We have less than a month before Batman Ninja is released. If you hurry, you should still be able to pre-order the Blu-ray steelbook version of the film for less than $18. We’re all really excited for the film. The trailers look amazing, but many of us have been wondering how Batman, Joker, and everyone else end up in feudal Japan. Thanks to a new clip released on the PlayStation Youtube channel, we know. It appears Gorilla Grodd was building some kind of machine that goes wrong while fighting Batman and instead of exploding, it seems to implode on itself and send everyone back to feudal Japan. The clip just has me more excited, and the way they introduce the DC logo before the clip just looks awesome too.
Death pools for Avengers: Infinity War are being worked on by countless fans as they try to figure out who will die, who will live, and who will die but be resurrected. I myself am constantly editing my death pool (you can find an early draft here) as I try to put pieces together based on previous movies, interviews, etc. However, Anthony Mackie has something to say about the fate of Falcon.
Of course, everything about the film is submerged in millions of layers of secrecy, so we should take everything with a grain of salt. That being said, I do think that during Infinity War or Avengers 4 Steve Rogers will die (or maybe be sent to the past?) and Falcon will become the new Captain America which means Falcon is safe from being killed off. I know many of you are saying Winter Soldier will become Captain America, and that is my second theory. Of course, if Falcon’s pack malfunctions or is damaged, that does put a wrinkle in his ability to fly which then throws Mackie’s argument out the window. Not to mention, if any of the bad guys have ranged weaponry, he's still in trouble. Also, what about all the other characters who can fly? Shouldn't they be safe? They're not. I have Iron Man as my #1 death (not my first, but the one I am most confident in). What do you think? Is Falcon safe in your death pool?
It’s been a while since we heard anything about the new Robin Hood movie, but the MPAA has spoken and it will receive a PG-13 rating. The reason is: “extended sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive references.” This probably doesn’t come as a shock to anyone really. Most other versions of Robin Hood have been PG-13, so it’s expected. However, Andy Serkis’ Mowgli is also getting a PG-13 rating. This should help solidify that this is not the same Jungle Book movie that Disney has put out. The reason for the rating is: “intense sequences of action violence including bloody images, and some thematic elements.” Serkis himself wanted a darker film in hopes of scaring kids, not because he’s mean, but because he knows they love being scared and believes they are “sophisticated”:
I’m still not sold on Robin Hood (how many times will we get the same story?), but Mowgli sounds pretty cool. Here’s a synopsis for Mowgli:
Olivia Wilde is best known for her onscreen roles in films such as TRON: Legacy. Then, she started producing some movies such as Drinking Buddies. Now, Wilde is set to debut as a director with Booksmart. The film has cast Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein to star in this original script penned by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins.
This sounds like it’ll be a crazy high school movie that could either be a lot of fun or a dud. I’m hoping that this film is a lot of fun as I have a soft spot for these high school movies, and I can’t wait to hear more about Booksmart.
Zachary Levi recently teased fans with a picture of him in costume as the superhero Shazam, but the costume was covered by a big coat. That was mean Levi! Well, even though we don’t know exactly what the costume will look like, director David F. Sandberg has explained where the inspiration for the costume came from... Justice League: War.
That should help fans narrow things down a bit. The film was one of DC’s direct-to-DVD movies, and while I haven’t seen it, I imagine it’s pretty good concerning their track record on those. I think my biggest questions are will he have the hood and cloak, and how will they do the lightning bolt emblem on his chest.
I’m getting excited for Shazam! and am hopeful that DC has gotten their act together and is able to make consistently great movies. They have some good characters and good stories here’s hoping they’ve learned how to use them.
If you’re keeping up to date on all of the rumors around Aquaman, you may have heard one that said Nereus and Mera would have a different kind of relationship than in the New 52 comics. That rumor has been confirmed as fact. In the New 52 comics, Mera and Nereus are would-be lovers, but according to Dolph Lundgren, they will be father and daughter. Talking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Lundgreen was asked a bit about his role in the film and he mentions this relationship:
Well, there’s a twist for some fans. What do you think about this change in their relationship?
It has been announced that Borderland, the action thriller coming from Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones), will star Jamie Dornan and Sam Claflin. The movie will commence with principal photography starting this summer. Borderland sounds like it has potential with what little we know. Here’s a synopsis of the film thanks to IMR International:
The adaptation was written by Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies) and principal photography will begin in the summer in Dublin and London.
My interest is piqued. Tell me more and I may go see it.
We heard a few months ago that The CW was rebooting their old series, Roswell. We then heard a couple weeks ago that they were moving to the production stage of things with the said reboot. Now, it looks like we have the start of our cast. Jeanine Mason has been cast as the lead character. You may recognize Mason as Dr. Sam Bello on Grey’s Anatomy, as the winner of Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance, or on many other shows including Archer, Criminal Minds, You’re the Worst, and Of Kings and Prophets.
As with the original series from 1999, the reboot is set to follow the Roswell High books from Melinda Metz. The synopsis:
Justin Flavey, Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender, and Kevin Kelly Brown will executive produce alongside Carina Adly MacKenzie. MacKenzie will also be a writer on this project.
In animated movies, TV shows, and comics, it is common for members of the Bat-family to have some kind of white lens over their eyes when in costume. In the live-action movies, however, there has only been a lens of some kind in two instances and only for special suits. The first was in The Dark Knight when he was using the sonar-like technology to fight the Joker. The second was in Ben Affleck’s suit for fighting Superman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. This has been a point of contention for some fans. I personally always just thought it was something done to make the animation process easier and that’s why it never translated over. I’m not opposed to them trying it though. A fan reached out to Chris McKay who is directing the upcoming Nightwing film, asking him to give the character the white lenses. McKay provided a one-word response: “Agreed”.
Nightwing has not released any information though regarding casting or release dates. We know that a script is near completion (if it hasn’t finished yet) and McKay has been wanting fans to vote on Twitter to aid in the casting quest. Do you think Nightwing should have white lenses, or should he just go the route of previous members of the Bat-family?
For a while now, we’ve been hearing about the potential for a Black Widow movie. Marvel seems to want to do it, and we’ve heard reports that they’re working on getting it greenlit, but nothing has been confirmed. At least, not officially. In a recent interview with ET Canada, Chris Evans was talking about the success and excitement for Black Panther when he said:
Is he unofficially confirming Black Widow was greenlit, or is he just voicing his support of the project? I agree with him that Marvel can do anything at this point. Everything they put out is guaranteed success, even if it’s not great. This is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it should help them have confidence in taking risks. It’s a curse because if they’re not careful, we could end up with a bunch of mediocre movies that no one actually cares about.
I think Marvel should do a Black Widow movie, and it’s one of the few times I will say that I want an origins movie. I have felt so burned out with the origins stories the last few years; it’s nice when they don’t dedicate an entire film to how we got the character. However, I would love for them to explore Black Widow’s origin. I feel like there’s a lot there that they could dive into and it would be great.