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Niall Gray

About Niall Gray

Niall Gray is a features writer for Screen Rant covering just about every film- or TV-related topic he's loosed upon. After spending his formative years soaking in as much pop culture trivia as possible, Niall started writing about film online in 2020, and contributes to numerous websites. When he's not writing for Screen Rant, Niall also writes for Corner of Film (where he also hosts a podcast) and sporadically dabbles in fiction with a focus on dark comedy and horror. Niall is also a certified boxing coach, which goes hand-in-hand with his encyclopedic knowledge of the Rocky franchise, and considers himself something of an expert on Batman. Though he takes a keen interest in the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres, Niall watches everything and anything, and his secret shame is consuming the many forgotten movies of questionable quality from the '90s and 00s. Niall can be found on Twitter @lordofthegray.

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Band of Brothers (2001)
Band Of Brothers: Why Easy Company Have Spades On Their Helmets

HBO's Band of Brothers sees the members of Easy Company wear helmets painted with spades - why, and what was the significance of the symbol?

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10 Best Marvel Movie Villains Not In The MCU

Though most of their current movie characters exist under one banner, there are several great Marvel movie villains who aren't part of the MCU.

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10 DC Films That Changed Superhero Movies Forever (For Better Or For Worse)

Over the years there have been many movies adapted from DC properties, and some of them actually helped shape the modern superhero movie genre.

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10 Over-Looked Positives Of Rewatching Schumacher's Batman Movies

Joel Schumacher's Batman movies aren't held in particularly high regard, but they actually possess a number of overlooked positive qualities.

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10 Problems Marvel Won't Admit About The MCU's Future

Though the MCU is one of the most successful major franchises in cinema, there are huge problems ahead that Marvel has yet to properly address.

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10 Fan Theories That Completely Change How You Watch Iron Man Movies

As one of the MCU's most important characters, there are many Iron Man theories that drastically reframe his narrative arc within the franchise.

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10 MCU Deleted Scenes That Change Everything

Over the history of the MCU, there have been many deleted scenes that could have had massive ramifications for the franchise's overall narrative.

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Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
10 Things Batman The Animated Series Did Better Than Any Batman Movie

Batman: The Animated Series remains one of the most beloved adaptations of the Caped Crusader's story, surpassing the hero's movies in many ways.

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10 DC Universe Characters Ben Affleck Can Play Now That He's Done With Batman

After a short-lived stint as the DCEU's Batman, Ben Affleck could potentially find himself playing a number of exciting roles in the rebooted DCU.

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10 MCU Heroes Who Have Lost The Most Since The Franchise Began

The stories of the MCU haven't been too kind to some heroes, with many characters losing a great deal over the course of their respective arcs.

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10 Harsh Realities Of Rewatching Hulk's 7 Major MCU Appearances

Despite Hulk being one of the MCU's longest-standing heroes, there are a number of issues with the way the franchise depicts the Avenger.

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10 X-Men Movie Scenes That Divided Fans The Most

The X-Men movies have always been somewhat divisive, but a number of scenes stand out as particularly polarizing among fans of the Marvel heroes.

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10 DC Movie Announcements Fans Hated At First (& Why They Were Wrong)

Over the years, many DC movie announcements have been met with backlash only to later turn out to have been the right decisions all along.

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10 DC Villain Deaths That Totally Wasted The Character’s Potential

Many on-screen DC villains have met their deaths all too easily, thoroughly wasting their potential by preventing them from ever returning.

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10 Disastrous Mistakes The MCU Narrowly Avoided

The finished products of the MCU don't always reflect Marvel's original plans for the franchise, some of which would have been terrible mistakes.

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Casting The Joker For DC's New Batman Movie - 10 Actors Perfect For James Gunn's Reboot

James Gunn will introduce the DCU's new Batman in The Brave and the Bold, but which actor should play a new iteration of the Joker in the reboot?

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10 DC Characters Who Are Way Weaker In DC Movies Than The Comics

Though DC movies often directly adapt the stories and heroes of the comics, they often make their characters significantly weaker in the process.

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10 Marvel Movie Villains Killed By Other Villains

Though the struggle between hero and villain is usually central to Marvel movies, it's sometimes the villains that end up killing other villains.

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10 Worst Sins Of The Iron Man Movie Series

Though the titular hero remains one of the MCU's most beloved, the Iron Man movie series made a number of big mistakes both on and off the screen.

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12 MCU Movies Set Up That Haven't Been Announced Yet

Over the course of the MCU's many movies and TV shows, the franchise has teased or set up many future projects that have yet to be announced.

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