Buried in Variety’s story about the casting of Gal Godot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman (which we covered here) are a couple of other provocative details. Aside from the rather straight-forward secondary bit of casting scoop, news of who might potentially be playing the villain in Batman Vs Superman, is the news that there maybe another hero joining the fun. If you’re not going to have your fill of The Flash by the time he spins off from The CW’s Arrow, then you’ll have plenty more to cheer about come 2015. (more…)
Thanksgiving has wrapped up, you’ve said goodbye to all your guests and put those that were in no condition to drive in a cab or in a guest bedroom for the night. You’ve put the last of the left overs in the fridge, but don’t get maudlin about how wrong the day went. You’re not alone. Just look at how things went when the Justice League sat down for a Thanksgiving dinner. (more…)
Following up on the recent releases of Superman: Unbound and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the DC Animated Universe will kick off 2014 with the release of another tale from the Justice League, and this time, it’s war! That’s right fans, check out the brand new Justice League: War trailer below. (more…)
It’s well past time for Wonder Woman – the foremost butt-kicking babe in DC’s arsenal of female comic book characters – to take center stage, or at least get some sort of cinematic lovin’. Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara agrees. He recently said “We need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV.” While that may be the case, nothing seems to be officially in the works. Or is it? While there’s no news on the stand alone front, other than Tsujihara being burdened with glorious purpose, there is a rumor going around that Wonder Woman will make an appearance in Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs. Superman.
Just not in the way the writers intended…
For the past few years we’ve only spoken of George Miller‘s mysterious (and long dead) Justice League project in hushed tones filled with speculation and rumor. We know that back in 2007 production on Justice League: Mortal was suddenly halted and the superhero team-up flick (that predates the Marvel Cinematic Universe FYI.,) faded off into the limbo of lost movies… a project that would eternally be shrouded mystery. That is until now. Superhero Movie News leaked an apparently authentic draft of the script online late last night. I have read it, and to quickly summarize: we’re very lucky this JLA movie was DOA. VERY damn we are lucky. (more…)
DC Comics has gotten a lot of flack for sexing up many of the female characters for the New 52, and now it seems that their solution to the problem is to start sexing up the male characters as well. Where have they decided to start? Naturally, with a rude, bad ass intergalactic biker bounty hunter named Lobo.
Yes fans, that Lobo. Kenneth Rocafort is credited with the redesign, which went through a few changes you can see for yourself on the DC Source Blog, and the new Lobo will be further explored in the upcoming Justice League #23.2: Lobo. At least a couple of those designs are pretty much indicative of the old Lobo, so the question is why they might have decided to go with the male model version. What about Lobo has ever said male model?
Here’s the before…
You can cross Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) off your potential Batman list for the upcoming Superman/Batman movie announced by Warner Bros. a couple of weeks ago. Even though he had originally been on board to play Batman for George Miller‘s 2007 Justice League movie, which quickly fell off the Hollywood map, Hammer now says he has no interest in the role, or any other superhero movie for that matter. In an interview with Metro he said:
I’m not actually a big fan of superhero films, If you have a guy who is supposed to be invulnerable, then what’s the point?
He went on to talk about working with Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and jokingly worried what people might say if the two of them then starred in another superhero movie so soon after.
I think if Henry and I did that film and then a superhero film straight after, people might start to wonder about us…
Well, who does that leave on your list to play the Caped Crusader? Check out NerdBastards list and see who else might fit the role.
Now that we are in the thick of San Diego Comic Con the comic book movie news is so thick you can’t cut it with adamantium claws, but it also means we have to keep a Galactus sized grain of salt handy for the non-official news (sorry, that analogy kinda got away from me there.)
The (in)famous Harry Knowles of Ain’t Cool News fame is claiming to have seen a secret ‘corporate document’ from an undisclosed company closely involved with various studios revealing some future releases for 2015. Namely a new Batman movie and the long rumored Justice League film (this mystery document also mentions Ant-Man and a Trolls movie, but we knew about one and don’t care about the other.)
How does that gargantuan grain of salt taste?
Tomorrow (Saturday) Warner Bros. will have their massive two hour panel at SDCC that, according to rumors, should detail the near future of DC Comics on film. Coupling this with the rumor that a sequel to this year’s Man of Steel being released as early as 2014, is this even a possibility? Are we on the eve of a huge announcement involving a deluge of DC Comics characters on the big screen? Also, is it necessary to consume salt when faced with rumors? This weekend is going to be killer on my blood pressure.
They couldn’t make an Avengers movie without first doing Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, so keeping that in mind, it would make sense that they can’t do a Justice League movie without first getting Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to the big screen. Just one problem: try as they might, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros seem positively unable to get anything Wonder Woman greenlit, whether it’s on the big or small screen.
Well, Warner Bros. brand manager for superheroes Diane Nelson has answer as to why no one, from Joel Silver to Joss Whedon to David E. Kelly to Allan Heinberg to Nicolas Winding Refn have succeeded to get Wonder Woman on screen in any form. As she told The Hollywood Reporter:
We have to get her right, we have to. She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now. I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen. The reasons why are probably pretty subjective: She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes. There are lots of facets to Wonder Woman, and I think the key is, how do you get the right facet for that right medium? What you do in TV has to be different than what you do in features. She has been, since I started, one of the top three priorities for DC and for Warner Bros. We are still trying right now, but she’s tricky.
That sounds nice. Of course waiting to get it right didn’t stop Catwoman, Green Lantern, Steel, Batman and Robin, Jonah Hex et al from getting made. I believe these were Joss Whedon’s words when he left the project in 2007: “I would go back in a heartbeat if I believed that anybody believed in what I was doing. The lack of enthusiasm was overwhelming.” I guess part of getting it right is to drum up at least a degree of enthusiasm.
Anyway, Nelson did have some ideas about what other DC characters we might see on the big screen soon:
Sandman is right on top. I think it could be as rich as the Harry Potter universe. Fables. Metal Men. Justice League. And yes, I’m going to say it: Aquaman.
Hm. Not sure I want to live in a world where we might see a Metal Men or Aquaman movie before a Wonder Woman.
Anything to add Bastards? Sound off below.
We may not have our much-desired Justice League live-action flick yet, but at least the good folks at DC are still giving us a bit of a fix with their animated productions. One of the newest is Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, a story in which some crazy time travel stuff happens and ends up sending the Justice League heroes all out of whack. And now you can check out a clip of the new feature below,
Like it? Well, if you happen to be at San Diego Comic Con this year, you might be able to get in line and check out the official premiere on July 19th. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait with the rest of us until it’s released on July 30th and just buy the damn thing.
Thanks again to Comic Book Movie for the heads-up.