WONDER WOMAN 1984 Casts SNL Writer Natasha Rothwell in Undisclosed Role

We still don’t know a lot about Wonder Woman 1984, but we did just learn that Natasha Rothwell is cast in an undisclosed role. Rothwell recently appeared in Love-Simon and has been a writer for Saturday Night Live.

She will join Kristen Wiig who is playing Cheetah, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, Chris Pine will play Steve Trevor who apparently survived a giant explosion and doesn’t age, and Pedro Pascal will be a "key role." You can read some rumored information about who he might be playing here

WB recently screened some footage of Wonder Woman 1984 at Comic-Con and you can read our description of it here

When talking about the film during the Comic-Con panel, Gal Gadot said, "[Wonder Woman 1984 is] not a sequel, it’s a different chapter, it’s a whole new movie.” Director Patty Jenkins added, “I want to make great movies. I realized I have these characters that I love, this world that I love, and we can make this whole new movie about something pure and strong and unique as the first one, of course, I want to do that." When addressing why the movie was set in the 80s, Jenkins said that it was because the '80s "was mankind at their best and worst."

Wonder Woman 1984 will be released in theaters on November 1, 2019. So, who do you think Rothwell will be playing?

The Problem with Shonen Anime and Manga: Part Two

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I recently talked about a big problem that plagues shonen anime and manga. Now, I want to talk about another problematic trope: neglecting side characters.

There are some awesome side characters in anime that often get neglected in some way. Let's look at one of my favorites from Bleach, Chad. Chad is introduced and Tite Kubo starts making him really interesting. He is given powers so he can help fight hollows, he seems to be invincible in a fist fight, he gets a great emotional backstory that shows he’s a gentle giant, and all of this shows that he’s a valuable ally to Ichigo, but then he is always cheated. In the Soul Society arc, his first opponent of any importance is Shunsui, Captain of Squad 8, and Chad is quickly defeated. Meanwhile, Ishida barely wins against a Captain himself, and Ichigo fights some more prominent foes and wins all the time because he’s the main character. Can’t Chad get a moment of actual glory? Maybe have him beat a Lieutenant and then lose to a Captain?

In the next arc, Chad trains with Renji to grow stronger and goes to Hueco Mundo with Ichigo. It is then hinted that his powers are closely related to hollows, while Chad fights the bad guy equivalent of a Lieutenant, a fight he barely wins. Granted, he unlocks more of his powers and that's awesome, but his win is overshadowed when an Espada (think bad guy Captain) shows up and mops the floor with Chad. I am grateful that Kubo decided to make Chad stronger and have him beat a stronger opponent than in the last arc, but it doesn’t do anything to further the plot. Plus, he got new powers and he couldn’t even scratch a big bad guy. All it does is establish Chad as Bleach’s Krillin, just with less dying.

After the good guys defeat Aizen (the big bad guy for the first 3+ seasons) and things start calming down, Chad comes back from being out of commission and fans are given the exact opposite of an awesome payoff. Remember how we were led to believe Chad had hollow powers? Apparently, Kubo decided to ignore that. Instead of giving us an awesome story about how Chad has hollow abilities, we’re introduced to Fullbringers. Now, Fullbringers definitely seems more like an explanation for Orihime’s powers and not Chad’s. Sadly, Chad’s powers are suddenly deemed those of a Fullbringer instead of a hollow. This change feels like Kubo had this cool concept of Fullbringers and then realized too late that there was no way to use Orihime to progress that story, so Chad is shoehorned into it instead.

Chad is not alone in shonen. Look at Dragon Ball Z. If you're not a Saiyan, you're worthless even if you're as awesome as Tien. Rurouni Kenshin does the same with Sanosuke. These characters are all given some sense of importance. Sadly, these characters are constantly unused to further the story. I still love shonen anime, and it looks like some shows, such as The Seven Deadly Sins, are already working to fix this problem, and that makes me extremely happy.

Who's your favorite neglected side characters?

DETECTIVE PIKACHU Distribution Moves From Universal to Warner Bros.

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Legendary and Warner Bros. used to be a great couple. They had their ups and downs with films like the produced together. In 2013 the two studios decided to break up. Legendary decided that Universal was hotter. They most recently released Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Skyscraper together.

However, it looks like Legendary is missing WB as THR is now reporting that Legendary has moved their distribution deal for Detective Pikachu from Universal to WB. Sources say the move is a precursor to Legendary's moving its distribution deal back to Warners.

The film will still star Ryan Reynolds as everyone’s favorite electric mouse and interestingly enough the release date of May 10th, 2019, has not been changed.

Do you think this change of distributors will have a big impact on the film? I’m still waiting to see a teaser of Reynolds walking around in a Pikachu costume.

Christopher McQuarrie Would Love to Work with Henry Cavill on MAN OF STEEL 2

There’s been a rumor going around that Christopher McQuarrie is going to direct Man of Steel 2. This would of course require the film to actually be a possibility. However, if Man of Steel 2 is announced, there’s a hope that McQuarrie will direct it. It sounds like if they present a decent story, he’d love to work with Henry Cavill again after Mission: Impossible – Fallout. In a recent interview with ScreenRant, McQuarrie was asked point blank about directing the highly demanded sequel and he gave this response:

To me, I’m interested in a good story. That’s really what it is. I mean, when Man of Steel came up, it was because somebody had asked me, did I want to work with Henry again? Which I would in a second. I go through the door that opens.

In addition to Man of Steel 2, many fans are wanting Tom Cruise to be Green Lantern in Worlds of DC and have then attached McQuarrie to the film since most of his movies star Cruise. Unfortunately, it looks like Cruise may not be interested in such a role.

You know, I got to say, Tom and I have never talked about it. We always kind of talk about what we’re working on or what we’re talking about working on next. I think, again, I think if you show them a good story, I think if you showed him a really emotional story, I don’t think, you know, it’s, I can never predict. I can never predict what it is he’s going to be drawn to.

Do you like the idea of McQuarrie directing either of those films? Will Man of Steel 2 actually happen?

Henry Cavill Would Like to Be the Next James Bond

Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond is coming to an end. This naturally has people suggesting who the next Bond should be. James Bond alumnus Pierce Brosnan likes the idea of Tom Hardy taking over. Meanwhile, many of my friends are saying Idris Elba or bust. I don’t know that I have a personal favorite, but a third name I hear come up a lot is Henry Cavill. Cavill is doing press for his latest film Mission: Impossible – Fallout and when asked if he’d be interested in playing the legendary spy, this was his response:

I would love to do it of course. I think Bond would be a really fun role. It’s British, it’s cool. I think that now that I have my Mission: Impossible badge we can do real stunts and really amp it up as well... Not to say they weren’t doing real stunts I’m just saying it would be fun for me to actually take what I’ve learnt on this and carry it through to a movie like Bond. I’d love to play a Brit. I don’t get to play a Brit very often. So yes, I would love the opportunity and if they were to ask I would say ‘yes.’

I do think it’s interesting that he’s not a Brit very often, but is he James Bond? Do you think Cavill would be a good Bond or do you have someone else as your top pick?

Source: Yahoo UK

LADY AND THE TRAMP Casts Ashley Jensen as The Scottish Terrier Jackie

It’s been a while since we heard anything about Disney’s remake of Lady and the Tramp, but they’ve finally cast their first actor.

Deadline reports that Ashley Jensen has been cast as the Scottish Terrier Jackie (Jock in the original film). Jackie is a loyal supporter of Lady. I’m surprised that a support character is the first to be cast, but I guess that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

The story Follows "a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby. When, after some tense circumstances, Lady finds herself on the loose and out on the street, she is befriended and protected by the tough stray mutt Tramp. A romance begins to blossom between the two dogs, but their many differences, along with more drama at Lady’s household, threaten to keep them apart."

Lady and the Tramp is being released in 2019 exclusively on Disney’s unnamed streaming service and it will be directed by Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago MovieDexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack ).

Who would you like to see cast as Lady and who should be Tramp?

Alex Hirsch Always Planned on Kristen Schaal Voicing Mabel Pines in GRAVITY FALLS

I am a huge fan of Gravity Falls and I highly recommend to everyone I meet. It’s easy to think it’s just a children’s show, but trust me, it’s not. Of course, one of the things that really makes the show amazing is the cast. Jason Ritter is fantastic as Dipper, Alex Hirsch is amazing as Gruncle Stan, and no one can top Kristen Schaal as Mabel. There’s a reason why Schaal is so good at the role. When Hirsch was writing Mabel, he wrote it for Schaal. This is just one of the fun little tidbits you can learn from watching the bonus features from the Gravity Falls: The Complete Series Collector’s Edition which you can order on Shout! and Amazon now!

HAMILTON May Come to the Big Screen in a Few Years

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 3 years or so, you have undoubtedly heard of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton. The hip-hop musical biography of Alexander Hamilton has been crazy popular and is now putting Hollywood into a bidding war.

Wall Street Journel reports that the major players in Hollywood are currently fighting over the rights to put out a live performance of the play with the original cast from 2016. They report that “Sellers are asking that the Hamilton recording not play in theaters, or stream, until 2020 or 2021…” This would give the play a couple more years of being available only on the stage.

For years my wife and I have talked about how more plays should do this because it would make bank and allow people who can’t go to the theaters and drop hundreds of dollars on tickets. Of course, I imagine that in about 5-10 years we’ll get a movie adaptation of the show.

Are you excited to see Hamilton in the movie theater?

Comic-Con Got Me Hopeful for World of DC’s Future

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San Diego Comic-Con did what I thought was impossible. It got me excited for DC movies. In case you missed it, the DCEU has been officially dubbed Worlds of DC and they launched trailers for two of their upcoming films. I am genuinely excited off the charts for Shazam! and I’m getting excited for Aquaman. These are the first DC films that I am excited for. So, what happened? What follows is my own opinion and speculation. I don’t have any secret insider knowledge of DC or Warner Bros.

I think the change-ups really helped. Worlds of DC has about five movies and only one has been positively received by critics and fans. The others were either mixed or straight up garbage that no one really liked. When I saw Man of Steel, I walked away entertained, but not wowed. Then, years later, I saw Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad which were complete rubbish. Wonder Woman came out next, and I was floored. It was great! DC had done something right. Then, all the drama with Justice League happened and I pretty much lost any desire to see it.

If you go back, you’ll find that most or all of the DC movies have had big problems due to the studio. By changing things up at the studio to allow a more streamlined process, I think they’re starting to really get their footing and getting actual visions through.

Another thing that helps is I don’t feel like they’re trying to be dark and gritty for the sake of being dark and gritty anymore. One of my big problems with Man of Steel after seeing it was how washed out and dark the cinematography was. I saw a video where someone edited it to not have a filter on and it was brighter, more vibrant, and felt more Superman.

For a while, I’ve felt like DC is stuck on this idea of The Dark Knight worked and it was dark and gritty, so we have to make all our movies this way. Dark and gritty works really well for a character like Batman who is dark and gritty. I don’t agree so much with characters like Superman. Just look at the disaster that was Justice League. It started out being made as a dark and gritty Zack Snyder movie. The studio then brought in Joss Whedon who decided to make it less dark and gritty. To say it was controversial would be an understatement.

However, with Aquaman and Shazam! I feel like they’re setting the tone based on the character and not making the character match a tone they’ve already decided on. Shazam! tells the story of a 14-year-old boy who magically gets superpowers. It’s going to get ridiculous and light-hearted. It looks like Aquaman is trying to find more of a middle ground between jovial and dark, but the trailer mostly showed the jovial side. I think this was an attempt to appeal to a wider audience who is used to fun comic book movies and later trailers may have a bit more grit. There is also a possibility that DC has decided to say, “screw it!” and gone full Marvel, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, Marvel’s been doing extremely well with their movies.

I know many of you are already furiously typing saying I don’t know crap about what I’m talking about, but the trailers they recently dropped give me hope that they’ve finally found their footing and figured out how to handle their cinematic universe. I think the casting has been spot-on for the upcoming films and I can’t wait for a second Aquaman trailer.

Do you have any hope left for Worlds of DC?

Two More Characters Confirmed to Have Survived INFINITY WAR

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In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Angela Bassett revealed two more survivors of The Snappening: Queen Ramonda and Shuri.

No. Neither did my daughter. Shuri, she’s a bright girl there in Wakanda. So…

We had previously heard that Shuri was probably alive, but it’s nice to have that confirmed. Many are expecting Shuri to step up and become the Black Panther at some point like in the comics. If Avengers 4 has any time pass since Infinity War, there’s no doubt that Wakanda will have had to keep going and it would be a great way to grow Shuri’s character. I’m not surprised to hear that these two characters survived, are you? It is possible that this is false information considering how secretive Marvel is being with Avengers 4, but what do you think?