DC Comics fans counting down the days until the premiere of Wonder Woman 1984 will have to wait a bit longer. Taking to Twitter on a new post on Monday, Gal Gadot, who has been on-set filming the sequel as of late, confirmed the film’s new release would be moving to June 5, 2020.
“So excited to announce that, a big thanks to the changing landscape. We can put Wonder Woman 1984 back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!, she tweeted.
Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 22, 2018
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, that’s the same summer time frame in which the first Wonder Woman opened, in 2017. “We had tremendous success releasing in the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” just saying in a statement, Warner Bros. exec Jeff Goldstein.“This move the film exactly where it belongs.”
This Date Switch-up Is A Rather Big One
As fans can tell, they weren’t as thrilled by this date switch-up that they’ll be waiting for all the way into Summer 2020 to see their star Gadot being back in her warrior costume. This move will force Shazam! to carry some water for Warner Bro. Pictures and the franchise as it will be the only DC Extended Universe feature to hit the big screen in 2019. Warner Bros. is also expected to release its standalone Joker supervillain movie, an origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix next year, but the studio’s direction under Todd Phillips has separated it from DCEU’s timeline.
At this point, a reason for the Wonder Woman 1984 pushback has not yet been detailed, but Gadot seems pretty happy with the release switch-up. The actress says the film will be returned to its “rightful home” in the summer, after her first movie went live in June 2017, making over $820 million at the box office. The original Wonder Woman was a blockbuster success for Warner Bros., now Wonder Woman 1984 will make magic happen again.
Production on the Wonder Woman 1984 is still underway for now, but this setback will ensure the director Patty Jenkins and her crew have more time to finish filming at a regular pace and do additional photography. Gadot also shared a few details about the follow-up, that she would attend San Diego Comic-Con this summer, and the star teased the sequel’s scope there.
Back To The Evolution Of The First Wonder Woman
Returning alongside Gadot is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, who met his tragic but valiant is still alive, after a shocking ending when sacrificing himself in the first Wonder Woman. So the first sneak-peak photo of Steve in a tracksuit standing in a shopping mall circa 1984 revealed a pretty big surprise. As for the villain, Diana Prince is going up against her new powerful enemy Cheetah, casting by Kristen Wiig. And it’s been confirmed that there’ll also be a flashback scene that Jenkins’ forthcoming superhero sequel will bring back Amazonian warriors Antiope and Queen Hippolyta.
As mentioned, prepare yourself for a leap across time from World War I to the mid-‘80s following a Cold War narrative as she’s pit against the Soviet Union and the new foe, Cheetah. Former DCEU creative chef Geoff Johns previously hinted at the title of Wonder Woman 1984, and it contained the logo that reads “WW84”, confirming the sequel’s ‘80s setting.
What’s new next…
Apart from Trevor’s return, the DC filmmakers also revealed the first official set image of Wonder Woman, standing in front of a wall of old-school television monitors displaying different images from iconic ‘80s media. Additionally, Jenkins teased a few more details about the film’s plot. The next part of Diana’ storyline, Jenkins said at a time, will have “great fun and great big superhero presence from the start, and is funny and a great love story again, and has a couple of new unbelievable characters who I’m so excited about, who are very different than were in the last movie.” June 2020 can’t come fast enough!
“It is not a sequel; it’s its own story.” Gadot said. “It’s own chapter, a brand new movie. The bar is very high, but our aspirations are even higher. So we just give it everything that we have and hoping what we bring you guys will love”. All in all, the wait for the heroine’s return may be a bit longer now, but Wonder Woman 1984 will make the wait surely worth it.
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.
“Masters of the Universe” Movie Filming Start Date and Location Revealed
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.
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.
New “Aquaman” Images Reveal The Film Before the Visual Effects
Aquaman was a visual tour de force. But some new images from the visual effects team have shown us a behind-the-scenes look at how those sequences would look like before the final pass.
Recently, Aquaman officially becomes a box office hit that has been largely praised for its use of visual effects. Since so much of Aquaman story takes place underwater, VFX was going to be the key to make Atlantis feel like it was a real place.
You can see the photos below.
For 5 months, our team of #previs and #postvis artists, led by #teamHalon sup Ryan McCoy, worked with director James Wan, the #vfx and #producing teams to bring the seven seas to life in #Aquaman. A few choice shots by our artists here. Learn more at https://t.co/CchJ5qeFGe pic.twitter.com/ft5KrxaIry
— HALON Entertainment (@halonprevis) January 9, 2019
These images come courtesy of HALON Entertainment. It’s a studio that has done digital work on both movies as well as video games like The Meg and the recent God of War. The studio worked on Aquaman for five months, and throughout that time they worked on a host of different scenes. They shared some shots from Aquaman in various stages of the process, revealing several set pieces that were not quite finished yet at the time.
We all see a shot of the final battle that looks like it takes place on a foggy day rather than on the ocean floor. That includes some shots from the climactic war sequence between the Brine and the army of Atlantis. Even though in this incomplete state, it looks awfully impressive.
Other shots include the kiss between Arthur Curry and Mera as the sea life and ocean surrounds them.
We see that the stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard embracing in the water and the wires holding her up are still visible. In there, Heard is using her water abilities in an unfinished form while Momoa is riding a seahorse with the unfinished battle in the background. In that final shot, the camera rotates around them. Alongside some of the sea life behind them, we can also see wires, green dots on their costumes, and a blue hand on Amber Heard’s hip.
Once again, Amber Heard takes the spotlight in the next shot.
It shows Mera using her immense aquakinesis powers to whip the water into tendrils around her. Still, some of the background elements are in place. However, the actual blasts from her hands and the water itself have not received the final touch.
In the last shot, Arthur is riding his mount into battle as the war rages around him.
He has his trademark trident. And some of the textures on the creature are already present. But there is a lot of color missing from the picture that would be there in the final version. It also looks as if Arthur has got his hair in a ponytail, which makes sense since they had to animate all the hair digitally.
It is so great to see images like this. The crew behind Aquaman movie just make clear how much work is really done by the visual effects studios. However, every second of footage requires a lot of work, making it look like no visual effects are being done at all. Aquaman is the highest grossing DC film to date. And that’s at least partially since the VFX is the sort of thing that you want to be sure to see on such a massive movie screen.
In the meantime, you can find out more about HALON on their official website.
As for Aquaman, the film is still in theaters now.
“Aquaman” Officially Crosses $1 Billion at the Global Box Office
The blockbuster Aquaman has officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office.
The film already became the biggest DC Extended Universe movie so far. But now, it has surpassed The Dark Knight to be the biggest DC Comics film since The Dark Knight Rises.
Even though Aquaman’s critical score has dropped all the way to 63% on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment, audiences are still loving it. Recently, the star Jason Momoa thanked fans for all of their support.
“Mahalo everyone for making Aquaman the number one movie in the world,” he wrote to his Instagram. “I love you guys. I’m so proud of the movie and everyone who worked on it. CHEEEEHUUUUUUU Aloha.”
Aquaman sees Arthur Curry, the half-human prince of Atlantis. When his half-brother, King Orm, stokes the fires of war, Aquaman finds himself trapped between the two worlds he loves.
The director behind Aquaman is James Wan. The movie follows Jason Momoa’s debut as the character in Justice League (2017) of former director Zack Snyder.
While speaking to Comicbook, James Wan discussed the importance of putting his own touch on Aquaman and also staying true to the foundation laid in Justice League.
“It was important for me early on to be allowed to make my own film and to have my own voice in there,” said Wan. “After Furious 7 and Conjuring 2, I did not want to be a director for hire. After Furious 7, that is kind of who I was to some degree. But after that, I do not want to be that guy again. So, it’s really important to be able to bring my own stamp, my own visual aesthetic, and create the characters. Even though Jason [Momoa] has somewhat been established Justice League, I wanted to bring his character into this, basically, fresh in lots of ways.”
“So, it’s very important for me to obviously pay respect to where he was left off in [Justice League], then allow me the freedom to take him to where I want at the end of the movie. My hero goes on this hero’s journey and becomes someone very different than where he started. That’s something very important for me. And the movie I want to make, that I was allowed that freedom to do.”
In the meantime, Aquaman is already swimming in theaters.
Other DC Extended Universe films are on their ways, including Shazam! on April 5th, Birds of Prey (& the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020.
“Wonder Woman 1984” Rumor Reveals How Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor Returns
Since Wonder Woman hit theaters, fans were shocked when Steve Trevor (star Chris Pine) ultimately met his untimely end. Deader than dead, we were even more shocked when some of the first promotional stills released from the set of Wonder Woman 1984 showed Chris Pine’s character alive and well.
But how does Steve Trevor return from his death?
According to We Got This Covered, director Patty Jenkins and company are introducing another classic DC Comics villain that will revive Steve Trevor from the dead, in exchange for a favor from Wonder Woman (stars Gal Gadot).
The report says Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) will be playing one Maxwell Lord. This character is on a mission of collecting whatever ancient artifacts he can get his hands on. And they will make him “as powerful as a god.” The rumors also state that the Lord is working hand-in-hand with Barbara Ann Minerva until one of the artifacts mentioned above turns her into Cheetah.
Angry at her colleague’s betrayal, Cheetah turns on Lord. Then the latter revives Trevor to persuade Wonder Woman to help Lord in his fight against Cheetah.
During an interview late last year, Chris Pine revealed that he was well aware he would be back for a sequel while the original Wonder Woman was filming.
“Patty [Jenkins] had told me her idea somewhere in the middle of the first one. And when she gets an idea, it is a pretty powerful thing because you can see the kernel land in the dirt. And just all of a sudden it starts growing and becoming a tree, you know. She could make you do anything,” Chris Pine told BBC Radio 1. “That happened with a TV show we did, she just fully formed. Then she acts out every part.”
“I mean when she pitched me for Wonder Woman, there was not a chance that I wanted to do Wonder Woman. First of all, it is not about me. It is not Wonder Man,” joked Chris Pine. “But then we met at this restaurant. And there was no script and pitched the story. And I was like, ‘Yes, all day yes! When do you want me to start?’ And that is the joy and beauty of Patty.”
Wonder Woman 1984 will hit theaters well over a year from now on, June 5, 2020.
In the meantime, Aquaman is already in theaters now. Other upcoming DC movies include Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Joker on October 10, 2019, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020.
“Aquaman” Star Amber Heard Reveals New BTS Photo of Mera
While Aquaman is headed to the one-billion-dollar mark at the worldwide box office, the movie’s female lead is celebrating with a new behind-the-scenes photo.
Recently over Instagram, the actress Amber Heard shared a new photo, showing her in Mera costume while on Aquaman’s set. You can view it below.
Although the look of Mera was arguably pretty flawless onscreen, it seems like Amber Heard had a sort of a lengthy process to get into her role.
“It took me a long time to get in the costume,” she told Comicbook. “So I’d want to say there would be this moment where I put on the costume. And bam! I am Mera. But it was a long process *laugh*.”
The blockbuster Aquaman sees Mera and Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) traveling across the world in their search of Atlantis’ lost trident, in hopes of uniting the undersea and surface worlds together.
“Mera has a strong sense of duty and responsibility that is strongly tied to Atlantis and her role in there,” Amber Heard explained to reporters during her visit to the film’s set. “Mera deeply cares about the position that she believes she was not just born to do. And she has worked the whole life to be able to do it well. It is not enough just to have inherited the position. Her sense of honor and the duty is inartistically tied to her place in leading Atlantis and doing the right things for her people.”
“Mera is her own woman,” Amber Heard continued. “Mera is her own superhero. She is not Aquawoman. She is Mera.”
This time, Amber Heard was bringing Mera to the big screen in Aquaman, but initially, she did feel a little hesitant to take on the role.
“You know, part of what got me, when I first talked to Zack [Snyder] on the phone about the prospect of doing the film, he said, ‘Mera is a warrior queen. Basically, you get a sword and a crown’. And then I was like, ‘okay, you know how to pitch to your audience.’ Alright, I am listening now. I do not want to be a damsel. I have played a range of characters as diverse as I have been able to. Being a woman, especially a bit of the young woman in this industry, and raising myself in this industry, has been limited. But I have done the most with what I can. Especially considering that one thing, the one element they all have in common is that they are driven or powerful in their own right,” said Amber Heard.
- 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.
DC Fan Art Imagines “Justice League” with ‘50s Movie Actors
The Justice League may have united on the big screen just a few years ago. Even so, one talented fan is showing what the team would have looked like in an entirely different era.
That’s Dalton Barrett. Recently, he shared a new series of pieces, imagining iconic actors from 1940s and 1950s as members of the Justice League. The list ranges from DC’s “Trinity” of characters to some of the League’s other mainstays. It also includes a pretty unique fan cast for Booster Gold.
So, which movie stars make the ranks of this theoretical ‘50s Justice League? Let’s find out.
1. GREGORY PECK AS SUPERMAN
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50s #JusticeLeague series part 1! – Gregory Peck as Clark Kent/ Superman – One of the most amazing actors of the 50s and 60s was Gregory Peck, probably most well known for the role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Personally I think he would have made an amazing Suprrman!
First of all, Gregory Peck’s iconic performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird definitely isn’t out of place to see as the role of Superman.
2. TY HARDIN AS BATMAN
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50s #JusticeLeague series part 2! – Ty Hardin as Bruce Wayne/Batman! – Best known for his work in the Western Series "Bronco" Hardin has a tough guy look that could also translate to pretty boy when needed, between that and his acting ability I think he could have made an amazing Batman
Ty Hardin got his start in the Western TV series Bronco, before becoming well-known as one of the “beefcakes” of the Hollywood. Since his post-acting life was shrouded in some controversy, it does not seem out of the question that he could have played a vintage version of Bruce Wayne’s Batman.
3. CLINT EASTWOOD AS AQUAMAN
While Jason Momoa might be bringing Aquaman to life on the big screen, this piece of artwork imagines what it would look like if Clint Eastwood had stepped into the role.
4. JAMES DEAN AS THE FLASH
We have to admit, the star of Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden feels like a pretty good fit for the Scarlet Speedster.
5. MARLON BRANDO AS GREEN LANTERN
As for Marlon Brando, his prolific career included everything from A Streetcar Named Desire alongside On the Waterfront to Apocalypse Now and The Godfather. Even though Hal Jordan did not debut in the comics until the late 1950s, Brando arguably could have pulled off the caped look of the original Alan Scott’s Green Lantern.
6. AUDREY HEPBURN AS WONDER WOMAN
The feminist icons of all time, Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot have helped generations of fans fall in love with Wonder Woman. And it’s pretty easy to imagine Breakfast at Tiffany’s alongside Roman Holiday star Audrey Hepburn bringing Diana Prince to life.
7. ELVIS PRESLEY AS BOOSTER GOLD
Sure enough, Booster Gold was not introduced in the comics until the 1980s. However, there is definitely something interesting about the idea of Elvis Presley himself embodying this larger-than-life character.
So, which ’50s Justice League fan art is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below!
Dina Meyer Stars Barbara Gordon Reveals New Look at Batgirl Costume From “Birds of Prey”
Dina Meyer, who plays Barbara Gordon on the short-lived Birds of Prey live-action series. Recently, the actress shared a new photo of the Batgirl costume on the show.
Previously Dina Meyer played Oracle on the series. That’s a version of Barbara Gordon giving up being Batman after she was paralyzed. Then she became a hacker who provides intel to other superheroes. Meanwhile, the Batgirl suit came into play periodically. Either in flashbacks or even just in a glass display case a la the one Batman kept Jason Todd’s Robin costume in after his death in the comics.
And the image in question is a selfie of herself in the costume with her brother, who happened to be on-set.
You can see the image below.
— Dina Meyer (@DinaMeyer) January 3, 2019
Birds of Prey series ran for 13 episodes in 2002 – 2003 on the Warner Bros. Television Network (The WB).
In that series, a brutal attack by the Joker kills Catwoman, then leaves Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl paralyzed in a wheelchair. Grieving over the loss of the secret love, Catwoman, Batman leaves New Gotham to fend for himself. Afterward, Batgirl renames herself as “Oracle.” And she takes the secret daughter of Batman and Catwoman, “Huntress,” under her wing. Since a third young woman, Dinah, is drawn to the other women with her psychic ability, the trio becomes the Birds of Prey. They all commit themselves to battle The Joker as well as New Gotham’s other criminals.
Although the show didn’t last long, The WB (which later became The CW) obviously maintained a relationship with DC Comics in general and the character of Dinah/Black Canary specifically. Meanwhile, Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy play variations on that character in Arrow now.
In spite of being name-dropped on both Titans and Arrow, the character of Barbara Gordon hasn’t appeared again in a live-action movie since Birds of Prey. There is still a movie featuring Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl currently in the works. As well a Birds of Prey film that reportedly will not feature the character.
In the meantime, Birds of Prey is available on DVD and other digital platforms to purchase. Or you can stream it free on the DC Universe app with a paid account.
Zack Snyder Launches His New Production Company
Fans have been wondering what the filmmaker is going to do in the next phrase of Zack Snyder’s career, after the dust from his fallout with Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment Universe eventually settled. Snyder has launched the careers of Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, alongside Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. And with the latter has just scored DC Entertainment’s highest box office win yet! Zack Snyder still seems to get lots of the blame and ridicule for the stumbles of the DCEU franchise. And that’s probably why he is ready for a fresh start in his career.
New Year. New Zack. Let’s go pic.twitter.com/0IjKadPoje
— Amatuer Watcher (@ItsDavery) January 7, 2019
As we see above, Zack Snyder is launching a new media venture. That will be producing movies, television, and animation content, under the banner of “The Stone Quarry.”
He made an announcement on Vero. That’s also where he drops most of his major reveals. And along with the following teaser description of what The Stone Quarry is all about:
“New Year. New Identity. After 14 amazing years making groundbreaking entertainment under the Cruel and Unusual Films Moniker. We’re excited to unveil our new company identity as we move into 2019 and beyond. Although Cruel & Unusual Films will always be a proud part of our legacy, our new and exciting future creative endeavors will be mined, chiseled and honed in THE STONE QUARRY.”
His announcement also called the Stone Quarry as “a scared creative space that has been four years in the making.”
Especially, that last bit is telling.
Zack Snyder was apparently making plans for it even while working on both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, as well as influencing all the other movies under the DCEU banner. Ever since Snyder dropped out of doing Justice League during its post-production and reshoots, fans have been wondering how long he might be sidelined before clearing any lingering legal obligations to Warner Bros., and getting back to his own creative work. Well, it seems that now is that time!
This rebranding of Cruel & Unusual seems to be as much a spiritual reboot as much as a business or marketing decision. Zack Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder alongside producer Wesley Coller seem to still the proverbial “we” involved at the core of the business. But other than that, there is not yet much we know about what the company’s plans. Regardless, thousands of fans still love and respect Zack Snyder. And they will be just as eager to hear what projects he is developing next as they are for Warner Bros. to finally #ReleaseTheSnyderCut of Justice League.
Stay tuned! We will keep you posted!
Kevin Feige Addresses James Gunn’s “Suicide Squad 2” Gig and “Guardians Vol. 3” Status
At the moment, superhero films seem to be the most popular genre in filmmaking, with tons of studios attempting to get in on the action with their own shared cinematic universe. Since so many comic book stories are being adapted for the big screen, actors like Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Peter Dinklage have had their roles in multiple universes. That trend is about to continue as director James Gunn is set to write Guardians of the Galaxy and possibly direct DC’s Suicide Squad 2.
It sounds like James Gunn’s involvement in Suicide Squad sequel is a game changer. His vision and sense of humor are what made the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise become a fan-favorite of the MCU. The Disney’s firing of James Gunn has still been a hot discussion since it went down in July 2018. And now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has responded to Gunn’s Suicide Squad gig, saying:
“I went to see Aquaman last night. And I really, really enjoyed it. And you know me, I have always supported [them]. I do not see a rivalry. I see cool films being made. And one thing you know about James Gunn, he makes cool films.”
What a class act. Kevin Feige seemingly doesn’t have any hard feelings for James Gunn over his unceremonious departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Furthermore, he even took this opportunity to stress once again. That there is no rivalry between the MCU and DC Universe so far.
Recently, during a red carpet appearance at the Golden Globes with MTV News, the Marvel Studios president even showed his support for James Gunn and DC.
He believes that there is enough room for everyone at the table. DC or Marvel, it is clear the market for superhero movies is major. And the audience just wants to have their unique theatrical experiences. As such, DC and Marvel are able to help push each other. Both cinematic universes have been taking major risks as of late.
James Gunn’s departure from the MCU remains a hot topic of conversation months later. Especially, the Guardians of the Galaxy is still very much in jeopardy. It seems that producing Vol. 3 without Gunn’s vision is impossible as everything from his music taste to his dancing style was infused into the franchise. Some fans also hoped that Disney would do an about face and invite Gunn back into the fold. Even though, that doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon.
As for the status of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 still on indefinite hold over at Marvel, but Kevin Feige has not stopped working on the project.
“Guardians will happen. When, where, how? For a later time,” he added.
Meanwhile, James Gunn quickly bounced back and found a way to bring his vision to the comic book genre. With the sense of humor and penchant for colorful ensembles, Gun would likely be a perfect choice to write Suicide Squad 2. And he could help the franchise recover from its somewhat sloppy first outing.
On the other side of the aisle, Warner Bros. themselves did confirm James Gunn would involve with the sequel of Suicide Squad.
“It is official that we have got a new member of the DC family. That acclaimed writer/director James Gunn has been attached to write Suicide Squad 2,” host Tiffany Smith said on an episode of DC Daily. “Gunn is poised to bring such a completely fresh take to the franchise after the first [Suicide Squad] movie was written and directed by David Ayer.”
However, DC has a ton of projects coming down the line. So fans need to wait and see what James Gunn will do with the titular group of DC villains. Hopefully, we will know what is happening with the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as the Suicide Squad in the very near future.
In the meantime, DC’s Aquaman is still in theaters now, also earning a ton of money at the box office.
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