Check out the newest bits of news for some of our favorite franchises, like news about the next Harley Quinn movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Fantastic Four!
Laurence Fishburn Talks DC and Marvel Movies
Laurence Fishburne is in a very small circle of actors who have played in both mainstream superhero universes, on the silver screen: he had a big role in the DC Films universe as Perry White in MoS and BvS and is now portraying Bill Foster, the original Giant Man (plus he voiced the Silver Surfer in one of the old FF movies!).
Now, he talked a lil bit about that with Den Of Geek, who were curious on his geek level in real life:
Yes, I am one of the people, I'm in that small club of people who have been both in the DC Universe and Marvel Universe, and I'm so grateful. I'm excited by it, because here's the thing, I bought both. I have a collection of both comics. I wasn't just a Marvel guy or just a DC guy, I loved them both.
On his willingness to return to the DC world again and his thoughts on the DC Films.
"I don’t think I’m still on call [for the role as Perry White]. I was unfortunately unable to go do some work on what turned out to be the Justice League movie. I don’t know that I need to go back or if they’ll have me back or not, but I was grateful to have been a part of it. I loved working with Zack (Snyder), I think he makes an incredible superhero movie. I’m just excited to be a part of this (the MCU) now."
I really LOVED him as Perry White and since a sequel to Man of Steel is among my most anticipated movies for years, I obviously would love to see him return. For now I am interested to see him as Giant Man in the MCU!
Margot Robbie Talks Birds of Prey Film
Superstar actress Margot Robbie is currently doing the rounds to promote her new film Terminal, but obviously she has to field a lot of questions about the future of Harley Quinn on the silver screen.
In several interviews she stated that the film will be going in front of the cameras in January and will apparently be rated R and feature a smaller budget, maybe to be able to go into darker, more mature places. She also revealed that Harley will have a new look (duh) and that she is very excited to work on the film, also as a producer.
I am still a big fan of Suicide Squad (warts and all) and especially her and Jared's performances as Harley and Joker, so I am very excited to see more of that world. I really hope they will find a way to use Joker as a bad guy to focus on Harley breaking away from his abusive influence, which would make for a great film and a worthy opponent for her and the Birds (Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress).
James Mangold Talks Fan Hate In Geek Movies
The modern time we are in is a golden age of superhero, sci-fi and franchise movies! We are getting 1-2 Star Wars movies a year, 3-4 Marvel MCU films, 1-2 X-Men movies, 1-2 DC Comics Films and more and more! All of them, quality wise between okay to great, so there shouldn't be anything to be angry about, right? says the 34 year old geek who grew up with one mediocre to horrible Batman movie and only shitty Marvel direct to VHS movies and NO Star Wars movies in the late 80s and early 90s.
With creators, actors and directors working onf beloved geeky franchises being driven away from social media and almost driven to suicidal thoughts by death threats from angry fans who disliked the latest movie, or comic, this golden age of geekery is also at the same time the dark age for fan entitlement. Who agrees with me on that and sees a problem for the fans themselves by that behaviour, is Logan director James Mangold, who talked about what this might mean for the future of geek films on Twitter.
"At the point when work writing & directing big franchises has become the emotionally loaded equivalent of writing a new chapter of The Bible (w/ the probable danger of being stoned & called a blasphemer), then a lot of bolder minds r gonna leave these films 2 hacks & corp boards."
"The fervor of some attacks has an evangelical ferocity. Now, I get it cause for many folk, including me, the SW saga holds tremendous spiritual power, similar to a religious text. But we must remember to try to handle our disappointments the way Yoda might, as opposed to Darth."
It is a very sad development, because as much as we all love these things... it shouldn't be so important that our self worth is based on movies or comics.
Ant-Man And Wasp Director Wants To Do Fantastic Four
Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed talked to Forbes recently about his desire to bring Marvel's first family back onto the silver screen... maybe finally in a way that will make the fans happy.
"I developed a version of Fantastic Four back in 2003 and so these are the kinds of movies I grew up on, have loved and always wanted to make,"
"I have been asked about that because of this pending potential merger of Disney and Fox and my previous involvement with Fantastic Four. I stand by the fact that the Fantastic Four, the comics, are the crown jewels kind of thing and that I think there is still an amazing, unbelievably great Fantastic Four movie to be made. Beyond that, there have been no specific conversations about it. That merger is not even a done deal but it's absolutely something that would be interesting particularly now because I think it's like an insane challenge at this point. Also, I think thematically the Ant-Man movies deal with a lot of the same things that Fantastic Four does."
When asked if there would be a chance to introduce the FF into the MCU during an Ant-Man 3 maybe, he said this:
"Yeah, there are definitely plenty of organic ways to weave their story into the MCU and I hope it does happen,"
I really think there is a good chance that we will get a great FF film in the next Marvel phase, if the Fox/Disney merger goes through. We will see if Reed will end up directing it.