Bond 25: Lashana Lynch Reportedly Playing Female 007 Agent

In Bond 25, the next installment in the long-running James Bond franchise, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will reportedly be assuming 007’s license to kill. However while Lynch’s character will hold the 007 agent number, she’s not playing the character of James Bond himself. That role remains with Daniel Craig, who’s played the iconic British secret agent in the most recent four Bond films.

When Craig announced that he’d be hanging up his Walther PPK after Bond 25, speculation began swirling around what kind of person might be next tapped to step into the role and continue the venerable series. It’s been wondered about since even before the announcement of his impending retirement, especially the question of if the next actor to take over leading the franchise would be a woman rather than a man, or be a non-white performer.

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A Bond 25 production insider reportedly told UK’s The Daily Mail that the film opens with Craig’s Bond retired, while back at the MI6 offices, agency director M welcomes 007 into her office, and Lynch enters the room in response. The insider commented that, “Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.

It’s unclear how much Lynch’s character of Nomi is as it was in the original version of the Bond 25 script, as BBC’s creator and star of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, at the request of Craig himself, was brought in as a script doctor to help do a polish as well as to make sure that the franchise evolves with the times. When asked during a previous interview if Bond was still a relevant character in the modern 21st century era, Waller-Bridge said, “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.

It seems that Bond 25 is striving to find its balance between the classic Bond stories and villains, as we’ve seen with the news of the character of Blofeld returning to the big screen, and more contemporary gender perspectives. The insider commented that within the Bond production offices, the term Bond Girls is no longer being used, but rather Bond Women. It’ll be a classic Bond, finding his way through a world with women fighting alongside him rather than hiding behind him.

More: Bond 25 Reportedly Halts Production Due To Daniel Craig Injury

Source: The Daily Mail

2019-07-14 01:07:45

Bill Watters

Bill & Ted 3 Adds Kristen Schaal, Holland Taylor | ScreenRant

The cast of Bill & Ted Face the Music continues to grow, with both Kristen Schaal and Holland Taylor signing on. The titular pair, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves – and known collectively as the rock band Wyld Stallyns – first debuted in 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. On the verge of failing high school, they were aided by a man from the future named Rufus (George Carlin) who reveals that they were destined to write the music upon which a peaceful, utopian world would one day be formed. Gifted with a time-traveling phone booth, Bill and Ted journey through history in order to guarantee they pass their final test and ensure they weren’t separated. The film was a surprise hit, prompting the 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.

A third installment has been a cult film fan’s pipe dream for many of the years that followed. Despite occasional signs of hope from the film’s stars, the prospect of continued Bill & Ted adventures – outside of the animated series – seemed destined to remain in limbo. An announcement in March, however, revealed an official release date for the film. And, if that wasn’t proof enough for fans of the films, the new installment officially began filming at the end of June. Original Bill & Ted screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon returned to write the script, and Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) has been confirmed to direct.

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According to EW, Schaal and Taylor have officially joined the cast and will play key roles in the sequel. Taylor (the upcoming To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You) will play The Great Leader, who is described as “the most powerful person in the universe – the center of which is San Dimas, Calif., 700 years in the future.” Schaal (Toy Story 4), meanwhile, will play Kelly, a messenger from the future, likely serving a similar function to Carlin’s Rufus in the original installments.

The two actresses won’t be the only new faces on the cast. The film recently cast Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving as the duo’s grown-up daughters, Billie and Thea, respectively, and Barry’s Anthony Carrigan was also recently confirmed to be playing the main antagonist. Jillian Bell, meanwhile, will play the families’ therapist; and alongside Reeves and Winter, the third outing will also see the return of William Sadler as Death, as well as Hal Landon Jr. and Amy Stoch as Ted’s father (police chief Chet Logan) and both character’s one-time stepmom, Missy, respectively.

Little is known regarding the adventure the iconic pair (and their new families) will find themselves on. With the world starting to unravel, however, and on the verge of collapse, it will be up to them to finally live up to their long prophesied destiny. It also remains to be seen how large of a role both Schaal and Taylor play in the film. Whatever the case, Schaal has proven her comedic abilities time and time again, in both animation and live-action outings, including Bob’s Burgers. Equally, Taylor has numerous acclaimed performances to her name and is no slouch in the comedic department, appearing in such classics as The Truman Show and Legally Blonde. As such, the already stellar cast just grew even more and will surely have fans even more excited to see Bill & Ted Face the Music finally hit theaters.

More: Everything We Know (So Far) About Bill And Ted Face The Music

Source: EW

2019-07-13 09:07:55

John Atkinson

Ghostbusters 2020: Jason Reitman Shares BTS Cast Photo

Director Jason Reitman shares a behind-the-scenes photo for Ghostbusters 2020. Based on the 1984 franchise-starter, the new film will pick up on the original storyline that continued with the 1989 sequel. Reitman’s photo includes cast members Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace, along with Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters films. 

The original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis. They portray three purely unique parapsychologists who investigate strange occurrences at Columbia University. Both Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis have supporting roles, thus boosting the ‘80s star power in addition to the comedic nature of the film. Produced for approximately $25 to $30 million, Ghostbusters earned over $295 million at the box office. The film also earned two Oscar nominations for Best Original Song and Best Visual Effects. Ghostbusters’ main cast returned for the 1989 sequel, which also became a huge box office hit by earning over $215 million. Both films were written by Aykroyd and the late Ramis. They also feature cinematography by the iconic László Kovács (Easy Rider) and Martin Scorsese collaborator Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull). 

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On Twitter, Reitman posted a behind-the-scenes photo for Ghostbusters 2020, thus officially acknowledging the commencement of production. In the colorful image, Grace smiles while holding a production slate, with crew members visible in the background. Cast members Coon and Wolfhard appear center-frame, and also bear ear-to-ear smiles. Ivan Reitman appears on the far left, with his son, Jason, on the opposite side next to an ARRIHead camera. The photo is captioned with “The Family’s All Here #GB20.” Check out Reitman’s Tweet below. 

In 2016, Ivan Reitman co-produced a franchise reboot entitled Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. Featuring an all-female main cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, the film is regarded as a flop given its massive budget at $144 million and $229 million box office take. Sony initially scheduled a sequel, only to scrap the plans. In January 2019, Jason Reitman announced his Ghostbusters movie would stay faithful to the original series with a third franchise installment. On July 12, Reitman teased Ghostbusters 2020 with an image of the Ecto-1 vehicle.

The main Ghostbusters 2020 cast doesn’t scream out comedy, but the addition of Paul Rudd will certainly help. However, Wolfhard’s Stranger Things fanbase will undoubtedly flock to theaters to see the new movie, and Coon brings an extraordinary amount of performative polish to the film. Meanwhile, Grace has already accumulated an impressive resume at only 13 year old, appearing in high-profile productions like Ready Player One, Captain Marvel, Annabelle Comes Home, The Haunting of Hill House, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Ghostbusters 2020 is scheduled for a July 10, 2020 release.

More: Why Ghostbusters 3 Took 31 Years To Make

Source: Jason Reitman

2019-07-13 08:07:41

Q.V. Hough

Spider-Man: Far From Home Almost Had Donald Glover Cameo

Spider-Man: Far From Home nearly had a cameo appearance from Donald Glover as Aaron Davis. Glover had a small supporting role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, whose petty criminal was seen buying weapons stolen by Michael Keaton’s Vulture, and later gave Peter some information after a none-too-impressive attempt at interrogation, despite failing to find him in any way intimidating.

Aaron Davis is a character taken from the Ultimate universe of Marvel comics who becomes its version of the Prowler, a skilled cat burglar armed with a battle suit and gauntlets capable of firing shock waves. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Davies had yet to adopt the supervillain mantle, although his attempt to purchase high tech weaponry suggests he was on his way there. Also, a mention of his nephew was a reference to Miles Morales, which confirmed the existence of the future Ultimate Spider-Man within the world of the film. A different version of Davis was featured far more prominently as a villain in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, seeing him fully formed as the Prowler and an employee of the Kingpin.

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The story of Glover’s potential involvement came from THR, relayed during an interview with Spider-Man: Far From Home writers Chris McKenna and Eric Sommars, revealing that the idea was one of several bandied about that never made it into the final film. They both loved the character and wanted to bring him back, but after the story’s development ended up taking Peter and his classmates to Europe so quickly, the idea was dropped since it simply didn’t fit anywhere. McKenna lamented, “Some ideas you just have to give up.

Glover has further history with Spider-Man beyond the MCU/Sony outing, having previously voiced Miles Morales in a couple episodes of season 3 of the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. He appeared as part of a multi-episode arc that saw Norman Osborn travel across the multiverse to gather DNA samples from the various Spider-People to transform himself into the formidable Spider-Goblin.

Although the capacity in which Glover would have appeared was not specified, it’s likely that it would have been something like a brief scene seeing Peter clashing with Davies as the Prowler, possibly foiling a robbery that the latter was in the middle of committing. His presence is potentially an important one, as it’s likely through him that Miles Morales would be introduced into the world of the films, and from there the use of multiple Spider-People like those seen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Even though it would have been nice to see him again in Spider-Man: Far From Home, as the film stands there really wasn’t the space to include him without it seeming forced, and the decision to leave him out was probably the right one in the end.

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Source: THR

2019-07-13 08:07:19

Andrew Marshall

Spielberg’s West Side Story: First Look at Ariana DeBose’s Anita

The first image of Ariana DeBose as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story has been released. Some five years after Spielberg initially expressed his interest in re-adapting the classic stage musical for the big screen, the legendary director has finally started production on his version of West Side Story. The film is being written by Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln collaborator, Tony Kushner, and is said to hew closer to the original 1957 Broadway show than the Best Picture-winning 1961 movie adaptation. But at the same time, it will still include all the beloved musical numbers that people know from the ’61 film.

About a month after receiving a 2020 release date, West Side Story officially began filming back in mid-June. To commemorate the occasion, Spielberg’s production company Amblin released a photo that revealed cast members like Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler (who play the star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria) in costume. Amblin has since unveiled a second image that offers the first-look at another key player in the movie.

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The character in question is Anita, who’s being played by DeBose in Spielberg’s version of West Side Story. You can check out the first photo of DeBose in the role, below.

DeBose is a relative newcomer to the big screen, but has a decorated history in musical theater. In addition to being part of the ensemble for the Broadway sensation Hamilton back in 2015, DeBose has appeared in the Bring It On Broadway musical and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical over the last ten years. Anita, of course, is the young woman in West Side Story who’s not Maria’s confidante, but also dating her older brother Bernardo, the leader of the Puerto Rican Sharks street gang. Rita Moreno won an Oscar for playing Anita in the 1961 film version and will actually costar in Spielberg’s movie as Valentina, the owner of the shop where Tony works.

Considering that the 1961 adaptation has long been celebrated for its bold color palette (among other things), it’s encouraging to see Anita wearing a similarly vibrant yellow costume in this new photo. Spielberg’s more recent films have tended to be relatively muted in terms of their colors, so hopefully he will change things up a bit with his first-ever musical. The ’61 movie is certainly dated in some unflattering ways, but its dynamic visuals and spirited performances are still as terrific as they ever were. With Spielberg directing and talents like DeBose filling out the cast, though, there’s a fair chance that the new West Side Story will be able to match it in those respects.

NEXT: Everything We Know About Spielberg’s West Side Story

Source: Amblin

2019-07-13 08:07:01

Sandy Schaefer

Shang-Chi Movie: Marvel Trying To Cast Chinese Lead Very Soon

For Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios is reportedly looking to cast its lead role soon, with only Chinese actors in contention – possibly for a reveal at San Diego Comic-Con. With all three of 2019’s Marvel Cinematic Universe installments officially released (the last being Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home), fans are looking ahead at the wide open landscape of Phase 4. Bob Iger, CEO of Marvel’s parent company Walt Disney Studios, promised fans that the upcoming MCU Phase 4 slate would be revealed this summer, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has assured reporters on multiple occasions that announcements would be made following the release of Far From Home.

Although no official announcements have been made, the Black Widow movie is filming, The Eternals is casting, and Shang-Chi has a director in Destin Daniel Cretton, if not a star – just yet. So fans know a little about what to expect from Phase 4. For its part, Shang-Chi will mark Marvel Studios’ first feature with an Asian-American lead, and it appears the studio and the film’s creatives are dedicated to making sure they do the superhero justice. Now, according to the latest reports, it seems Marvel Studios is moving quickly to cast the lead role of Shang-Chi, and they’re being particular in their search for the next MCU hero.

Related: Every Marvel Movie Coming After Spider-Man: Far From Home

Variety’s Justin Kroll reported on Twitter that Marvel is putting out test offers to a group of actors for the role of Shang-Chi. Per Kroll, Marvel is “adamant” the men are of Chinese descent specifically, not another Asian ancestry, to portray the Chinese superhero. As of yet, it’s unclear if Marvel Studios and an actor will reach a deal in time for San Diego Comic-Con, but the studio has roughly one week to do so. Marvel Studios is set to hold a SDCC panel on Saturday, July 20 in Hall H.

Given Shang-Chi will be the first major Chinese superhero in the MCU, the role is highly coveted. A number of actors in Hollywood have publicly put their names forward, including Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi and Inhumans‘ Mike Moh – though it’s unclear if they also reached out to Marvel Studios. Meanwhile, a recently rumored short-list for Shang-Chi included Ludi Lin (Power Rangers). Though it’s unclear how much truth was in that report, Lin was born in China so he may be in contention after all.

However, it’s not yet known who exactly Marvel Studios sent test offers to. At least fans can take heart in Marvel Studios being dedicated to having a Chinese actor play the Chinese Shang-Chi character. Fans will have to wait and see who eventually gets cast as Shang-Chi, but they may not need to wait too long. With Marvel Studios holding a Hall H panel at SDCC next weekend, there are sure to be plenty of Phase 4 announcements – including, perhaps, who will play the lead role in Shang-Chi.

Next: How Marvel’s Shang-Chi Movie Can Avoid Iron Fist’s Mistakes

Source: Justin Kroll/Twitter

2019-07-13 07:07:17

Molly Freeman

Sam Raimi Still Thinks About Spider-Man 4 | ScreenRant

Director Sam Raimi says he still thinks about his unmade Spider-Man 4. Raimi is best known for creating The Evil Dead, but he also dabbled in superhero movies in the early 2000s. Raimi directed a total of three Spider-Man films from 2002 to 2007 starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.

Despite Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy making Sony a ton of money at the box office, the series was rebooted in 2012 with Andrew Garfield as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. That being said, Raimi had plans for a fourth Spider-Man movie before it was canceled. Raimi didn’t want to rush Spider-Man 4, but Sony had to keep making Spider-Man movies or the rights to the character would revert back to Marvel. The film was expected to star John Malkovich as the Vulture and Anne Hathaway as Black Cat, while also including a montage at the beginning of Spider-Man battling villains like Rhino, Shocker, Prowler, and even Mysterio (who would have been played by Bruce Campbell). Unfortunately, the sequel never happened, but Raimi still thinks about it to this day.

Related: The Plot Of Sam Raimi’s Cancelled Spider-Man 4

When Yahoo interviewed Raimi about the recently released Crawl, which Raimi produced, he briefly talked about his unmade Spider-Man film. Raimi explained that he frequently thinks about what could have been saying,

“I think about it all the time. It’s hard not to, because each summer another Spider-Man film comes out! So when you have an unborn one, you can’t help but think what might have been. But I try to focus on what will be, and not look into the past.”.

While Raimi has turned more to producing horror movies these days, he previously revealed that he would be open to directing another Marvel movie at some point. That being said, his Marvel movie probably wouldn’t be Spider-Man 4 since Sony and Marvel are seeing so much success with Tom Holland as the famous web-slinger. There has been a lot of fan art recently imagining Maguire, Garfield, and Holland in a live-action Spider-Verse movie, but that is only wishful thinking at this point.

As mentioned previously, fans have widely accepted Holland as Spider-Man, but there are those that still think that the 2004 Spider-Man 2 is still one of the best superhero movies ever made. Spider-Man 3 was a disappointment to many, but if Raimi would have gotten another shot with Spider-Man 4, he could have ended his series on a high note. While many fans would be thrilled to finally get Spider-Man 4, it’s extremely unlikely that will ever happen.

More: How Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy Set Up The Lizard

Source: Yahoo

2019-07-13 06:07:50

Christopher Fiduccia

Taron Egerton Debunks Rumors He’s The MCU’s Wolverine

Taron Egerton denies rumors that he will be playing Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fresh from the success of Rocketman where he brilliantly depicted a young Elton John, Egerton’s career continues to soar. Having proven his acting skills, there have been ongoing speculations that his next career move is to join the MCU bringing the beloved mutant’s new incarnation.

Since word got out in late 2017 that Disney was buying Fox’s movie and TV assets, Marvel fans have been excited to see the X-Men and the Fantastic Four exist in the MCU alongside the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. While it’s quite difficult to let go of the roster of actors who brought some of these iconic characters to life, chances are that Kevin Feige and his team are looking at a clean slate in order to incorporate the X-Men into the MCU. But recasting one specific character is making fans feel equal parts excited and anxious: Wolverine. Famously portrayed by Hugh Jackman for almost two decades, whoever is taking over the role has some big shoes to fill, and sadly, for those hoping that it could be Egerton, he says those rumors claiming he’s up for the role are bogus.

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Speaking with Digital Spy in regard to this specific matter, Egerton denies this Wolverine casting speculation, describing the rumors as “unfounded.” He also details how this rumor started, and as it turns out, it began from a joke he made about actually playing the character. Despite this, the Kingsman franchise lead star said that he’s open to taking a crack at the beloved role if Marvel Studios wants him.

“That one I think is just a rumour. As far as I’m aware it’s unfounded. I don’t know if I’m quite grisly enough. I mean if the people at Marvel think I am then great, let’s go. But I think there are probably better candidates. But I would love to be involved with that world somewhere.”

“This is what happens when you make jokes. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just start casting yourself in things by just saying them in interviews? So I guess people have been asking something about me and Wolverine, and I made a joke about [playing] Wolverine after being in a hot wash, like I’d been shrunk in a hot wash, and the internet seems to think that I was putting that out there on my dream board cosmic ordering system.”

No word yet on when fans can start learning official details about what Feige is planning with the roster of Marvel characters that he can now use in the MCU. Perhaps the public can learn more during their Marvel’s Hall H presentation at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. And if they’re actively looking for an actor to play Wolverine, they might want to check Egerton if they hadn’t. Not only is the guy seemingly interested in taking a crack at it, he’s also built similarly to the hero in the comic books.

Assuming that Egerton is really in the running to be the next Wolverine, he can easily reach out to Jackman for some tips. The two worked together in Eddie the Eagle directed by Derek Fletcher – the same filmmaker behind Rocketman. All that being said, since Jackman’s take on the role is so iconic, Marvel Studios may be inclined to go for a significantly different approach with the character, like they’re doing with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. This is to differentiate the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s version from its predecessor, because frankly, it’s quite impossible to compete with what’s come before considering it’s still so beloved.

More: X-Men Could Have Rivaled The MCU (If It Followed The First Class Plan)

Source: Digital Spy

2019-07-13 06:07:41

Ana Dumaraog

Star Wars: Mark Hamill Shares Fun Story About Carrie Fisher

Reminiscing about some of the original Star Wars trilogy antics that they used to get into as Luke and Leia, Mark Hamill shared a fun story about Carrie Fisher with fans on social media. More than two years after Fisher’s untimely passing, Star Wars fans continue to learn more about the late star’s amazing life thanks to the colorful memories of peers like Hamill.

Hamill reprised the forever iconic character of Luke Skywalker in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a controversial role whose direction and ultimate fate divided some fans – and even Hamill himself. While he and some fans continue to try sorting out why writer-director Rian Johnson did what he did to the beloved character on the lead-up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s understandably nice to fondly look back at the films that started it all.

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Doing just that, Hamill shared two pleasant moments he and Carrie Fisher had shared during the filming of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi on Twitter. Prompted by user Starwarsgirl75 with a behind-the-scenes photo of himself wearing Fisher’s floral robe, Hamill recalled that it was taken the moment Fisher pointed out the responsible cameraman, who caught him completely unprepared. Offering up a similar story, Hamill also recounted an instance in which he had jokingly worn Fisher’s tight-fitting Hoth snow jumpsuit; a sight presumably so hilarious that it resulted in Fisher having “paraded [him] around the studio” for all to see. Check out the images below:

Though only Fisher’s likeness persists in the Skywalker trilogy’s finale, her larger-than-life personality and charm continues to impact her younger screen counterparts’ onset experiences even now. Though there are surely plenty of memorable off-camera moments shared between the co-stars of the newer films – and some huge onscreen moments fans have yet to witness – it’s hard to imagine they could ever quite compare to Leia informing a perplexed, kimono-clad Luke that he’s been had.

Luke Skywalker may no longer be physically present in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (meanwhile, Leia’s story is far from over), but Hamill seems to be pointing toward the Jedi Master making an appearance from beyond the grave. Fans won’t know for sure how the characters’ shared legacy will be wrapped up until the trilogy conclusion hits theaters this holiday season, but, until then, it can be hoped Hamill serves up some more heartwarming nostalgia on his Twitter account.

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Source: Mark HamillStarwarsgirl75

2019-07-13 04:07:26

Phillip Tinner

Justice League: Fan Art Brings Zack Snyder’s Darkseid to Life

Fans can now get an idea of how Darkseid could have looked in Justice League, thanks to some newly released fan art. Created by Jack Kirby, Darkseid made a cameo appearance on the page in 1970 before debuting fully in 1971’s Forever People #1. The character went on to become not only a staple Superman villain, but the nemesis of the entire Justice League. As one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, harboring a goal to wipe out all sentient life, the tyrannical ruler of Apokolips is one villain fans have long to see realized on the big screen, and fans came close with 2017’s Justice League. As part of Zack Snyder’s five-movie DCEU plan – which would have seen Justice League’s story told across two movies – Darkseid was expected to be the primary antagonist. Actor Ray Porter even completed work on the motion capture, face capture, and ADR for the role of Darkseid.

Unfortunately, Snyder ultimately had to step down midway into production due to a personal tragedy. Directorial duties then passed to Joss Whedon (The Avengers), who helmed extensive reshoots and restructured the plot. In the process, the action was reduced to one movie and Darkseid’s physical presence was excised from the story. Following the average critical reception and underwhelming box office performance, more and more fans emerged in campaigning to see Snyder’s original vision released. Those hopes are kept afloat by Snyder himself, who regularly posts new images from his version of Justice League. One such image offered fans a glimpse at Uxas – the being that would one day attain godhood via the Omega Effect and grow to become the intergalactic tyrant known as Darkseid.

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An online artist by the name of Jackson Caspersz Art took those images a step further. Using the images as a template, he brought to life his vision of how Darkseid might have looked if fully rendered within the DCEU. Posted on their official Instagram page, the artist mourns that the character never made his highly-anticipated debut in the team-up movie and hopes, like many, that DC and Warner Bros. one day figure out their cinematic issues. The images, which have already been met with a positive response, can be seen below:

There are conflicting reports regarding just how much of a “Snyder Cut” exists, though storyboard artist Jay Oliva recently clarified things. Oliva’s comments not only lined up with Screen Rant’s breakdown of the real state of Snyder Cut in January of 2018, but also spurred one fan’s passion to witness Snyder’s original vision. Campaigners are even looking to step up their efforts at SDCC this year. They aren’t alone, however, as Porter also backed fans’ endeavors; as did Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in Justice League, announcing that he’d like to see the original version released.

Although these aren’t as official as the images and videos being shared by Snyder and other members of the Justice League crew – including the recent Aquaman rescue scene – they remain no less impressive. Whether or not the film’s interpretation would have lined up with the artwork seen here seems destined to remain unknown. For all the criticisms levied at Snyder as a director, he is often able to capture some truly amazing visuals. As such, his version of Darkseid would most likely have been something to behold. Unless Warner Bros. gives in to the demand regarding Justice League, or ultimately come back around to the idea of adapting Darkseid in the future, such artwork as these will have to tide fans over.

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Source: Jackson Caspersz Art

2019-07-13 02:07:18

John Atkinson