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!**
DC Cinematic Universe News
After the amazing hall H presentation of the BvS and Suicide Squad footage and the HD trailers which were online shortly afterwards, it was clear that the following week would be a slower one for DC Comics upcoming live action movie slate. We still got a few little pieces of info however. First up is this amazing picture of the whole DC Films cast the Hollywood Reporter made after comic con, which you can see up above. The cast of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is clearly the unruly little brother of the more mature and calm Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cast. According to HR both teams were very playful with each other, with a few bits of well meant teasing thrown in.
The other news bit comes from a Time interview with Cara Delevigne, who plays the Enchantress in Suicide Squad. She revealed that she had to play the character Martha from “Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf?” for her audition. She was pretty confident in that, since she played that character in a high school play before, but then almost lost her mind when director David Ayer told her to play it differently and do it more aggressive, which turned the whole character on its head.
“I was like, ‘Honestly, if I go outside and punch people, you’ve got to come get me out of jail because I am so furious. He sparked a f-cking fury in me.”
Sounds like a good approach for a film full of supervillains, if you ask me.
Apocalypse Revealed For X-Men
Entertainment Weekly has our first deeper look into the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse, with a cover that doesn’t only reveal Magneto’s new duds and a stunningly comic booky Psylocke… but a look at the main bad guy, Apocalypse himself!
While I am very happy to see Psylocke looking like her Jim Lee drawn self and Magnetos coolest on screen suit yet, I am not very happy with Apocalypse’s look. As a lot of fans already pointed out on the internet, he looks more like Power Rangers villain Ivan Ooze than the Apocalypse from the comics, but to be fair that could still change in the movie, since the character is a shape shifter.
Our new Psylocke, Olivia Munn, also talked a bit about her character in the isse:
“Psylocke’s outfit or uniform or suit or whatever you want to call it is very sexual. I’ve got like my thigh-highs and a halter, but the thing about that, and that was important, is that it doesn’t matter what I’m wearing as long as we’re all aware of who she is. She’s very strong and she’s very lethal and she’s very powerful, and it doesn’t really matter what she’s wearing as long as you have that strength and that presence. Now it fits like a glove, but it’s kind of hard because there’s been times where I’m pulling and it pops like a balloon, which did happen day one. Day one, I was like, ‘Uh, guys, uh, do we have a backup? Sorry I popped my crotch.’”
More Alien Teases From Neil Blomkamp
Neil Blomkamp, director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie, tweeted a new concept art pic of his Alien movie with the caption “#alien going very well. I love this project”
After checking out Chappie (which was waaaaay better than the critics made it out to be) on Blu Ray last week I am even more in love with this director and his original blend of sci-fi/action. Cannot wait to see his take on the Alien franchise, which will ignore Alien 3 and Aliens Resurrection. Yeay!
Ant-Man Heads Into Theaters
Ant-Man started his theater run in the US and a couple of other countries last week. Haven’t seen it yet myself, but most reviews are pretty positive and make a case for another fun action/comedy from Marvel Studios. Are you gonna see it in theaters, or are you gonna wait a bit?
The movie had a modest opening weekend with 58 million USD in the US, which is the second smallest opening for a Marvel film ever, after “The Incredible Hulk”. Still, for a hero this unknown to the public it is a good number, I think. People who expected it to make Avengers numbers (over 200 million on one weekend) maybe had a bit unfair expectations for it.
Jedi With A GoPro
If you haven’t seen it yet you kinda have to check it out. A very talented Star wars fan made a really cool POV video from the eyes of a jedi knight. Check it out.
Ghostbusters Reboot News
Paul Feig tweeted the first picture of the new Ghostbusters in front of their new Ecto 1 a few weeks ago (I missed it for the Geekly because of the crazyness that is Comic Con), which gave us our first look at the characters and costumes. The director revealed the names of the new characters last week: from left to right Patty Tolan (Jones), Abby Yates (McCarthy), Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon).
So no hints of maybe a daughter of an original Ghostbuster or any easter eggs like that, but seeing as this isn’t a sequel but a complete reboot we kinda suspected this (I was still hoping though). The reboot is due in theaters July 22, 2016 and is still shooting now in Boston (don’t panic, the film will still be set in NYC, even if they don’t shoot there).
As a huge Ghostbusters fan I am of two minds about this movie. One one hand I am happy to get a new movie, on the other I kinda dislike the fact that its a reboot, that erases the original Ghostbusters in favor of new ones and does not take a sequel/30 years later approach, where they could have had maybe a cameo by Ray Stanz at least. I mean Dan Aykroyd is going to have a cameo and is going to say the line “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts”, but he won’t be Ray and that irks me more than I care to admit. We’ll see how it turns out. The people working on it are talented and I wish them well, but I still would have preferred a movie that builds on the story of the original two.
Updates On Pacific Rim 2, Justice League Dark and Hellboy 3
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro had a few updates on his buys film slate last week, courtesy of the Daily Beast. He turned in the script for the Justice League Dark film (working title was “Dark Universe”) a while ago and WB/DC Comics apparently loved it. Problem was that they wanted him to start shooting this November, which is the time when he has the greenlight to also shoot Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to his Kaiju/Yaeger fight film. Del Toro had to make a decision and decided to do Pacific Rim 2, which makes sense since he actually owns the property, while the JLD characters belong DC Comics and WB. I am still super bummed about that.
The talented Mexican director also explained that he talked with Legendary Pictures, who produce Pacific Rim, about Hellboy 3 and got the deal that IF Pacific Rim 2 makes enough money they would give him the 120 million required to make Hellboy 3. So all in all, pretty good news.
It remains to be seen how and if WB will move forward with the JLD movie without Guillermo, but I will of course keep you updated on the Archonia Blog!