In this section, you’ll find all recent headlines that you, as a pop culture aficionado, should not miss. We can’t all keep track of everything, so each week we’ll select the important news for you. We bring you our: Geekly News Round-Up!
Punisher Netflix Series Confirmed
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix and Marvel have doubled down on Jon Berthal’s version of the Punisher by officially confirming a series order for the character, who was first introduced in season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil. Apparently, Netflix has been hard at work on this series since January, which was two months before season two of old hornhead even aired. That’s confidence!
Hannibal producer Steve Lightfoot will be the showrunner for the newest Marvel Netflix show.
“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world. After watching Jon’s performance in Marvel’s Daredevil I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”
Flash Loses Director
Flash director Seth Grahame-Smith left the upcoming DC Comics Flash movie. Citing their sources, the Hollywood Reporter says it was due to “creative differences”.
With the Flash film only going before cameras in 2017, this isn’t as bad as it might sound like. I am also not entirely sure if the “creative differences” are in reality more based on the fact that Grahame-Smith is a still unproven first time director (apart from writing Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and Pride, Prejudice And Zombies), which might be a risk WB/DC is not willing to take after the very divisive critical reactions to Batman v Superman.
Following this occasion, Devin Faraci from Birth.Movies.Death posted a story that said this would only be the first of many aftershocks of BvS, with the second one being the exit of James Wan as director of the Aquaman film, which brings me to…
James Wan Denies Leaving Aquaman
Following the rumor of James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, Fast 7) leaving the upcoming Jason Momoa Aquaman film, the director tweeted out the image you can see above with a follow up tweet saying
Just resurfaced from been buried in a foxhole for the last two weeks, wrapping up all things #conjuring2. You guys are killing me.
… so… rumor firmly denied.
Very happy about this, since Wan has been talking about loving superheroes and wanting to direct a movie like this for 15 years, so I am very happy he is still game for bringing Arthur of Atlantis into his first solo movie!
X-Men: Apocalypse Featurettes
With X-Men Apocalypse coming closer and closer we are getting more and more stuff to wet our appetites. For example, check out those two very cool featurettes that give us a look at the x-mansion. Check it out above!
Captain America Civil War Review
Captain America: Civil War finally arrived in theatres all over the world last week, so I think it is a fair time to talk a bit about the film.
I won’t be doing a real, long review for it, simply because it would be too frustrating to write, as I didn’t like the film nearly as much as I would have liked to, but I decided to give you my brief thoughts on it nonetheless. Small SPOILERS follow, since it is impossible to explain my problems with this without talking about certain scenes.
Civil War is at the same time Marvel’s best and worst film ever to me. The action works great and the airport scene is just a dream, but the way Cap’s character was handled infuriated me and made me join team Iron Man over the course of the film. To me Cap is clearly in the wrong in this film and the film not really acknowledging that makes me quite mad. After a certain point, I just couldn’t agree with anything Steve Rogers did anymore and he became a very unheroic, irrational character who suddenly doesn’t care about collateral damage and the price his actions might have. A guy who suddenly behaves like that only gives the other side of the fence a lot more ground to argue for the need of regulation. Tony’s story, on the other hand, hit me very deep emotionally and he has some very powerful scenes which was great, but then there are other problems, like everything ending as toothless as possible and (again) a feeling that nothing really happened, apart from a mild split between the Avengers, who still seem like they all are friends when it comes down to it. Great characters like Ant-Man and Spidey have great scenes, but nothing to do in the film when it comes down to story. They are literally just dropped into the film to make a very cool action scene even cooler… which is weird to me.
It is definitely still an enjoyable movie, especially on a pure popcorn movie level and I get why people love it so much, but to me it was nowhere near as good as I would have liked it to be. If I would have to sum up my feelings on it in one word, it would be “frustrating”. I mean… I loved Cap as a character in those movies before CW and now I really dislike him. I doubt that was the intention of the film, which makes it even worse. I LOVED Iron Man and Black Panther though, so there is that.
Wonder Woman Movie Travels To Gotham?
Shooting a few more scenes in Paris, the Wonder Woman movie dropped a bomb when a twitter user snatched a picture of the shoot, which features a pretty modern looking Wayne Financial truck. That more or less confirms the rumors that the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, starring Gal Gadot, will indeed feature scenes in the modern era… maybe even bookend scenes that show Diana explain to Bruce where she comes from and why she hid from humanity for over 100 years, which she hinted at in Batman v Superman.
David Ayer/Margot Robbie On Harley Quinn Costume
Since the first images of the stunningly attractive Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn surfaced online, there has been a very small but loud contingent of the fanbase who was “outraged” about Harley’s style of clothes for the Suicide Squad movie. Director David Ayer and Robbie herself have now spoken to that a bit, in an interview with the New York Times:
Robbie said her character is “wearing hot pants because they’re sparkly and fun” and not due to her wanting “guys to look at her ass.”
“As Margot, no, I don’t like wearing that. I’m eating burgers at lunchtime, and then you go do a scene where you’re hosed down and soaking wet in a white T-shirt, it’s so clingy and you’re self-conscious about it.”
Ayer stated that clothing like this is “part of the iconography” of the character and “I didn’t think denim overalls would be appropriate for that character.”
I really think she looks amazing in the film and it might be my favorite Harley Quinn look yet, so I am not complaining at all. I know some people would have loved the BTAS costume in live action, but I am pretty sure it would never have worked outside of animation and comics. Also, the thought of people complaining that those kind of clothes aren’t very role model like for the children, should maybe think about if having a crazed serial killer as a role model is kinda weird from the start.