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Warner Bros – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts 2 has new title and it is frustrating at best…

Today Warner Bros. Pictures released the new title for what we formerly knew as Fantastic Beasts 2. The official title is now Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Let that sink in a bit. Is it sinking? Give it a wee moment to just nuzzle in a little deeper.

Here is my main problem with the title. What the bleeding flipping doo da does it have to do with Fantastic Beasts?

I also can’t help but wonder what the hell kind of direction is WB going with these films? Initially these films were supposed to follow Newt’s adventures tracking down Fantastic Beasts, but the focus seems to be shifting immensely away from the original concept of the film. You know, the part that initially sold fans? Don’t get me wrong. I am completely fascinated by Grindelwald. He was one of the most badass wizards of his day, but do we need to focus all of the attention on him?

The only link that I can think of at this very tired moment is that the crimes of Grindelwald pertain to the hunting down of magical creatures, as we saw with Credence in the last film, in order to boost his power and reign of terror. This theory is further bolstered by one of the newest additions to the cast.

There are new faces as well as familiar ones in the newly released cast photo above. We see Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol), Jacob (Dan Fogler) and Credence (Ezra Miller). We were briefly introduced to Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald at the very end of the first movie. In the middle of the cast photo there’s Newt’s brother, Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) and his fiance Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz). We originally saw the debut of that character in a photo from the first film. Then there’s Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore in the corner there.

The real focus of this cast photo for me is Claudia Kim, who is leading on Ezra in the photo above. Not much has been released about her character, but she may be pulled into what crimes Grindelwald is connected to in some way or form. Her character has only been described as a “Maledictus,” a person afflicted with a curse that turns them into a wild beast. Me thinks that Newt may hear stories and hunt her down to see if she needs saving and, in some magical happenstance, Grindelwald will cross paths.

There are several other characters that will be introduced in this film. However, this is what we’ve gotten as a first look to the film. Am I 100% sold right now? Not particularily and it primarily has to do with that title. WB’s handling of this particular film franchise has been a sore spot for me, so I will be watching and seeing what other things they release to determine further opinions.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released November 16, 2018.

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she's not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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