Two new videos have surfaced from the set of Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently shooting in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The first video shows Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) caught in the middle of a protest/riot. The second video features Wonder Woman running fast as hell down Pennsylvania Ave. As you'll see, Gal Gadot is impressively fast!
Wonder Woman's next adventure thrusts her into the 80s during the Cold War. She will be facing off with the villain Cheetah, who will be played by Kristen Wiig. Narcos star Pedro Pascal will also take on a lead role in the film. We just don't know what that role is yet. We still don't know much about the story, but I imagine we'll get some information in regards to that Comic-Con next month.
The screenplay was written by director Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, and Dave Callaham. The film will be released on November 1, 2019.
Last week DC fans were bombarded with all kinds of cool Aquamanphotos and details. There was one other thing that I read about the film in EW that I didn't mention in any of the previous posts that I wanted to highlight here in case you missed it.
One of the coolest things that I saw was that director James Wan will get to play around with one of the horror aspects of Aquaman's world. When talking about how the Atlanteans will by riding great white sharks and sea dragons, it also mentions that there will be "trench-dwelling cannibals". Just in case you aren't familiar with who that might be, they are called The Trench and they're crazy!
They have the ability to spit a chemical from their mouth that can cause paralysis. They have superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, speed, senses, the ability to see perfectly in the pitch blackness of the deep ocean, and razor sharp teeth that are able to pierce Aquaman's scale armor and flesh.
When talking about the world that Wan has created for the film, he said:
"The water world my movie takes place in is so separate and so far apart from previous DC movies it’s like I’m making my own sci-fi fantasy film. This is a whole new underwater world nobody has seen before in live action."
It's explained that Aquaman starts with Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) living in a small coastal town in Maine. It's there where Mera shows up to warn him that his half-brother Orm is looking to declare war on the surface world and that's when Aquaman decides to spring into action.
Wan also explains that this is going to be more of a fantasy movie than a superhero film, and it's going to have an upbeat tone with a decent amount of humor to lighten the mood.
The first trailer for Aquaman is set to be released during Comic-Con, and it sounds like fans are going to be blown away. I'm pretty excited about this movie and I can't wait to see what Wan's version of The Trench are going to look like in the movie.
Aquaman is set to be released in theaters December 21, 2018
Eddie Murphy's upcoming Netflix film, Dolemite Is My Name!, just added a great ensemble cast! Murphy will be joined by Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess and Da'Vine Joy Randolph.
The film is a biopic that will tell the story of the life of Rudy Ray Moore, the star of the blaxploitation Dolemite films.
Moore worked in a Hollywood record store in 1970 when he began hearing obscene stories of a pimp and hustler named Dolemite. He started a club act where he became Dolemite. He then began generating records that mixed humor and a ghetto fantasy character, burnishing the legend. While too racy to be put on display in record stores, the records became a big inner city underground hit. The proceeds allowed Moore to finance the 1975 film Dolemite, which he starred in as a kung fu-capable pimp ghetto hero who stuck it to The Man. Moore followed with three sequels. He continues to be an influence for the likes of hip hop entrepreneur Snoop Dogg, and he had something of a comeback starring alongside the hip hop group Insane Clown Posse in Big Money Hustlas in 2000.
Murphy is taking on the role of Moore in the film. According to THR, Snipes will play D'Urville Martin, "an arrogant actor and alcoholic who ends up directing Dolemite." There's no word on who the other actors will be playing.
It's good to see that Snipes landed a good sized role in the movie, though! This should be a great role for him to take on.
Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) is directing the film and it has started shooting in Los Angeles.
We've got another TV spot to share with you for Ant-Man and The Wasp. This one amusingly finds a way to tie into Avengers: Infinity War and teases that everything has been "leading up to this!" Then we see that Scott Lang isn't a big fan of the little desk that he's been given in the office. There's a few other bits of new footage including one of a ship traveling through the quantum realm. Check it out!
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
The mission will focus on Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne going into the quantum realm to save Janet Van Dyne, which is what I'm most excited about seeing.
Peyton Reed is directingAnt-Man and the Wasp and it stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, T.I. as Dave, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, and Hannah John-Kamen as The Ghost.
Ant-Man and The Wasp will be released in theaters on July 6th, 2018.
A recent in interview with the Japanese website Dengeki Online and translated by Japanese Nintendo, the producer for Octopath TravelerMasashi Takahashi revealed that the game will not offer any content after the game launches. Takahashi’s reason for this is simple, the game “is the finished product” when it releases for the Switch this July.
Of course, Octopath Traveler will be getting patches and updates if ever bugs and other issues come out, but aside from minor fixes, players should not expect characters outside the announced roster, or additional quests and chapters. You can check out the gameplay demo of the game that was showcased at E3 last week.
In case you’re not familiar with what the game is about, here is the official description of the game by developer Square Enix:
Eight travelers. Eight adventures. Eight roles to play in a new world brought to life by Square Enix. And now, you can enjoy all of them in the new demo. Step into the shoes and live the stories of each of the eight travelers and freely explore the world of Orsterra. Then, carry your choices and adventure into the main game with save data transfer.
Explore multiple, distinct RPG adventures in a world created by Square Enix
Choose from eight characters, each with their own distinct story
Deep, strategic turn-based combat with a layered battle system
Visuals inspired by retro RPGs brought to life with modern touches and a rousing, dynamic musical score
Octopath Traveler will release as a Nintendo Switch exclusive on July 13, 2018.
At a recent event hosted by Kevin Smith, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were asked if it’s possible to make a good Doctor Doom film. They both answered positively and Markus elaborated the problems with his big screen appearances to date and how he would do it:
I hope Noah Hawley is listening because I imagine this is exactly what fans want from a Doctor Doom film. Not to mention the fact that Markus and McFeely have written the biggest opening and second highest grossing comic book movie ever. It may be worth it to take a note or two from them. Is this how you would want a Doctor Doom film, or is there another vision you have for it?
There's a new rumor regarding J.J. Abrams' Star War: Episode IX that some of you might be interested in reading. The report comes from Fantha Tracks who says that they've heard from two independent sources that a classic Star Wars character will be returning for this final chapter of the trilogy. Possible Spoilers ahead:
According to the report, Billy Dee Williams will finally make his triumphant return to the Star Wars franchise and Lando Calrissian. If this is true, it would be super exciting! Here's what they say:
"We were asked by our original source to verify this with another independent source before we ran with it. We did that, confirming that this is indeed correct (and before anyone asks, we’re not going to name our sources because that’s not how this works). Filming on Episode IX starts next month, so expect to see official confirmation of this exciting casting very soon."
I know this is just a rumor, but I was hoping that we'd see Lando make an appearance in this latest saga trilogy. It kinda makes sense for him to return for this third one. Lucasfilm has already killed off Han and Luke, and with Leia not returning Lando is the one other big character from the original trilogy to bring back. Hopefully, J.J. Abrams doesn't end up killing him off as well.
Before this rumor broke, there was speculation that Williams, who is 81-years-old, would be returning to the role because he has changed up his exercise and eating habits. Some fans think that he's doing this to prepare for the role.
Do you hope to see Lando take on a role in the story for Episode IX?
Last week, Chris Hardwick's ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, posted an essay detailing the sexual and mental abuse she claims to have endured from Hardwick.
The allegations are pretty serious and the Nerdist website ended up removing Hardwick's name from the website, which he hasn't been a part of for some time. This was followed by some writers leaving Nerdist in the wake of the allegations.
These allegations are already destroying his career as THR is now reporting that AMC has pulled his series Talking with Chris Hardwick and I also heard The Talking Dead. Hardwick also won't be moderating any panels at Comic-Con either. AMC released the following statement:
"We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month."
Not long after Dykstra's allegations against Hardwick went viral, he released a statement of his own. So now we have his side of the story. He says:
"These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond. I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.
"When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, ‘build a life’ with me and told me that I was ‘the one,’ but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful."
"I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."
Regardless of what he says here, there are a lot of people on Twitter that don't believe him. A lot of people are siding with Dykstra, which is totally understandable and obviously, some fans are siding with Hardwick. But, here we have two sides to a story and only when a thorough investigation is completed will we know the truth of what happened. Dykstra claims to have proof of the things that Hardwick did to her, which I'm sure investigators will obviously want to look at.
Things definitely aren't looking good for Hardwick, though. Even if it turns out that he's not guilty of these accusations the damage is already done. If he is guilty, well then... he's screwed.
Apparently, Lucasfilm is neck deep in the Star Wars films that they are currently developing. According to voice actor, Tom Kane, who is involved with the franchise there are nine films in development. and also says there are no plans for a Yoda solo film. In case you're wondering, though, Kane is the voice of Ackbar in The Last Jedi and also provides the voice of Yoda when Frank Oz isn't around to do it.
Kane made an appearance recently at All Star Comic Con, and Aaron Goins, who is the host of a Star Wars podcast offered up the information:
Tom Kane seems to be somewhat in the know but very hesitant to share.. claims there are at least 9 Star Wars films in various stages of development, some individual character stories yet to be announced, but definitely not Yoda. #StarWars#AllStarComicCon
It's really not that surprising to learn that there are nine films in development, though. Rian Johnson is developing three of them, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are developing multiple films, then there's Episode IX, and a few other Star Wars Story films for Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more.
Regardless of the hate that The Last Jedi received and the box-office disappointment of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm is pressing forward and they are going to continue to keep pumping out Star Wars movies. Personally, I'm excited about what's to come!
Our of all the projects that we are aware of, what are you most looking forward to seeing?
DC Entertainment is apparently getting really close to starting production on director Todd Phillips' Joker origin movie. Martin Scorsese is producing the film and Joaquin Phoenix is set to take on the role of the Crown Prince of Crime.
According to Omega Underground the film, which is said to be set in the 80s, might start filming as soon as September, and the say that the film will be shooting in New York City. If this is true, I imagine there will be some big announcement at Comic-Con next month.
The story is said to "delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal" and that it will have more of "a gritty crime drama than comic book movie." Rumor has it that the film story was inspired by The Killing Joke and that it revolve around a failed comedian who ends up becoming a criminal.
The movie is said to only have a $55 million dollar budget, which is considered a low budget for such a high profile film, but if Deadpool can pull off such a badass movie on such a small budget that this one should be able to pull it off as well. As long as the film has a strong story and script, it should be fine.
This is one of two Joker projects in the works at DC Entertainment. The other project will be part of the DCEU and focus on Jared Leto's version of the character.