Friday, October 24, 2014

Jeese Eisenberg To Join DC's 'Suicide Squad' as Lex Luthor?

Deadline is reporting that Warner Brothers is currently negotiating with Jeese Eisenberg to reprise his role of Lex Luthor in DC Comics upcoming super villain team-up movie Suicide Squad! This is interesting given that both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad will debut in 2016 both with Eisenberg as Luthor. His role is most likely not that large compared to other villains like Deadshot, Captain Boomerrang or even Harley Quinn but that's all speculation. Also,this means WB must be extremely impressed with Eisenberg's young take on such an iconic super villain to sign him into another film.

Jeese Eisenberg unfortunately has a slate of films he is signed onto including Now You See Me 2 and Arms and The Dudes. He will ultimately have to choose between Arms and The Dudes or Suicide Squad for that 2016 release date. Also, Zombieland 2 is currently in the works but it's unknown when that will be released.

Will Smith, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie are currently all rumored for leading roles in this massive super villain team-up! Fury director David Ayer is slated to helm this massive project...

Suicide Squad hits Summer 2016

Marvel To Release Exclusive 'Age of Ultron' Clip on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' Instead Of Trailer

Last week Marvel announced that the very first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron would debut during next weeks Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Well, things didn't go as planned as a leaked copy of the trailer appeared online the next which forced their hand to just release and HD copy of the trailer on YouTube hours later. So what will happen to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? This marketing stunt was to help boost ratings on the show which it sorely needs.

Well it seems Marvel is rewarding those who breached their security and leaked the trailer early! They just announced that next week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as well as the week following during Marvel 75 special two exclusive clips from Age of Ultron will be shown:
We're delivering new Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" action to your TV sets, two weeks in a row! Tune in to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." this Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC to see an exclusive piece from Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Then, on Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC, tune into "Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!" for another taste of Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron"--and much more!
Also, even though the trailer leaked early the official released trailer has gained over 34 million global views in less than 24 hours according to Marvel and Disney

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D debuts every Tuesday on ABC

'Kick-Ass' Star Lyndsy Fonseca Joins Marvels' 'Agent Carter'!

Today, Marvel announced that Kick-Ass star Lyndsy Fonseca has joined Marvel's Agent Carter as Angie Martinelli opposite Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter. An aspiring actress living in 1946 New York, Angie will befriend Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she herself seeks to find her place in the post-war world.

Jeph Loeb adds:
"Lyndsy brings a warmth and humanity to Angie, who'll be the friend Peggy needs if she's to survive the dangers that lie ahead."
Agent Carter debuts Spring 2015 on ABC

Is Warner Brothers Looking at These Female Directors to Helm 'Wonder Woman'?

Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter ran a piece stating that Warner Brothers is actively trying to pursue a female director to helm the first female lead superhero movie Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot. Well, now Forbes is claiming to have some inside information on what directors the studio is looking at:
Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mimi Leder (Deep Impact), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), and Julie Taymor (Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark). Also looking at TV directors Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) and Tricia Brook (The Walking Dead). Lastly, Oscar-Winner and Fan Favorite Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) is said to be in the mix.
They do go onto say Bigelow, Leder, Hardwicke and MacLaren are the frontrunners WB really wants to go after, But it should be noted that Kathryn Bigelow while being a great director turned down several comic book movie opportunity's in the past; most recently The Amazing Spider-Man. So don't get your hopes up that she will stray from her gritty modern war films for a mythical superhero type movie any time soon.

Wonder Woman hits in 2017

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ARROW, Corto Maltese Episode Review

We begin this episode in great anticipation of the encounter between Thea and Oliver.  We first get a glimpse of the exchange between Thea and Malcolm Merlyn when she left Starling City 5 months ago.  It’s clear that Thea has some talents which she hasn’t been fully utilizing.

Then it’s on to one of the sub-plots.  Oliver tracks down the individual whose fingerprint was on the green glass he found where Sara was murdered.  After a short chase and quick interrogation Oliver realizes the lead is a dead end. 

But not all is lost to Oliver as Felicity has located Thea in Corto Maltese.  Oliver and Roy get ready to go get back Thea!  I’m sure they think it will all be cake and laughs too.

Meanwhile, Lyla asks Diggle to go to Corto Maltese with Oliver as she has a field operative, named Shaw, who has “gone dark” in Corto Maltese.  How fortuitous!  Diggle accepts as he’s not expected to be doing much – simply making sure Shaw is OK.

Then we see some more flashbacks to Thea’s training with Malcolm.  He tells her about how some Buddhist monks believed the first fight begins in the mind and that she must learn to accept pain, but reject suffering.  He plans to teach her how to do this by pouring hot oil over her hand.  She’s understandably not very fond of the idea.

Oliver lands in Corto Maltese and goes off to see Thea.  Upon finding her to not be at her supposed home he learns from a groundskeeper that she might be at her day job waiting tables.  Why she is waiting tables is beyond me…maybe to learn the culture and language better?  In any case, Oliver avoided getting shot by an arrow that was waiting for him from the end of Malcolm’s bow.  So I guess that’s a plus.

Thea is surprised but happy to see Oliver when he approaches her at work.  After a short bit of dialogue she repeats her affirmation: she is NEVER going back to Starling City.  Oliver is understandably dejected.

So, while he tries to think about how to persuade her to come home, Oliver goes off to help Diggle with checking up on Shaw.  The encounter is supposed to be very straightforward and friendly.  But Shaw pulls a knife and almost slices Diggle open.  Luckily he’s been training with Oliver. 

Shaw confirms Diggle’s identity and then tells him that they need to go stop the sale of Argus’ list of agents and their families.  Diggle takes off with Shaw to stop the sale.  But something doesn’t smell right.  Diggle guesses that something is up and that Shaw is actually up to no good.  But not quite in time as Shaw tazers Diggle, shoots at Oliver who is waiting as backup, and takes the transcoder stick from Diggle’s pocket before making his getaway.

Roy gets his chance to talk to Thea also.  They share a moment where he confesses he just wants her to be happy.  And if that means that she stays in Corto Maltese, then so be it.  We see that Malcolm is keeping an eye on his daughter from the shadows though and looks none too pleased with her interaction with Roy.

Turns out EVERYONE loves her hair.  Even me.

And then a flashback to Thea’s training.  Malcolm tells Thea that he must train her the same way he was trained – and then promptly hits her in the face.  She must have a face of steel though because she doesn’t start bleeding or anything.  Thea does show her war face however.

The guys contact Felicity for help in tracking Shaw down.  This of course happens right as she is in a meeting with her new boss, Ray Palmer.  He’s quite shocked as she gets phone call after phone call with mysterious undertones talking about finding people.  She’s embarrassed as usual.

Laurel is angry with the death of her sister and everything and decides that a good way to get out her aggression is to try and beat up a guy who likes to beat his girlfriend.  This does not go over very well for her and she gets her face pummeled quite soundly.  Her face, it turns out, is not steel.

Then we see Laurel in the hospital and sense that she is starting to go into a deep, dark place.  She’s had it with the injustice of the world.  Who knows what she’s going to do next…  Five bucks says she’s going to learn how to fight and try to take Sara’s place.

Oliver has one more meeting with Thea.  He discloses that, yes, he’s been keeping secrets.  Thea is still adamant that she will love him as her big brother no matter what.  She’s just pissed that he didn’t tell her who her father was.  That’s when Oliver tells her the truth of how their dad, Robert, died and pleads with her to come home even going so far as to say that he needs her.  He then leaves to go help Diggle.

The team is set up to intercept Shaw as the deal is going down.  But fate intervenes as a heavily armed group of men shows up and spoils the plans.  A big fight ensues and we get to see that Oliver is actually an amazing shot with a pistol as well.  It seems he learned some other things from his time working with Waller in Hong Kong.  After a solid fight the day is won and the group gets the data back. 

Thea tells Malcolm that she would like to go home.  He says he thought she was past all of that and that maybe she’s not ready.  A sword fight ensues between the two, because how else would you settle such things, with Thea apparently winning.  She suspects that Malcolm let her win, however, and he ominously states that he’ll see her soon.

Thea meets the group for the plane back home and everyone is happy.  That is until Oliver gets home to a waiting Laurel.  She asks him to train her but he refuses.  She’s not happy about that.

Upon entering his hideout under Verdant, Oliver and Roy have a conversation about Thea.  Oliver thinks that something is off with Thea and that she seems a little different.  The conversation is cut short, however, as Sara’s lover and fellow assassin, Nyssa, cuts into the scene with a bow aimed at Oliver and demanding to know where Sara is.

So hot...So deadly...So cool.

This should make for an interesting conversation in the next episode…

P.S. – I absolutely love Katrina Law as Nyssa.  She’s exotic looking like Nyssa should be, talented, and crazy beautiful.  I loved her in Sparticus as well and can’t wait to see where her career takes her.

Is Andy Serkis Playing a 'Black Panther' Villain in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron?

Yesterday, Marvel (forcibly) released the HD trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron after a leak of the trailer happened hours prior. During one shot of the trailer it shows Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes). Now while it isn't revealed what character the actor is playing many have come to speculate he maybe playing Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaw.

This would be once again another hint that Marvel is going to introduce the King of Wakanda someday in their cinematic universe. We already had one small hint in Iron Man 2 and with part of Avengers 2 being placed within Africa it would make sense. Of course Marvel has yet to even announce a Black Panther movie is in the works...

Last we heard Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up) was Marvel choice for T'Challa aka Black Panther but that has yet to be confirmed. Even though the actor smiles every time he is asked about Black Panther....

The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits May 2015

Batman-Centered 'Dawn of Justice' Teaser Trailer Ready To Be Released?

Today Batman-on-Film released a small nugget that Warner Brothers has recently completed a "Batman Heavy" teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:

According to a few of BOF’s BvS insiders, the first teaser trailer for the film is complete and ready to go. The overt hint I got from these folks is that the teaser will be revealed this Fall along with a November or December film release (and online, of course). I have no idea to which specific film it may be “attached,” but New Line’s (which is Warner Bros.’ sister company) THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES is being released on December 17, 2014.

By the way Batman fans, I’ve heard that this teaser is “Batman heavy.”  
It's possible the trailer may drop as early as two weeks with Christopher Nolans highly anticipated Interstellar as well as Warner Brothers Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies which is out in December. Of course with this only being a rumor don't get your hopes up to high.... 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits March 2016

Live-Action Archie Comics Drama 'Riverdale' Headed to FOX

Deadline is reporting that Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl showrunner Greg Berlanti is set to bring Archie Comics to the small screen. The drama will be titled Riverdale and follow the story of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and Jugghead. The show will be produced by Berlanti's production company along with Warner Brothers TV and will debut on FOX.

CONFIRMED: DC Comics Is Creating A DC Cinematic Multi-Verse with Film & TV!

The question of this day in age in comic film or TV adaptions is are they all connected? Marvel has done it first literally connecting their movies with television and soon netflix shows like Daredevil all into one massive shared universe. So the question remained will DC do the same thing? This is something that has plagued DC fans since Arrow lit up the small screen on The CW. Will Stephen Amell's Arrow ever meet up with Henry Cavill's Superman? Well at this past year's Comic-Con it seemed DC head Geoff Johns put that theory to rest that Arrow & it's spin-off show The Flash are in a separate universe than Henry Cavill and Ben Afflecks Batman & Superman. But was he lying? He was and he wasn't.

Today, Geoff Johns spoke with BuzzFeed to confirm that DC is trying to actual create a cinematic multiverse!
“We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it’s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through. I think the characters are iconic enough. I like [Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.] a lot. I love what Marvel does. I’m a huge fan. It’s just a different approach.”
Now for some of you who don't know DC had a multiverse with multiple "earths". That means one superhero may live their whole life in one universe and have a slightly different version on the second earth. Or one superhero maybe one person on Earth-1 but on Earth-2 the mantle is taken up by someone else like Jay Garrick & Barry Allen both being The Flash. And The Flash is the one who first learns of the multiverse....Which is also teased at the end of The Flash pilot episode.

Now if DC can actually pull off doing a multiverse that means while the TV & Film universe are connected they are separate at the same time. What ever happens on film won't dictate what happens on TV and vice-versa. So the writers still have creative freedom and aren't held down by each others contradicting storylines. That is until DC finally pulls out their wild card and does a Crisis on Infinite Earths movie which will have all the universes collide into one another.  But this type of massive movie is obviously far down the line for DC...

So  as far as we know we have the Man of Steel Universe, the Arrow-Verse and last week Sandman creator Neil Gaiman mentions DC has yet to announce a slate of Vertigo Universe movies that are coming out like Sandman or Justice League: Dark which would give us a third universe. It's unknown where Gotham, Constantine, Lucifer, Teen Titans, Supergirl, or Static Shock fit within these universes or others.

Lastly, he adds that maybe one day they will have a crossover but not anytime soon...
"There’s been discussions over the years for both, obviously. You never say never. Maybe one day we’ll link a show to a film if it makes sense, but the creative process we’re going through right now is to let the stuff live and breathe and be its own thing and own it."

Is Marvel Eyeing Director Adam McKay For a Future Film?

After the fallout between Marvel and Edgar Wright many director names popped up in regards to directing Ant-Man. One of whom was Step Brothers & The Other Guys director Adam McKay. Adam McKay quickly took to Twitter to announce while he is a huge Marvel film his slate is simply to full to take on another project so the directors chair eventually went to director Peyton Reed. However Marvel did hire Adam McKay along with star Paul Rudd to rework Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish's original Ant-Man script.

 Well today Adam McKay spoke with CraveOnline to reveal that talks between Marvel and himself are going on for a future Marvel film for him to possibly direct!
"I just did a big rewrite on Ant-Man with Paul Rudd and had such a great time working with [Marvel] that we’re kicking around ideas. But yeah, maybe I would take on one of the characters so we haven’t locked in anything, but discussions are definitely going on."
With Marvel nabbing Step Brothers, Anchorman and The Other Guys director Adam McKay it might be hind time DC grabs 22 Jump Street & The LEGO Movie directors Chris Miller & Phillp Lord!

The real question is what Marvel character could comedy director Adam McKay even tackle?