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Done Deal! Chris Pine is ‘Wonder Woman’s Steve Trevor

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Even before they had the idea to create a great big interconnected universe of movies, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been trying to crack the “Wonder Woman code.” It’s been start and stop for a long time at the studio as they’ve tried to develop a big screen Wonder Woman movie with a long line of various writers and directors each trying to do what shouldn’t be that impossible: make a gosh darn Wonder Woman movie! Well, here’s a positive sign. It seems like Gal Gadot now has a male lead and co-star for her first solo Wonder Woman adventure. Get ready Chris Pine, you’re about to beam up to Paradise Island. (Or possibly crash-land.) (more…)

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Fox is firing up the preproduction for Gambit, an X-Men-franchise film set to start Channing Tatum in the title role.  Taking what had been established in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and likely throwing it all out the window (along with that film’s Deadpool persona, even though that character was played by Ryan Reynolds and will be played by Reynolds again in the Deadpool solo film), the new solo-star film should start shooting in the last few months of this year.  Today we get word that a casting call has gone out for several of the film’s main characters.

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Let’s be honest, season one of Gotham was, to be kind, underwhelming. The show looks good, it’s got a pretty impressive cast, and while some of those actors thrived (Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin for example), others were stuck in a drudgery of one-dimensional characterization and nonsensical plot twists (Erin Richards as Barbara Kean). Hopefully, the writers and directors of Gotham will correct this in the new season, but in the meantime, let’s jam more cast members into the show! The latest addition is no stranger to law and order, and no stranger to dealing with hardened criminals with extreme severity. Beware Gotham City, Vic Mackey – or rather his portrayer Michael Chiklis – is coming to town. (more…)

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Now that we’ve gotten Arrow out of the way, let’s talk about his fast moving colleague, The Flash. Yes, The Flash was also at San Diego Comic Con, and the cast and crew revealed some details about what fans can expect in season 2. First and foremost, obviously, is to resolve that big wormhole over Central City problem that the series left off with. Of course, the Flash will beat the wormhole, and then we’re off to a new season, with new stories, and new characters that will be very familiar to comic book readers and fans of the DC Comics speedster. So who’s coming to Central City next, and be they good or bad? (more…)

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With sometimes sneaky appearances in three Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and counting, it’s only a matter of time until Thanos’ plan to seize the Infinity Gems and their power come to fruition, and that time is the release of Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in May 2018. The assumption has been that in terms of villainy, although he may have his lackies like the dear departed Other, Thanos is a one-man band, but there’s a rumor out this morning that the Mad Titan may be getting an assist from another big bad in his quest for the Infinity Gems. Hint: the villain in question is connected, deeply connected, to a Marvel cosmic hero that’s been often discussed in relation to the Infinity Gauntlet, Adam Warlock. (more…)

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After months of guessing and rumor mongering, Sony and Marvel have made their choice and it is sure to be controversial. Or at least second guessed by the fickle comic book movie nerd crowd. In a press release this morning, the combined franchising power of two big companies announced the future of Spider-Man, with 19-year-old actor Tom Holland now taking up the mantle of your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler, and up-and-coming filmmaker Jon Watts, of the recently released Sundance hit Cop Car, taking up the reins of the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man movie coming out in 2017. Can these two untested people now rise to the occasion and deliver the Spider-Man everyone’s pegging their hopes and dreams on? Who can say, but the powers that be are certainly stoked. (more…)

‘Flash’ News: DVD Specs and Joe Gets a New Partner

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So you’re partner shot himself to prevent his evil descendent from being born and coming back in time to kill all your friends… Just another day in the Central City Police Department (and another Tuesday night on The Flash). So with the, uh, departure of Detective Eddie Thawne (and the actor who played him Rick Cosnett), there’s a hole in the roster of the CCPD. Detective Joe West is going to need a new partner in order to keep all those meta-human criminals in check. A leak has given a hint at just who that new detective might be, and at the same time, Warner Bros. has released the cover art and technical specs for the first season of the show when it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray later this year. (more…)

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Just when you thought there was no more room in Captain America: Civil War for another instance of huge casting news, think again! Maybe. Yes, as if the entirety of the New Avengers isn’t enough, along with two villains, Ant-Man, a slew of supporting characters, and Robert Downey Jr., isn’t enough Civil War is also adding a touch of Hulk to the mix. At least that’s the word according to the Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo. You may think that’s official, but here’s the thing: no one from Marvel has told him he’s in Civil War. So who’s Ruffalo’s source? None other than Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. Confused? So is Ruffalo. Not that he isn’t down for joining the fray, or course. (more…)

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Franchises are the bread and butter for Hollywood these days, which is why the development of something like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is seen as an incredibly cynical move on the part of a studio. This spin-off of the wizarding world of Harry Potter could be seen as the most egregious example of lack of Hollywood imagination, trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear by further expanding a 7-part book series that’s already been made into 8 movies. (Eight highly profitable movies, that is.) On the other hand, Harry Potter’s was such a vividly realized world, and though Harry’s story is over, it feels like their was so much left unexplored. Combined with the involvement of Potter creator J.K. Rowling, there’s lots of room to hope that Fantastic Beasts might be good after all. But who will search out these creatures? We now have some ideas. (more…)

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Here’s some news that fits nicely in the “Holy $#!%” file. For the last several months we’ve been getting dribs and drabs in terms of Captain America: Civil War news. We knew that Chris Evans would return, of course, as the titular hero. His Winter Soldier sidekicks Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Anthony Mackie as Falcon were both highly expected and confirmed to return as well. The coup de grâce though was the announcement that Robert Downey Jr. would be joining the cast as Tony Stark, along with Chadwick Boseman making his Marvel Universe debut as the Black Panther. Along the way, and with every new casting notice, the joke persisted that Civil War was shapping up to be Avengers 2.5, and if you look at the now official cast list, it looks like they were right. (more…)