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!
Ant-Man Director Will Do Irredeemable Movie
Deadline revealed that Ant-Man helmer Adam McKay and 20th Century Fox are working on an adaptation of Mark Waid’s Boom! comic “Irredeemable“.
The comic was 36 issues and revolved around The Plutonian, a Superman pastiche which has been the world’s premier hero for years, but suddenly turns evil. His former superhero buddies must team up to take him down and are forced to turn to the Plutonian’s archenemy (his Lex Luthor) for help.
The film surely is a move to do a deconstruction of the now prevalent superherofilm genre, just like Watchmen did in 2009 (which was arguably too soon, since the genre hadn’t reached it’s peak yet). A smart move, if they end up making a good film. Sound’s exciting!
Casey Jones Spotlight In New TMNT Spot
Check out the newest TV spot for the upcoming Turtles movie for a more in depth look at Casey Jones, played by Green Arrow Stephen Amell. While his version of the character doesn’t look AT ALL like the comic character, Amell promised a true to the comics take, so we’ll see. Looks like a fun flick though.
New Suicide Squad Image
From Rolling Stone magazine comes a new still from the upcoming DC Comics movie Suicide Squad, which shows a cool non flashback interaction between Joker and Harley, which confirms that we will see Joker also outside of flashbacks, since Harley wears her Squad outfit. I couldn’t be more hyped for the movie, especially when according to Batman-on-Film Suicide Squad will be “very much a Batman movie”.
HYPEHYPEHYPE!!! More Batfleck, more better, if you ask me!
Ben Affleck Executive Producer For Justice League
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed a move from DC Comics and Warner Bros. to amp up Ben Affleck’s role in the currently shooting Justice League movie from star to star/executive producer. According to Birth.Death.Movies this has to do with Affleck being extremely unhappy with the critical reception of Batman v Superman (we at Archonia loved it btw), he wants to take a more hands on role with the JL film, to ensure more critical success.
I think this is not a bad move by Warner, since Affleck’s own movies have always been more liked than Synder’s, so maybe he can give a little input to give JL the boost it needs with the critics. Not that I think there was anything wrong with BvS, but no matter how much I loved the film, DC needs to do better with JL, since BvS’ 865 million box office haul was very good, but not good enough for a film starring Batman and Superman.
Justice League Shooting In London/Supporting Rezpect Our Water
As you can see above an below, much of the cast of the Justice League movie (Ezra Miller as the Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg in the video above and Jason Momoa/Aquaman in the image below) are supporting the change.org campaign “Rezpect Our Water”. It is a very worthy cause which you can check out online, but what interests me most is the fact that this finally confirms that Justice League production is 100% underway and currently shooting. Jason Momoa even sports his Aquaman make up and tattoos, which get’s me very excited. The film is supposedly a lot lighter than BvS, but will still feature big superhero action.
First Official Still From The Mummy
Universal released the first image and the official synopsis for their upcoming hammer horror monster movie reboot, the first film (or second, IF they count Dracula Untold, like it was originally planned) of their proposed shared universe monster movie universe.
*Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
Apparently Russel Crowe will join the film as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, while Johnny Depp is going to play the Invisible Man in another film in this shared universe.
I am a big Cruise fan, as he hasn’t made a bad movie in his career yet (mostly good to great ones, in my opinion), but so far I am not sure about the whole project. We will know more when we see the first trailer.
Kevin Feige On Deadpool/Doctor Strange Whitewashing
Kevin Feige, overlord over at Marvel Studios, is hitting the PR circle pretty hard, with Civil War finally released last week in the USA. He talked to Deadline about the rumor that Marvel didn’t cast an Asian actor in the role of the Ancient One for fear of offending China.
“We make all of our decisions on all of our films, and certainly on Doctor Strange, for creative reasons and not political reasons. That’s just always been the case. I’ve always believed that it is the films themselves that will cross all borders and really get people to identify with these heroes, and that always comes down to creative and not political reasons. The casting of The Ancient One was a major topic of conversation in the development and the creative process of the story. We didn’t want to play into any of the stereotypes found in the comic books, some of which go back as far as 50 years or more. We felt the idea of gender swapping the role of The Ancient One was exciting. It opened up possibilities, it was a fresh way into this old and very typical storyline. Why not make the wisest bestower of knowledge in the universe to our heroes in the particular film a woman instead of a man? We made changes to some of the other key character in the comic for similar reasons. Specifically, casting Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo and there’s a character named Wong, who is a very big part of comics, and we cast this amazing Asian actor [Benedict Wong] and modernized that role and his talents people will begin to see as materials on the film begin to come out.”
When asked about the success of Deadpool, Feige, who didn’t had anything to do with Deadpool since it is not a Marvel but a Fox film, had this to say:
“The thing that Deadpool shows is, when you present something unique to an audience, they will respond to it. When you present something as popular as a superhero character, in a different and unique and crazy way as they did in Deadpool, it demands attention and audiences went to it. They pulled it off. Tim Miller did a tremendous job. The other secret, and why it’s still a secret, I don’t know, but they just took what Deadpool is in the comics. He breaks the fourth wall. He talks into the camera. He doesn’t give a sht about any of the other heroes. He doesn’t take anything seriously. All of that is what made Deadpool so popular in the comics. Tim and his writers and Ryan Reynolds were able to get that and even magnify that up on the big screen. We’ve always said if there’s any “secret” it’s respect the source material, understand the source material and then, any adaptation you make from the source material should be done only to enhance whatever the original pure spirit of the source material was. Deadpool hit on all cylinders with that.”*