Bob Iger Praises ‘Star Wars’ Fan Riley Howell Who Gave His Life Saving UNCC Victims

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Disney CEO Bob Iger has offered praise to Star Wars fan Riley Howell, who died protecting his classmates.

The late college student and hero recently received a tribute in the annals of Star Wars canon by being the namesake of Jedi Master Ri-Lee Howell, a historian who wrote one of the sacred Jedi texts that Rey is seen reading from in both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He was killed in a mass shooting at UNCC, having been shot multiple times while tackling the gunman, stopping the shooter; he was the last victim of the massacre.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has noted that he is proud of the actions that Riley Howell took, and that his actions represents what Star Wars is about at its core: heroics in the face of insurmountable odds and tragedy. Read Bob Iger’s tribute to the Star Wars fan below:

Riley Howell was 21 years old when he passed away, but his actions ensured that several lives were saved. Bob Iger and Lucasfilm have made the right call in immortalizing him in Star Wars lore, and especially in a capacity that actually carries significance within the context of the films themselves. The Force will be with him – always.

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher also appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for previous Star Wars films.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters.

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DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters

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Doom PatrolAlong with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.

In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.

You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".

Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.

Here is the synopsis for the show:

“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”

Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

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