X-Force/X-Men Crossover? Nathan Fillion as Bruce Wayne But Not Batman? Second Clip From Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ One-Shot & More in Another Superhero Movie News Round-Up!
Superheroes continue to be a hot ticket item, even if their hold on the box office is slipping. And as another summer movie season comes to an end it’s time to look towards what new superhero feature films are coming our way. It’s time for another superhero movie news round-up!
Jeff Wadlow, writer/director of this weekend’s Kick-Ass 2, already has another superhero team-up on the docket – the big screen adaptation of Rob Liefeld‘s X-Force. The popular 90s comic series that gave the world Deadpool is another film in FOX‘s efforts to build their own shared Marvel universe; one populated by mutants and with absolutely no connection whatsoever to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers.
While out and about promoting Kick-Ass 2, Wadlow chatted with Den of Geek who invariably asked about X-Force. Here’s what Wadlow had to say,
All I can say is this: I bought X-Force #1 when I was a kid, I’ve read the recent run of Uncanny X-Force which I thought was fantastic, but other than that I just can’t comment on the line-up or anything yet.
Oooh, let’s see, what can I say? Let me put it like this. It will seamlessly exist in the X-Men cinematic universe, but it’s not a sequel.
So no confirmed line-up, but Wadlow did also hint at including team staples: Cable, Domino, and perhaps Sunspot (who’s also appearing X-Men: Days of Future Past). The concept of a shared universe with the X-Men films is, at this point, a no brainer. Marvel and Disney have already proven this to great success, and now DC and Warner Bros. are hoping to continue that trend.
Speaking of shared universes, you better count on including the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot into FOX’s Marvel universe, as their creative consultant, Mark Millar explains below the cut.
Talking to SFX, Millar let this little bit of revelatory news slip,
Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.
He later clarified on Twitter,
I keep seeing ‘news’ that X-Men & FF movies are crossing over. No, they’re not. They exist in same universe but movies stand alone.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) August 19, 2013
News sites get very excited about very obvious answers, but the Chinese whispers thing is frustrating. There is NO crossover planned.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) August 19, 2013
Okay, we get it, no crossover planned. But your comments to SFX (via Coming Soon) really did give us all that impression, Mark. And how else is FOX intending to cement this shared universe if they’re not planning on characters from one franchise to appear in another, eh? Hopefully they’ll have figured this out before Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four releases on March 6th, 2015.
Stepping away from FOX and their Marvel properties for a moment, with the role of Batman in Batman vs. Superman up for grabs plenty of names are being thrown around. Unsurprisingly, Nathan Fillion is in the mix. And Entertainment Weekly (via CBM) grabbed the former starship captain now mystery author turned detective for what he thinks of his prospects,
I think I’d make an excellent Bruce Wayne; I think I’d make a terrible Batman.
If you wanted to see a particular person as Batman, I think one of the worst things you could do is shove it down someone’s throat as far as the new director of Batman or the new producers of Batman. Probably the worst thing you could do if there’s someone you want to be Batman is sort of rally.
Got it, best course of action to show support for whomever you’d like to play Batman is to keep it quiet. The less your loudly promote someone, the more likely they are the snag the role. At least, that’s Fillion’s advice. Can’t say I agree, but I also don’t believe any of our noisy fan-wanking plays any part in the casting process and/or decision making. But I do agree his Bruce Wayne would be excellent. Maybe they can cast a different actor for in and out of suit? Sure, basically defeats the point of the duel identity, but it would give us a chance to see Fillion’s take on the smarmy billionaire playboy.
Back to Marvel, those this time we’re talking Disney‘s chunk of the onscreen franchises, without Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury there would be no Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the tie that binds all of The Avengers together. He is again donning the eye patch for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and in speaking with USA Today (via Coming Soon) shared this,
You see Nick Fury the office guy, him going about the day-to-day work of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the politics as opposed to that other stuff. It’s great to have him dealing with Captain America in terms of being able to speak to him soldier to soldier and try to explain to him how the world has changed in another way while he was frozen in time. Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies — him trying to figure out, “Well, how do we trust those guys?” or “How do we trust the guys that you didn’t trust who don’t trust you? And explaining to him that the black and white of good guys/bad guys has now turned into this gray area…. Nick lies to him all the time, too. (Laughs) But he’s trying to help him navigate the waters of the new sharks that he doesn’t know anything about.
He’s part of that World Security Council I was talking to in (The Avengers), just he wasn’t there. We also know each other because we’ve been comrades for a very long time… There’s some stuff that’s said that gives you an idea of how he’s been part of that environment for a long time and the kind of guy he was.
Sure sounds like Fury plays an extensive role in this Captain America sequel. Something more like his integral role in The Avengers as opposed to his cameos in Marvel’s Phase 1 films. And still I wonder if we’ll be seeing Fury turn up in ABC’s Agents of SHIELD?
Last seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, but only when Cap was in the past, Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) is getting the chance to be her own hero in latest Marvel short film arriving with the release of Iron Man 3 on DVD/Blu-ray on September 24th. And as is the way of promotional marketing, a second clip has been released (via Bleeding Cool),
This sure looks fun and is a definite incentive to pick up the home release of Iron Man 3. I’m really happy Marvel thought of Carter when looking to do another of these short, one-shot films as she was a sure stand out in Captain America, but sadly with the whole existing in the past thing, there’s no real way for her to appear in any of the Marvel films from here on out.
If you missed the first clip here ya go,
And that’s it for another superhero movie news round-up! What do you think of FOX’s proposed shared universe between X-Men, X-Force, and Fantastic Four franchises? What of Fury’s role in The Winter Soldier? Or really, what are your thoughts on any the stories in today’s round-up?