n 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!*
More Batman v Superman Pictures and Info
Last week Entertainment Weekly unveiled their July cover for the magazine, which goes to Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (the regular cover anyway). Next to having DC Comics Trinity of superheroes on the cover, we got a slew of pictures and some big chunks of information on the movie.
*“He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it,” *says Affleck, who plays our new Batman. *“But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.” *
He also revealed that one of the buildings that were destroyed in Man of Steel’s climactic battle was in fact a Wayne Enterprises building and that this fact sets Batman on the collision course with Superman, since he finds the alien at least somewhat responsible of the deaths of his workers.
On exactly those controversial action scenes in the last movie and especially the negative reaction of some fans had towards them (not me, I loved the approach) Snyder had this to say:
“I was surprised because that’s the thesis of Superman for me, that you can’t just have superheroes knock around and have there be no consequences,”
Affleck agrees:* “One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings. And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event.”*
The article also confirms what many of us already suspected: Batman’s mech suit is strength enhancing and outfitted with kryptonite, to level the playing field. To the picture of Bruce Wayne with Wonder Woman’s alter ego Diana Prince, Affleck had something to say, “I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crowne Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person,”
which is a pretty interesting tidbit to me. Snyder also reported that he and Chris Terrio (who wrote the script for Affleck’s Oscar winner Argo and for BvS) finished the script for Justice League recently and that pre production on the DC team up film will start soon.
As everybody knows who reads the Geekly each week, I have been on board for this since day one, as I actually love MoS and prefer the darker, serious tone DC is going for here, so its no surprise that I love each bit of info we got this far. Check out the rest of the pics below and maybe hit me with a comment with your thoughts on BvS.
Deadpool gets a Cover and Infos Too
While BvS has the July cover of Entertainment Weekly, Deadpool gets the special Comic Con exclusive Cover of the same magazine.
Next to that we get a few little bits of info regarding the Mer with the mouth’s first solo movie.
Ryan Reynold’s apparently wants to make out with you, IF you are the person who leaked the old test footage for Deadpool, which started the whole movie up again.
“And not just a little kiss,” Reynolds adds, channeling Wade Wilson like a pro,* “but full on the mouth, sloppy, with tongue, for two straight minutes on live television, without commercial interruption. And then I’ll buy you dinner at Red Lobster, at least, and dessert.” *
“Deadpool is a hard R. It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.” producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) assures fans worldwide on the rating and feel of the movie.
Director Tim Miller (who designed the opening sequence of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and hasn’t directed a film yet) had this to say about influences for the movie.
*“I felt Fight Club and Tyler Durden were good corollaries. We are in strip clubs and dive bars and crappy apartments and far away from the shiny X-Men world.” *
Sounds all very good to me!
Ava DuVernay Passes On Black Panther
Director Ava DuVernay talked to Essence about her experience with Marvel Studios, who wanted her to direct the upcoming Black Panther movie. The director of “Selma” had this to say about the experience:
“I’m not signing on to direct ‘Black Panther. I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me. I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs. In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later. I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”
Iron Fist: Magic or no Magic?
Netflix deal with Marvel is for four TV series right now: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
According to Birth.Movies.Death this particular hero seems to be a lot harder to figure out for TV than Netflix and Marvel ever thought.
As a martial artist who can bundle his chi in his fist and deliver all destroying magic punches with it, the producers of the show are currently figuring out how deep they want to go into the weird kung-fu magic/fantasy aspects of the character, if at all.
While Daredevil’s first season already alluded to the world of Iron Fist (keen eyed, well read Marvel fans will know what I mean), but did not go as far as actually showing any magic. Since Iron Fist is the last series of the four to debut they still have a lot of time to figure things out, but I really hope they don’t do away with that aspect of the character. Without it he is just a Daredevil like masked vigilante, which we already have. I get the feeling of not alienating the fans of the more realistic Daredevil show and keeping Iron Fist in tone with that, but there must be a middle road here somewhere. As someone who LOVED the first season of DD I have all the faith in the world in the Netflix Marvel guys, so I wouldn’t worry too much.
Legends of Tomorrow Concept Art
Entertainment Weekly also revealed some concept art for the upcoming DC TV show (and Arrow/Flash spin-off) Legends of Tomorrow. Check it out above!
The cool concept art shows our team take on an army of robots (at least they look like that) and shows Firestorm in action, which is the first confirmation that the character will seemingly be a part of the show and not only one half of his alter ego.
Legends is a spin-off of Arrow on the CW, features a team comprised out of heroes and villains that time travel to stop villain Vandal Savage from corrupting the time stream and will debut in spring 2016. Sounds very exciting to me.