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  1. The Black Adam teaser trailer is released. Dwayne Johnson was originally set to play Black Adam in the first Shazam movie, but early in the development process, it was decided the two characters would lead their own films first. While Zachary Levi and Asher Angel debuted in 2019's Shazam!, Johnson's Black Adam movie won't hit theaters until July 2022. The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who worked with Johnson on Disney's summer blockbuster Jungle Cruise. Joining Johnson in Black Adam are cast members playing heroes of the Justice Society of America, including Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz aka Isis and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate. Aside from a few teases from the set, including a look at Johnson's Black Adam costume covered in some kind of cloak, little has been revealed from the movie. However, now a new look at the Black Adam movie has been revealed. During DC FanDome 2021, the Black Adam teaser trailer was unveiled, check it out in the video below. While it's not a standard teaser trailer, there are a great deal of teases. The first part of the video features some behind-the-scenes footage that includes brief teases of the JSA's costumes, including logos for Cyclone, Hawkman and Atom Smasher. The second part of the video is a clip from the opening of Black Adam that shows Shahi's Adrianna Tomaz discovering Johnson's character and "waking" him up. The two main takeaways from the Black Adam movie footage is that it teases the character's "origin" in modern day - insofar as Shahi's character will have something to do with it. When she was cast, her character was described as a freedom fighter, so it's possible that Adrianna hopes Black Adam will help in her efforts. Beyond this story setup, the Black Adam footage also shows off at least four of the character's powers. He has lightning abilities, which he demonstrates by frying one of the men to a crisp, and superspeed - showcased by catching a bullet midair. The other two powers are flight and strength/being bulletproof. Johnson has long teased that the introduction of his Black Adam will change the hierarchy of power in the DCEU and it's clear just from this short clip that his character will rival both Superman and Shazam in powers. What remains to be seen, of course, are the powers of the JSA and how exactly they fit into the narrative of Black Adam. While Johnson's character is no doubt the center focus of the movie and it makes sense he'd be at the center of this very first Black Adam teaser trailer, the movie has a handful of other DC heroes set to appear. It'll be exciting to see what their costumes look like and how their powers are presented on screen. Brosnan's Doctor Fate is one of the more highly anticipated of the heroes, though Hodge's Hawkman and Centineo's Atom Smasher aren't too far behind. More will no doubt be revealed when the first proper Black Adam trailer is released - likely sometime next year. Black Adam (2022) Release Date: Jul 29, 2022
  2. Warner Bros. and DC's The Batman movie trailer reveals new footage of Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight. Pattinson suits up as the newest live-action iteration of Batman in writer-director Matt Reeves' movie, set to hit theaters March 2022. Joining Pattinson in the DC movie are Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, and Colin Farrell as Penguin. The first The Batman movie trailer was unveiled during DC FanDome 2020, showing off a first official look at Pattinson's Batman and Wright's Jim Gordon, as well as revealing Riddler would be the main villain. However, the DC movie hadn't completed filming at that point and the amount of footage available to cut the trailer together was limited. As Warner Bros. confirmed through their DC FanDome 2021 announcements, the second trailer was expected to debut during this year's event. In the time since FanDome 2020, The Batman completed filming, giving Reeves much more to work with in cutting together the second trailer. Now during DC FanDome 2021, The Batman movie trailer was released, featuring a ton of new footage from Pattinson's turn as the Dark Knight. The video features an unmasked Dano as The Riddler, but still frames the villain as the linchpin for the main plot of the movie. There's also plenty of new looks at Kravitz's Catwoman - including her costume as well as various different hairstyles she sports - and Farrell's Penguin, who faces off with Batman at one point. The Batman trailer also reveals Serkis' as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler and confidante in his vigilantism, as well as new shots of Pattinson's Batmobile in action. Check out The Batman movie trailer below. There's a great deal to unpack in The Batman movie trailer, but perhaps the most important is simply how good of a trailer it is. While The Batman teaser released at FanDome 2020 worked to get potential viewers excited about the latest live-action Batman movie, it was clearly limited by the amount of footage at Reeves' disposal. This new Batman trailer offers a much more complete idea of what to expect from Reeves and Pattinson's movie. Specifically, The Batman appears to be brutal and violent, with some exceptionally stylish action if the Dark Knight's hallway fight scene is any indication. Pattinson's Batman certainly seems more aggressive than past iterations of the character, taking it to an even darker level. Further, The Batman movie trailer focuses a lot more on the villains/anti-heroes beyond Riddler, particularly Catwoman and Penguin. Though Farrell has said his Oswald Cobblepot isn't the full-fledged villain from the comics, he's clearly antagonistic to Batman in this trailer, with the final shot setting up the character to be on the receiving end of Pattinson's violence. As for Selina Kyle/Catwoman, she's not necessarily framed as a villain, so it seems likely The Batman will honor their more complicated dynamic - perhaps even making her an ally of sorts. Since she seems shocked by Batman's brutality, she no doubt has a part to play in exploring that aspect of Pattinson's character. Altogether The Batman trailer is an exciting next look at Reeves' movie and sets the stage for Pattinson's intriguing debut as the Caped Crusader. The Batman (2022) Release Date: Mar 04, 2022
  3. the wrap of his latest movie. In recent years, Reynolds has been one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. This year alone has seen him promoting the releases of two different movies - The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard and Free Guy - with a third to come next month (Netflix's Red Notice). In addition to those, Reynolds has overseen the Deadpool franchise and lent his voice to movies like Pokémon Detective Pikachu and The Croods: A New Age. Most recently, Reynolds has been in the midst of filming Spirited, a comedy-musical riff on A Christmas Carol. The movie was first announced in 2019, but it only began filming earlier this year. Reynolds stars alongside Will Ferrell and Octavia Spencer in Spirited, which is directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. The movie has yet to receive a release date, though it could easily be slotted in for the holiday season next year. Many are excited to see Reynolds and Ferrell take to the big screen together, particularly since they seemed to have so much fun on set. Reynolds talked about his positive experience filming Spirited in a social media post shared online on Saturday, which also featured the actor's admission that he's taking a break from acting. "Singing, dancing and playing in the sandbox with Will Ferrell made a whole lotta dreams come true. And this is my second film with the great @octaviaspencer..." Reynolds wrote. He concluded this is the "Perfect time for a little sabbatical from movie making," though he also added, "I’m gonna miss every second working with this obscenely gifted group of creators and artists." Reynolds also shared several pictures from the Spirited set, which can be seen with the full post down below. Reynolds didn't say how long he intends for this break to go on, but it makes perfect sense why he would want one. In the past year alone, he's filmed three different movies: Red Notice, The Adam Project, and Spirited. That would already be an impressive achievement, but Reynolds also completed all of these amid the coronavirus pandemic, which made film productions even trickier to navigate (Reynolds' Red Notice co-star Dwayne Johnson has spoken at length about how intense filming was). Therefore, it's perfectly reasonable for Reynolds to want to take a step back for a few months. In terms of upcoming projects on his slate, Deadpool 3 is perhaps the farthest along. Reynolds previously said there's a 70% chance the Marvel movie could shoot within the next year, but that still might not be for months. Reynolds could film Deadpool 3 after taking several months off, or the movie itself could get pushed into 2023. Either way, Reynolds seems perfectly content with his upcoming sabbatical, and in the meantime, fans have plenty of his movies to enjoy.
  4. In the second trailer for The Batman, the meaning behind the Bat-Signal is changed and made much darker during Bruce Wayne's early vigilante career. Starring Robert Pattinson as the titular Dark Knight and directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman will see Bruce Wayne in his second year as the Caped Crusader. Still a young man who has yet to refine or fully control his rage, the new trailer features a voiceover from Wayne talking about the Bat-Signal itself, giving it a darker connotation and meaning in contrast to the hope it inspires later on in Batman's tenure as Gotham's protector. As revealed in the second trailer for The Batman released during DC's FanDome 2021, the new footage shows just how brutal Pattinson's Batman will be. Furthermore, it appears as though this early Wayne is much more focused on delivering vengeance as opposed to justice. This concept is not only proven by the Dark Knight's brutality facing a gang of clowns, but also in a voiceover where Bruce Wayne references the point of the Bat-Signal as the GCPD's Jim Gordon turns the iconic light on. According to Pattinson's Dark Knight in the second trailer for The Batman, "Fear is a tool. When that light hits the sky, it's not just a call. It's a warning." In Bruce Wayne's mind, the Bat-Signal is meant to scare criminals and instill fear just as much as letting him know that he's needed. This tracks with the rest of the footage seen so far with Bruce being an agent of vengeance, even scaring Catwoman with his brutality in one scene. While vengeance is very much a part of who Batman is, it's always been balanced with a desire for true justice in a city that's full of darkness and corruption. However, it doesn't seem as though this early version of the Dark Knight has yet to achieve that balance, which is why the Bat-Signal in turn will largely exist as a symbol of fear, rather than one of hope as it is with versions of Batman who've been in the vigilante/superhero business for longer than Pattinson's. It appears as though Bruce Wayne's evolution and growth into a hero has yet to come in The Batman, which is ultimately a good thing. Seeing him operating solely as a vengeful vigilante is a new kind of Batman on the big screen that should be very entertaining: a Batman unburdened by origins while not being fully developed either. As a result, it makes sense that the symbolism of the Bat-Signal would also not be fully realized (yet). In any case, seeing such an iconic light in Gotham being viewed in such as dark manner is very dynamic. The change in meaning for the Bat-Signal is quite telling for the film's overall tone as well, featuring Robert Pattinson's grounded and gritty Batman determined to make his enemies fear him and going to extremely brutal lengths to do so. While Bruce Wayne has always been shrouded in darkness as Batman, framing the light of the Bat-Signal as an equally dark part of his arsenal will be pretty significant when The Batman releases in March of 2022. The Batman (2022) Release Date: Mar 04, 2022
  5. The Batman's Batmobile is a striking departure from DC tradition, but it's a change that suits Robert Pattinson's Caped Crusader beautifully. You can tell much about someone from the vehicle they drive, and that's certainly true when it comes to cinematic Batman performances. The dramatic, sweeping wings and drag racer length of Michael Keaton's Batmobile emphasized the gothic tone of Tim Burton's movies, while Christian Bale's battle tank adhered to the militaristic aesthetic of The Dark Knight trilogy. Next to pull on the cowl is Robert Pattinson, set to debut in Matt Reeves' The Batman - a standalone franchise-starter separate from the wider DCEU. Warner Bros. has already revealed still images of Pattinson's Batmobile, depicting a souped-up black American muscle car. The Batman's first trailer (released in August 2020) delved a little deeper, showcasing the spectacular rear rocket booster and its blue flame, as well as a fleeting few shots of Batman chasing down Colin Farrell's Penguin. However, it's The Batman's second trailer, unveiled as part of DC FanDome 2021, that really satisfies fans' Batmobile itch, providing the closest look yet at Robert Pattinson's superhero wheels. The smell of burning rubber begins on another shot of the Batmobile's rear nitro setup igniting, and Bruce inside slamming on the gas. Then comes an extended version of the first trailer's Penguin car chase, and a side angle of Pattinson's The Batman Batmobile crashing through street debris. Penguin thinks he's lost his tail, but a flaming Batmobile roars through the burning orange and shunts Oswald Cobblepott's ride from behind. Combining existing images and the new FanDome footage, it's very obvious that The Batman's Batmobile is a unique beast, lacking both the superhero bombast of the Adam West and Michael Keaton eras, and the tank-like robustness enjoyed by Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. DC comics hold some close comparisons, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, where Batman drove a glorified sports car (and had his wheels stolen by a young Jason Todd), and in Neal Adams' work, but Pattinson's vehicle is still far removed from traditional Batmobile designs. On a surface level, this can be attributed to Pattinson's Bruce Wayne being in only his second year as a vigilante. The Batman's title character is still finding his wings as a superhero, and this is reflected by his rudimentary costume and gadgets. It's only natural the Batmobile follow suit by having the appearance of a regular car... relatively speaking. Another possible explanation for Bruce's mode of transport in The Batman comes, weirdly, from the ever-reliable spoiler source of LEGO merchandise. The Bat-cave set refers to Bruce as "The Drifter," which seems to be a guise the billionaire takes on the streets of Gotham, similar to when Christian Bale's Bruce went travelling in Batman Begins, but still within his home city. If Bruce drops his socialite persona completely and lives humbly, mingling among the city's other "drifters" and then transitions into Batman whenever a situation arises, it makes that his car would be as inconspicuous as possible. The Batmobile is, traditionally, not the easiest car to park without folks noticing. The Batman's design, however, could easily blend into the shadows. It's smaller, sleeker, lacks the theatrical decorations, and crucially, is not a tank. Even the booster on the back doesn't really notice until there's blue fire pouring from it. Batman could feasibly leave his Batmobile in a backstreet and jump in secretly at a moment's notice. The style of The Batman's Batmobile also suggests Robert Pattinson will be doing more actual detective work compared to his predecessors. The Batman's FanDome trailer shows Bruce in disguise, and stalking around clues laid out on the floor. His car isn't designed to announce a grand arrival like past Batmobiles - it's the vehicle of a dangerous, costumed PI lurking in the shadows.
  6. DC FanDome gave the first look at the upcoming animated film DC League of Super-Pets with an exclusive trailer. While DC has put focus on many of their iconic superheroes with projects based around Shazam, The Flash, and Blue Beetle in development, it came as a shock to many when it was announced that DC was working on an animated feature film for characters like Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound. The project was announced in 2018, with Jared Stern writing and directing the film. The film focuses on Krypto the Super Dog (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) and Ace the Bat-Hound (voiced by Kevin Hart). It is one of two DC properties Dwayne Jonhson and producers Dany and Hiram Garcia are involved in, the other being Black Adam, which will open later in summer 2022. DC League of Super-Pets features an all-star cast of voice actors, including Kate McKinnon, John Kranisinki, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, and Jameela Jamil. It was recently confirmed that comedian Marc Maron had signed on to play Lex Luthor in the film. At DC FanDome, the first sneak-peek trailer at the DC League of Super-Pets was unveiled for audiences. It gave a brief clip of the film, as well as audio of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart voicing their characters. The teaser ends with an announcement of a global premiere for the next trailer dropping in November. Watch the teaser trailer below: The film's official trailer will likely drop the second week of November, shortly before the release of the canine-centric family film Clifford the Big Red Dog, which will open in theaters and on Paramount+ on November 12, 2021. The trailer can then be attached to a number of animated films over the holiday season, like Disney's Encanto, to build anticipation for the film. DC League of Super-Pets will need as much anticipation behind it as possible since it opens two weeks after Thor: Love and Thunder and the week before Top Gun: Maverick, John Wick: Chapter 4, and The Bob's Burgers Movie. While little is known about the plot of the movie, the tone of the first look suggests a comedic sensibility similar to other theatrical animated films based around DC characters like Teen Titans: Go to the Movies and The Lego Batman Movie. It showcases Warner Bros. and DC's approach to the worlds of DC Comics, as they can tell a wide array of stories in various genres across different mediums for different audiences. While older fans are likely to skip out on DC League of Super-Pets, younger audiences may flock to the theaters, and it may be their gateway point into the superheroes of the DC universe. DC League Of Super-Pets (2022) Release Date: May 20, 2022
  7. Pennyworth, the Batman prequel series focusing on the younger days of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth, is set to return on HBO Max for season 3 in 2022. Starring The Imitation Game’s Jack Bannon as the titular character, Pennyworth explores the life of Batman’s trusted butler and ex-SAS soldier in an alternative universe loosely based on 1960s London. The series also features Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne and Emma Paetz as Martha Kane, Bruce Wayne’s future parents. Originally created for the Epix network, Pennyworth has garnered rave reviews over its first two series and has added several surprising new twists to the Batman mythos. Aside from establishing Thomas Wayne as an operative for the CIA and Martha as a freedom-fighting revolutionary, the show shocked fans in a surprise twist in the season 2 finale. Throughout the last season, it was revealed that Martha was pregnant with Thomas’s child, which many fans thought alluded to the introduction of a baby Bruce. In a serious departure from existing comic lore, however, Martha gives birth to a baby girl suggesting that at some point Batman had a sister. Most recently, at DC FanDome, Bannon and Alridge joined the event’s all-star lineup to share a few behind-the-scenes looks at production on the upcoming third season and confirmed previous reports that Pennyworth will be moving to HBO Max in 2022. The first two seasons will also make the transition across to the streaming platform earlier in the year ahead of the season 3 debut. Aldridge says that season 3 will “dive in deeper into the lives of Alfred, Martha, Thomas, Bet Sykes, Lucius Fox, and all the other Pennyworth characters.” Bannon also let a potential spoiler slip during the segment, suggesting that there would be a five-year time jump between seasons 2 and 3. With HBO Max quickly becoming the central repository for all things DC, it comes as no surprise that the streamer would swoop in to pick the series up for its third outing. With rival Marvel Studios quickly turning the Disney+ streaming platform into a central repository for all of its content, there’s little wonder that Warner Bros. would be looking to do the same for the DC brand. With several original DC films and series slated to hit HBO Max in the near future, like Batgirl, Blue Beetle, Black Canary, and Peacemaker, Pennyworth is certain to be right at home on the platform. One thing devout fans of the series will be looking to see is how the introduction of an older sibling will continue to change and adapt the Batman mythology. With Bannon’s promised 5-year time jump, it would seem audiences will have a chance to meet Batman’s older sister as a young girl and even potentially see an infant Bruce on the horizon. However, one thing is for certain; with the surprise twists the first two seasons have already delivered, Pennyworth season 3 is guaranteed to keep fans guessing.
  8. Warning! SPOILERS for Halloween Kills As the sequel to 2018's Halloween, Halloween Kills undoes one of the most unexpected murders of the previous film: the murder of Deputy Frank Hawkins (Will Patton). Introduced to the Halloween franchise with David Gordon Green's 2018 reboot, Deputy Hawkins is one of the film's more intriguing characters, namely due to his established history with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the brave (albeit traumatized) heroine of both 1978's and 2018's Halloween. As one of the officers involved in the apprehension of killer Michael Myers in 1978 (as depicted via flashbacks in Halloween Kills), Deputy Hawkins is somewhat trauma-bonded with Laurie, who, like Hawkins, feels personally responsible for Myers' continued killings. However, like Michael, both Hawkins and Laurie simply will not die. Towards the end of 2018's Halloween, Deputy Hawkins searches for Michael Myers with Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer) when the two stumble across Laurie's granddaughter, Allyson. Shortly after, Hawkins runs over Michael Myers with his car and prepares to shoot the killer, killing Myers for good, when Dr. Sartain stops Hawkins by stabbing him in the throat. Driving with Michael and Allyson in the backseat of the car, Dr. Sartain runs over Hawkins' body for good measure, leaving the deputy presumably dead. Of course, as Hallween Kills reveals, Deputy Hawkins not only survives the entire, violent ordeal but he continues to play a pivotal role throughout the reboots. Early in the movie, a passing teenager, Cameron Elam (Dylan Arnold), finds Hawkins' prone body and, after realizing how badly injured Hawkins is, calls an ambulance, essentially saving the deputy's life. For most of the movie's runtime, Hawkins remains bedridden in a hospital, recovering from his wounds next to Laurie, who's also bedridden and recovering from Myers-related injuries. No doubt, "resurrecting" otherwise doomed characters in the way Halloween Kills does with Deputy Hawkins is risky, as it often times feels cheap and far too plot-convenient. However, with the slasher horror genre -- particularly this slasher film, which centers on a serial killer who, like the Energizer Bunny, simply can't be stopped -- the exaggerated gore and absurd violence allow for enough wiggle room for such shifty plot maneuvers. With Hawkins, this maneuver feels earned, as his character arguably serves as the emotional core of Halloween Kills, which is narratively framed by flashbacks of a younger Deputy Hawkins (Thomas Mann). Having missed an early opportunity to kill Michael Myers in 1978, an opportunity preceded by Hawkins accidentally killing his partner in an attempt to stop Myers, Deputy Hawkins carries with him an immense guilt, one that's exacerbated with each of Myers' kills. With that in mind, had Halloween Kills left Deputy Hawkins for dead, most -- if not all -- of Michael Myers' kills in the sequel movie would feel emotionally hollow -- or, at the least, emotionally hollower than what's typical of a slasher gore-fest. Certainly, even without Hawkins, the main narrative thread -- the primary point of redemption -- lies between Laurie and Michael, as their stories actually link back to the original film; whereas Hawkins had to be retconned into the Halloween movies. Yet, even so, the return of Deputy Hawkins in Halloween Kills seems like a smart move, as his need for redemption is also central to the Halloween reboots.
  9. Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman 3, and Lynda Carter dodged revealing anything about the upcoming DCEU film at DC FanDome. Shortly after the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max, Warner Bros. announced that Gal Gadot would once again be returning as the Amazonian warrior who has taken the DCEU by storm. First appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Diana Prince quickly became one of the franchise's most popular characters. Her first solo feature solidified this position, becoming the most critically acclaimed DCEU movie yet after a string of misfires and earning over $800 million at the box office. So far, little is known about Wonder Woman 3. Patty Jenkins, director of the first two films, will return to direct the sequel and Gadot is returning as Diana Prince. Warner Bros. has also committed Wonder Woman 3 to an exclusive theatrical release after putting 1984 on HBO Max and in theaters on the same day. Other than that, though, plot details remain slim and no release date has been set for the highly anticipated film. Despite appearing at DC FanDome earlier today, Jenkins and Carter had nothing to reveal about the highly anticipated film even if they almost slipped up and revealed something anyway. The pair were discussing Wonder Woman's legacy when Carter began to express her excitement for Jenkins' next film. Just when Carter seemed to be about to reveal something, though, the actress held back. Jenkins did eventually hint that information would be forthcoming, but what it could be remains a mystery. Check out the video below where their interaction begins 3:08:20: It certainly seems as if Wonder Woman 3 is still a ways away - without a release date, title, or plot details, there is little to go on when it comes to the highly anticipated sequel. Still, it's clear Jenkins is hard at work on the film and, in the video, she seems to hint that some type of news may be coming soon. Whether that's a release date or not remains to be seen, but it's likely that it could be. Right now, DC has a slew of movies announced both with and without release dates. Currently, the latest movie with a release date is Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which is dated for June 2023. That leaves a lot of time between the release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and DC's next movie, so it seems likely that Wonder Woman 3 could come out sometime that year as part of the DCEU's exciting if unclear future plans.
  10. #RestoreTheSnyderVerse trends ahead of the start of DC FanDome. The hashtag represents the movement of fans who want to see more from the planned vision from director Zack Snyder in the DCEU, specifically for Zack Snyder's Justice League. Snyder was originally hired to make three Justice League films, which was later pared down to one film before the director left the project altogether due to a family tragedy. He was later hired back to complete his vision for Justice League, which had been mostly reshot and reconfigured by director Joss Whedon, leading to a heavily compromised film that flopped at the box office. Zack Snyder's Justice League ended up being a six-chapter, four-hour epic that debuted on HBO Max, which was later called a "global phenomenon" and continues to be a part of DCEU conversation. Snyder made his entry into the DCEU with 2013's Man of Steel, then followed it up with 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which not only introduced Wonder Woman to the universe, but laid the groundwork for the director's planned Justice League trilogy. Ahead of the start of DC FanDome today, the hashtag #RestoreTheSnyderVerse resurfaced and trended on Twitter, once again showing the strong interest and influence of Snyder's DCEU work. The desire to see Snyder's vision continue beyond his cut of Justice League has continued to gain steam since the film was released in all its glory on HBO Max. With such a massive amount of story prep work done for Snyder's Justice League trilogy, as well as the cliffhanger ending of the first film, there's plenty out there to keep fan interest at an all-time high. Snyder has moved on from the DCEU, signing a deal with Netflix to develop spinoffs of his Army of the Dead franchise, as well as the sci-fi action film, Rebel Moon, an idea the director originally had for a Star Wars film. It's unlikely Snyder would return to the "Snyderverse" anytime soon, as he's said that WB has been "aggressively anti-Snyder" since he came aboard to finish his cut of Justice League. Aside from the "Snyderverse" fans have also been calling for the release of David Ayer's cut of Suicide Squad, aptly called "The Ayer Cut," which is the director's darker, grittier version of the 2016 film. However, fan campaigns most definitely helped make Zack Snyder's Justice League happen, so it's not at all unbelievable that it could help bring him back to the DCEU. With the multiverse opening things up to the point that the films of the DCEU no longer have to connect in every way, Snyder fulfilling his vision for Justice League and the Snyderverse seems entirely possible. The other aspect that opens up the possibilities for this happening is to debut the continued films on HBO Max, as the streamer continues to greenlight multiple superhero films strictly for the platform. While Snyder would likely want full autonomy in making the continued films, that shouldn't be a difficult compromise now that streaming/theatrical and even universe-beholden content is far more open.
  11. DC's Titans season 4 is officially announced, with the renewal confirmed during this year's DC FanDome event. The show originally premiered in 2018 as a darker, grittier take on DC's popular Teen Titans team, introducing core members like Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Kory Anders aka Starfire (Anna Diop), Gar Logan aka Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) and Rachel Roth aka Raven (Teagan Croft). In the seasons since, Titans has added Superboy (Joshua Orpin), Donna Troy (Conor Leslie) and Jason Todd (Curran Walters) to their roster of heroes - among other characters, including iconic villains like Deathstroke in season 2. In Titans season 3, Jason has become Red Hood and turned against his former team to antagonize them along with Dr. Johnathan Crane aka Scarecrow (Vincent Kartheiser). The season also introduced Barbara Gordon (Savannah Welch) and Tim Drake (Jay Lycurgo), the latter of which has teamed up with the Titans to help them battle Scarecrow. Now, for those wondering what's next for Titans, the show has made an important announcement at DC FanDome 2021. During DC FanDome 2021, HBO Max announced Titans season 4, with the series officially renewed for another outing. Titans season 3 will wrap up on Oct. 21 with the finale episode. It's not yet known when Titans season 4 will release, though it's possible it'll return sometime in 2022 depending on when filming starts and wraps. Since Titans season 4 has only just been confirmed and the season 3 finale has yet to air, it's unclear what storyline the next season will explore. That said, given the sheer number of DC characters who join each season of the show, there's no doubt the showrunners will add even more comics characters. Between Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and now Tim Drake on the show, it's possible other popular Batman characters may be properly introduced, like Stephanie Brown or Duke Thomas. It's also not yet clear who the main villain of Titans season 4 will be, but there's quite a number of possibilities if they pull from the comics. Ultimately the Titans season 4 confirmation shows that HBO Max remains confident in this particular DC series. Along with Doom Patrol, which is also returning for season 4, HBO Max is building out its DC offerings, with additional shows in the works. The Suicide Squad spinoff Peacemaker is arriving in January and a spinoff from Robert Pattinson and Matt Reeves' The Batman is also in development. With the Harley Quinn animated show also available on HBO Max, the streamer has a wide variety of shows for all kinds of DC fans. For Titans fans specifically, they can look forward to a whole new season coming to HBO Max. Titans season 4 is confirmed and will release on HBO Max sometime in the future.
  12. Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo comments on his possible return in the MCU. Joe and his brother, Anthony Russo, boarded the franchise back in 2014 via Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Due to the great reception to the political thriller, the pair was tapped to direct Captain America: Civil War in 2016. That, too, was a hit, which convinced Marvel Studios that they were the right filmmakers to wrap up the Infinity Saga. So, together with long-time collaborators, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the Russos started work on Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. While tackling the projects was a great opportunity, it also came with immense pressure, especially after the MCU's decent track record. Ultimately, they delivered on that, as well. Therefore, it's no wonder that when news broke out that they are currently in talks to return to the franchise, fans were excited. It was, however, derailed by Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against Disney regarding Black Widow's same-day release in theaters and Disney+. Now that it's all been settled, many are wondering how the Russos' supposed discussions are going. Joe sat down with Variety to talk about what went down with Johansson and Disney's lawsuit. But, he was also asked what its recent resolution means to their potential return to the MCU. The filmmaker was careful with his answer, opting to say that “it would be inappropriate for us to comment on a deal if we were in the middle of it.” Unfortunately, he didn't give any additional information regarding the matter. Right now, the Russo Brothers are currently busy with two projects. The first one is the action thriller film, The Gray Man, which reunites them with Captain America actor, Chris Evans. Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Wagner Moura, and Regé-Jean Page are also starring in the upcoming Netflix film. It's currently in post-production, but no release date has been announced yet. They're also revisiting their TV roots by directing the spy drama, Citadel, for Amazon Studios, which is scheduled to stream in February 2022. Granted that there might be other endeavors that they have yet to announce, it might not be that big of a problem in terms of scheduling. The MCU has a confirmed slate for at least until 2023, so the Russos have plenty of time to between now and then. It makes a lot of sense that Marvel Studios wants to bring back the Russos into the MCU after what they've achieved in Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame — if reports are indeed true. The question is, what project might they be looking at to collaborate again? Previously, the filmmakers revealed that they were interested in adapting Secret Wars on the screen. Now that the MCU is doing a Secret Invasion Disney+ series, perhaps they might actually get what they've been wanting.
  13. Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld admits that before he was brought on board to direct 1991’s The Addams Family, Tim Burton was originally approached to helm the film. Sonnenfeld, who had earlier worked as a cinematographer on several films with the Coen brothers including Raising Arizona and Miller’s Crossing, made his directorial debut on Paramount’s cinematic reinvention of The Addams Family franchise. In 1993, Sonnenfeld also returned to helm the sequel Addams Family Values, and despite it receiving better reviews than his first film, it only brought in less than half the original’s domestic box office takings. Based on the cartoons created by Charles Addams in 1938, over the years, The Addams Family has seen several live-action and animated adaptations, including the 1964 television series and a 1973 cartoon series. In addition to Sonnenfeld’s two films, the franchise has also seen a direct-to-TV movie starring Tim Curry, a stage musical, and two computer-animated films featuring the voices of Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron. Earlier this year, it was also announced that Burton would be making a live-action Wednesday Addams series for Netflix, with YOU’s Jenna Ortega in the central role, while Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones will appear as Gomez and Morticia Addams. Most recently, Sonnenfeld sat down with Variety for the 30th anniversary of his original film and made some surprising revelations regarding producer Scott Rudin’s original choice of director. Sonnenfeld revealed that before he was tapped, Rudin had approached both Burton and Monty Python alumni Terry Gilliam to direct. Check out his full comments below: I will tell you that there were two other directors approached — Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam — and they’re both really good choices. But they both turned it down, so that’s how I ended up getting it. [Producer] Scott Rudin thought he wanted a visual stylist, not just a comedy director. He thought if I can’t get Tim or I can’t get Terry, I’ll get someone with a strong visual sense. While it is not at all surprising that Burton would be at the top of any producer’s wish list to helm an Addams Family film, at the time, he found himself having to turn down the opportunity as he was busy working on his Batman sequel, Batman Returns. Similarly, Gilliam himself was also preoccupied with work on the critically acclaimed The Fisher King, which starred Robin Williams. Ultimately, however, things worked out in Sonnenfeld’s favor and he would go on to reinvigorate the property for a whole new generation of fans who would forever connect Christina Ricci, Raul Julia, and Anjelica Huston as Wednesday, Gomez, and Morticia Addams. Thankfully for fans of Burton’s work, however, he too finally is getting his chance to put his stamp on The Addams Family legacy after all these years. Focusing on undoubtedly the most interesting character in the family, Burton’s Netflix series is sure to offer fans a whole new take on the franchise which has never been seen previously. It is also ironic that while The Addams Family marked Sonnenfeld's debut as a feature film director, Wednesday will similarly mark Burton's debut as a television series director. As one of the most unique filmmakers working today, Burton’s strong gothic sense and visual sensibilities are sure to translate well to the source material when Wednesday hits Netflix.
  14. Oscar-winning actor for The Pianist, Adrien Brody, reveals how the film has impacted his life and career over the years. Brody won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the age of 29 for The Pianist in 2003, which made him the youngest actor ever to win in that category. The veteran actor has since appeared in multiple major Hollywood projects including The Village, King Kong and Midnight in Paris and has also appeared in the hit TV series Peaky Blinders. He is a frequent collaborator of Wes Anderson and will feature in the American director's upcoming feature, The French Dispatch. The Pianist is based on the autobiographical book of the same name from 1946 written by Polish-Jewish pianist and composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman (played by Brody), and his life in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. The film essentially plays out as a survival story in the ruined city of Warsaw where he occasionally receives help from friends and strangers, including a German captain who admired his piano playing. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Director for Roman Polanski. Brody recently sat down with GQ to discuss his most celebrated roles and spoke in length about the impact that the iconic film had on his life. He said that it was a stroke of "luck" that landed him the part, describing it as "preparation meets opportunity." He mentioned how the "responsibility" of playing such a character affected him on a deeper level and stated that "it never left me." His full quote can be read below: "The responsibility that I felt in carrying that role, and the process, you know, so deep, so profound, that it never left me. And aside from the obvious career benefits and the accolades, it changed my life as a man, as a young man. I really- I feel like that movie made me understand a lot, and made me realize how much I had taken for granted." Brody mentioned that before he was cast for the role, he had been "yearning to find a character with that depth," and Wladyslaw Szpilman most definitely represents that. He stressed the importance of putting himself in his character's shoes and elaborated on how he had to "lose a lot of weight" to show Szpilman's physical transformation. He expressed that "you can't act emaciated, you have to become emaciated," and this is on display for all to see as Brody perfectly encapsulates what he described as "the hollowness and emptiness" of someone who has lost all his "will power and strength." The American actor also touched on how the experience of playing a character who has lost everything gave him "a level of empathy" which he carries with to this day. It is pretty clear to see that Brody poured his heart and soul into playing Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist. He went to great extremes to become the Polish pianist and Holocaust survivor in the film. His process and transformation involved moving out of his apartment, selling his car and disconnecting his cellphone, to mention a few. This is a testament to his commitment and dedication to method acting in what was certainly the role of a lifetime for the acclaimed actor.
  15. Adrien Brody has spoken about passing on a role in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings trilogy. The first installment of Jackson’s adaptation for JRR Tolkien’s seminal work is nearly two decades old, and the film trilogy is now considered to be one of the most successful book-to-film adaptations of all time. Jackson continued his work on bringing Middle-Earth to the big screen, as the success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy prompted a follow-up adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Brody, who won an Academy Award for his performance as Władysław Szpilman in the 2002’s critically acclaimed The Pianist, worked with Jackson several years later. The actor starred in Jackson’s King Kong remake in 2005, playing first mate Jack Driscoll. Brody’s filmography also includes multiple collaborations with director Wes Anderson, acting in The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Darjeeling Limited, and more recently, Brody has appeared on TV in Succession and Peaky Blinders. Brody will also appear in Netflix’s upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, in 2022. Now, in an interview with GQ, Brody has revealed that he passed on a role in Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings trilogy. While the decision initially left the actor feeling “incredibly stupid” after seeing the films, he doesn't think he would have been cast in Jackson’s King Kong if he had taken the role. Read Brody’s full comments below: “They were casting Lord of the Rings, and I somehow didn't grasp it. I don't remember what part I would have been right for, but it was some hobbit-like character, surely. I was looking for something else. And I remember going to see Lord of the Rings in the theatre with an ex-girlfriend and she turned to me and said “you passed on Lord of the Rings?” I remember feeling so stupid!” Brody missed out on a part in a film trilogy which was met with incredible commercial and critical success, however he has still gone on to achieve an enviable acting career. Amazon Prime Video is now adding to the legacy of The Lord of the Rings by creating its own version of Tolkien's work, but it won't be a remake of Jackson’s films. Instead the adaptation will be set during Middle-Earth’s Second Age, preceding the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies. The adaptation will be a TV series, and casting news has come thick and fast, most recently with the announcement that Hobbits in the series won’t be exclusively white. The series has already been commissioned for a second season, and if there are still Hobbit roles to fill, the series’ producers could do worse than checking to see if Brody is available. From the actor’s comments, it doesn't sound as though he regrets the decision, though appearing in the trilogy certainly would have changed his career’s trajectory one way or another. It’s interesting to imagine how the films might have been changed by having a different cast, and with Brody suggesting that he would have played one of the four main Hobbits, they certainly would have been different. It’s hard to envisage any of Frodo, Sam, Merry, or Pippin being portrayed by different actors, but Brody would have surely brought something positive to any of the roles in The Lord of the Rings.
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