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After Margot Robbie‘s stellar rendition of Harley Quinn in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, it should be  no surprise that Warner Bros. wants to capitalize on her popularity and keep the momentum going. The has signed a first-look deal with the studio, which means Robbie will be producing films through her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment. She’ll be joined by partners Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, and Sophia Kerr. With Suicide Squad bringing in just over $700 million so far at the box office and the relationship with Robbie’s company on other productions coming out later this year it’s safe bet for Warner Bros. to keep her around. Find out more about the deal after the jump.

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When Warner Bros made Man of Steel, it was supposed to be the beginning of a DC cinematic universe. Much like Marvel has been crushing it with their cinematic universe, DC was going to start making legit superhero films. Unfortunately, DC has been going through some growing pains in building their cinematic universe. While their films have been commercially successful, many disagree about the quality of the films. While some have disliked the story or editing, many agree that the films were just too “dark.” In Man of Steel, we had a 9/11-esque battle with massive collateral damage.  In Batman v Superman, Batman was a murder-prone.  While trying to differentiate themselves from the sunnier Marvel films, DC might have taken it a step too far. Needless to say, there’s a need for some course correction.

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As the Olympics continue into their second half this week, a surprise TV spot dropped in the form of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. The film has been the driving force behind a (thus far successful) public interest revival of JK Rowling‘s Wizard World, made famous by the Harry Potter series of novels. Fantastic Beasts will cap off a lead up that included theme park attractions, an enormous Pottermore update, and a play/book release combo. If you would like to check out the trailer, continue after the jump. (more…)

Zack Snyder, Director attends the 'Watchmen' ('Die Waechter') photocall at hotel Bayerischer Hof on February 26, 2009 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 26.

They say, “Hell hath no fury like an ex-Warner Bros Studios employee scorned for someone else’s incompetence” and, boy, does that old adage ring true here. An alleged former employee at the aforementioned movie studio has released an open letter to studio head Kevin Tsujihara, accusing him of recklessly steering the movie studio directly into oncoming icebergs. The legitimacy of the writer is unconfirmed, as she only gives the name “Gracie Law,” which is, of course, Kim Cattrall’s character in the movie Big Trouble in Little China, but the letter does contain many legitimate complaints against Warner Bros and is convincingly written from the point of view of someone who has been screwed over by people above her making bad decisions and allowing the crap to roll right downhill. Check out the full letter below!

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There are some interesting behind the scenes stories coming from the Suicide Squad set via The Hollywood Reporter today that paint a very troubling picture of what director David Ayer (Fury) had to put up with while putting together Warner Bros. latest big superhero movie. Details of clashes between Ayer and Warner Bros. executives on the movie’s tone and schedule, which sadly isn’t really unusual these days, appears to have reached a boiling point during the Suicide Squad production. Let’s look through them. (more…)

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The first reviews for Suicide Squad, the much anticipated, David Ayer directed film are starting to come in—and boy, is it a rocky boat we’ve set foot in. Let’s back up for a moment: the film, which is set to release this Friday, has already started going into preview showings (and of course, the premiere in which the aforementioned Ayer said ‘f*ck Marvel‘). The film has been building interest and momentum, with opening weekend predictions setting the sales at around $115 million US. Wow. There is, however, potential that this proclamation of box office gang-busting could be ruined in the following week by bad reviews—something we’ve seen not too long ago. So… just how are the critics sizing up the Squad?  (more…)

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This will only feed into the petty fight between fans of Marvel and the fans of DC, but it’s an interesting story about just how far the reach of San Diego Comic Con goes outside of Hall H. You may recall from our weekend Comic Con binge some degree of difference between the coverage of the two major panels, Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios; while Warners dumped everything online almost as it happened, Marvel only shared the new Doctor Strange trailer with the home audience. If the point of something like Comic Con is to attract attention, then measuring reaction on social media should be a good indicator if you were successful, and one studio was very successful indeed. (more…)

Cavill Trolls

Sometimes the simplest disguises work the best; Henry Cavill has proven this before, and he’s gone and proven it again by taking to the floor at San Diego Comic-con, armed only with V for Vendetta-style Guy Fawkes’ mask (perhaps channeling his inner-anonymous). You think on of the major stars of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League would at least turn a few heads—but nope, not for a moment. Not only did get Cavill get to spend time as a regular fan on the convention floor, he got to prank some of his DC Film Universe co-stars along the way—namely, those of the upcoming Suicide Squad. (more…)

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The Warner Bros stage at Sand Diego Comic Con would have been sorely lacking if they didn’t give us some glimpse of all the return to J K Rowling‘s globally beloved magical world. The all new angle from which upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will approach the wizarding world – taking place in a different time and country than the Harry Potter books and films released so far – has been on every avid Potterhead’s tongue since it was first announced way back in September 2013. (more…)