NBC Wanted Robert Kirkman to Remove Zombies and Make THE WALKING DEAD a Crime Show

We often hear about stupid things that happen in behind-the-scenes pitches to networks, but this one is about the best I've heard yet! Bloody Disgusting says that before Robert Kirkman signed a deal with AMC, he first pitched The Walking Dead to NBC executives. They liked the concept, but wondered if the show really needed zombies...oh, and he needed to add two crime fighting detectives, according to producer Gale Ann Hurd.

I'm guessing eventually the title of the show would have been changed to Law & Order: SZU or something. Clearly, the network executives weren't familiar with the source material, nor did they want to be! Lucky for us, AMC picked it up and began its reign of good cable television. Thank goodness for that — could you imagine how quick a show like that would be cancelled? Then again, iZombie does pretty well...

Kate Mara Says She’d Join Miles Teller For A FANTASTIC FOUR Sequel

Someone tell me this isn't happening. After Miles Teller sent a collective groan through movie fans after publicly stating he would do a Fantastic Four sequel, Kate Mara announced she would be up for it as well. The actress shared her thoughts during an interview about her upcoming film Morgan with IGN:

“I know all the guys feel the same way. We love working with each other. We would love to actually play these characters in another way, somehow, in the future. I have no idea if that’s actually true, if that will happen, but I’d be really happy to do it.”

NO! It looks like it's up to Michael B. Jordan to put his foot down and save us all, right? Surely he will walk away with his busy filming schedule?! Please, Michael...please don't let this become a reality. 

Alison Brie Gets Into The Ring For Netflix Wrestling Series G.L.O.W.

Alison Brie has stayed busy since the end of Community, appearing in tons of indie films and providing voice work for video games and Netflix's BoJack Horseman. But now she's secured her return to live-action comedy on the small screen, and she's reuniting with Netflix for the show: Deadline reports she'll star in G.L.O.W., a series executive produced by Orange is the New Black's Jenji Kohan (another Netflix connection!) that's created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.

G.L.O.W. was inspired by the real story of the 1980s female wrestling league. Set in Los Angeles and showcasing big hair and body slams, the series tells the fictionalized story of Ruth (Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling via a weekly series about female wrestlers.
The Reagan-era female wrestling league G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling), a female answer to the male-dominated World Wrestling Federation, was showcased in the eponymous kitschy, Las Vegas-based syndicated TV series, which ran for four seasons, featuring sketches, songs and wrestling.

Kohan has been killing it with Orange is the New Black, and Brie definitely has the chops to pull off the comedic aspects of this premise. I do wonder if she'll have the physicality to get in the ring and wreck some people, but based on this intro, I'm not sure that was ever actually the reason for this league to exist:

Watch: John Oliver Offers an Option for People Sick of Superhero Films

Superhero film fatigue has yet to set in with mainstream audiences, but John Oliver has some valid points about the genre. We can only see the same movie with different characters so many times before we get tired of them! Luckily, these past couple years have brought a welcome variety of styles of superhero films, and John and Last Week Tonight have one more they would like to pitch for your consideration. 

I know it's a joke, but I think a kid superhero film would actually be pretty entertaining if it kept the same narrative as Oliver's storytelling. Check it out below!

Deathstroke Will Reportedly Be The Main Villain in Ben Affleck’s Solo Batman Film

Early this morning, Ben Affleck shared a video of some live-action footage featuring the villainous assassin Deathstroke on his Twitter page. The majority of the speculation online pointed toward this footage being from Justice League, and that still may be the case. But Justice League may not be the only appearance in the DC Extended Universe from the one-eyed badass: The Wrap reports that "Deathstroke will, in fact, be the main antagonist of the Batman standalone movie [Affleck is] directing."

The report claims they heard this information from "an individual with knowledge of the situation," but since it's not corroborated by multiple sources and it's still very early on in the script process for The Batman (or whatever it ends up being called), I'm not quite sure that I totally buy this. Sure, it's plausible. DC has shown that they're willing to drop their characters into other movies to give the cinematic universe a feeling of connectedness (see: The Flash and Batman in Suicide Squad), and I wouldn't be surprised if Deathstroke pops up to go toe to toe with The Dark Knight in the solo movie. But the primary antagonist? I don't know...maybe it was getting burned after all of the talk about how Deathstroke was going to show up in Suicide Squad (he didn't), most of which originated with the same Wrap reporter who's putting forth this story now. He was so certain Deathstroke was going to have the "breakout" role in that movie. I know things it's common for things to change during pre-production and even during production on big superhero movies these days, but that's exactly why I'm skeptical of this announcement this early on. There's just too much time for things to change.

I think I'm just going to need to hear this from more than just one person before I start entertaining the notion of an entire movie being based around the conflict between Batman and Deathstroke.

Awesome Time Lapse Video Shows The Amount of Work That Went Into KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

In case you didn't read Joey's glowing review, Kubo and the Two Strings is the latest in stop-motion animation gold. As you might expect, it took a lot of time to make it as beautiful as it ended up being. Below is a time lapse of some of the scenes in the film and the amount of work that went into making them. I have nothing but respect for the amount of patience and skill it would take to work on a stop-motion animation set!

Thanks to Geekologie for sharing!

ZOMBIELAND 2 is Still Inching Forward, and Patrick Swayze Was Supposed To Have Bill Murray’s Cameo in The First Film

On the most recent episode of AMC's Geeking Out (via ComicBook.com), Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed that they were still working on the long-gestating Zombieland 2. This movie has been in some form of development for the past seven years, and the last update we heard about this project was back in February when Reese and Wernick said they were still attached to the sequel as executive producers.

On Geeking Out, they told co-hosts Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg:

"That is breaking news that we're on Zombieland 2 right now. We're sitting with Woody [Harrelson] tomorrow and are going to sort of walk him through some of the stuff we want to do. All the cast is pretty excited."

Either they A) found a legitimate narrative reason to get the group back together for a sequel, or B) they're still trying to capitalize on the surprise success of the first film and they simply refuse to let the story end with that movie. Zombieland was once set to continue as an Amazon TV series, but that version fell apart, and apparently multiple writers have tried their hand at a sequel over the years, but it seems as if Reese and Wernick (who wrote the original) are continuing to move development forward. I'm still not convinced Zombieland 2 is a good idea, but maybe that's just me.

They also told the story of how Bill Murray's legendary cameo in the original film came to pass, and which actors were first considered for that part before Murray eventually came on board:

So now it's your turn to sound off. Are you excited about seeing a sequel after all these years?

Did Ben Affleck Just Reveal Footage of Deathstroke From JUSTICE LEAGUE?

Take a look at this:

If that tweet is still live when you're reading this article, that means that Ben Affleck officially shared some live-action footage of the assassin character Deathstroke, and this wasn't some kind of overly-involved hoax. In case it does get pulled: Affleck tweeted a video early this morning that showed a fully-costumed Deathstroke standing in the back of a cargo plane.

Assuming this is real, in which DC Extended Universe movie will the character appear? I think Zack Snyder's Justice League is the only thing that makes sense as far as timing goes. Chances are pretty high that it's not Wonder Woman since that film is a period piece, and I don't think filming has begun yet on Aquaman or The Flash, so yeah, it seems like Justice League would be the only real option. Also: who is that under the mask? Could it be Affleck's Bruce Wayne, using Deathstroke's identity as a cover? (Note: that's 100% speculation based on the fact that Affleck shared this footage and not Snyder or someone else associated with DC. How pissed would Deathstroke fans be if that ended up being true, though?) We'll stay tuned to see if Affleck shares more in the hours and days to come, but in the meantime, sound off with your thoughts/predictions/casting hopes below.

TRANSFORMERS Battle For Supremacy in This Minute-Long Short Film

Patrick Boivin has created a minute-long short film called The Real Deal, which depicts a five-year-old kid playing with Transformers and the toys coming to life before his eyes. It's a cool (if quick) look into the imagination of a child, and this ought to take many of you back to the days of childhood and a time when you didn't have a care in the world beyond who won the elaborate battles you were constructing in your own head.