Nereus and Mera Confirmed To Be Father and Daughter Instead of Lovers in AQUAMAN

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:

It is good to be king. Basically, I try to keep the peace down there along with Amber Heard, who plays my daughter. She’s trying to convince me to join the right side. Then you have Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother. We’re trying to avoid war between the surface dwells and the people of Atlantis.

Well, there’s a twist for some fans. What do you think about this change in their relationship?

Aquaman will hit theaters December 21, 2018.

Jamie Dornan and Sam Claflin Will Star in BORDERLAND From GAME OF THRONES Director Brian Kirk

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:

Set in 1970’s London, Borderland is a high-octane character-driven thriller, in the vein of Michael Mann’s Heat. After his wife is accidentally shot dead in Ireland, a member of the IRA takes over an Active Service Unit in the English Capital. Their mission is to cause chaos and destruction while his mission is to hunt down his wife’s killer — an SAS captain (Sam Claflin) who is also hunting him.

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.

Jeanine Mason Cast as the Lead in ROSWELL Reboot

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:

After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

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.

Chris McKay Thinks Nightwing Should Have White Eyes in NIGHTWING

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?

Chris Evans Seemingly Confirms Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW is Officially Happening

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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:

There’s nothing [Marvel Studios] can’t do. And I’m sure it’s gonna have the exact same effect when Captain Marvel comes out, and then the Black Widow movie comes out. Marvel just has the winning recipe and they’re kind of one step ahead of everybody else.There’s nothing [Marvel Studios] can’t do.

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.

Black Widow is rumored to hit theaters in 2020.

New Season of POWER RANGERS Based on SUPER SENTAI Love Letter to POWER RANGERS

I grew up on Power Rangers. I watched as a dedicated fan from Mighty Morphin through Dino Thunder which came out when I was in about 8th or 9th grade. The show was always cheesy, but it was also always fun to watch. It was even cooler when I learned later in life that a lot of the scenes were taken from a Japanese show called Super Sentai. That added to the cheesy, almost campy, feel of the show. That’s why I was a little confused at the announcement for the latest season.

At first glance, there’s nothing unusual about Power Rangers Beast Morphers. However, when you look at the source material, things start getting Inception-y. Beast Morphers will be based on Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. Go-Busters came out back in 2012 which marks Saban Brands’ first dive into the Sentai back catalog instead of using one of the more recent series. The bigger odd moment though is that Go-Busters is a bit of a love letter to Power Rangers. When they transform, the characters say “It’s Morphin Time!” and “Let’s Morphin!” in English. They also call the mecha beasts they control Zords which is a term that was coined for the western audience.

I think this is an odd choice for Saban, but I think it’ll be great. I may try watching this new season to see what they do with their adaptation of this love letter written to them. Here’s a synopsis for Beast Morphers:

Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphing Grid itself. Featuring never-before-seen leather suits and an all-new beast-themed arsenal (including dynamic new Zords), fans should get ready for a season full of secret ops and morphinominal fun.

Source: io9

Daniel Kraus is Finishing George Romero’s THE LIVING DEAD Novel and He Talks About The Story

When he passed away, George Romero was working on the latest addition to his Dead universe, The Living Dead. The Dead universe includes, but is not limited to, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. If you were worried that the book would never see the light of day, fret no more. Daniel Kraus, who worked on the novelization of The Shape of Water, is picking up where Romero left off. Kraus has mentioned to EW that:

It’s huge. It’s a massively scaled story, a real epic, the kind no one ever gave him the budget for in film. In a book, of course, there is no budget, and in his pages you can feel his joy of being able, at last, to do every single thing he wanted.

The state [of the manuscript] varied. Some of it was in tremendous, publish-ready state. Other parts, near of the end of what he wrote, were sketchier, clearly intended to be fleshed out later.

Only half the job I’m doing is finishing this book. The other half is putting George back together, in a sense — not just from reading his every obscure interview and analyzing his every obscure work, but also immersing myself in the art that he loved. I’m studying his favorite movies, watching his favorite operas, listening to his favorite music, all in an attempt to find in them the inspirations he might have found. I’m taking thematic and structural cues from these works and working them into the book. It’s not like having George next to me, but it’s what I have, and I’m treasuring every moment of it.

In addition to telling us about the novel, Kraus teased us about what we will miss out on with the passing of Romero:

Beginning with [2007’s] Diary of the Dead, George had moved into a new phase of thinking about zombies, with an intent to cycle them through genres. Diary was found-footage; [2009’s] Survival was a western. His next one was supposed to be a film noir, complete with black-and-white photography and a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

That sounds like it would’ve been really cool. Maybe someone can pick that idea up? A film noir zombie film just sounds amazing. If you’re wanting to know what will happen in The Living Dead, here’s a synopsis:

On October 24th, John Doe rises from the dead. Assistant Medical Examiner Luis Acocella and his assistant Charlene Rutkowksi are vivisecting him when it happens, and so begins a global nightmare beyond comprehension.

Greer Morgan is a teenager living in a trailer park, and when the dead begin their assault, the true natures of her neighbors are revealed. Chuck Chaplin is a pretty-boy cable-news anchor, and the plague brings sudden purpose to his empty life.

Karl Nishimura is the helmsman of the U.S.S. Vindicator, a nuclear submarine, and he battles against a complete zombie takeover of his city upon the sea. And meanwhile, a mysterious woman named Etta Hoffmann records the progress of the epidemic from a bunker in D.C., as well as the broken dreams and stubborn hopes of a nation not ready to give up.

Spread across three separate time periods and combining Romero’s biting social commentary with Kraus’s gift for the beautiful and grotesque, the book rockets forward as the zombie plague explodes, endures, and finally, in a shocking final act, begins to radically change.

The Living Dead is set for release in the Fall of 2019.

Casting Update and Character Details Revealed For Netflix’s SABRINA Series

Netflix is moving forward with their own take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch that will be a companion to Riverdale. We know that Sabrina will be played by Kiernan Shipka, and now we know that Aunt Hilda will be played by Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman). In addition to Davis, it has been announced that Michelle Gomez will be on the show as Mary Wardell, Sabrina’s favorite teacher, and Chance Perdomo will be Sabrina’s English cousin Ambrose Spellman. Mary Wardell has been described as follows:

When she is possessed by the devil’s handmaiden, Madam Satan, Ms. Wardell turns into a sultry, cunning manipulator, always trying to lure Sabrina down the Path of Night.

Ambrose, on the other hand, has this on his plate:

Placed under house arrest by the Witches Council, Ambrose is forbidden from leaving the funeral home where he lives with the Spellman women. Witty, puckish and pan-sexual, he is one of Sabrina’s partners in crime, always up for mischief.

Hilda sounds like she’ll be a lot of fun, too:

More nurturing than Zelda, Hilda’s motherly nature and warm sense of humor belie a wicked, ghoulish streak. She is as adept at brewing spite jars against her family’s enemies as she is at concocting love potions for the students at Baxter High.

There is still no release date for Sabrina, but it’ll be fun to see who else they get for the show.

Source: Deadline

Maisie Williams Shoots Down Rumors of Reshoots for THE NEW MUTANTS

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I was sad when The New Mutants was pushed back by about ten months. That’s almost a year! We already had a trailer for the film. Why would they push the movie that far back? Is this Disney’s doing? These are all valid questions that many fans had and it looks like the mouse may have had a little to do with it, but the film does not appear to be in any trouble. There have been reports that the post-production team wanted more time to work on the special effects. It is also suggested the move was to keep The New Mutants from being overshadowed by the other big comic book movies coming out in quick succession this year being put out by Disney and Fox including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Deadpool 2. I can appreciate them wanting to provide this movie with some space. The change in release date though sparked a big wave of rumors saying the movie was doing a lot of reshoots. In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Maisie Williams was asked about this and she says there were no reshoots:

I think everything you’ve just rattled off is just rumors. But we’re releasing early next year and I’m properly excited. I’ve seen little parts of it and I’ve done a load of ADR for it and it’s really exciting watching it all back. It feels a long while since we’ve done it, and I always enjoy going seeing little bits of it before it’s released, so I’m looking forward to it coming out.

I’m still excited for this film to come out next year, but I hope they realize that our expectations will be a lot higher since they’ve had an additional year to polish it.

Catch the Final Trailer for The Weed-Fueled Action Comedy GRINGO

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If you’re looking for a new dark comedy to check out, Gringo may be the one for you. The film will star Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, David Oyelowo, and more fun footage has released this final trailer. If you haven’t heard of this movie yet, here's a bit more info for you:

An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth — or two steps ahead?

The movie also co-stars Yul Vazquez and Thandie Newton and it's set to hit theaters on March 9, 2018. Make sure can check out the red-band trailer if you haven't seen it yet.