Warner Bros. Is Worried About Marvel’s B-Character Thor Outperforming Their JUSTICE LEAGUE A-Characters

While we wait to see how Justice League performs at the box office this weekend, Warner Bros. is worried that the DC film won't perform as well as Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. According to an insider, they feel it will be an embarrassment if their A-list DC characters can't outperform a Marvel B-list character like Thor. The insider told THR:

"If a B character from Marvel shut downs and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment. It’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners] execs."

I can totally see where they are coming from, but they have to remember that they knocked it out of the park with Wonder Woman, so they still have that going for them! Justice League was already deep in development by the time Wonder Woman was released, and they obviously tried to make the film better before releasing it. 

One thing that these executives at any studio need to understand is that it's not about A-list or B-list characters. It's about the story that's built around those characters and if they give us a great film that tells a great story no matter what characters are involved, the fans will come and support them! They will make the big money! I think Wonder Woman was a big eye-opener for them in this respect. The report goes on to say:

On the Warners/DC side, the mood is about as jovial as a party thrown by the Joker. While Ragnarok is just the latest in a string of film hits for the Kevin Feige-led Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. is desperately hoping to continue the momentum from its first big success, this summer’s Wonder Woman ($821 million worldwide).

Justice League obviously didn't turn out as well as they would have hoped, otherwise, they would have a much better attitude toward it, and as you can see, they aren't very confident in it. According to inside sources, the studio has higher hopes in James Wan's Aquaman, which comes out next year. 

There's been a long rivalry between DC and Marvel, especially with the fans. The thing is, no matter what happens with Justice League, Warner Bros. and DC are going to be fine. Yeah, the movie may not do as well as they hoped, but in the long run, things will be ok. They got it right with Wonder Woman, and with their new plan in place for future DC films, there's a good chance that everything that's released after Justice League will be better. 

We know that they can make great DC films, Justice League just got caught in the middle of a transition they were trying to make in how they wanted to approach their films. 

Do you think Warner Bros. should be embarrassed if Justice League doesn't perform as well as Thor: Ragnarok

If Ben Affleck Drops Out of THE BATMAN, The Director Reportedly Wants Jake Gyllenhaal to Replace Him

Yesterday it was reported that if Ben Affleck ends up walking away from playing The Dark Knight in The Batman, director Matt Reeves already has someone in mind to replace him. Thanks to a recent episode of The John Campea Show, we now know who that actor might be.

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Apparently, Reeves wants to cast Jake Gyllenhaal in the role of Batman. Gyllenhaal is one hell of a talented actor so I can see why Reeves might want to cast him. I do have to say, though, it's hard to imagine Gyllenhaal in the role. I know he'd nail it, and I think he'd kick ass as Batman! I'd just have to see it! I'm sure once I saw what Reeves is possibly envisioning, I'll be sold. 

Gyllenhaal actually auditioned for the role of Batman back in 2005 for Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. Then back in 2015, the actor stopped by The Howard Stern Show where he was asked Gyllenhaal how he would have handled the bat-voice. This is how that conversation went down:

Stern: I wonder how you would have played Batman, though. Would you have been like, [deep voice] 'I’m Batman.' Do you change your voice for that or—

Gyllenhaal: No, I would have been like — if you’re hanging a guy by a string, right, and he’s like hanging upside down and you’re in a batsuit, he’d be like, [scared voice] ‘Who are you?!’ and I’d be like, [nonchalant] ‘I’m f—king Batman, you kidding me?’

Stern: Is that what you would have said? ‘I’m f—king Batman?’

Gyllenhaal: I wouldn’t say ‘f—k’ ‘cause it’s PG-13, but—

Stern: It would be cool if they bleeped you. You’d be like, ‘I’m f—king Batman, beep!’ What do you mean, you would have played it like, hey—

Gyllenhaal: 'I mean come on, man, look what I’m wearing!' It’s like, you know what I mean?

Stern: Yeah, but aren’t you trying to scare people as Batman? So wouldn’t you put on an ominous kind of a, [lowered voice] ‘I’m Batman’?

Gyllenhaal: Note to self. Don’t have Howard be your acting coach.

Stern: Is that right?

Gyllenhaal: I don’t know. I don’t know what I would do, and I will never have that opportunity, so I don’t know.

Stern: Maybe you ought to think it through so you’ll get the role the next time.

Gyllenhaal: I should have been on this show a lot earlier!

Well, he might just get that opportunity! When talking about how Gyllenhaal would be brought in to the DCEU, Campea says the story for The Batman could either take place outside of the DCEU shared universe like The Joker origin film in development. It was already rumored that this might be the case. The other option that the studio could go with, is to set the timeline for The Batman earlier on in Batman's crime-fighting career before the event of Batman v Superman. Gyllenhaal is almost 37, so he would obviously be playing a younger version of the character. 

Personally, if Ben Affleck drops out, I think it should just be a standalone film separate from the shared universe. Doing this would be a lot easier than trying to make it fit into the shared universe.

What do you think about the possibility of seeing Jake Gyllenhaal as Batman? 

Dwayne Johnson’s RAMPAGE Looks Like a Ton of Fun! Watch the Trailer!

The first trailer for Dwayne Johnson's big screen adaptation of Rampage has been unleashed and the movie actually looks like it's going to be a blast! The movie isn't going to win any awards or anything, but I liked what I saw in the trailer and I think fans of the classic game might like what they see. It's pretty much the game in big-budget movie form. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm excited to see the movie. 

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.

The film comes from director Brad Peyton and also stars Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Malin Akerman (Billions), Jake Lacy (Girls), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), P.J. Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street), Marley Shelton (Solace), Breanne Hill (San Andreas), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Matt Gerald (Daredevil).

Rampage opens in theaters on April 20, 2018. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

The Monsters Jump on a Cruise in Fun Trailer For HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

I don't know about you, but I actually really enjoyed the first two films in the Hotel Transylvania franchise. Samurai Jack director Genndy Tartakovsky has done a great job with these movies and he has come back to make a third! Today we have a couple trailers for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation for you to watch and it looks like it will be another fun sequel! 

This time around all of the monsters end up taking a little vacation on a cruise. That includes Dracula (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez), Johnny (Andy Samberg), Griffin the invisible man (David Spade), Wanda (Molly Shannon) and Wayne (Steve Buscemi) the werewolves, Murray the mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), Frank (Kevin James) and Eunice (Fran Drescher), and Blobby. Here's the synopsis:

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is set to be released on July 13th, 2018. Enjoy the trailers!

Joss Whedon Liked a Tweet That Criticized JUSTICE LEAGUE’S Villain and Now DC Fans Hate Him

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Justice League hits theaters this weekend and for the most part, fans seem pretty excited about checking it out! Yeah, the reviews haven't been great, and it has a terrible score on Rotten Tomatoes, but fans will still flock to the theater to watch it because they know it will at least be a fun movie to watch.

We've got yet another controversy regarding Justice League to share with you before the movie is released, though. This involves director Joss Whedon, who took over for Zack Snyder after he stepped away from the project.  

Whedon ended up liking a couple of posts on Twitter that criticized the film's villain Steppenwolf, which reviews have said is a lackluster villain. One of the tweets reads:

"Steppenwolf is the worst comic book movie villain of all time and not even Malekith the Accursed comes close." 

Joss Whedon is apparently agreeing with them and DC fans aren't too happy with that. Why? Because liking these tweets is his first real statement about the film that he worked on and they are negative. 

A lot of fans are pointing out how Whedon praised Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok yet has failed to make any mention of Justice League. Maybe that's because he's not very happy with the outcome of the film and he obviously liked what the director of Thor: Ragnarok did with his film. 

It's not like Whedon hasn't had bad things to say about his own movies before. As you all know, he had a lot of problems with Avengers: Age of Ultron and how it ultimately turned out. He's openly talked about that and how hard of a movie it was for him to make.

I've heard from people that I know that were involved with the production that Whedon was completely stressed out with trying to put this film together. A few people have said that he was trying to save and fix a broken film that was ultimately unfixable.

One thing is for sure, Whedon won't be getting any love from the DC fans for a while. Makes me wonder if this fan backlash will in any way affect his Batgirl movie. 

J. Scott Campbell’s DANGER GIRL Comic is Being Developed as a Film and TV Series!

J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl was one of my favorite comic books to read when I was a teen. I loved the concept of badass female super spies! I've been wanting to see this comic adapted into a feature film or TV series for years and it's finally going to happen! 

According to Deadline, Constantin Film acquired rights to the comic book series and they are teaming up with Jeremy Bolt’s Bolt Pictures and Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Films to produce a film and develop a TV show based on the property.

The creators of the comic, J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, are set to executive produce the series. The studio is currently on the hunt a writer and director to develop the film.

Danger Girl was launched in 1996 by the comic publisher Wildstorm. It eventually moved to DC Comics. The team known as Danger Girl is a top-secret spy organization the was formed by a former MI-6 agent known as Deuce in response to reports that a “Fourth Reich” had been formed and was nearly ready to unleash its forces upon the world. The first recruits under the Danger Girl organization were Sydney Savage, Natalia Kassle and Silicon Valerie. Together they track down and locate a series of mystical objects to keep them out of the hands of the criminal enterprise The Hammer Syndicate.

When talking about Danger Girl, Producer Robert Kulzer said:

"Looking at Danger Girl’s lead character Abbey Chase and her posse of thrill-seeking femme fatales, female empowerment and wish fulfillment have never been more fun."

Producer Jeremy Bolt added:

Danger Girl is the perfect opportunity to create a team of grounded, relatable, and dangerous young female characters, but with humor and spectacular action.”

And, producer Adrian Askarieh said:

“I have been a fan of Danger Girl for more than 20 years and the idea of being part of the team to finally bring Scott’s and Andy’s iconic creation to the screen is incredibly exciting.”

Being a longtime fan of Danger Girl, I can't wait to see how this film and TV series turns out! With the success of Wonder Woman and a Captain Marvel movie on the way, we are sure to see a surge of female-led action films. Danger Girl will make an awesome addition!

James Franco Set to Star in a New X-MEN Universe Film Called MULTIPLE MAN

20th Century Fox is currently developing another Marvel film set in the X-Men universe called Multiple Man. According to Deadline, James Franco is set to play the lead role! The film is being written by Wonder Woman scribe and Allan Heinberg and it will be produced by Simon Kinberg who has been involved with all of the X-Men movies. For those of you not familiar with Multiple Man, here's a description: 

Multiple Man is Jamie Madrox, who, in the comics, conveyed his cloning powers at birth, when a second, identical version of him appeared after the doctor slapped the infant to get him to breathe. His father, a worker at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moved his family to a remote farm where his son — fitted with a special suit to control his powers designed by X-Men patriarch Professor Xavier — lived quietly until the suit malfunctioned and he began to go crazy. His cloning abilities drove Madrox to have various collisions and collaborations with both the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Jeremy Kramer will oversee it for Fox and the deals are being made now.

This is a fascinating character and I love that Franco is going to be playing him. He's perfect for the part! It's good to see Franco jumping back in the Marvel universe! He previously starred in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies.

The whole project came together from another collaboration between Franco and Kinberg. They are currently working together on a film project called The Hardy Men, which Kinberg wrote. James and Dave Franco both may end up starring in that movie. "The idea is for James and Dave Franco to play the grown-up versions of the venerable teen sleuths The Hardy Boys."

In addition to Multiple Man, Fox is also developing The New MutantsDeadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, X-Force, and Gambit

What do you all think about Fox making a film based on the Marvel character Multiple Man?

The Masked Killers Return in Trailer For THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT

"Never Underestimate The Kindness of Strangers."

The first trailer has been released for The Strangers sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night. This sequel has been a long time coming and if you're a fan of the original film this looks like it will be a solid follow-up. 

I liked the original 2008 film with Liv Tyler! It's one of those horror movies that surprised me. I'm not expecting any surprises this time around. Just looking forward to seeing some fun horror entertainment. 

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive.

Johannes Roberts directs the film and it stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman. Check out the trailer and let us know if it looks like a decent sequel to you. 

The Strangers: Prey at Night is set to debut March 9, 2018.

CW’s Big DC Universe Crossover Event CRISIS ON EARTH-X Will Feature Over 20 Heroes in One Scene

There's a big DC Universe crossover event called Crisis on Earth-X coming to The CW soon that will include characters from Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. It sounds like it's going to be quite an epic spectacle as there are going to be over 20 heroes gathered together in one scene! 

The scene apparently will take place on board the bridge of the time-traveling spacecraft known as the Waverider. When talking about the crossover event in an interview with CB, Brandon Routh says:

"I have a limited adventure in the crossover, but I do get to work with a few people that we had a good time. The best thing that we got to do was the big gathering of everyone here in our world, on the Waverider, which was pretty awesome to have all of those superheroes together, and it was a really unique and fun thing which I think the audience will like as well."

In the story, we will see the group of heroes face off against a group of doppelgangers of themselves from a universe where Nazis won World War II. Sounds like fun! Routh then goes on to reveal that there will at least be 21 heroes in one scene.

"We used to get upset about have nine characters on the bridge and figuring out how to shoot that, but having 21 or whatever it was is pretty insane. But Greg Smith, who was our director for our episode, knew what he wanted pretty quick. You have to have your ducks in a row when doing a crossover because people are coming from four different shows, like 'We have Melissa for 2 hours and we have Grant for an hour, and we have Stephen for 30 seconds,' so you've gotta get the shot!"

So far the list of Superheroes that will appear in the crossover include The Flash, Green Arrow, Supergirl, White Canary, Citizen Steel, The Atom, Citizen Cold, Heat Wave, Zari, Vixen, Vibe, Firestorm, The Ray, Wild Dog, Black Canary, and then there are characters like Felicity Smoak and Iris West.

Crisis on Earth-X will take place on November 27th and 28th, for two hours each night, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. You can watch a promo spot below teasing what is to come. 

Eerie Trailer For Emily Blunt and John Krasinski’s Supernatural Thriller A QUIET PLACE

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming supernatural horror thriller A Quiet Place. The Film was directed by John Krasinski, who also stars in the movie alongside his wife Emily Blunt

The story set on a farm where a family has been terrorized by a supernatural ghostly being. We don't know much more about the story, but the film doesn't have a lot of dialogue because silence is survival. As the trailer shows us, "If the can't hear you, they can't haunt you."

I love the concept of this film and it looks like it will make a great horror flick! The movie was produced by Michael Bay and it also stars Noah Jupe (Suburbicon, Wonder) and Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck).

A Quiet Place opens on April 6, 2018.