What do screencaps reveal about the future horrors of Ender's Game?

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You've seen the first trailer for the movie adaptation of Ender's Game — now it's time to pick it apart frame-by-frame and uncover the secrets hiding in each second. Get a good look at a Formic ship, the tech-ed out classrooms, the space shuttle school... and most importantly, THE BATTLE ROOM!

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The first shot has to be Mazer Rackham's infamous battle with the Formics.


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Atmosphere battle between human jets and alien ships — note the alien yellow lightning weapon.


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Love how the Bugger ships exit their mothership in a giant swarm.


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Harrison Ford as the gruff Colonel Hyrum Graff.


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Another shot of the battle and the swarms of alien ship, it's kind of beautiful... right?


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Battle School, set in space orbiting the Earth.


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The glass dome holds the Battle Room. AAAAAWESOME.


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The new weapon of choice, children. P.S. SICK FLASH SUITS GUYS.


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Virtual Reality.


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The ipad desks IN THE FLESH. Seems so simple now — but back when this book first came out in 1985 a touchscreen desk seemed like an impossibility. THE FUTURE IS NOW.


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Viola Davis as Major Gwen Anderson.


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Remember when Bean ties himself to the debris in the Battle Room? Yeah, that's in there.


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And now a ton of Battle Room shots, because ZERO G FIGHTING.


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SPIN!


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Battle Room action, looks like their freeze guns (FLASH PISTOLS) shoot out a blue laser. Rad.


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Gorgeous shot of a Formic Ship.


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Ender!


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Fun Futuristic Jammies. Or perhaps this is what one wears to a MIND GAME. Oh yeah, IT'S CONFIRMED.

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Salamander.


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The gang. Name everyone GO.


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First look at Ben Kingsley as pilot warrior Mazer Rackham. Looks like he's going to have a much larger role in this movie.


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Blasting off to Ender's new school in the stars.


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Big set up around an alien planet. Uh oh. (Is this how anyone else pictured it? It is for me!)


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Is that Ender on a Formic planet?


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More alien planet goodness.


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Hailee Steinfeld as the very adorable Petra Arkanian.


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Playing baseball in a space shuttle.


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Abigail Breslin as Ender's beloved sister, Valentine Wiggin.


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Underground with Mazer.


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Reason #167 they had to "age up" Ender. Not a lot of six-year-olds can pull off that smolder.


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Ender prepares himself Minority Report style.


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More training, but this time with gravity. Love the white outfits and adidas. And look whose in the background? Nonso Anozie as Sergeant Dap! *Insert one give her back her dragons joke here*


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Gorgeous Battle Room shot.


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A human vessel is destroyed. But that's not the school.


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The big set up for a big battle. Maestro style.


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SPOILER ALERT: Clearly this is the final battle. I never thought of it this way, I always imagined Ender with actual devices in his hands. Is this better? Cooler? Or just cheaper?


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KABOOM!


DISCUSSION

By
Craig Michael Ranapia

SPOILER ALERT: Clearly this is the final battle.

Seriously, how big a spoiler is a shot without any narrative context whatsoever to people who haven't read the book? Much shit goes boom in an apocalyptic war with an implacable alien foe — which Indiana Jones told us all up front. That's as big a spoiler as copious cussing and arterial spray in a red-band trailer trailer for a Tarantino film. :)