A big week with updates on Black Panther, Suicide Squad, the upcoming Shazam movie from DC, Pacific Rim Uprising footage and more!
Forrest Whitaker Talks Black Panther
Veteran actor Forrest Whitaker is going to play the character of Zuri in the upcoming MCU movie in February. The actor now talked about the important cultural meaning of the film with Variety.
"I think people are waiting to find something new. This superhero from Africa who is in this society and trying to fix the world is something that hasn’t been seen before. I think Ryan is a great director so there’s always going to be some social conscious inside of it."
"We’re going to see not only tribal things, but things that take us into outer space, things that take us into the James Bond space. It’s a really unique amalgamation of different things that come together in an exciting way."
"The first time we saw it, just as a cast, after it, everybody leapt up to their feet — literally some were in tears, they were so excited about what was actually occurring. I think people have that same excitement around the movie. I’m expecting something great, and something great for Ryan."
Sounds great and I can't wait to see how the movie will turn out. The trailers so far didn't really wow me as much, but Black Panther was my favorite thing in Captain America Civil War, so I am excited to see where Marvel will take him.
Pacific Rim Uprising TV Spot
The sequel to Guillermo del Toro's kaiju vs robots action extravaganza (this time directed by Daredevil season 1's Steven S. deKnight) is coming at us in March! Check out the newest footage above!
John Boyega stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.
Shazam Director Talks Humor
Since the first few DCEU movies were very serious in tone, the tonal shift of the universe has been made during Wonder Woman and Justice League, which were both a lot more family friendly and light overall. With Shazam coming up in 2019 fans have been speculating that this might be the first fully comedic film of the DC film universe.
Director David Sandberg (Lights Out, Annabelle Creation), now joined a thread in reddit and answered the question: So, is it safe to say that Shazam! will probably be the DCEU's first comedic movie?
I think it's very funny but the humor comes more from the situations rather than quippy one-liners (for people who read too much into things, that's not intended as a dig at Marvel or anyone in particular. Quippy one-liners can be great).
The important thing for me is to mix the funny with a threat that's serious and to also have dramatic moments. All funny all the time takes the weight out of it.
I think that is actually a great answer, as I felt that some of the recent Marvel movies were too funny to keep the tension and drama alive (Thor Ragnarok, I'm looking at you), so I am glad to hear that Sandberg sees that similar.
Shazam obviously shouldn't be as serious as Batman v Superman, so the humoristic tone will fit very well, but I am glad that it probably won't go overboard and still have some serious moments.
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Trailer
The newest Suicide Squad movie is a sequel to the animated film "Batman: Assault on Arkham", which was a Batman movie in name only and actually was the first movie appearance of the Suicide Squad.
You can check out the trailer for the next mission the worlds worst heroes embark upon on above!
Meanwhile Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag from the live action Suicide Squad movie) shared a picture from his private gym showing him after a hard workout with fellow Squad actors Jai Courtney and Jay Hernandez (Boomerang and El Diablo respectively). The caption of the pic said that they were getting "back in shape", which probably means preparations for Suicide Squad 2 have finally begun. As someone who really enjoyed the first movie a lot (it's very flawed but I love it) I am very excited that things finally seem to start moving on one of my absolutely most anticipated films coming from DC.