Another week of awesome comic movie news! Check out what's new and what you might have missed, like loads of stuff from Star Wars Celebration, the first Wonder Woman images, Suicide Squad promos and more!
Wonder Woman Pictures And Director Interview
Entertainment Weekly released the first batch of official Wonder Woman stills from the filming of the DC Comics movie last week! Check them out!
Patty Jenkins (Monster), the director of the first female led superhero movie in more than a decade, also talked a bit to the magazine about the film and what happened back then when she left Thor the Dark World after citing creative differences with Marvel Studios:
"I’m still so grateful to those guys for hiring a woman to direct f—ng Thor. Why would you do that? You don’t have to do that."
She also talked about how she came to work on Wonder Woman at all and reveals that she worked towards doing a film on that character for more than 10 years already!
"When I made Monster and they asked me what I wanted to do [next], I immediately said, ‘I want to make Wonder Woman.' Everybody knew I wanted to make a superhero movie."
"There was a period of time when we had two very different visions and I wanted them to find the right director for the job. It turned out we had a shared vision after all."
"I didn’t want to do anything more complicated. From my point of view, this was the movie I was talking to them about for about eight or nine years. I’ve met with 10 different people at Warner Bros and then it all came together in this one moment. Part of the reason I’m in such a good mood is this is the movie I’ve wanted to make my entire life. I feel so grateful that I get to be able to do this."
I never knew that she lobbied to take on this character for so long, which really gives me a lot of confidence for the film. A real fan has been behind the camera and that is always a good thing! Can't wait for Wonder Woman! I am sure we will get our first trailer for it next week during San Diego Comic Con, so we don't have to wait too long until we can see something new from Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman!
Star Wars Celebration Brings Thrawn Into Canon
After Disney bought the Star Wars universe fans were very disappointed when the Expanded Universe had been declared as non- canon anymore, which erased decades of beloved Star Wars stories from the time line, to give Disney more freedom to move forward with their own stories. The biggest outcry was reserved for bad guy Admiral Thrawn, who has been a fan favorite among the expanded universe characters. Last weekend during Star Wars Celebration the trailer for Star Wars Rebels season 3 was released which showed... Thrawn. Finally back in the official canon of the Star Wars universe. Next to that, Disney announced a new book about the character, simply called "Thrawn", written by the character's creator Timothy Zahn! So, great news for Star Wars die hards!
Star Wars Celebration Panels
Star Wars Celebration was in London last weekend! You can check out most panels online of youtube, like those two I shared with you above! For Star Wars fans there are a lot of awesome things to enjoy, so take yourself a few hours and dive into it, if you haven't already!
New Rogue One Footage
A new look at the next Star Wars film, Rogue One, also debuted during Star Wars Celebration and you can check that one out above. It is not a new trailer, but gives us a new look at a few new scenes and also goes behind the camera and shows the filming of the movie!
Taika Waititi On Casting Valkyre
Taika Waititi recently cast his Valkyrie for the upcoming Marvel Studios film "Thor Ragnarok" with Tessa Thompson from "Creed" fame. A great choice to be sure, as everyone who has seen Creed can attest to. However Valkyire has been depicted as a white superhero in the comics, so of course there are people online who took offence with that casting.
Waititi spoke to that recently with Comicbookresources:
“Right from the start we wanted to diversify the cast, and it is hard when you are working with Vikings. You want to be more inclusive and provide a broader representation. And at that point, you have to look at the source material as a very loose inspiration. And then take it from there and go with your gut. Say, ‘You know what? None of that stuff matters. Just because the character was blonde and white in the comic book. That doesn’t matter. That’s not what Valkyrie is about.’ People forget that.”
“Die-hard fans will say, ‘That’s not really authentic to the comics,’ but as soon as they watch the movie, and they’re involved in the story, and actually what’s happening, everybody forgets. The fact that we even have to keep having this conversation is ridiculous, because we keep forgetting. Unless it’s the topic of the film, it just shouldn’t even be — what do we even care? I think the story is king, and you want the best person for the job. And Tessa tested against — we cast a very broad net, and Tess was the best person.”
He also talked about working with Marvel Studios in the interview and shared his thoughts on the superhero movie genre today:
“I think a lot of them having seen how good the other Marvel films are, they want to be part of that. Superhero movies are seen like really ridiculous, cartoony things anymore. There’s a time and a point where you really wouldn’t want to touch superhero movies, especially in the mid to late ’90s and definitely in the ’80s. There were a lot of very ridiculous and possibly career-ending moves to make if you were an actor. But I think that the reputation of Marvel is very high. The things that they do is very high quality and they tell good stories. That’s the main thing. That’s why I got involved with them as well. At the heart of it they want to tell good stories, and that’s what I’m about as well. I’m not about explosions and the like. I like that stuff. I think it’s fun to do, but it’s not why I became a filmmaker. The thing I love is character and story.”
Suicide Squad Promos
Suicide Squad is only 2 weeks away, so of course there is more cool marketing coming our way! The actors of the Squad released their own promos on their twitter channels, but comicbook.com cut them all together so you can check them out above! Some very cool stuff in there!