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WWE Fastlane: The Shield Stands Tall in Possibly Final WWE Match

The Shield – Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose – stood tall in what was advertised as their final match as a team at WWE Fastlane. It’s been a tumultuous last few years for the legendary faction, as it’s seemed like every time WWE attempted a reunion, something unfortunate happened to cut it short. Following their initial breakup in 2014, the trio were first set to reunite for a match at TLC 2017 in October, only for Reigns to fall briefly ill, and Kurt Angle to come out of retirement and take his place at the show.

Following Reigns’ return after a month or so, things seemed back on track, until Ambrose went down with a triceps injury in December. He was out for an abnormally long time for such an injury, not returning to the ring until August 2018. The Shield reunited again for a bit, only for Reigns to have to take time off in October 2018 to battle a recurrence of his previously undisclosed leukemia. Reigns returned to WWE on February 25, 2019, announced that his cancer was in remission, and quickly made clear his desire to reunite The Shield once again.

Related: WWE Fastlane: Shane McMahon Turns Heel, Destroys The Miz

The problem this time is that Ambrose is set to leave WWE after WrestleMania in April, as he’s declined to sign a new contract with the company. Unusually for WWE, they’re openly acknowledging this fact, and heading into tonight’s WWE Fastlane event, the 6-man tag team match between The Shield and the team of Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin was promoted as Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose’s possibly last in-ring hurrah as a group. As one might expect, The Shield made the night count.

The match between The Shield and McIntyre’s heel team proved to be a chaotic brawl of epic proportions, which saw fighting all over the arena, and the “Scottish Psychopath” getting sent through a table courtesy of The Shield’s trademark triple powerbomb. Reigns looked terrific in his first actual match since returning from battling cancer, diving over the top rope, pulling out his flying drive-by dropkick, and generally kicking copious amounts of butt. In the end, The Shield emerged victorious after triple powerbombing and pinning Corbin in the ring.

In the scripted but often mysterious world of WWE, many fans are wondering whether Ambrose is really planning to leave the company, or if this is all some kind of storyline. After all, it’s odd for WWE to be this open with their fans about an upcoming departure. If this truly was The Shield’s last match as a team though, they have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

More: Dave Bautista Doesn’t Want to Be Compared to The Rock or John Cena


2019-03-10 08:03:42

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Birds of Prey May Possibly Feature A Non-Tattooed Harley Quinn

According to rumors, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn may lose her Suicide Squad tattoos in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). After debuting the character to memorable effect in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Robbie will make her long-anticipated return as Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn in the upcoming DCEU movie with the long – and arguably irritatingly confusing – title.

As that title suggests, Birds of Prey will see Quinn freeing herself from the influence of the Joker and moving on to new adventures. In addition to Quinn, the film will bring in popular DC female characters Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya, who join Quinn to save the youthful Cassandra Cain from the evil crime lord Black Mask, who is to be played by Ewan McGregor. The reported R-rated movie is being directed by Cathy Yan from a script by Christina Hodgson.

Related: The DCEU Can Start A New Type Of Shared Universe

As the few revealed plot details suggest, Birds of Prey will feature somewhat of a re-invented Harley Quinn, and now it seems that re-invention will possibly extend beyond the character’s relationships and goals. As reported by Revenge of the Fans, the new Harley Quinn may also sport a different look that sees her ditching the tattoos she wore after hooking up with the Joker in Suicide Squad. This report is only a rumor as of now, but changing gears on Quinn’s look would be in keeping with the mandate of new DC Films boss Walter Hamada, who has afforded his creatives a lot of freedom when it comes to re-imagining the DCEU’s many characters.

In fact, the look of Harley Quinn and the Joker in Suicide Squad was extreme, and quite a far cry from how those characters are normally depicted in the comics. Many were not fans of the gangsta look adopted by Jared Leto as the Joker (even director David Ayer admitted he may have gone too far with the character’s design), and others complained about Harley Quinn being made to look similarly like a lowlife. Those characters’ looks may have worked for Suicide Squad, a movie that was trying to be gritty and dark, but with Birds of Prey reportedly going the non-serious route, it arguably makes sense to clean up Harley Quinn’s appearance a bit and go back to something closer to the more playful and less inked-up comic book version of the character.

Of course, though many comic book fans disliked the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn, the character did catch on with general audiences and has since become one of the most popular Halloween costumes every year. It remains to be seen if Harley Quinn even gets a new look in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) let alone whether it goes over as well as the now-iconic Quinn incarnation from Suicide Squad. Assuming the new movie does makeover the character, as the new rumor suggests it may.

More: DC Will Beat Marvel to Release Two Female-Led Superhero Movies in Same Year

Source: Revenge of the Fans



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2018-12-04 02:12:46

The Mandalorian: Major Plot Details Possibly Revealed

New details surrounding the plot of the upcoming Star Wars live-action TV show The Mandalorian have potentially been revealed. Created by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian was announced back in October and will take place between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, airing for ten episodes on Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney Plus sometime in 2020.

In the past few months, fans have gotten a lot of details surrounding the first live-action Star Wars TV show, including a first look at the Mandalorian warrior, which bears a striking resemblance to the Mandalorian design in the canceled 1313 video game. Dave Filoni will direct the pilot of the series, while directors like Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow have also been announced to direct episodes of the show. As for the cast, Pedro Pascal is expected to lead the series, while actors like Gina Carino and Nick Nolte have also joined the project recently. Now, some story details may have also been revealed for the upcoming series regarding a possible McGuffin.

Related: Rumor: Carl Weathers Joining Star Wars: The Mandalorian

New details surrounding The Mandalorian have potentially leaked thanks to Making Star Wars. The Mandalorian will reportedly revolve around the Mandalorian warrior finding a child on one of his missions and refusing to kill the child. The Mandalorian will then detail the journey of the Mandalorian warrior and this child, as he grows up to be the heir of Mandalore. Making Star Wars also revealed that by episode 3, the armor for the Mandalorian will completely change.

This revelation about The Mandalorian is intriguing for a few reasons. If these plot details turn out to be true, then the previously leaked set video for The Mandalorian could be showing the Mandalorian warrior carrying a baby on his back rather than a weapon or jetpack. Also, if The Mandalorian will feature a storyline about a baby, then this child would be around the same age as characters like Poe Dameron, Rey, and Finn in the current Star Wars trilogy.

Assuming this information is true, it may not only hint at what fans could see in The Mandalorian, but in future Star Wars projects as well. And, even though it is all still speculation at this point, the baby in the show could potentially turn out to be the heir to Mandalore, while also playing a more significant role in future Star Wars projects, such as Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy or even the upcoming film series from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Needless to say, The Mandalorian could be more important to the world of Star Wars than previously thought.

More: Every Exclusive Movie & TV Show Coming To Disney Plus

Source: Making Star Wars



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2018-12-02 06:12:12

Scarlet Witch & Vision Series Title for Disney Plus Possibly Revealed

A new report suggests that Marvel Studios’ upcoming TV series, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, will be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch. The short, six-to-eight-episode series is being created exclusively for Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus, which will launch in 2019.

In September, it was reported that Marvel Studios was working on a range of movie-budget limited series that would premiere on Disney Plus. One of the most interesting ideas was of a series starring Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch; only a few days later, there were further reports that the series may co-star Paul Bettany’s Vision as well. The relationship between the two is a core part of Avengers lore in the comics, and was faithfully reproduced in Avengers: Infinity War, so this seemed to make sense.

Related: Infinity War Deleted Scene: Vision & Scarlet Witch Protect The Mind Stone

According to the latest report from Deadline, Vision does indeed now have co-star billing. In fact, they report that the series will be called Vision and the Scarlet Witch. It’s truly exciting to see secondary characters get top billing in some of these short TV shows. The romance between the two has been a tumultuous one in the comics, in large part because of Vision’s struggle with emotion and Scarlet Witch’s mental instability. It will be fascinating to see how Marvel Studios choose to adapt that relationship for their TV series.

Marvel fans will recognize that title as an allusion to two important arcs. In 1982, Bill Mantlo penned a four-issue miniseries called Vision and the Scarlet Witch, spinning a plot out of their recent marriage. He described them as “the strangest wedded couple in the world,” and indeed his plot treated them as such. Mantlo’s story saw the newly-weds confront everything from Samhain, the spirit of All Hallows Eve, to Nuklo, a radioactive man with the mind of a child. Significantly, this even ended with Wanda discovering that she was the daughter of Magneto, the Master of Magnetism. Three-years later, Marvel launched a second limited series entitled Vision and the Scarlet Witch. This saw the couple leave the Avengers after Vision’s mind had been corrupted by his creator, Ultron; when the United States Government refused to trust him, Scarlet Witch broke him out of Project PEGASUS and the two decided to blaze their own trail as independent vigilantes.

The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently a closely guarded secret. Next year’s Avengers 4 is the end of the first three phases of the MCU, and it appears to be the beginning of something subtly different. It’s distinctly possible that the Vision and the Scarlet Witch series will tap into these classic stories – and explore the nature and powers of two remarkable heroes.

More: Scarlet Witch Could Be Retconned As A Mutant In The MCU After All

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Interview – R.L. Stine

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.

Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.

Related: Watch the Trailer For Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?

R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.

Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?

Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.

But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?

Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!

It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?

Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.

There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.

So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?

Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.

Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.

Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!

Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?

Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.

Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?

Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.

Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?

Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?

Does he tell you that all the time?

Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!

You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.

Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in theaters this weekend.



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2018-10-11 04:10:45 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Suicide Squad 2: Smallville Star Also Wants to Join James Gunn’s Sequel

Now that Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad 2 has a surprising new writer in James Gunn, another one of his MCU stars, Michael Rosenbaum, wants to join him. Dave Bautista expressed interest in joining Suicide Squad 2 after Gunn came aboard to write and possibly direct, which isn’t too surprising since Bautista vehemently defended Gunn on social media after he was unceremoniously fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Whether or not more Marvel stars will throw their hat in the ring to join him remains to be seen, but considering how beloved the filmmaker is, it wouldn’t be so surprising.

After writing and directing both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for Marvel, Gunn was slated to return for Guardians 3, but he was fired in July, after offensive tweets from a decade ago resurfaced online. Despite a number of people quickly jumping to his defense, Disney stood by their removal of Gunn, with the director’s longtime collaborator, Michael Rooker, even quitting Twitter after the firing. Disney hasn’t announced a replacement to take over Guardians 3 yet, but it seems several of the director’s stars are ready to jump ship and be a part of Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Related: Here’s What Happened To WB’s Original Suicide Squad 2 Plans

Rosenbaum took to Twitter last night to express his interest in signing on for Suicide Squad 2, stating, “Sign me up too.” The actor, who played Martinex in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was responding to a tweet by Bautista, who was the first to say he wanted to join Gunn’s movie. Bautista was also among the first to come to Gunn’s defense after his firing in July, and he even threatened to quit Guardians 3 in August, if Marvel didn’t at least use Gunn’s already-completed script for the film.

Sean Gunn, James’ brother, who plays Kraglin in the Guardians movies, confirmed in September that Marvel will use James Gunn’s Guardians 3 script, but his directorial replacement remains to be seen. There was hope, at one point, that the director and studio may be able to resolve their differences and bring Gunn back into the fold, but Disney CEO Bob Iger stood behind the firing in a statement he released in late September. There had even been talk before Gunn came aboard for Suicide Squad 2 that Warner Bros. was interested in Gunn, continuing what is becoming a bit of a tradition, with Warner Bros. snatching up talent from Marvel.

The DCEU’s biggest hit, Wonder Woman, was directed by Patty Jenkins, who was once set to direct Thor: The Dark World. Warner Bros. brought Joss Whedon over from the MCU to rewrite parts of the script and direct reshoots for Justice League, stepping in for Zack Snyder. And now, WB has poached Gunn. While the first Suicide Squad wasn’t well-received by many critics, this new project is said to be a much different take than David Ayer’s original. Whether or not Gunn can turn this franchise around remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see if Gunn will try to bring over MCU actors like Bautista and Rosenbaum once the project moves further in development.

More: Suicide Squad Characters James Gunn Already Wanted To Work With

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2018-10-10 07:10:00 – Brian Gallagher

The Flash Confirms [SPOILER] Still Happens In Barry’s Future

Warning! SPOILERS for The Flash season 5 premiere ahead!

The Flash season 5 premiere just revealed the full impact of the Crisis of 2024 – the future event from which comes the newspaper headline, “Flash Missing, Vanishes in Crisis” – and it’s not good.

As far back as season 1, we’ve known thanks to the future edition of The Central City Citizen stored in Gideon’s archive that come April 25th, 2024, The Flash would disappear. Some details have changed with the various timeline shake-ups, but that fact remains the same – during a battle with the Reverse-Flash, Barry disappears. We also know that when they disappear they actually travel back to March 18th, 2000, where the Reverse-Flash attempts to kill a young Barry but instead kills his mother. The Reverse-Flash then tries returning to his own time but can’t because he’s been disconnected from the Speed Force, and what follows leads to season 1 of the show.

Related: The Flash Fixes Plot Hole By Secretly Changing Arrowverse History

As for The Flash, it’s been assumed that after saving his past self, but not his mother, Barry returns to 2024 to face whatever new timeline awaits him. But as we learn in tonight’s season 5 premiere, that isn’t at all what happens. Nora, Barry’s daughter from the future, shares with 2018’s Barry a newspaper headline dated April 25th, 2049 which reads: “25 Years Later – Flash Still Missing.” So The Flash did not return home after chasing the Reverse-Flash to 2000, and by the time Nora travels to the past to spy on her parents, he has yet to return.

Nora’s behavior makes a lot of sense now that we know her father has been missing since she was a toddler. All throughout the premiere, she’s spouting off factoids she learned by studying every single one of his adventures, and when it comes time for their first attempt at sending her back to the future, she hugs Barry like she’s never going to see him again. Nora has clearly grown up not knowing her father so she’s spent a lot of time trying to learn everything she can about him. It’s why she travels back in time – to see her dad in action as The Flash. Of course, with traveling back in time comes the risk of changing the future – something Nora may have already done.

But the more distressing news is what happens to The Flash of the future? Why after following the Reverse-Flash to the year 2000 did he not return for at least another 25 years? The Flash season 5 is absolutely going to explore this, possibly even flashing-forward to that future date and showing what really went on – which, according to Iris’ original article, should see The Flash teaming up with Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkgirl to fight the Reverse-Flash as well as the ominous red skies and the immense destruction of Central City.

What The Flash season 5 may also do is explore how it is the future Flash comes back. We know that he must return because in 2056, a future Barry sends a message to Rip Hunter in 2016 warning him of Savitar. So he isn’t gone forever, just a lot longer than we initially thought. Nora’s newspaper has Barry gone for 25 years, and that isn’t exact but it’s very close to how long Barry is gone in the comics after Crisis on Infinite Earths – possibly DC Comics’ most famous storyline and in where The Flash sacrifices himself to save the world. He returns 23 years later in Final Crisis, revealing he had been stuck in the Speed Force. The CW’s The Flash has already done the whole ‘stuck in the Speed Force’ thing, so hopefully it won’t repeat itself, but it does appear as if they are preparing for The Flash of the future to finally make his return after being gone for a quarter-century.

Next: The Flash Season 5: New Cast & Character Guide

The Flash season 5 continues next Tuesday with ‘Blocked’ at 8pm/7c on The CW.



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2018-10-09 07:10:13 – Sarah Moran

Little Mermaid Rumor: Lady Gaga Possibly Up for Ursula Role

Disney is rumored to want Lady Gaga as part of their live-action The Little Mermaid movie cast. The Mouse House has found great success remaking films from their animated library in a new way. These big budget live-action takes on the stories have made the studio billions, and that’s only the beginning, with properties like The Lion KingAladdin, and Mulan on their way in the next two years. One of the other IPs they’re looking to bring to the big screen in this new light is beloved film The Little Mermaid.

The studio has been mulling a live-action Little Mermaid for the past two years, and some progress has been made. Even before the buzz for Mary Poppins Returns truly begins, Disney reportedly already courted its director Rob Marshall to tackle this next. There’s still no indication when the movie will be made, but the latest rumor shares which rising star Disney is reportedly eyeing.

Related: All the Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development

The Disinsider shared a rumor regarding a name they’ve heard is high up on Disney’s wish list for a role in Little Mermaid: Lady Gaga. The outlet notes that this is an unconfirmed report they are hearing, and one that Disney representatives declined to comment on, so this rumor should be treated as such and taken with a grain of salt for now. However, if this is true, it’s believed that Gaga is being considered for the villain role in the movie as Ursula.

Gaga is currently enjoying overwhelming praise for her performance in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born. Her efforts both as an actress and as a singer in the movie have blown away critics and general moviegoers alike. This buzz also reportedly had her in consideration for a role in Birds of Prey. That didn’t pan out, and now it could be Disney’s live-action department that adds her. It would be a huge coup for the project, and give them someone with legitimate talent as a singer to bring the sea witch to life.

The prospect of Gaga joining Little Mermaid comes on the heels of Zendaya previously being rumored to have an offer on the table to play Ariel. That has yet to be confirmed too, but the rising actress is open to taking on the role. A potential Little Mermaid live-action movie led by Zendaya and Lady Gaga would be quite the impressive start to the cast. If either or both do join the movie, expect Disney to go after similarly big names for the roles of Eric, King Triton, and the voices of Flounder and Sebastian. Hopefully these castings do pan out, and some official updates on The Little Mermaid aren’t too far away.

MORE: What Zendaya Could Look Like As Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid

Source: The Disinsider



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2018-10-09 06:10:26 – Cooper Hood

Suicide Squad Director Supports James Gunn For Sequel

Suicide Squad director David Ayer supports the hiring of James Gunn for Suicide Squad 2. Warner Bros. and DC found varying degrees of success with the first Suicide Squad movie. The film grossed nearly $750 million worldwide, despite extremely negative reviews. The criticisms largely fell on the shoulders of its director David Ayer. But, WB still expressed interest in working with him on a Harley Quinn spinoff Gotham City Sirens, while Gavin O’Connor was originally hired to direct Task Force X’s sequel.

O’Connor quietly left the project recently, leaving the job open for the taking, and the latest report says fired Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn will write and possibly direct. The news came with reports that this won’t be a true sequel, and could instead see Gunn bring his own style, tone, and cast to the film. Some fans are understandably upset that WB may be willing to throw away everything from the first film, but Ayer isn’t.

Related: James Gunn Is Better Suited For Suicide Squad Than Guardians

A fan asked Ayer on Twitter for his thoughts on Gunn’s hiring, and the report that he could basically do whatever he wants. Instead of Ayer firing back at WB for potentially wiping away what he brought to Suicide Squad’s characters and their universe, he feels like Gunn is an excellent choice, and that this move overall is great for DC.

This could obviously be a difficult scenario for fans of the first Suicide Squad. Although it wasn’t perfect, plenty still found the movie to be quite enjoyable, thanks in large part to the titular characters. Gunn potentially restarting the franchise with a brand new cast would eliminate any character work and relationships from before. But, one has to respect Ayer for voicing this opinion, even if it means years of his own work may have been for nought.

Before fans get too upset with the possibility of Gunn’s relaunch, it’s best to wait for official details to come out. The reboot report had no details on what that would entail, so it’s still possible that some of the more well-received characters could return. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s Deadshot are the two most likely candidates to remain, while Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinneman’s Rick Flag, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, or Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc could all return too. Even if none of them do, and Gunn starts from scratch completely with the characters, mythology, and so on, Ayer’s support will hopefully go a long way in calming any sections of the fanbase that may not be thrilled with where Suicide Squad 2 could be heading.

MORE: DC Characters Who Should Join Suicide Squad 2’s Team

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2018-10-09 05:10:13 – Cooper Hood

Sony’s Kraven Movie May Include Spider-Man, Will Adapt Last Hunt Story

Richard Wenk, writer of Sony’s Kraven the Hunter movie, has revealed he’s currently working on the script – and that the film could even feature Spider-Man. It seems Sony intends to draw upon the famous Kraven’s Last Hunt comic book arc.

Venom was something of a gamble for Sony Pictures; could their Spider-Man spinoffs possibly work? Although the critics haven’t been kind, the film’s box office performance has been even better than anticipated. It shattered October’s box office record, grossing $80 million domestically and a staggering $205 million worldwide in its opening weekend. So it’s hardly a surprise that Sony is now pushing full steam ahead with further spinoffs.

Related: All The Spider-Villain Movies Coming After Venom

The Discussing Film podcast posted an interview with Wenk, who’s dropped what may well be something of a bombshell for Marvel fans. Wenk has revealed that he’s playing around with the concept of Kraven’s Last Hunt – and that he’s currently envisioning a story in which Kraven “comes face-to-face with Spider-Man.

It’s an interesting world, a great character… it’s in the Spider-Man universe. I’m going to adhere very closely to the lore of Kraven the Hunter, and he’s going to come face-to-face with Spider-Man. I think that where we’re all circling is that this is Kraven’s Last Hunt, and whether this is the precursor to that movie, whether it will include it, we’re talking about those things. And even the idea that maybe Kraven could be like Kill Bill, basically a two-part movie. It’s all in the mix.

This is a pretty remarkable statement, as it suggests Spider-Man could yet be considered part of Sony’s Spider-villains universe. It’s important to stress that Wenk is pretty early on in the writing process; he’s at the stage where, as he puts it, “you just kind of throw everything at the wall” to see what sticks. And yet, not only does Wenk explain that he’s been enjoying a collaborative relationship with other Sony (and Marvel?) figures, but he also sounds very confident indeed when describing the plan to have Kraven face off against Spider-Man. Even his references to Kraven’s Last Hunt should be seen in that light; that arc focused on the relationship between Kraven and Spider-Man, and on Kraven’s desperate desire to prove himself the wall-crawler’s equal before he passed away. It’s very hard indeed to imagine a version of Kraven’s Last Hunt without Spider-Man in it.

Assuming Wenk is right, there are two possible ways this could play out. Venom was deliberately designed to be easily retconned into the MCU, and its director Ruben Fleischer has openly said he believes a crossover between Hardy’s Venom and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is “inevitable.” Given that’s the case, Marvel and Sony could have agreed to incorporate the Sony films into the wider MCU, with Tom Holland serving as a bridge between the franchises. The other possibility is that Sony is looking to cast their own version of Spider-Man, so viewers would get two distinctive big screen Spider-Mans at the same time. That approach would surely cause some problems between Marvel and Sony, though. Only one thing is certain; right now, the writer of Kraven the Hunter believes that his film will feature Spider-Man. It’ll be fascinating to see if he’s right.

More: Venom Ignoring Spider-Man is MORE Faithful To Comics

Source: Discussing Film



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2018-10-09 04:10:30 – Thomas Bacon