have to find out in the remaining episodes of Titans season two.

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Batwoman Reveals Gotham’s Greatest Villain: Corruption https://www.digitalfox.media/opinions-on/batwoman-reveals-gothams-greatest-villain-corruption/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 03:06:04 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34774 In the latest episode of Batwoman, Gotham is menaced by a villain born from the city’s corruption. Gotham City has a number of well-known villains, but it turns out the city’s corruption may be the worst one of all. In Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury, Gotham faces a villain calling himself the Executioner […]

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In the latest episode of Batwoman, Gotham is menaced by a villain born from the city’s corruption.

Gotham City has a number of well-known villains, but it turns out the city’s corruption may be the worst one of all.

In Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury, Gotham faces a villain calling himself the Executioner who goes after people despite their exemplary records in law enforcement and the justice department.

Sounds like typical Gotham fare, but Batwoman includes a twist that changes viewers’ understanding of the villain and the city.

We breakdown that unexpected twist and what it means for the citizens of Batwoman’s Gotham. Spoilers ahead!

Tragic Backstories

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Relatable Luke Fox. Source: IMDB

We all know Batman’s tragic backstory—that his wealthy parents were gunned down by a poverty-stricken denizen of Gotham, resulting in Batman’s birth and his war on crime.

In Batwoman, we learn that his cousin, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), also had a tragic backstory—her mother and sister were killed in a car accident.

It is revealed in Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury, that that accident was actually the result of Joker’s actions.

This ties into our recent examination into why Gotham needs Batwoman, not Batman. Someone needs to ensure that Gotham’s big bads stay locked away. For good.

But it turns out that the well-off citizens of Gotham aren’t the only ones struck by tragedy. White-collar workers like Lucius Fox who come into the orbit of the Waynes and Kanes also meet tragic ends.

Following the Executioner’s murder of celebrated advocate Angu Stanton (Mark Gibbon), Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) takes a personal interest in the case. For a reason.

Luke’s father, Lucius, was murdered in an armed robbery, on the day of Luke’s graduation. The family were celebrating his acceptance into MIT—a dream he was never able to fulfil because of his father’s untimely death.

Stanton worked day and night to bring justice to Luke’s family, and countless others. His death is a personal tragedy for Luke, and he is determined to find the Executioner with Batwoman’s help.

While the deaths of the Waynes and Kate’ mother are tragedies in their own right, it is important to remember the little guy, who doesn’t get to go home to a mansion and a butler even after losing their entire family.

Luke’s life was irrevocably changed by one senseless act of violence—one of many that taints the city of Gotham.

It was good to see Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury give Luke some backstory for what drives him to fight crime in Gotham.

Getting a glimpse as to how his life was impacted—his inability to attend MIT—made his loss that much more real and relatable.

The Executioner

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We feel you. Source: Hypable

Gotham’s villains tend to be straight-up bad guys—they kill, maim, and torture because they like to. There isn’t much reasoning behind it.

And while this philosophy has worked for decades, modern audiences do need some motivation for the murderous actions of a show’s villains.

Batwoman has clearly made this a priority—not only has the show given Alice a great deal of motivation, but it has made her a sympathetic character that we can’t help but root for.

The show even gave one of its villains of the week, Thomas Elliott, motivation and reasoning for his murderous attempts.

It wasn’t surprising when Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury gave viewers a multi-dimensional Executioner.

Partway through the episode, Kate and Luke are presented with a video from the Executioner himself, Bertrand Eldon (Jim Pirri), a former executioner at Black Gate with 20 years’ of service behind him.

But as the years racked up, so did the bodies that Eldon executed—and they were all beginning to look disturbingly similar. All the death row inmates were poor people of colour, “not a single white man”.

Eldon did his own digging and found that the same policeman, prosecutor, and judge were in charge of all these cases. They were coercing confessions and putting these people to death in a ring of corruption that had lasted for years, leaving countless families devastated, and murdering innocents.

It’s hard to disagree with the Executioner’s belief that these men needed to be held accountable—his method, however, was a bit extreme.

Having said that, had it not been for the Executioner, none of these people would have been caught and the many innocents put to death would never have had a chance at redemption.

Considering the high rates of incarceration for people of colour, in comparison to their white counterparts, as well as the fact that many privately-owned prison systems profit off of more, and younger, inmates being sent in, the events of Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury are painfully realistic.

The Politics of the Arrowverse

And this is really what the superhero genre needs to be used for—to highlight the injustices in the real world and maybe even offer some hope to the marginalised communities that engage with these stories.

It’s good to see Batwoman following in the footsteps of Supergirl and making bold statements about the wrongs in the real world.

Is it enough? No, but it is important to see this kind of messaging in this medium of storytelling.

However, it is disconcerting that Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman are the ones leading the way in this kind of storytelling, instead of Arrow and The Flash, both of which have exclusively steered clear of politics.

Why should the Arrowverse shows that are focused on characters from marginalised communities have to do the heavy lifting of dealing with real world politics? The audience they are catering to are already aware of the dynamics of the world.

Unfortunately, this situation is unlikely to be rectified, as Arrow is now in its last season and The Flash is in its sixth season with nary a political viewpoint in the vicinity despite the work that star Candice Patton does off-screen to highlight the importance of representation.

What Now for Gotham?

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Standing up for Gotham. Source: AV Club

With the revelations from the Executioner, all the cases the three corrupt officials worked on have to be reopened.

This means that not only were innocent people imprisoned—and will hopefully be exonerated—but numerous criminals still walk the streets of Gotham despite committing heinous crimes.

Among the cases to be reopened is Lucius Fox’s. This is devastating for Luke, whose much-needed closure has turned out to be a lie.

He now needs to go through the same process of waiting for the real killer to be caught, because the well-deserved justice he needed has been taken away.

Gotham is in for a painful political reckoning—the villains they had to fear weren’t just the over-the-top baddies with killer penguins and vats of acid, but the people supposedly protecting them.

This is a hard truth to bear but one that people have to face on a near-constant basis in the real world.

Batwoman: I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury was gripping and hard-hitting, using Gotham’s ills to shine a harsh spotlight on the wrongs of the real world.

I hope that the show will continue to be this political and powerful—that is what the superhero genre is meant for.

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Titans: Fallen Heralds the Coming of Nightwing https://www.digitalfox.media/opinions-on/titans-fallen-heralds-the-coming-of-nightwing/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 04:52:44 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34748 DC Universe’s Titans: Fallen shows what the series has been leading up to so far—the imminent arrival of Nightwing. Titans season two has been promising to bring Nightwing to fans, but ten episodes in, we have yet to see the acrobatic avenger grace our screens. That could soon change following the events of Titans: Fallen. […]

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DC Universe’s Titans: Fallen shows what the series has been leading up to so far—the imminent arrival of Nightwing.

Titans season two has been promising to bring Nightwing to fans, but ten episodes in, we have yet to see the acrobatic avenger grace our screens.

That could soon change following the events of Titans: Fallen. Taking off shortly after the previous episode, Titans: Fallen sees Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) answer for his crimes, and make a few enemies and allies along the way.

We break down the salient points of the episode and why we think Titans will be unveiling Nightwing fairly soon.

Rachel Finds Her Own Path

Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft) had inadvertently brought the Titans together way back in season one, but recent events have left the young hero feeling disillusioned.

Last we saw of Rachel, she had abandoned Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) to find her own path. It leads her to a shelter where she meets a fellow disillusioned young person, Dani (Sydney Kuhne).

The two connect immediately, but Dani is called away by her violent father. Rachel decides to step in and uses her powers to scare the living daylights out of the man. So far, so good, yes?

Unfortunately, no. Rachel’s diminishing control over her soul-self has been an issue through Titans season two, and we see now how separate the soul-self is from her.

When Rachel lets Dani’s father go, she doesn’t absorb all the dark soul-self back into her—part of it escapes and enters a gargoyle (because, of course it does), which proceeds to eviscerate Dani’s father.

We really don’t have much information about Rachel’s soul-self or her powers. They were a mystery in the first season, and they continue to be so.

Where is Titans going with Rachel’s story? She hasn’t had much screen time since she defeated Trigon, and whenever we have met her, she comes across as a rebellious teenager.

Surely, that is not all Rachel is meant to be in Titans season two? An angry child lashing out at the adults in her life?

I sincerely hope that in the remaining few episodes we get a decent arc for Rachel, especially as she has found a group of like-minded teenagers who might turn to her for leadership.

Conner Wants People to be Safe

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The best intentions. Source: Warner Brothers

Conner/ Superboy (Joshua Orpin) means well, but he doesn’t understand the world. So, he assumed a bunch of cops were the bad guys and went full villain on them.

Now, Conner is running scared, desperate to be alone because he thinks he’s a bad person.

It’s no surprise that when Cadmus—the organisation that created him—shows up, Conner all but surrenders to them.

For some reason, I adore Conner. I think he’s sweet and fun, and well-meaning, if a bit lost. I didn’t expect to like him much but Titans has proved me wrong.

It makes me a bit sad that Conner has given up so easily. It’s not his fault—he doesn’t know any better and he just wants to keep people safe.

But I do wonder how Conner is going to escape Cadmus this time. Perhaps Nightwing and the Titans will rescue him?

Gar Wants to be a Titan

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Slick moves. Still gets caught. Source: Warner Brothers

Gar Logan (Ryan Potter) got a spotlight episode last week, and promptly made a mess of things by unleashing Conner/ Superboy on the world.

Lost, confused, and on his own, Gar isn’t in the best headspace until Krypto, Conner’s dog, finds him.

Once Gar and Conner are together again, Gar is back to being his positive self, even trying to pull Conner out of his despair.

But then they’re captured by Cadmus and Gar’s powers make him particularly attractive to the evil organisation.

It seems that Gar is likely to be sent back to the Titans as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. How precisely Cadmus plans to achieve this, we can’t yet know, but there were allusions to the fact.

Which is a bit disappointing. Gar has had so little screen time this season—it would be annoying to see him being made a pawn in someone else’s game.

And as much as I like the Gar-Conner pairing, I feel like we know nothing about Gar even after all these episodes.

I understand the need for Titans season two to be bigger and bolder, but the focus has been placed on the old Titans team, to the detriment of the new Titans, especially characters like Gar.

And now Titans is racing ahead to bring Nightwing into the show, so Gar has no chance for more characterisation.

Dick’s Deathwish

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Heroes are never safe behind bars. Source: Warner Brothers

Titans’ Dick Grayson is quite unlike his other counterparts—he’s dark, brooding, more Batman than Batman himself.

Having revealed the truth about the death of Deathstroke’s son—that it was pretty much his fault—Dick was abandoned by almost all the Titans.

And then he was cursed by Deathstroke and his wife for their son’s death. So, Dick did the only thing he thought would set things right—punched some people and got thrown in jail for seven years.

Dick’s problems in jail aren’t for the faint of heart—a former detective, Dick may as well be walking around with a target on his back.

Then there’s the prison guard who wants Dick to snitch on his fellow inmates—Dick’s answer is a resounding ‘no’, but the guard doesn’t like that.

Dick’s cellmates are mysterious men who are charged with killing him. They never go through with the plan—because they’re planning an escape.

Turns out Dick’s cellmates aren’t prisoners at all—they were detained by immigration, who put them in a prison with criminals. They are set to be deported to a country where they will certainly die. Hence the escape plan.

Dick, being a superhero, knows their plan won’t work. He’s seen the guards and the weapons, and the chances are bleak.

But his fellow cellmates have faith in their beliefs, especially in a hero-like bird figure who protects them at home. It will look after them, they say.

And this is our first inkling of Titans’ Nightwing. The bird drawing on the cell walls is fairly close to the iconic Nightwing symbol, and the following scene all but seals the deal.

Dick’s cellmates’ escape attempt goes horribly wrong—not only is one of their party killed before the attempt is even made, but they are hopelessly outnumbered.

And then a hero comes flying through the air, distracting the guards long enough for the men to make an escape.

Dick may be bloodied and beaten, but his new friends have their freedom, and he has found a new symbol of hope.

If this isn’t a sign that we’re going to see Nightwing soon, I don’t know what is!

We Have Questions After Watching Titans: Fallen

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Prepping for Nightwing. Source: Warner Brothers

The events of Titans: Fallenstill begs the question—how will Dick get out of a seven-year prison sentence? And why doesn’t anyone know that Dick is in prison?

The timelines seem a little bit off in that regard—it feels like Dick has been away for ages, whereas Rachel, Donna, Gar, and Conner have lived through maybe a day or two.

Meanwhile, we still don’t know what’s happened to Jason Todd and Rose Wilson. They’ve disappeared since the Titans broke up. Where are they and why isn’t anyone worrying about them?

Also, where is Batman? Has he just left his charges to run wild while he sips martinis in his mansion?

Titans season two seemed to be headed one way, and has gone in another direction entirely.

Does the show know what it’s doing? Does it care? I don’t know. I guess we’ll have to watch more to find out.

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Which Of The Original Mighty Ducks Cast Members Can We Expect To Return For The Reboot? https://www.digitalfox.media/opinions-on/which-of-the-original-mighty-ducks-cast-members-can-we-expect-to-return-for-the-reboot/ Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:05:07 +0000 https://www.digitalfox.media/?p=34752 Quack, quack, quack! The Ducks will fly again in a Mighty Ducks reboot on Disney Plus. The three Mighty Ducks movies were some of the most popular sports-themed children’s films in the 90s. The films followed struggling Pee-Wee Hockey team, The Ducks, and Gordon Bombay, the high-flying attorney forced to coach them as part of […]

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Quack, quack, quack! The Ducks will fly again in a Mighty Ducks reboot on Disney Plus.

The three Mighty Ducks movies were some of the most popular sports-themed children’s films in the 90s. The films followed struggling Pee-Wee Hockey team, The Ducks, and Gordon Bombay, the high-flying attorney forced to coach them as part of his community service.

The reboot series, commissioned for Disney Plus, is said to follow a slightly different plot, with a single mother forming a new Mighty Ducks team for her troubled son. This premise implies that the new Mighty Ducks could be part reboot, part sequel. Either way, there’s room for some of the original characters to appear.

Who are we most likely to see?

Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay

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Coach Bombay in D2: The Mighty Ducks

Former Pee-Wee hockey player, turned hot-shot lawyer Gordon Bombay is a major player in the first two films. He is dubbed the ‘Minnesota Miracle Man’ for coaching the bottom of the ladder Ducks to victory in their local Pee-Wee hockey tournament. He repeats the feat in the sequel, eventually guiding Team U.S.A (mostly consisting of former Ducks), from underdogs to champions in the Junior Goodwill Games.

Bombay’s role is reduced in the third film, the character taking a permanent job with the Goodwill Games. His biggest shining moment involves him successfully fighting for the Ducks to keep their scholarships for a prestigious school.

Bombay’s actor, Emilio Estevez, works mostly behind the camera nowadays. However, he may be up for a cameo.

Joshua Jackson as Charlie Conway

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Charlie in the first film.

Charlie Conway is probably the lead character of the entire Mighty Ducks franchise. The bond formed between Charlie and coach Bombay is the emotional centre of all three films. Charlie also grows the most as a player throughout the trilogy. Beginning the series as a decent player, he ends it as a great one.

Joshua Jackson has worked consistently since leaving Charlie behind, with long-running roles in Dawson’s Creek and Fringe. While he remains a busy actor, Jackson has spoken fondly of his Duck days, so a cameo is possible.

Eldon Henson as Fulton Reed

Fulton Reed in D3.

Recruited midway through the first movie, Fulton Reed becomes the Mighty Ducks main enforcer. In D2: The Mighty Ducks, Reed memorably teams up with new player Dean Portman to become ‘The Bash Brothers’.

Nowadays, Eldon Henson is best known for playing Foggy Nelson in Netflix’s Daredevil series. Daredevil’s cancellation may free him up for an appearance in the Mighty Ducks reboot.

Shaun Weiss as Greg Goldberg

Goldberg in D2.

Referred to almost exclusively by his surname, Goldberg is the Ducks’ lovable head goalkeeper. After being dropped from the goalie position in favour of Julie Gaffney in D3, he becomes the film’s unlikely hero when he scores the game-winning goal.

The character is dearly loved by fans, which would normally make Goldberg a shoo-in for a cameo. Unfortunately, actor Shaun Weiss has been in significant legal trouble in recent years, and it is unlikely Disney will want to associate with him.

Marguerite Moreau as Connie Moreau

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Connie with teammate Guy in D2.

In the first Mighty Ducks movie, Connie stands out as one of the only players to attempt to warmly welcome Coach Bombay. Appearing in all three films, Connie usually plays as a forward.

Marguerite Moreau has enjoyed a long and varied career since her Duck days ended, appearing in shows ranging from Smallville to Grey’s Anatomy, and Wet Hot American Summer. In 2014, Moreau posted a series of Mighty Ducks reunion pictures on Instagram, so she may be open to revisiting Connie.

Vincent Larusso as Adam Banks

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Bombay introduces Adam to the Ducks.

Initially the star player of the rival Hawks, Bombay discovers that due to district re-zoning , Adam Banks should be a Duck. Though he initially struggles to fit in, Adam’s new teammates eventually accept him, and he becomes a loyal Duck. In D3, Adam abandons a spot on the Varsity hockey team so he can return to Junior Varsity with his fellow Mighty Ducks.

Vincent Larusso is known to be extremely proud of his work as Adam, and often participates in meet and greets with fans. Larusso could easily be persuaded to appear in a a Mighty Ducks reboot.

The reboot is still in development, so we won’t see any news for a while. Thankfully for fans, all three existing Mighty Ducks movies will be available on Disney Plus at launch.

Enjoy the nostalgia, Ducks fans!

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