Once more, the Power Sword will be drawn this summer as the production on Sony’s Masters of the Universe movie eventually begins.
According to Production Weekly report, the
Masters of the Universe movie will begin shooting in Prague this July.
“Updated the production schedule and location for Sony’s Masters of the Universe, from the directing duo Aaron & Adam Nee,” tweeted Production Weekly. “Principal photography is due to get mid-July underway in Prague.”
Updated production schedule and location for Sony's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, from the directing duo of Aaron and Adam Nee. Principal photography is due to get underway mid-July in Prague. pic.twitter.com/KUL2InPEU8
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) February 12, 2019
Aaron and Adam Nee brothers helmed the movie to replace McG, who left the project back in 2017. They will direct Masters of the Universe from a recent script written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who have previously worked on films such as Iron Man and Men In Black: International. At the same
time, Sony hired David S. Goyer to rewrite the screenplay. There were rumors Goyer would also direct the film, but he ended up pursuing other projects.
Since taking over Masters of the Universe in 2009, Sony has been working on bringing the film back to the big screen. Over the years, the project has been going through several different versions and even directors. Now with a production date set, it seems that Sony may have committed to a path forward.
Masters of the Universe is based on a Mattel toy line launched in 1982.
In the same year, DC Comics also released a tie-in comic book series. The 1983 Filmation cartoon He-Man & Masters of the Universe created He-Man, with his battle cry “I have the power” that became a household name among children in the era.
Masters of the Universe revolves around Prince Adam of Eternia in a planet which is a blend of traditional fantasy and science fiction. When Adam lifts the Power Sword and invokes the name of Castle Grayskull, he transforms into He-Man – the most powerful warrior in the universe. He-Man then defends Eternia from Skeletor, an evil sorcerer who would claim Grayskull’s secrets for himself to rule Eternia.
Masters of the Universe became a live-action feature movie once before. The actor Dolph Lundgren starred as He-Man in the 1987 film from Cannon Films. Until now, the franchise has gone through several reboots in comics, television, and toys since then, even crossing over with DC Comics superheroes.
After years reporting on this film, Sony finally has been trying to get its production off the ground! Are you excited about it? Who do you think should play the new cinematic He-Man? And who would make a good Skeletor also? Let us know in the comments below!
Masters of the Universe is set for its release on December 18. But it’s safe to assume that Sony will push back the date as the filming has yet to begin.
Director Joss Whedon Calls Henry Cavill the Best Superman Since Christopher Reeve
Recently, in what is surely not going to be a flame-war-igniting statement, Avengers and Justice League director Joss Whedon through down the gauntlet, with a post proclaiming that Henry Cavill is the best Superman since Christopher Reeve.
The director posted the statement to Twitter, saying: “[Henry] Cavill is a GREAT Superman – definitely the best since Reeves and could take the top spot with the right material/barber.”
01. SUPER G.O.A.T.
Cavill is a GREAT Superman – definitely the best since Reeves, and could take the top spot with the right material/barber https://t.co/FWwc3WBoLP
— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 19, 2019
If that was not enough to invite all sorts of trolls out of the woodwork (both DCEU fans who hated Whedon’s Justice League, and fans of Marvel who hate Zack Snyder’s DCEU), Joss Whedon also committed the cardinal sin of misspelling Christopher Reeve’s name as “Reeves” in his original tweet.
02. CHRISTOPHER REEVE
and yes of course I meant pic.twitter.com/C3srvVUQAE
— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 19, 2019
Well, as we can probably expect, that was enough to open the floodgates.
03. SIMPLE SHADING
And you ain't the right material. Lol
— BATSY (@Mohammed_Zano) March 19, 2019
Simple. Effective. Shade Level: 110%
04. JUMBLED BUT CORRECT
You got to be fucking kidding. Zack Snyder already brought the best materiañ the charavter aways have on the big screen. You just help to ruin it. #ReleaseTheSnyderCut
— DCU Movie Page #ReleaseTheSnyderCut (@dcumoviepage) March 19, 2019
We feel you, bro, even if we do not quite understand you.
05. PICTURE’S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS?
He deserves the right material.
This ain’t “HOPE” brother: pic.twitter.com/miDebjMINc
— Adithya Suresh (@AdithyaSuresh34) March 19, 2019
Um, we are not sure what this picture is meant to convey, exactly, but we do agree that Henry Cavill ‘s Superman needs some better material under him.
06. SPECTRUM SHADE-ON-US!
— Anon #ReleaseTheSnyderCut (@Expanseshill) March 19, 2019
Obviously, this issue was too big for just DC and Marvel references.
07. REMEMBER MOUSTACHE GATE?
Your “barber” job pic.twitter.com/UZKBi1HDn5
— 214 (@boomborks) March 19, 2019
— π (@bataziz666) March 19, 2019
…because clearly the Internet does, Mr. Whedon.
08. SNYDER CUT!
— 214 (@boomborks) March 19, 2019
Well , we certainly know YOUR material was straight garbage. Superman never felt more off and more fake then he did in your disastrous reshoots of JL. What imagination do you have as a director ?Just trot out a Donner rip off to pander to toxic nerds who are ignorant ? Like you
— Rising (@T1meTraveler01) March 19, 2019
So say all #ReleaseTheSnyderCut fanatics!
09. DCEU TOO GOOD FOR YOU
You’re such a cynical!!
You have NO right to say “with the right material” when YOU made this abomination in Justice League.
Snyder made THE BEST Superman movie with THE BEST Superman.
DC characters are too great for you, thanks God you’re not doing Batgirl. pic.twitter.com/ZFQrdzdOgv
— Jo Costello (@MaJoJovi) March 19, 2019
Ouch. It is really saying something when online fans don’t think you are good enough for the DCEU!
10. THE KIDS SAY
— Miguel (@Lean0695) March 19, 2019
From the mouths of babes…
The DC Movie Universe continues with Shazam! on April 5, Joker on October 4, Birds of Prey (and the Fabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, and The Batman on June 25, 2021.
“Aquaman” Director James Wan Suddenly Quits Twitter
Aquaman director James Wan is taking a break from Twitter. The filmmaker, who tweeted under the handle @creepypuppet will no longer be found on the website. James Wan is said to be focusing on upcoming projects now that his billion dollar plus-grossing blockbuster has completed its theatrical run. The director has left his little-used Instagram account untouched.
At present, James Wan has yet to be confirmed as director for the sequel of Aquaman but already dated by Warner Bros. for December 16, 2022. Previously, producer Peter Safran told THR of the four-year separation between Aquaman entries.
“[DC Films chief Walter Hamada], me, and Wan always shared the same philosophy, which is: you want to do it right,” Safran said. “You don’t want to do it fast. You just want to do it right.”
According to a report from Deadline, James Wan is expected to return, but he would be taking a break following production tax and promotional tour. Now Wan and the studio are on the hunt for a “seaworthy” script.
“I mean, like the people I work with goes a long way. That was the reason I came back when I did Insidious 2,” Wan said during an interview in December when asked if he intended to helm a sequel.
“But it is a weird one for me because actually, I do not know what I want to do next for the first time in my career. But I felt like Aquaman ticked a lot of boxes for me. After Furious 7, I want to do another action movie. I wanted to do a world of creation film. And I also wanted to do a superhero movie. Literally, Aquaman ticked all of those boxes for me.”
The filmmaker added he is now “in the sort of place like, do I kind of go back and make a smaller movie maybe as my next one, something a bit more intimate? If I can do a personal movie, maybe it is on a bigger scale. But I’m not sure at this point.”
At present, James Wan has numerous projects queued up as the producer, including Conjuring Universe spinoff The Curse of La Llorona, with Annabelle Comes Home, and the Swamp Thing TV series.
Aquaman will be available to own on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray on March 26.
“The Flash:” Ezra Miller Reportedly Could Exit Over Script Clash With Directors
The ongoing saga of The Flash standalone film now took another strange turn today with the report of Ezra Miller re-writing the script with the assistance of comics legend Grant Morrison. The story of Miller’s desire to tackle the film has come over a clash with directors John Francis Delay and Jonathan Goldstein over the tone. And that could ultimately result in the actor’s departure.
In some shocking Friday afternoon news, The Flash movie might soon be without a star. According to THR, Ezra Miller has taken it upon himself to take over scripting duties for the solo speedster flick. If the studio chooses to skip over the Morrison & Miller script in favor of one from The Flash directors, it is said that Ezra Miller could exit the role of Barry Allen.
Reports indicate the Morrison/Miller script has a much darker tone than that of the one Daley and Goldstein have on the table. It is said that Ezra Miller has an uphill battle in his quest after Warner Bros. is aiming for the light-hearted tones seen in both Aquaman – a billion-dollar blockbuster for DC – and Shazam!, the upcoming David F. Sandberg-led flick that has been a smash with critics.
For a standalone film of the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash has had a notoriously slow time making it to theaters. Ezra Miller has been attached to the role that Zack Snyder cast him for a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but ever since, the film has struggled to gain any footing at Warner Bros. It is featured a rotating cast of directors before finally setting on Goldstein and Daley now over a year ago.
Last month, Ezra Miller was approached about the film’s delay in an international press stop for the latest Fantastic Beasts movie. Then he mentioned that the crew behind the flick was being meticulous as they moved forward with the property.
“Anyone who knows anything about Barry Allen also knows that he is always late,” Miller said. “But when he arrives, he gets the stuff done. And that is definitely how this film’s production schedule is proceeding. We are a little late.”
“But the reason why we’re late,” the actor explained. “And this is honest to god truth. We are all – and I include myself in this – we very meticulously focused on making a movie which is not just one of the greatest superhero movies that we can possibly make. The movie is going to be a gift to fans.”
According to that report, there is a reason why Warner Bros. allowed the re-write of this DC Comics movie.
And actually, it all comes down to the timing of Ezra Miller’s contract. His initial holding agreement for The Flash is set to expire in May. So we probably could be getting re-casting news very soon.
A recent rumor also suggested The Flash could go into production as soon as this November, which seems unlikely with Ezra Miller and Grant Morrison re-writing the script as well as the actor’s commitments to the Fantastic Beasts franchise. While J.K. Rowling’s third installment was delayed recently, the film is also expected to begin its production before the end of the year.
Now, we might be looking at yet another recast in the DC Comics Universe, that is now in the midst of regaining momentum after misfires from directors Zack Snyder, David Ayer, and Joss Whedon.
To his credit, Ezra Miller has explained that he’s dedicated to creating a Flash film that will make fans proud. And he wouldn’t do it unless he believed in the story.
We will wait to find out if The Flash movie is actually coming through over the next months as production rumoredly begins, as well as if Warner Bros. will go with Ezra Miller and Grant Morrison’s vision for the film – and what that means for writers/directors Daley and Goldstein.
“Guardians of the Galaxy 3:” Disney Reportedly Rehires Director James Gunn
Months and months after firing James Gunn for his decade-old inappropriate tweets, Disney now has reportedly reversed their decision regarding Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. After all, on Friday afternoon, the House of Mouse and Marvel Studios had changed their minds and officially brought James Gunn back to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the decision was actually made months ago following conversations between Disney and Marvel Studios executives.
According to the latest report, Walt Disney Studios president Alan F. Horn, who also had a hand in James Gunn’s initial firing last summer, met with the filmmaker several times after he was removed from the position. The chairman of Disney was persuaded to change his mind after seeing Gunn’s public apology and his subsequent handling of the situation. Also, this case of Gunn was probably helped by his cast and peers, who were all vocal online and even in interviews defending the director.
At present, James Gunn had already completed his script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that the film would use his script. Meanwhile, other directors were the subject of rumors, suggesting that Marvel was looking to replace James Gunn rather quickly. But that clearly was not the case.
However, the only complicated part of this entire situation is the involvement of James Gunn with Warner Bros. and DC.
After leaving Marvel, the director signed on to write and direct Suicide Squad 2. The film production is set to begin this year, and Marvel has agreed let Gunn complete his work on the DC project before heading back to the Guardians franchise. Recently, the roster and working title of Suicide Squad 2 have been revealed.
As for James Gunn, since his firing, he has kept things quiet on the social network for a time, but that changed after the Disney and Marvel Studios broke out in a collective cry of joy after they reversed the decision. Eventually, the filmmaker was back to Twitter to share a simple message of thanks for everyone who supported him in the recent months.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2019
So, James Gunn will still helm the Suicide Squad sequel for Warner Bros. and DC before returning to Marvel to begin production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
What do you think of this decision from Disney? Are you excited to see James Gunn back in the director’s chair for Guardians 3? Share with us in the comments!
“Captain Marvel” Star Brie Larson Reveals Her Favorite Superhero Is Wonder Woman
Currently, Brie Larson’s portrayal of Captain Marvel is commanding the box office. And it looks like another female superhero has a special place in her heart.
During an interview with The Female Lead on the film’s red carpet, a young fan asked Brie Larson what female superhero is her favorite. And the actress revealed, she’s a fan of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman from DC.
“I really like Wonder Woman a lot,” Larson said. “I think she is super cool.”
Brie Larson has mentioned Wonder Woman in a fair share of other interviews. Recently, the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins took to social media to congratulate the team behind Captain Marvel on its success. And the film star Gal Gadot also shared artwork of the two with her kind words to Larson.
With Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel being the first two female-fronted solo superhero films in the modern-day DC and Marvel cinematic universes, it is safe to say that both have ended up making quite an impact.
“What was great about Wonder Woman was talking to female audience members afterward about how they felt watching the movie,” said the executive producer Jonathan Schwartz. “A lot of people I talked to just said. ‘I have never felt like that watching a movie before in my entire life. The character resonated with me in the ways I did not even know a character could resonate with me.’ That was so great to hear, and kind of an amazing thing.”
“I think the movie helped us understand how important movies like that are,” continued Schwartz. “So, in terms of making the movie [Wonder Woman] feel distinct, I think all these films chart their own courses anyway. And I think that means making the movie feel distinct. Not just from other female-led movies, but from all the Marvel movies as well, which I think we’ll try to do in every movie. It was not a new challenge necessarily. But it was the one I think we were extra-excited for because of the nature of what this movie means to people.”
Upcoming DC films include:
- Shazam! on April 5
- Joker on October 10
- Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020
- The Batman on June 25, 2021
- The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021
- Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022.
Stay tuned with us!
“Wonder Woman” Star Gal Gadot Congratulates “Captain Marvel” Star Brie Larson
Recently, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot offered her congratulations to Brie Larson for Captain Marvel during its big opening weekend.
Gal Gadot posted to her Instagram Story, sharing artwork of herself Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel together, with kind words for Brie Larson.
“I am so happy for you sister! Congrats,” Gadot wrote.
— ✵ Captain Marvel News ✵ (@CaptMarvelNews) March 11, 2019
Wonder Woman, the first female-led movie in the DC Extended Universe, broke records when it was released back in 2017. And now, Captain Marvel is following suit, breaking records as the first female-led Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
Captain Marvel has earned $455 million global opening weekend, becoming the biggest global opening ever for a female-led movie. That is also the second-largest global opening ever for a Marvel Studios film, behind only last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Furthermore, the blockbuster’s opening weekend total brings the MCU’s combined box office gross after 31 movies to $17.98 billion. With Captain Marvel’s entire theatrical run ahead, not to mention the openings of upcoming Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, it will not be long before the Marvel Studios film hits that $18 billion.
The film opened with $153 million domestically. That makes it become the seventh-largest domestic opening weekend for an Marvel Cinematic Universe film, landing above Guardians of the Galaxy and right below Iron Man 3. It’s also the second-highest domestic opening weekend for a solo Marvel Cinematic Universe character debit, behind only last year’s Black Panther.
Previously, during a visit to the set of Captain Marvel, the executive producer, Jonathan Schwartz, also revealed how the film got inspired by DC’s Wonder Woman.
As for Gal Gadot, the star will be reprising her role in Wonder Woman 1984, which is set to hit theaters on June 5, 2020.
Captain Marvel is now playing in theaters. Don’t miss out!
“Suicide Squad 2” Roster and Working Title Revealed
It has been a busy week for James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel. First, the reported team of characters James Gunn had been eyeing surfaced. And now, the working title for Suicide Squad has started making the rounds online.
In a recent report from Production Weekly, the film will be filming under the working title of “El Dorado.” On the other hand, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was filmed under “Bravo 14.”
When it comes to working titles, reports surfaced that James Gunn’s team would feature nearly all-new characters.
According to Collider, which comes from sources close to the production, the current roster will be led by Idris Elba taking over Will Smith as Deadshot and a light appearance from Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. And the new Suicide Squad will consist of Ratcatcher, Polka-Dot Man, King Shark, and Peacemaker.
The report surfaced that Ratcatcher would be a gender-swapped version of the DC Comics characters, replacing Otis Flannegan with a woman in this role. Alongside her ability controlling rats, the character will also have an affinity for poisonous gas.
While all of these characters are all intriguing for the big screen, the most head-turning bit of news comes with the description for Peacemaker. Gunn is apparently keen on getting Dave Bautista for this role after casting him as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films. After Disney fired James Gunn, Bautista was instantly the biggest advocate for the director. So it is no surprise that the duo is hoping to work together again.
As previously mentioned, James Gunn is teaming up with DC film franchise for The Suicide Squad that will essentially act as a revamp of David Ayer’s film in 2016, rather than a direct sequel. A recent report reveals what looks to be the rest of the roster for James Gunn’s new iteration of the anti-hero team. And it is even weirder than anyone expected.
Keep in mind, this line-up could change by the time The Suicide Squad goes into production later this year. In the meantime, any tweaks or rewrites could significantly alter the roster, and nothing is final at this time.
The Suicide Squad is currently set for release on August 6, 2021.
Other upcoming DC movies include:
- Shazam! on April 5
- Joker on October 4
- Birds of Prey on February 7, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020
- and The Batman on June 25, 2021.
“Suicide Squad 2:” Idris Elba Replaces Will Smith as Deadshot
It seems that Will Smith has been done with the DC Comics film franchise entirely, and Deadshot will indeed return for the sequel of Suicide Squad with actor Idris Elba stepping into the role.
The report indicates that the meeting with Will Smith and Idris Elba turned out very well, and talks with the studio began earnestly, making this a very quick development in replacing Deadshot for the upcoming film.
Variety previously reports that Will Smith’s departure comes down to the age-old issue of scheduling conflicts. The actor and Warner Bros. apparently decided to move forward on amicable terms, possibly leaving the door open for a return in the future.
Suicide Squad 2 is said to be a relaunch of the original film and not a full-on reboot.
The Variety report indicates that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is supposed to reprise her role for the new movie, likely picking up the events of Birds of Prey. Other than Harley and Deadshot, the new film is supposed to feature many new characters that take from the rotating cast of coerced supervillains from the pages of DC Comics.
It looks like Warner Bros. is eager to make their casting decisions quickly in hopes of beginning production soon. The studio is reportedly happy with the script as James Gunn has already turned in several drafts.
After the departure of Will Smith revealed last week, a reporter from Variety, Justin Kroll, also indicated that Warner Bros. was deciding whether or not to recast the role of Deadshot or entirely replace him with another character.
“One item I forgot to add to the story, sources say execs are now deciding whether they’ll recast the role or replace Deadshot with a different character from the DC universe to join the team in the sequel,” wrote Kroll.
The decision did not take long, thanks to the meeting between James Gunn and Idris Elba. And now it appears The Suicide Squad is back on track with its core roster in place. However, it remains unseen which other characters will return, such as Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, and what others will join the new crew.
As for James Gunn:
His frequent collaborator Michael Rooker previously spoke out on Gunn’s firing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He explained how Gun had bounced back with this new gig in the DC Comics franchise.
“It is terrible; isn’t it?” Yeah, but oh well, guess what? He is on a gig already. Suicide Squad, that’s right. He is writing it and directing it as well,” Rooker revealed at Walker Stalker Con last year.
At that time, while rumors persisted about James Gunn’s involvement in the potential reboot, DC Comics confirmed the news with an episode of DC Daily.
“It is official that we’ve got a new member of the DC family: acclaimed writer/director James Gunn has been attached to write the Suicide Squad 2,” host Tiffany Smith said. “Gunn’s poised to bring a completely fresh take to the franchise after the first film was written and directed by David Ayer.”
Currently, The Suicide Squad is scheduled to premiere in theaters on August 6, 2021.
Ben Affleck Revealed Why He Left the DC Comics’ Batman Movie
The latest news for DC Comics and Warner Bros. upcoming Batman movie has stunned fans, as writer/director Matt Reeves’ film will not involve Ben Affleck.
The Justice League star has spoken at length about his departure, including an official “jersey retirement” during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, Ben Affleck only recently went into detail on the reasons behind his decision. He told IGN why he first walked away from writing and directing the film.
“That was part of the problem,” Affleck said. “We worked on the script. And I was trying to figure out how to crack it. But I was never happy enough with it where I thought it was worth going out and making it. Because I just did not want to do a version that I was not really excited by. So I still don’t know.”
Previously, the actor spoke about his attempts to make the Batman movie over two years ago, when he was still attached.
Even back then, Ben Affleck said he wouldn’t rush the film. And the Dark Knight had to be confident in the story that he was telling before moving forward.
“I do not have a script that is ready yet. My timetable is I am not going to make a movie until there is a script that I think is good. Because I have been at the end of the things when you make the movies when you have a script that is not good yet. And it doesn’t pan out,” Ben Affleck told IGN back in 2016. “I have a script. We are still working on it. And I am not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman film, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That is something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It is not just like, ‘Yeah, that might be fun. Let’s go try this out!”
Recently, the actor admitted that he’s done with his character, paving the way for a new actor to take over.
“Yeah, I’ve decided. I tried to direct a version of it and also worked with a really good screenwriter. But I could not come up with a version,” Ben Affleck told Kimmel during his appearance on the late-night show. “I could not crack it. So I thought it’s time to let someone else take a shot at it. And they got some really good people.”
Currently, the Batman is scheduled to premiere in theaters on June 25, 2021.
Ben Affleck Officially Confirms He Has Retired as Batman
After the bitter ending to his career as a superhero in Justice League, Ben Affleck is ready to move on from the iconic character, Batman.
Recently, during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the new Netflix film Triple Frontier, Ben Affleck finally spoke out on his decision to leave the cape and cowl behind as writer/director Matt Reeves prepares for The Batman.
You can watch the full video below.
The Batman will instead feature a young Bruce Wayne.
Ben Affleck’s Batman is officially hanging up his Batsuit now. And the upcoming The Batman will follow a new, younger version of Bruce Wayne, replacing the original superhero Affleck has been depicting.
“Yeah, I’m. I’ve decided. I tried to direct the version of it. And I worked with a really good screenwriter, but could not come up with a version,” he told Kimmel. “Could not crack it. So I thought it’s time to let someone else take a shot at it. And they got some really good people.”
Jimmy Kimmel then surprised Ben Affleck with a retirement ceremony, revealing they were going to hang his Batman costume up in the rafters.
“Warner Bros. has given us something. And we are going to retire your bat cape in the rafters officially. That’s your official cowl and cape,” said Kimmel. That he introduced his sidekick Guillermo in the Robin costume while holding the cape with a new modification: the number of New England Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, #12, fixed on the cape.
Ben Affleck previously portrayed Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. He also played a part for a glorified cameo in Suicide Squad. The star was originally slated to reprise his role in The Batman, which he was also going to direct. But later, Ben Affleck removed himself from directing, handing the reigns over to Reeves to board the project as the new director since February 2017.
The actor then joked the number was there the entire time and Warner Bros. paid $80 million to remove it digitally. As the cowl and cape were hoisted to the rafters, Ben Affleck delivered a twist on the iconic line: “I am not Batman.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Reeves described his iteration of the Dark Knight as “a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale.”
“It is more Batman in his detective mode than we have seen in the films. The comics have a history of that,” Reeves said. “He was supposed to be the world’s greatest detective. And that is not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I would love this to be one where when we go on the journey of tracking down the criminals and also trying to solve a crime. It is going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
Reeves also added that they would begin the casting process soon.
When the news came out that Matt Reeves’ The Batman would be released in 2021, Ben Affleck jumped on social media to cheer on the franchise newcomer as well as his new take on the superhero.
“Excited for #TheBatman in the summer 2021 and to see Matt Reeves’ vision come to life,” he tweeted.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019
Meanwhile, Reeves also said about carrying the film into the future, revealing his plans as well.
“I’ve loved the Batman story since I was a child. He’s such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I’m incredibly excited and honored to be working with Warner Bros. and bringing an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
Though there has been much back and forth aboaut Ben Affleck’s ultimate involvement in The Batman. But now, it is official. This Caped Crusader is done.
As for Matt Reeves, he spoke about the project and what he wanted it to be, teasing that it would be unlike any other DC Comics-based superhero meeting at Warner Bros.
“What it’ll be called ultimately, I don’t know,” Reeves said. “Aquaman is very different from the Todd Phillips Joker. And that is going to be different from Shazam and Harley Quinn. Warners Bros. believes they do not have to try to develop a giant slate that has to have all the plans for how it is going to connect. What they need to try to do is make good movies with these characters.”
Currently, The Batman is scheduled to premiere in theaters on June 25, 2021. In the meantime, Ben Affleck’s film Triple Frontier arrives Netflix on March 13.
New Photos of Batman Villain Magpie in ‘Gotham’ Arrives
Though a new episode of Gotham will not arrive until Valentine Day this year, when the show does return, there’s plenty to get excited about. Not only Lee Thompkins is eventually making her Season 5 debut in the next episode, but the Gotham show is also going to be introducing another villain from the DC Comics lore: Magpie.
Before the season began, it was revealed that Magpie would be arriving at some point. However, there was still no indication as to when. That changed this week as Fox released a batch of 14 photos from the February 14th episode, “13 Stitches.” And among them is an image of Sarah Schenkkan starring as Magpie.
In addition to the arrival of Magpie, this new episode of Gotham will also feature some potentially world-altering news for Jim Gordon, alongside an unlikely team-up between Selina and Penguin as well.
Here is the official synopsis for “13 Stitches”, followed by all 14 new photos. Check it out!
“Jim Gordon assembles an unlikely team-up to protect Gotham from Eduardo Dorrance (guest star Shane West) and his Delta Force. Just as Thompkins resurfaces, Barbara reveals shocking news that’ll change Gordon’s life forever. Meanwhile, Penguin and Selina team up to outsmart fellow villain Magpie ( star Sarah Schenkkan) in the all-new ’13 Stitches’ episode of GOTHAM airing on Thursday, February 14.”
1. SARAH SCHENKKAN AS MAGPIE
2. I WONDER WHAT YOU WOULD LOOK LIKE WITHOUT A NOSE
3. DIES MY BEARD LOOK GOOD IN THE MOONLIGHT?
5. IT AIN’T GONNA WORK, JIM
7. LEE IS BACK!
8. WELCOME TO MY RUBBLE PILE
9. SELINA DOESN’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS
11. JIM AT THE ROXBURY
13. THE BANE OF JIM’S EXISTENCE (I’M SO SORRY)
Stay tuned with HeroHyper!
“Birds of Prey:” First Set Photos Surfaced Online
Until now, Birds of Prey has taken flight at long last. Harley Quinn’s standalone film has been a long time coming, but its production kicked off on the project this week. Now, the first set photos of Birds of Prey have surfaced online, giving fans a new look at Margot Robbie all done up.
Recently over on Twitter, fans began to circulate new set photos taken from Birds of Prey. With actors on set, the stills have captured the likes of Margot Robbie in her character. And Harley Quinn looks glitzier than ever before here.
Oh, and the vixen’s up-do? That’s what we call hair goals.
— ~Oracle (@4eyedRaven) January 29, 2019
As we see above, Birds of Prey set photos reveal a new Harley outfit. She has her blond-haired dyed with teal tips, and her getup is just as colorful. Putting on a sequin trench coat, Harley has on a mesh top with stars sewn into its netting. Her look arrives with short booties and some colorfully striped trousers.
In the other photos, Harley Quinn is seen hanging over a man on an empty street. One picture has her leaning on the guy with an arm slung over his shoulder. The pair appears to be headed towards a car. And in the second image, the two is seemingly standing close on a doorstep.
Still, details about Birds of Prey remain quiet so far, but fans did get a good look at the film yesterday.
Although the production just began, a teaser for the movie went live featuring its main cast. Not only did Margot Robbie appear as Harley Quinn, but Mary Elizabeth Winstead showed up as the Huntress. Meanwhile, Jurnee Smollett-Bell stepped in as Black Canary, Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Rose Perez as Renee Montoya. Alongside the team, Ewan McGregor appeared as Black Mask while Chris Messina rounded up the teased cast as Victor Zsasz.
Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) comes to theaters on February 7, 2020. Other upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Shazam! on April 5, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020.
All the Marvel, DC, Disney, and Star Wars Films Releasing in 2019
The last 2018 was a huge year for movies, especially when it comes to franchises and studios that comic fans adore. Disney, Sony, Fox, Paramount, Marvel Studios, and Warner Bros. all put out big films in the last year. But it appears that 2019 will become even bigger. In the meantime, we have got all the films you need to mark your calendars for in this one handy place.
Before we get to 2019 though, the studios all put some great movies just in December alone, which was packed with geeky goodness. If you are a superhero movie fan, you got Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As for fans of Disney, then you got Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins Returns. And if you are a Transformers fan, Bumblebee was right up your alley, making it quite a month for fans.
In speaking of recent Aquaman, Warner Bros. only put out one DC film this year, but boy did they make it count. The blockbuster Aquaman has already sailed past the $1 billion marks worldwide and is already to the top-grossing DC movie ever. However, that is not a shabby way to end the year. And in 2019, DC is upping the ante with two films on the slate.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios had the incredibly successful Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year. The film surpassed the $2 billion mark and expectedly stays the same for the even more anticipated Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Actually, Marvel Studios has two movies coming out during the first half of the year, while Sony is following up the massive success of Venom with a new Spider-Man movie.
As for the House of Mouse, it looks as if they’re going to dominate in 2019 just like they did in 2018, with three live-action remakes on the horizon as well as other anticipated projects, both in animation and live-action. So yeah, Disney is probably going to crush it, especially when you consider that whole Star Wars Episode IX is coming at the end of this year.
And 20th Century Fox will soon come home to Disney. However, before they’re completely moved over, Fox still has a few movies up their sleeves.
Now, scroll down 16 headlines to see all the Disney, Marvel, DC, and Star Wars films hitting in 2019!
1. CAPTAIN MARVEL
Title: Captain Marvel
Studio: Marvel Studios
Release Date: March 8
First of all, the anticipated Captain Marvel will officially bring Carol Danvers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the star Brie Larson leading the charge, we could not be more excited to see what Marvel Studios has up their sleeves and how the movie will affect the next decade of Marvel films.
Sypnosis: “The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the most powerful heroes of the universe while Earth is caught in the middle of one galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is the all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the Marvel Cinematic Universe history.”
Release Date: March 29
Following the successful line of live-action films from Disney is Dumbo. The movie has Tim Burton putting his stylized touch on the beloved animated classic. If it is anything like the last several remakes of Disney, it should do quite well at the box office.
Synopsis: “From Disney with visionary director Tim Burton, an all-new grand live-action adventure as Dumbo expands on the beloved classic stories where differences are celebrated, the family is cherished, and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlisted the former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) alongside his children – Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) – to take care of a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him become laughingstock already in a struggling circus. However, when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attacking persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits a peculiar pachyderm for his newest and larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Then Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Collette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt Farrier learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of the dark secrets.”
Studios: Warner Bros.
Release Date: April 5
Next in Warner Bros. is the first DC title of the year in the Zachary Levi led Shazam!. It will be the first time of the character on the big screen. And the early reactions to its debut trailer are quite positive. That really looks to ratchet up the fun and humor. And Warner Bros. is obviously hoping to keep up the momentum from the billion-grossing Aquaman.
Sypnosis: “We all have a superhero inside us, and it takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In the Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one-word ‘SHAZAM!’, this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart – inside a ripped, godlike body – Shazam revels in his adult version by doing what any teen would do with their superpowers: have fun with them! So can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Or can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip the social studies tests? Shazam sets out to test the limit of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he will need to master these powers quickly to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeis Sivana (Strong).”
Release Date: April 17
Following the events of 2019, Disneynature returns for the up-close look at Steve the Penguin and his other penguin pals in a gorgeous documentary about finding their love and fatherhood in the Antartic. The film expectedly brings us plenty of heart-tugging moments as a result.
Synopsis: “Disneynature’s all-new feature movie Penguins is a coming-of-age story about an Adelie penguin named Steve. He joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antartic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, and find a life partner to start a family. None of that comes easily for him, especially considering he is targeted by everything from the killer whales to leopard seals, that unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind ‘Bears’ and ‘Chimpanzee,’ Disneynature’s ‘Penguins’ opens in theaters nationwide in time for the Earth Day 2019.”
5. AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Title: Avengers: Endgame
Studio: Marvel Studios
Release Date: April 26
In the meantime, there are few movies in 2019 more anticipated than Avengers: Endgame, which will deliver the conclusion to the first ten years of Marvel movie stories as well as deal with the direct fallout and effects of the Infinity War ending. Marvel fans have still been on pins and needles waiting to figure out if the superheroes can overcome Thanos’ decimation. And thankfully, the wait for it is not that much longer.
Release Date: May 24
Next up in the Disney’s live-action success in their remake of Aladdin, helmed by Guy Ritchie. Still, there is not a lot known about the film, though from its first trailer and photos, fans get an idea of how the cast will look in the fully realized version of Agrabah. Now we just wait to see if Will Smith’s Genie looks like blue, so we will have a much better idea of how this is shaping up.
Sypnosis: “Aladdin is an exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous, self-determined Princess Jasmine alongside the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, bringing his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port of the city of Agrabah. The movie is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s Aladdin.”
7. DARK PHOENIX
Title: Dark Phoenix
Studio: 2oth Century Fox
Release Date: June 7
Once more, the Dark Phoenix saga is in the spotlight when Fox takes a second crack at the iconic story, and this time with the more recent cast. Hopes are high, but there’s still some trepidation around the project, which could eventually become one of the last X-Men movies that Fox ends up ever making thanks to the new merger with Disney.
Synopsis: “In the Dark Phoenix, the X-Men will face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. Throughout a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed as she’s hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she can return home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful but also far more unstable. Wrestling with the entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in the ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control and even hurting the ones who she loves most, Jean begins to unravel the very fabric which holds the X-Men together. Now, with the family falling apart, they must find a way to unite – not only to save the soul of Jean but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize the force and even rule the galaxy.”
8. TOY STORY
Title: Toy Story
Release Date: June 21
Now, the next chapter in the ultra-successful Toy Story franchise is almost upon us. And Disney fans will meet a new addition to this toy box in Forky. As we might expect from Pixar, there is substance underneath the adorable and hilarious adventures of the cast. And that it all starts with a spork.
Synopsis: “Woody has always been confident about his place in the world. And his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that is Andy or Bonnie. However, when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called Forky to her room, a rod trip adventure alongside her old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date), produced by Jonas Rivera (Inside Out, Up), as well as Mark Nielsen (associate producer Inside Out), and Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 ventures to US theaters on June 21st, 2019.”
9. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
Title: Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release Date: July 5
The next adventure of Spider-Man is finally here. And he will also be getting plenty of new costumes as a result. Meanwhile, the biggest addition is the mysterious Mysterio, as he appears to be an ally in the movie, but we all know it better, and so does Nick Fury.
Synopsis: “Peter Parker returns in the Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Homecoming series. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join Peter’s best friends MJ, Ned, and the rest of his gang on their European vacation. However, his plan to leave super heroics behind for few weeks is quickly scrapped as Peter begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!”
10. THE LION KING
Title: The Lion King
Release Date: July 19
Furthermore, one of the most anticipated live-action remakes will happen mid-way through this year is The Lion King, which will see Jon Favreau back at the helm after his hugely successful remake of The Jungle Book. And fans seem to be ridiculously excited now.
Synopsis: “From Disney Live-Action, director Jon Favreau’s brand new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome the betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock.”
11. THE NEW MUTANTS
Title: The New Mutants
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: August 2
Certainly, The New Mutants is a different type of X-Men franchise, coming for more of a horror feel than other adaptations, yet it still looks to include some fan-favorite characters, and plenty of material pulled from the comics. So we’ll wait to see if the gamble delivers.
Synopsis: “The story of the New Mutants, the team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s school.”
12. DISNEY’S ARTEMIS FOWL
Title: Disney’s Artemis Fowl
Release Date: August 9
This year, Disney would love to have another hit movie on its hands with Artemis Fowl, which puts a young genius descending from criminal masterminds in the spotlight. Throw in an army of fairies alongside a compelling mystery; you have got yourself a potent concoction. And Disney is hoping it can turn some heads.
Synopsis: “Directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl follows 12-year-old- genius Artemis Fowl – a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, when he finds himself in the battle of strength and cunning against the powerful and hidden race of fairies who may stand behind the disappearance of his father.
The film stars Ferdia Shaw alongside Lara McDonnell, Nonso Anozie, Tamara Smart, with Judi Dench, and Josh Gad. Judy Hofflund alongside Kenneth Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as the executive producers. The screenplay is by Conor McPherson.”
13. THE KITCHEN
Title: The Kitchen
Studio: New Line Cinema
Release Date: September 20
This Vertigo adaptation will feature a stacked leading cast and an intriguing premise. And it could be a sleeper hit if the movie strikes the right notes.
Synopsis: “Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars the Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, and Tiffany Haddish as three 1987 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp axe to grind, these ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands – proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition… literally.”
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: October 4
Still, there is not much to go on when it comes to the anticipated Joker film that puts Joaquin Phoenix in his role as the clown prince of crime. But we all know it is an origin story. And it has been teased as something, unlike any other superhero movie. With the talent involved, we are inclined to believe them.
15. FROZEN 2
Title: Frozen 2
Release Date: November 22
While fans have been waiting for a long time to get a Frozen sequel, this year is finally the year it does happen. Still, no official description or synopsis has been revealed. But we got some new details courtesy of a calendar released internationally. The film will see Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf heading deep into the forest to learn an ancient truth in terms of the kingdom.
16. STAR WARS: EPISODE IX
Title: Star Wars: Episode IX
Release Date: December 20
Still, there is no official announcement has been released for this film. But it’ll close out the current trilogy started by J.J. Abrams in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, it is fitting that he’s back at the helm after The Last Jedi of Rian Johnson, bringing this new era to an epic finale and also setting things up for the Johnson-directed trilogy that comes after.
For the further news, stay tuned with us!
“Young Justice: Outsiders” Revealed the First Look at Cyborg
It seems like the cast of Young Justice: Outsiders is about to expand itself once again. With a new season out, the hit show has been getting long-time fans thrilled. And recently, a new peek at the show has revealed the first look at Cyborg.
So, it is time you put your hands together for one Victor Stone. The hero will be making his Young Justice debut after some clear teaser. He’s going to do so with one sleek design in tow.
Here is his first look in Young Justice: Outsiders.
As you can see above, the design for Cyborg is not anything too unexpected. Victor Stone is very much in his prime here. And his lean physique also proves the guy is a top-tier athlete. Years of football did help sculpt his body, but Cyborg will soon use his body to do things aside from making touchdowns. Since an accident leaves Victor’s body integrated with experimental technology, the boy transforms a superhero known as Cyborg eventually. And his first look shows off a bit of that tech. After all, one of Victor’s eyes turns glowing red, and his outstretched arm has a similar look to it.
Not long ago, a short clip went live, showcasing a sneak peek scene starring Cyborg.
The video, which you can see above, was shared by IGN and follows Victor as he confronts his father. With the older man heading up research at his lab, Victor asks his dad about why he continues to miss his football games and ignore him in favor of his work. Then the encounter boils over into a nasty debate filled with harsh words. And it does not end with any sort of reconciliation. Actually, Victor ends up leaving the lab with his feelings hurt. But fans know the emotional split will not lose his will for the football superstar.
So, are you glad to see Cyborg join Young Justice: Outsiders? Share with us in the comments!
Young Justice: Outsiders consists of 26 total episodes with some new premiering every Friday. Four new episodes premiere on January 25 as the mid-season finale with the series returning for the second haft of the season in June.
Young Justice: Outsiders is streaming on DC Universe.
“Captain Marvel” Producer Revealed How They Got Inspired From “Wonder Woman”
Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters this year with a binary bang, but the heroine is not the first to take over Hollywood. It was not long ago that Wonder Woman broke barriers with her solo venture. And it seems that Carol Danvers will be taking cues from her DC Comics predecessor.
Recently, during a visit to the set of Captain Marvel, executive producer Jonathan Schwartz was asked if – and how – Wonder Woman influenced the MCU film. And he had the following to say.
“What’s so great about Wonder Woman was talking to female audience members afterward about how they felt watching the movie. A lot of people I talked to said, ‘I have never felt like that watching a movie before in my entire life. The character resonated [with] me in ways I did not even know that a character could resonate with me.’ That was great to hear, and kind of an amazing thing,” the producer said to Comicbook.
“I think it [Wonder Woman] helped us understand how important movies like that are. So that in terms of making the movie feel distinct, all those movies chart their own courses anyway. I think that means making the film feel distinct, not just from other female-lead movies, but all the other Marvel movies as well, that we try to do in every movie. It was not a new challenge necessarily. But it was the one I think we were extra-excited for because of the nature of what this movie means to people.”
It is no secret that Wonder Woman sat well with both fans and critics upon its release. And now Captain Marvel looks like it will land in the same way.
To date, reactions to the film have still been positive on social network media. And the star behind Captain Marvel, Brie Larson, has become a clear favorite within the MCU already. Still, the actress says she hopes fans will be able to break down Captain Marvel like any other film and not praise it blindly for the sake of female empowerment.
“It does not matter what I make. I really feel firm that art is made to be enjoyed and interpreted. And you will get what you need out of it,” Larson said in a recent interview. “My favorite books I have read many times in life, and they mean something totally different to me every time I read them. Art is not made to be processed and labeled or organized in the way that we do it now. Even I have a hard time with that idea of genre. And we place value based off of, ‘Well, it is really good for this kind of movie.’ What is that even mean? I don’t understand.”
“It will be what it is. And I think there is gonna be a lot there for people to digest and feel,” she continued. “Hopefully it will become the movie that you just want to revisit again and again. As life goes on, it will have more to it. And I just want to make art that lasts. I want to make art you’ll grow with. That’s all.”
So, do you have any preference between Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel? Share with us in the comments below.
Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Djimon Hounsou (Korath), Lee Pace (Ronan). Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan (Minn-Erva). Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace, Kenneth Mitchell (Joseph Danvers), alongside Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), and Jude Law.
Captain Marvel launches on March 8, 2019, while Wonder Woman 1984 will hit theaters on June 5 next year.
“The Dark Knight” Fans In Memory of Heath Ledger 11 Years After His Death
The fan-favorite star Heath Ledger passed away on January 22, 2008 – months before the release of The Dark Knight along with the debut of his take on The Joker. Not only the film did change the perception of comic book movies, but the actor’s performance continued to become a defining iteration of the DC Comics villain, which ultimately earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
The official cause death of Heath Ledger was a fatal mix of prescription drugs, leading many people to jump to conclusions that playing the character of the Joker took a devastating emotional toll on him. His co-star, Michael Jai White, previously confessed his frustrations with this misrepresentation.
“It upsets me that Heath Ledger gets put in a category, like he was a method actor who inhabited the darkness that consumed him because people write that story in their head,” White told The Hollywood Reporter. “And that could not have been further from the truth. Heath was playful. When the director said ‘cut,’ he would go back to this easygoing, very affable type of guy. And even when there was a day player or people in their shorter roles, naturally they tend to give him privacy and some space. But Heath would be on the one initiating the conversation. He was that type of guy.”
Even though his career was cut short, Heath Ledger delivered audiences multiple impressive performances. That earned him a slew of awards, with the role of The Joker setting new standards for what movies in the superhero genre could accomplish.
Now, scroll down to see what fans are saying on the anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death.
1. IMPORTANT LEGACY
— Darknight Archivist ✌🏼💙🦇 (@HistoftheBatman) January 22, 2019
2. A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
I was watching.. DARK KNIGHT.. because I was REMEMBERING Heath Ledger today. It's his Death Anniversary he died on 22/Jan/2008.
— Allan 👽 🖖 (@TheCarGuy007) January 22, 2019
3. INSTANT FAN
When I first watched "The Dark Knight" I became fan of Joker and also fan of Heath Ledger….
That was the first movie I watched of Heath Ledger…Then I didn't know he is dead..
When I knew that he is dead it was a shock for me..
R.I.P. #HeathLedger..#11yearswithoutHeathLedger pic.twitter.com/pOuDGPM9g5
— Shuvo (@Shuvo58131739) January 22, 2019
4. REMEMBERING HEATH LEDGER
'The Dark Knight' (2008) Dir. by Christopher Nolan, DP: Wally Pfister, with Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ron Dean & many others, Remembering Heath Ledger, who died on this day,1-22-08. pic.twitter.com/QCtkHnzgQN
— Classicman Film (@classicsman70) January 22, 2019
5. MULTIPLE ACCOLADES
Today we are thinking of the late Heath Ledger. Ledger featured in Home and Away in addition to other television appearances. Ledger also won an Oscar, Golden Globe and a BAFTA award as the Best Actor in a Supporting Role as ‘The Joker’ in The Dark Knight. pic.twitter.com/jUHidCKPby
— Elstree Studios (@ElstreeStudios) January 22, 2019
6. MISS HIM SO MUCH
Today its 11 years since Heath Ledger passed away. The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) is and will always be my favorite preformance of all time. I miss him so much.
Rest in peace pic.twitter.com/HXlQscTj5M
— Hermione (@spdrvrs) January 22, 2019
7. IN LOVING MEMORY
On the 10 year anniversary of Heath Ledger's untimely, tragic death. He was a brilliant performer & by all accounts a kind, friendly, wonderful person. While we remember the loss, we also remember his legacy, which will live on forever.#RIPHeathLedger #HeathLedger #TheDarkKnight pic.twitter.com/dga8Z0Q0AD
— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) January 23, 2018
8. ABSENCE IS MISSED
11 YEARS without Heath Ledger "The Dark Knight" 🎬💫 pic.twitter.com/diV8PEVlEN
— olga ferrão (@AglloMuniz) January 22, 2019
“Batwoman” Pilot Reportedly Will Begin Filming in March
It appears that the Batwoman pilot will start production in but a matter of weeks. According to production-tracking blog Hollywood Buzz reports, the pilot will begin filming in March.
The Batwoman pilot is reportedly set to film in Vancouver, Canada, just as the other shows a part of The CW’s Arrowverse. This project will be helmed by showrunner Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries).
Kate Kane starring as Batwoman (Ruby Rose) first premiered in this year’s “Elseworlds” crossover on The CW, a three-night event across three shows. Ahead of her character’s live-action debut, Ruby Rose talked to EW about what it meant to be the one that brought Batwoman to life.
“The fact that she’s an outwardly gay superhero, which is something growing up I would have loved to have seen on TV. That was a big deciding factor as to why I was so passionate about the role,” said Rose. “This [role] meant a lot more to me because I could relate in so anyways. And, at the same time, I felt like this was a job that would give me a purpose every day coming to work beyond getting to live my dream. That is acting, and would be far more rewarding than anything I have done in the past.”
You can read the full synopsis for Batwoman below.
“Armed with a passion for the social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But do not call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
Are you excited for Batwoman getting her own show? Share with us in the comments!
After a months-long hiatus, the Arrowverse shows return this weekend for their mid-season premieres. While Supergirl airs Sunday at 8:00 pm Eastern, Arrow returns Monday, January 21. Black Lightning moves to Mondays following Arrow. And Legends of Tomorrow will be back in April this year.
Stay tuned with HeroHyper!
The DCEU Expectedly Focuses on Standalone Films Moving Forward
In the wake of blockbuster success lassoed by Warner Bros. superhero standalone Wonder Woman and recent Aquaman, Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian expects the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) to put a primary focus on solo adventures.
“I think they are in a really good spot now. And perhaps the lessons learned from Aquaman and Wonder Woman will carry forward,” Paul Dergarabedian told CNBC.
“Every individual studio has their own identity. And they do not always have to chase what the others are doing.”
A focus on its individual superheroes, instead of its wider shared universe home to Superman (Henry Cavill) alongside Batman (Ben Affleck), will further separate the DCEU from chief rival Disney-owned Marvel Studios, whose interconnected 20-film franchise often pays off with crossovers as well as team-ups, mostly in the form of its entries in the Avengers blockbuster franchise.
From there, other cross-pollination and smaller team-ups happen.
Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) debuted in Thor-Ragnarok, while Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will be featuring in both Captain Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. However, the frequent intermixing of these franchises remains a large part of the Marvel Studios appeal.
The DCEU has been less successful in that arena than Marvel, who built up to its ambitious crossover 2012’s The Avengers before later uniting almost all of its franchises in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Warner Bros.’s DC Comics-inspired filmic universe, launched with standalone Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013), widened the scope of the DCEU with the second film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, back in 2016. A clear prequel to the superhero crossover-slash-team-up Justice League, the Zack Snyder-helmed movie introduced a weary Batman alongside the first live-action Wonder Woman (star Gal Gadot) on the big screen.
The blockbuster also served up cameos for other future Justice Leaguers planned to assemble in that movie before being spun off into their own offshoots. That includes bit roles for Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and the Flash (Ezra Miller).
Batman v Superman earned $873 million worldwide, a lesser-than-expected haul for the first live-action feature teaming two of the famous icons of the comic book industry.
That did force some changes for the handling of the Justice League, which emerged in November 2017 as the lowest-earning DCEU entry with only $657 million worldwide. This despite the newfound popularity took in by Gadot’s Amazon warrior, whose own Patty Jenkins-directed blockbuster grossed a massive $821 million at the global box office.
Still, the DCEU studio has yet to announce their plans for a second Justice League.
It was James Wan’s Aquaman that officially surfaced as the biggest financial success of the DCEU, surfing to $1.063 billion worldwide – crowning it the first entry to achieve the feat as well as the first DC Comics film to cross a billion since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Even as solo movies push the DCEU moving forward, Warner Bros. is not forgoing multi-hero films entirely.
That’s Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie in the next headline Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous of Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The film features DC heroines Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), Black Canary (June Smollett-Bell), and Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco).
The studio also had plans for Suicide Squad sequel. And the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn, possibly was set to pen and direct the film. Moreover, DCEU already planned for a long-gestating spinoff, Gotham City Sirens – developed by David Ayer as a team-up between Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. As for Green Lantern Corps, script by Geoff Johns, will focus on a team of the ring-powered superheroes.
Recent months have been bringing a flurry of announced projects centered around typically solo heroes, including Supergirl, Batgirl, Blue Beetle, Zatanna, and Plastic Man. Later this year, Matt Reeves’ The Batman could start shooting. The film is believed to highlight a younger Batman and is not expected to include wards Robin or Nightwing.
Warner Bros. next releases Shazam! on April 5th. Joker follows – set outside the DCEU – on October 4th. Birds of Prey is set for February 7th next year, ahead of Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020.
Scientific Explanation Behind How Aquaman Swims at Supersonic Speed
Aquaman is a pretty impressive superhero. And we do not just mean because the Jason Momoa-starring film continues to make a splash at the box office. The superhero has some truly wild powers, specifically his ability to swim at supersonic speed.
Still, how exactly would that work in the real world? That is what the folks over at Nerdist’s Because Science Youtube channel decided to figure out. While comic book superpowers are not always the most rooted in real-world science, it turns out that there’s really a solid explanation for how the King of the Seven Seas does it.
You can watch the video below.
As we can see, Kyle Hill first breaks down the biggest obstacle to Aquaman’s swimming speed – drag. In basic terms, drag is the various forces that work against an object when they move through anything (specifically through water in this case). He also uses what’s canonically Aquaman’s swimming speed as established in comics – 6800 miles per hour. It figures out that to overcome the drag, Aquaman would encounter in the water using his own, personally-generated energy the superhero would have to eat a truly ridiculous amount of food. How ridiculous? You know, just enough to deplete fully the entire stock of fish in the whole ocean every 100 days.
And since it is pretty much impossible for that to happen, the explanation as to how Aquaman pulls off the mighty feat of his supersonic swimming speeds comes down then not to energy output but to, in a sense, swim smarter, not harder. And to that end, it appears that the best bet of Aquaman for obtaining high swim speeds is something called supercavitation. It’s the use of cavitation, the formation of bubbles in a liquid, usually by a propeller, creating a bubble large enough to encompass an object moving through the liquid as well as reducing the drag forces dramatically, kind of like how a torpedo moves through the water.
As the video also explains:
This appears to be generally the way the swimming speed of Aquaman is actually presented in the film as bubbles are seen around and trailing behind the superhero alongside other Atlanteans while they are swimming. There is also a real-world scientific basis for being able to achieve that crazy 6800 miles per hour speed, too. In 1997, the US Navy did carry out a test of supercavitating projectiles and achieved speeds over half of Aquaman’s velocity. Assuming that Aquaman has specialized, highly-advanced biology, it is not too much of a stretch to see how the superhero could be hitting the mark with his own supercavitation.
When science does a solid job of backing up the intense swim speeds of Aquaman, there’re other feats in the DCEU film that have a bit of science behind them, such as how Atlanteans switch from breathing underwater to on the surface in the movie.
On a visit to the set of Aquaman, journalists saw a sequence in which Orm essentially vomits water after he’s stuck in a patch of air. Director James Wan previously explained the logic behind the expulsion of water, thanks to the science of it all.
“Just from a practical standpoint, people asked me, ‘Is it bubbles that come out of their mouth?’ explained Wan. “No. ‘cause there is no air in your lungs. So there would not be any bubbles, right? Because you don’t do that, right? And so, in the sequence, where you saw Mera open up this air pocket to suck Orm away from Arthur, help him out. Now, when he is breathing, the first thing he does is using the air pockets, where he’d get out all of the water that is in his lungs.”
So, what do you think about the science behind the intense swimming speed of Aquaman? Let us know in the comments!
In the meantime, Aquaman is now in theaters. Other DC Extended Universe films will be arriving.
- Shazam! on April 5, 2019
- Joker on October 10, 2019
- Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020.
First Trilogy of Harley Quinn Films Rumoredly In the Works
Since Suicide Squad was not the critical success that Warner Bros. wanted, it did produce the diamond that’s Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. And now it seems that the studio might make her the central piece of her own trilogy.
The star Margot Robbie is set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the upcoming Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The film sees Harley will for the crux of the team alongside Black Canary and Huntress. According to a rumor from Geeks Worldwide, the studio is making Birds of Prey the first of a trilogy of Harley Quinn films, with the mysterious but still in development Gotham City Sirens acting as the second part of the series.
In the comics, the Gotham City Sirens series focused on the adventures of Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. So having her in the group makes complete sense. If Harley is struggling between her more villainous and heroic sides, the idea is that these would collide in the third film, which could be a Birds of Prey v Gotham City Sirens movie.
DC’s Birds of Prey in the comics is made up of Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress.
Batgirl is also getting her own standalone movie. So if there’s any fuel to this rumor, here is how we see it playing out. In the Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn manages to get her team together, in order to stop a group that includes Joker (after all it’s labeled the emancipation of Harley Quinn). She needs help, so she enlists Black Canary and Huntress for their particular skill sets.
After Harley Quinn dispatching Joker out of her life, she finds some fellow friends in Catwoman and Poison Ivy. The actress Robbie has previously mentioned the relationship with Ivy is the one she wants to explore. So that team will gel and have more in common than Harley Quinn did with her Prey teammates.
In the final movie, Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy will be taking down someone who is a bad person but has the law on their side. Since Harley Quinn left the Birds, Batgirl has entered that void and then become the leader. So both teams will square off because of their opposing viewpoints about the situation.
Granted, that could make no sense, but building more films around Harley Quinn is really a no brainer. As we saw in Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie brought her character in life in a big way. And it’s a merchandising magnet. So regardless of what the films are called, we do expect to see much more of her in the DC Extended Universe future films.
Tom Holland Reveals Three “Spider-Man: Far From Home” New Posters
Director Joss Whedon Calls Henry Cavill the Best Superman Since Christopher Reeve
“Captain Marvel” Becomes the 10th Biggest Comic Book Movie of All Time
“X-Men” Star James McAvoy Revealed His Interest in Playing The Riddler from DC Universe
An Updated Diagram Shows Characters Owned by Marvel Studios After Disney & Fox Merger
Chris Hemsworth Welcomes Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds to the Marvel Family
“Avengers: Endgame:” Fans Shipping Captain Marvel and Thor
“Avengers: Endgame” New TV Spot Released Online
Marvel May Not Make X-Men Films Until 2021 or Later
Deadpool Reportedly The Only X-Men Franchise to Stick After Disney Purchase
DC Fan Art Pictures Scarlett Johansson as Wonder Woman
Chris Pine Appears in a Surprising Cameo in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Clip Introduces Spider-Ham
11 Amazing Scenes From ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer and What They Mean
“Aquaman”: The Importance of the Trident to Arthur Curry’s Journey
Wonder Woman 1984’s Push Back Release Date To Summer 2020
Star Chloe Bennet & Youtuber Logan Paul Have Broken Up After Months Of Dating
First Trilogy of Harley Quinn Films Rumoredly In the Works
What Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sequel Will Be About
Deadpool 2 PG-13 Release Gets Official Title and Logo
“Avengers: Endgame” New TV Spot Released Online
“Captain Marvel” Directors Pitch a Spin-off Movie for Goose the Cat
Official Trailer 2 For “Avengers: Endgame” Featuring Captain Marvel
“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” Official Trailer Released
“Into the Spider-Verse” Featurette Shows Nicolas Cage Going “Full Cage” with Spider-Man Noir
“Captain Marvel:” Kevin Smith Reveals How He Found Out About Stan Lee’s Cameo
“Star Wars:” New Video Reveals How Many Times the Force is Mentioned
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Spinoff Spider-Ham Short Film Clip Released
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Gets a Weird Trailer
Ben Affleck Officially Confirms He Has Retired as Batman
Avengers3 weeks ago
Kevin Feige Revealed Why “Avengers: Endgame” Title Was a Spoiler
Captain Marvel3 weeks ago
“Captain Marvel” Gets Awesomely ‘90s Throwback on Marvel Website
Spider Man4 weeks ago
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Wins Oscar’s Best Animated Feature Film
Guardians of The Galaxy4 weeks ago
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3:” Kevin Feige Says Marvel Studios Has Been Focusing on Other Projects
Black Panther4 weeks ago
“Black Panther” Wins the Oscar’s Best Original Score