2019 Summer Movie Preview – The 20 Films to See

The 2019 summer movie season (that is, May through August) is right around the corner, so we’re counting down the must-see films of the frame. 2019 got off to a realtively slow start, with several movies either disappointing critically and/or struggling to take off at the box office. Fortunately, things started to pick up near the end of February, beginning with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and especially Captain Marvel, followed by a handful of hits like Us and Shazam!. And of course, April will end with a massive bang thanks to the release of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame.

Things shouldn’t slow down much when the proper summer movie season gets underway, either. Indeed, there are even more superhero tentpoles, some major live-action Disney remakes, anticipated animated sequels, and a number of exciting-looking horror films on the immediate horizon. Of course, for those who need a break from genre fare and franchises, there are some equally intriguing indie offerings, biopics, and even a new Quentin Tarantino flick to look forward to. (And before anyone asks: Endgame was on our 2019 Winter/Spring preview, which is why it’s not listed here.)

Related: Every Avengers: Endgame Trailer, TV Spot & Clip

To help narrow things down, we’ve put together a list of 20 Summer 2019 movies to see (along with some honorable mentions, at the end). The films are numbered in the order of their theatrical release date, so feel free to let us know what your personal most anticipated movies are in the comments section!

  • This Page: Pokémon, Titans, Mutants & Will Smith
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Plot Summary: In a world where humans and Pokémon live side by side, would-be Pokémon trainer Tim Goodman joins forces with a crime-solving Pikachu to locate his father, a famous detective who’s mysteriously gone missing.

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The Breakdown: Warner Bros.’ live-action Pokémon movie has gone from being a mild curiosity to one of this summer’s more anticipated (and unique-looking) offerings in recent months. The general public seems to be onboard for Ryan Reynolds’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit-style adventure by this point, with its marketing suggesting that Detective Pikachu is a playful, family-friendly romp that has just enough weirdness to satisfy fans of all things Poke-related. Nostalgia has also played an important role in building hype for the movie, but so far it looks like the strategy shouldn’t blow up in WB’s face like a Psyduck with a headache.

Plot Summary: John Wick finds himself on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, with hit men and women everywhere hoping to collect the $14 million bounty on his head.

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The Breakdown: Five years in and John Wick has evolved from a one-off Keanu Reeves action movie to an international franchise with an ever growing fanbase. The fact that John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is releasing in the summer (rather than the fall or winter, like its predecessors) is a testament to just how popular the series have become since it kicked off. By the look of things, series director Chad Stahelski may’ve been saving the best for last too, with the marketing hyping some genuinely awe-inspiring set pieces, action sequences, and stunts to come in Parabellum proper… assuming this is the last John Wick film, anyway.

Plot Summary: A street urchin named Aladdin is granted three wishes by a magical Genie, after he acquires a magical lamp sought by the scheming Jafar.

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The Breakdown: Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin is easily the most controversial live-action retelling of a Disney animated classic yet, thanks to everything from the design of Will Smith’s rapping blue Genie to the remake’s problematic casting, white extras being dressed in brownface, and everything in between. At the same time, the original Aladdin is still one of the Mouse House’s biggest (and most beloved) hits of all time, and the odds are good that moviegoers will turn out in large numbers to see this one on the big screen. Whether they’ll actually like what they see, well, that’s something we’re all curious to learn the answer to.

Plot Summary: A small-town couple adopt an alien infant after their pod crash-lands on earth, only for the child to grow up and become a super-powered murderer.

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The Breakdown: Essentially a horror movie re-imagining of the Superman mythology, Brightburn has attracted interest since before it had a title, thanks to James Gunn’s involvement behind the scenes. The film’s marketing has drawn heavily on the iconography of Man of Steel especially, leaving many to wonder whether Brightburn will feel more like a dark superhero movie or just another evil child thriller (albeit, with a superhero twist). Horror and/or thriller-flavored superhero offerings like Glass and Hellboy have struggled to really connect with either critics or general audiences this year, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one fares by comparison.

Plot Summary: Two best friends, on the eve of their high school graduation, try to cram four years of misbehavior into one wild night.

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The Breakdown: Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut made a big splash at SXSW in March, drawing rave reviews and comparisons to raunchy coming of age comedy classics like Superbad (only told from a female perspective). By the sound of it, Booksmart has the potential to be this year’s Blockers and further cement its young stars (Last Man Standing‘s Kaitlyn Dever and Lady Bird‘s Beanie Feldstein) as talents on the rise. With this August’s Good Boys also generating solid buzz following its SXSW debut, Summer 2019 promises to be a pretty good season for R-rated comedies about misbehaving youths and their shenanigans in general.

Plot Summary: The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off with a number of god-like monsters, including the infamous Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla’s ultimate nemesis, King Ghidorah.

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The Breakdown: While we’ve still got a year to go before Godzilla and King Kong throw down, this year’s MonsterVerse offering is shaping up to be pretty exciting in its own right. Directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), Godzilla: King of the Monsters appears to blend the grounded style of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot with the brighter colors and more outlandish monster brawls featured in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island, to overall positive effect. It remains to be seen if the story here is equally up to snuff, but a giant monster movie that syncs well with tunes like “Claire de Lune” and “Over the Rainbow” is definitely doing something right.

Plot Summary: A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and lets them party at her house, only for the kids to realize their host is not what she seems.

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The Breakdown: Blumhouse has become known for producing inventive, original horror movies and/or thrillers in recent years (The Gift, Get Out, Happy Death Day) and that trend looks to continue with their latest project, Ma. The film reunites Octavia Spencer with her The Help director Tate Taylor, and promises to be one of the weirder, wilder thrill rides of the summer, with Spencer leading the way. Some people are even wondering if Ma is a direct rebuttal to the Oscar-winner being type cast as a sassy, but nuturing black supporting character in the early part of her career. Either way, this is one to watch out for.

Plot Summary: The story of Elton John’s life – from his days as a young musical prodigy to his rise to superstardom – is told through the lens of a biopic-meets musical fantasy.

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The Breakdown: As far as Hollywood biopics about musicians go, Rocketman looks surprisingly creative. By the sound of it, director Dexter Fletecher and star Taron Egerton (who, yes, is doing his own singing) are more interested in making a movie that captures the spirit of Elton John’s music than a Wikipedia-style docudrama about his life (a la Bohemian Rhapsody). They aren’t shying away from the musician’s legendarily debaucherous lifestyle either, and may even wind up taking home an R rating for their efforts. Here’s hoping that’s the case, anyway, and Rocketman hews closer to something like Velvet Goldmine than a non-comedic version of Walk Hard.

Plot Summary: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that transform her into the dangerous Dark Phoenix, forcing the X-Men to try and either save her… or destroy her.

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The Breakdown: The end has come for the X-Men… that is, Fox’s X-Men movies. Yes, it’s been all but confirmed that Dark Phoenix will serve as a conclusion to the studio’s pre-Disney run on the franchise, before the X-Men are rebooted as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to Disney’s purchase of Fox, however, it sounded like Dark Phoenix was designed to kick-off a whole new trilogy. The film has since gone through reshoots (presumably to change this), but it begs the question: will the new version wrap things up in a satisfying way, or is director Simon Kinberg (who also wrote X-Men: The Last Stand) about to go 0 for 2 on adaptations of The Dark Phoenix Saga?

Plot Summary: A pair of Men in Black agents from the London branch team up to tackle their greatest threat yet: a mole within the MIB organization.

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The Breakdown: Although it takes place in the same continuity as the original MIB trilogy, Men in Black: International is clearly intended to serve as fresh start for the the comic book-based franchise. It’s a fairly promising continuation too, between Thor: Ragnarok costars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson playing the leads, and F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) calling the shots as director. By the look of things, International isn’t trying to reinvent the (MIB) wheel so much as give the property a fresh coat of paint, following a seven year break between films. If things don’t work out, well, you know where the little red button is.

Next Page: Zombies, Evil Dolls, Web-Slingers & The Rock

Plot Summary: Zombies suddenly invade a small town, leaving it to the local cops and residents to try and save the day on their own.

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The Breakdown: Nobody makes films quite like Jim Jarmusch, and The Dead Don’t Die seems like yet another memorably off-beat and idiosyncratic movie from the Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Only Lovers Left Alive director. It also features an all-star cast of actors, including several (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, and so on) who have collaborated with Jarmusch to great results in the past. Of course, the filmmaker’s projects tend to have pretty niche appeal, and one imagines that won’t change with his quirky zombie horror-comedy. Nevertheless, this has the potential to be one of this summer’s best indie offerings.

Plot Summary: The toys head out on a road trip adventure that shows Woody just how big the world can be for a toy – and leaves him questioning his very purpose.

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The Breakdown: Continuing the Toy Story movies after Toy Story 3 was always going to be a risky proposition, but Toy Story 4 ended up having to deal with even more challenges than expected during production. However, despite all that, the film is looking rather promising right now, with its trailers serving up a healthy blend of silly toy-related antics and hints of the poignant drama to come. Pixar sequels are typically a step down from their predecessors, but the Toy Story followups have proven to be the exception to that rule so far. Will that trend continue with the fourth (and, for real this time, final) entry? Well, as the marketing’s put it, “God Only Knows”.

Plot Summary: The Warrens place Annabelle in their cursed artifacts room for safe-keeping, only for the possessed doll to awaken the evil spirits that lie within and target their ten-year old daughter, Judy.

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The Breakdown: June is going to be a peculiar month for movies about toys “coming to life”, between the release of Annabelle Comes Home, Toy Story 4, and another film we’ll get to later. That aside, the latest Conjuring spinoff has a fun premise, and appears to offer all the jump scares and pale-faced demons going “Boo!” that audiences now expect from (and enjoy about) this franchise. Longtime Conjuring writer-producer Gary Dauberman is making his directorial debut here, so it’ll be interesting to see how he compares to the best helmers that’ve worked on this supernatural horror property so far (especially, David F. Sandberg and series architect James Wan).

Plot Summary: Peter Parker tries to enjoy a relaxing summer vacation in Europe with his friends, but ends up having to save the day when an enigmatic figure named Mysterio shows up.

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The Breakdown: Marvel Cinematic Universe fans won’t have to wait long for their next fix after Avengers: Endgame, what with Spider-Man: Far From Home arriving two months later. Ant-Man and the Wasp similarly hit theaters a couple months after Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, and provided a welcome change of pace from that massive crossover. Far From Home aims to do the same, but also serves as the first brick in the wall for Phase 4 and a teaser of the MCU’s future to come. Fortunately, it seems that director Jon Watts and his cast have rebottled much of the same heart and humor that they brought to Spider-Man: Homecoming in the sequel.

Plot Summary: A young woman and her boyfriend attend a rare summer festival in Sweden that quickly takes a turn for the horrifying.

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The Breakdown: Ari Aster’s feature debut, Hereditary, was one of the most talked-about horror films of 2018. Needless to say, cinephiles are curious to see what he’s cooked up for his sophomore feature, Midsommar, especially given its Wicker Man-esque premise and backdrop. Much his like first movie used supernatural horror to examine generational trauma, it appears that Aster’s new offering explores grief and the process of ending a relationship through a story that involves bizarre cults and related violence. Midsommar probably won’t have much more luck crossing over to the mainstream than Hereditary did, but it certainly sounds intriguing.

Plot Summary: Lion cub crown prince Simba prepares to become king of the Pride Lands, unaware that his uncle Scar is plotting to seize the throne for himself.

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The BreakdownThe Lion King is one of Disney’s most beloved titles of all time, so it’s little wonder that moviegoers are anticipating the live-action remake with a mix of curiosity, excitement, and trepidation. On the one hand, The Lion King looks like a visual feast and has the makings of a fun “live-action” adventure, with The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau at the helm. On the other hand, the film isn’t exactly promising anything new, and there are many who prefer the vibrant colors of the original 2D animated classic to the toned-down realism of the retelling. That being said: it’s The Lion King, so of course (a lot of) people are going to watch it.

Plot Summary: A former western TV show star and his trusted stunt double navigate the changing times in Los Angeles and Hollywood, circa 1969.

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The Breakdown: Originally believed to be a film about the Manson murders, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is really a character piece that takes place against the backdrop of the 1960s. The movie has also been described as a return to the style and format of the writer-director’s breakout work on Pulp Fiction – something the marketing supports, with its emphasis on various players (both fictional and based on real people, like Sharon Tate) as they move in and out of one another’s lives. All in all, this one should provide a welcome break from the summer blockbuster slate, and may even prove to be Tarantino’s best project in years.

Plot Summary: Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw are forced to team up and stop a cyber-genetically enhanced international terrorist from wreaking havoc.

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The Breakdown: Just when you thought the Fast & Furious movies couldn’t get any more ridiculous than The Fate of the Furious… here comes Hobbs & Shaw. The first spinoff in the shockingly durable and evolvable property looks like an over the top cartoon adventure show brought to life in live-action, but in the very best way possible. Of course, it helps to have Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham leading the way and bickering like the married couple that their characters should be, all while beating up bad guys and saving the world as though it’s just another Tuesday. Throw in Idris Elba as “Black Superman” and you’ve got what sounds like perfect popcorn entertainment.

Plot Summary: Boy genius Artemis Fowl – a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds – engages in a battle with a secret, powerful race of fairies who may be tied to his father’s disappearance.

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The Breakdown: Disney’s taking yet another stab at launching a new franchise based on popular source material, this time in the form of Artemis Fowl. They’ve recruited Sir Kenneth Branagh (who also helmed the studio’s live-action Cinderella) to call the shots on the project, and so far the results seem promising enough. At the same time, the movie is arriving well after the original books’ heyday during the 2000s, and the Mouse House’s live-action moviemaking approach hasn’t worked so well on non-remakes of late (see: A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, etc.). Will Branagh and Disney finally crack the code together?

Plot Summary: A group of teens in a small American town read a mysterious book full of scary stories, and thereafter find themselves being haunted by the stories’ ghouls and monsters.

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The Breakdown: Guillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) joined forces to adapt the famous Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books for the big screen – and so far, the results look as freaky and creepy as you would expect, based on the creatives involved. While this summer isn’t hurting for horror movies intended for adults, it nice to see that teenagers will have something sufficiently spooky to check out too. Fingers crossed, the Scary Stories adaptation will mange to walk the line between being scary fun and pure nightmare fuel the way the original story collections by Alvin Schwartz did.

Long Shot (May 3) – A political rom-com starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen? This one’s got pretty strong buzz at the moment, following its premiere at SXSW.

Tolkien (May 10) – This J.R.R. Tolkien biopic looks visually impressive so far – but will it prove anywhere near as memorable as the stories that the author actually wrote?

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (June 7) – Illumination’s sequel seems a bit thin when it comes to plot, but promises to deliver more than its fair share of pet-related misdeeds.

Child’s Play (June 21) – Longtime fans remain wary of this remake’s technophobic spin on the ’80s slasher classic – but hey, Mark Hamill as Chucky sounds creepy so far.

The Kitchen (August 9) – Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elizabeth Moss as mob wives-turned mob bosses? This comic book adaptation definitely has potential.

Ad Astra (May 24) and The New Mutants (August 2) – Yes, these two are still technically scheduled to arrive this summer, but we’ll believe it when we see it.

NEXT: Lion King Will Be Disney’s Biggest 2019 Movie, Not Endgame

2019-04-20 05:04:45

Sandy Schaefer

Epic Summer 2019 Movie Montage Celebrates The Year’s Blockbusters

A YouTuber has created a music video montage of all the big summer blockbusters coming up in 2019. The year 2019 is jam-packed with notable films, with the blockbuster season alone including massive hits like Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King live-action remake.

Along with the Disney movies, this summer will see the release of a new Men in Black, called Men in Black International, and the third installment in the John Wick series. For the first time, Pokémon is getting the live-action treatment in next month’s Detective Pikachu. Fox’s X-Men series is coming to a close with Dark Phoenix. In July, Spider-Man: Far From Home introduces Mysterio to the cinema for the first time. Later that same month, Quentin Tarantino will release his latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. There’s also the Fast and the Furious spin-off, Hobbes and Shaw. Of course, there’s also Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which will be one of the biggest movies of May, if not the whole year.

Related: Every Avengers: Endgame Trailer, TV Spot & Clip

YouTuber AMONymous combined scenes from publicly released footage of all these movies to get moviegoers hyped for the summer blockbuster season ahead. The song used is “Superhuman” by Campfire. As you’ll see, the music is synced perfectly with the different pieces of footage. Watch the video below.

A video like this surely gets people pumped for the summer blockbuster season. AMONymous masterfully edits everything together, from the splicing of footage to the music, and using Dr. Emma Russell’s narration from Godzilla: King of the Monsters‘ first trailer.

It is interesting to think about which of these summer blockbusters will come out on top in terms of box office and critical reception. Avengers: Endgame has a good chance at being the highest grossing film of the year, and The Lion King has potential to match the popularity of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast. Films like Men in Black International and Hobbes and Shaw are also interesting to consider. It remains to be seen if the Men in Black brand is still strong, and whether a spin-off of the Fast and the Furious series can do as well as the main films. Meanwhile, Detective Pikachu is releasing at just the right time to capitalize on Pokémon’s popularity. This film has a great chance to break what has been dubbed the “video game movie curse.”

No matter how well these films do, there is definitely something for everyone this summer blockbuster season. From giant monster mayhem in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, to an all-ages adventure in Toy Story 4, it’s a great time for fun at the movies.

More: Everything We Learned From The Godzilla: King of the Monsters Set Visit Reports

Source: AMONymous

2019-04-19 12:04:14

Daniel Alvarez

Veronica Mars Revival Teaser Confirms Summer Premiere Date On Hulu

The Veronica Mars revival teaser trailer reveals she’s making her big return on Hulu this summer with all-new episodes on July 26, and she’s hoping to still be friends after such a long time. Fans have been eagerly anticipating news of the show’s return ever since it was confirmed Hulu would revive Veronica Mars in September 2018, so this news has been met with cheers from all corners of the internet.

The Veronica Mars comeback will be in the form of an eight-episode miniseries, in which Neptune’s most intrepid blonde must solve a string of murders over Spring Break in order to save the city’s tourism industry. After the parents of one victim hire Mars Investigations to track down the killer, Veronica (Kristen Bell) is once more roped into the never-ending battle between the wealthy and the working class.

Related: Veronica Mars Revival Casts Battlestar Galactica‘s Mary McDonnell

Hulu dropped the bombshell on Friday, accompanied by a fun teaser that features Bell once again taking on the role of the feisty investigator. After listing off all the Spring Break disasters she has to deal with on the walk to her car, she grabs her camera and her trusty taser to show she’s “good to go.” While none of the other cast members are shown, audiences can expect plenty of reunions as several original cast members are set to return – in addition to all the new ones we’ll meet in a few months.

This is far from the only time that Veronica Mars has reinvented itself, as the show has gone through a few incarnations since it premiere on UPN in 2004. First it had to move to The CW in 2006, only to be cancelled a year later to the dismay of fans and critics alike. After a passionate campaign to resurrect the series, a film follow-up was released in 2014 and brought two companion novels along with it. But the revival marks the first episodic series for Veronica since she was in college, and a lot is certain to have changed.

But the more things change, the more they stay the same. Given the sheer number of original cast members returning – especially Jason Dohring, Francis Capra and Percy Daggs III, who were huge factors in all three seasons of the original show – viewers can expect to see the same dynamics they fell in love with continue to play out. Since it’s five years after the film ended, though, the characters will be older (if not wiser) and perhaps find themselves in very different circumstances. Only time will tell if fans like where their favorites have ended up, or if they’ll want to rewind the clock after watching.

More: Kristen Bell Says Veronica Mars Revival Will Be More “Adult” Than Original Series

All 8 episodes of the Veronica Mars revival will be available on Hulu starting July 26.

Source: Hulu

2019-04-12 03:04:36

Tatiana Hullender

Grease Prequel Movie Titled Summer Loving In The Works

A Grease prequel movie, titled Summer Loving, is in the works. Back in 1978, Paramount decided to adapt the successful Broadway musical Grease to the big screen. The production had built up considerable momentum by that time and Hollywood seemed the next logical stop for such a proven crowd-pleaser.

Though the film version of Grease roughly follows the same plot as that of the stage version – a teenage “greaser” called Danny (played by John Travolta) falls for a respectable Australian transfer student Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and the two must learn to deal with the differences in their respective social circles – it did remove several characters, plot lines and songs from the original production. New songs were added, as well as characters and different scenarios were explored that had only been mildly alluded to in the Broadway version. Another change for Paramount was toning down the vulgarity and lewdness that was present in the stage production, in order to make the film version slightly more palatable to a wider audience demographic.

Related: Where Are They Now? The Cast Of Grease

Now, just after forty years since the big screen adaptation was released, THR has revealed that Paramount is looking to revive the Grease brand with a prequel. The new film will aim to recount the very first meeting between Danny and Sandy – which both teens sing to their friends about in one of the most well known songs from Grease, Summer Nights. In keeping with the song’s summertime references of teenage romance, the new film will be called Summer Loving.

As of this writing, there isn’t any information on when the film might be released, which actors could potentially fill the shoes of Travolta and Newton-John, or if any of the original Grease cast members will be returning. With the original film having been set in 1958, it stands to reason that Summer Loving will also be set in the ’50s. What we do currently know, however, is that the new film will be scripted by John August, who has long been a familiar talent in Hollywood, having written a variety of films for director Tim Burton, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Dark Shadows. August is also responsible for co-writing the script for Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin remake.

When it comes to musicals, Grease has proven that a well made production with memorable characters, dancing and songs can thrive at the box-office and beyond. It’s tempting to dismiss a Grease prequel as little more than an effort on the part of Paramount to revive past glories, but as the six time Oscar-winning La La Land proved as recently as 2016, there is still life left in the musical, and audiences will respond positively if it’s well done. That’s likely to be a source inspiration for Paramount as they get set to tell us more about Summer Loving.

More: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Grease

Source: THR

2019-04-09 03:04:49

Mike Jones

Black Summer Trailer Previews Netflix’s Z Nation Prequel Series

Netflix unleashes the first trailer for Black Summer, the prequel series to SYFY’s recently canceled zombie series Z Nation. The original series aired on the genre-focused cable network for five seasons, until it ended (unceremoniously) in 2018. This new series looks to follow the route laid out by AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff (which is also a prequel) Fear the Walking Dead, by showing the early days of the apocalypse from the perspective of an entirely new group of characters coming to grips with the unthinkable happening. 

It’s easy to see why Netflix would be interested in a prequel series to the cultish popularity of Z Nation, though from the looks of the trailer, Black Summer is something of a departure tone-wise. That may be okay, as often the best parts of zombie movies and TV shows aren’t the efforts by the survivors of the apocalypse to rebuild society or find a cure for the zombie plague that’s ruined things on Earth. Instead, it’s how the stories capitalize on the slow build up of tension that is the early days of a zombie outbreak, before all hell breaks loose and suburbanites are taking to the streets armed like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando. 

As far as trailers go, this first look at Black Summer has plenty of both. There’s a lot of confusion and panic as the show’s characters slowly begin to realize just how bad the situation actually is, and to make matters worse, the show’s ostensible lead, Rose (Jaime King), is separated from her daughter and has to fight her way through the undead (and other obstacles, to be sure) in an effort to be reunited. Check out the first trailer for Black Summer below: 

The tone of the trailer is quite dark, painting a stark picture of what sort of series Black Summer is going to be, and, apparently, how much it will differ from the series it’s meant to be the progenitor of. Part of setting the tone of the zombie apocalypse includes going all-in with regard to the horror angle (at least in terms of what’s seen in the trailer), in particular the moment when a zombie is chasing a young man through an air duct. It’s a claustrophobic sequence that looks like Black Summer is going to make good use of the lack of restrictions on Netflix. 

From the washed-out color palette to the rag-tag group of survivors to the speedy zombies chasing them, Black Summer looks as though it has borrowed a great deal of its aesthetic from Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. That will likely be enough to get some viewers excited about this latest addition to the zombie genre, but the question still remains if casual fans will tune in for yet another tale of the undead bringing the world to its knees.

Next: Billions Season 4 Review: Professional Setbacks Make For An Exciting New Beginning

Black Summer premieres Thursday, April 11 on Netflix.

2019-03-18 04:03:13

Kevin Yeoman

The 10 Best Summer Movies Of All Time

These days, you can see a great big-budget movie just about any time of the year. But there is still something special about the summer movie season. Few things are as satisfying as escaping the hot weather inside an air-conditioned theater and relaxing with some big-screen entertaining. And the film studios still save their biggest movies for this time of year.

RELATED: 10 Sci-Fi Novels Too Wild To Adapt Into Film

While not every summer movie is a smashing success, there have been plenty of classics over the years. Those so-called “popcorn movies” are designed to give audiences thrills, laughs and fun during the summer months. There are some movies that are great to enjoy in the summertime, but only those movies released between the beginning of May and end of August can be considered true summer movies. Have a look back on the best blockbusters that helped define the summer movie-going experience.

10 Ghostbusters

When looking for the best summer movie experience, some people go for thrills, some people go for scares and some people go for laughs. How about a movie that can deliver on all three?

Ghostbusters remains one of the best horror-comedies of all-time. Following a group of scientists who specialize in hunting down ghosts, the exciting premise is given an extra bit of fun with the laugh-out-loud humor and a winning cast. Starring Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray at his absolute best, Ghostbusters is one of the most unique summer movies. Though another reboot/sequel is one the way, it’s hard to imagine anything matching the original.

9 Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg seems to have a natural talent for creating the perfect summer movie, as you’ll see throughout this list. With Jurassic Park, he tapped into the wonder of seeing dinosaurs on screen in a way we’ve never seen before, and the horror of what happens when those dinos start misbehaving.

RELATED: Watch: Jurassic Park Gets Turned Into A Fyre Fest Documentary

Watching the dinosaurs run amok in this theme park and terrorizing the poor guests makes for a wild ride. And in true Spielberg fashion, he managed to add compelling characters and rich relationships to all the mayhem. The practical effects used to bring the dinosaurs to life help add an extra awe-factor to the whole thing.

8 The Lion King

Animated movies have long been a staple of the summer movie season. These days, Pixar seems to have a lock on the season in terms of the kid-friendly entertaining, but nothing compares to the 90s golden age of Disney animated films and their crowning achievement, The Lion King.

RELATED: 10 Things the Live Action Lion King Will Do Better

Disney really upped their game in terms of production and storytelling with this one. Taking elements of Shakespeare, they created a fun, funny and heart-wrenching story of Simba and his journey to becoming king. Featuring amazing voice performances from the likes of James Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons, it remains one of Disney’s best ever.

7 The Avengers

Nowadays, the superhero genre dominates the summer movie season – more specifically, the MCU dominates. And while The Avengers wasn’t their first summer movie, it was the best example of them planting their flag and showing the world how big this thing was going to get.

In a movie event that had not been attempted before, several movie crossed over, uniting heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk together on screen. Seeing these heroes together was an unforgettable moment, no matter your age. With Avengers: Endgame coming out this summer, it seems the domination will continue.

6 Back to the Future

With all the sequels and reboots that dominate the summer movie season, it’s hard not to long for the days when a good original idea could become a summer season hit.

RELATED: Why Back To The Future 4 Never Happened (& Never Will)

Back to the Future takes the well-worn time travel story and has a whole lot of fun with it. The story is a clever and funny adventure featuring charming performances from Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. It’s light-hearted and thrilling fun for the whole family, making it one of the most rewatchable movies of all-time.

5 The Dark Knight

While The Avengers showed how big superhero movies to get, The Dark Knight showed it was a genre to take seriously. Christopher Nolan grounded and gritty take on the Caped Crusader continued by placing the character in an epic crime film.

While the action was thrilling and inventive, the story was much darker than other films in its genre. Of course, the movie was lifted up even more by a fascinating performance by Heath Ledger as The Joker. The iconic villain, amazing set-pieces and a fresh take on the hero helped make this film an unforgettable experience and perhaps the best Batman film ever made.

4 Mad Max: Fury Road

If spectacle it what you seek in your summer movies, Mad Max: Fury Road delivers. This was a movie that should never have worked. Coming out 30 years after the last Mad Max movie, starring a new leading man and directed by a 70-year-old filmmaker, it could have been a disaster.

RELATED: Mad Max: Fury Road Sequel Rumored to Be Moving Forward

Instead, the film is one of the most non-stop, heart-pumping thrill rides ever put on screen. What is essentially a feature length car chase is made compelling thanks to interesting characters, amazing world-building and jaw-dropping stunts. An amazing feat in filmmaking.

3 Raiders of the Lost Ark

Though it is now a massive franchise in its own right, it’s easy to remember that Indiana Jones was just a crazy idea Steven Spielberg and George Lucas came up with.

Raiders of the Lost Ark introduced the world to the charismatic archeologist/explorer. The movie was an amazing throwback to the pulp adventures and serials of yesteryear. And with a perfect bit of casting with Harrison Ford in the lead, the character became iconic. In terms of action, thrills and humor, Raiders of the Lost Ark was firing on all cylinders and created the perfect summer adventure.

2 Star Wars

Star Wars seems to omnipresent in the film world these days. Though the latest installment comes out this winter, the whole things started with a summer release and started in a very big way.

George Lucas took a big risk bringing his strange space opera to life, but it’s safe to say it’s paid off at this point. The movie was unlike anything audiences had seen before. The visuals of the space ships, alien characters and unique worlds were exhilarating. The heroes were easy to root for, the villains were unforgettable and the adventure was out of this world. Not hard to see how it became the phenomenon it is today.

1 Jaws

It’s quite appropriate that the best summer movie of all-time is also the movie that started the whole summer blockbuster trend. This is another movie that was close to being a disaster but instead managed to change cinema forever.

The story of a killer shark terrorizing a beach community may be small in scope but it makes up for it in thrills. Again, Spielberg proves to be a master at infusing the spectacle with rich characters the audience cares about. This is the movie that inspired a whole generation of filmmakers and inspired several generations of swimmers to think twice about going in the water.

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2019-03-17 05:03:16

Colin McCormick

A Quiet Place 2 Reportedly Starts Filming This Summer

Production on A Quiet Place 2, the follow-up to Paramount’s post-apocalyptic horror/thriller A Quiet Place, is reportedly slated to begin this summer. A Quiet Place was a hit with moviegoers and critics alike, so it was no surprise when Paramount decided to move forward with a sequel. It is not currently known if anyone from the previous movie will return to star, but John Krasinski, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film, has been working on the script for its upcoming continuation. Now, it seems the project will move into production soon, as the film is expected to arrive in theaters next May.

A Quiet Place is set in a post-alien invaded world, where members of society struggle to live after the world is decimated by creatures hunting by sound. In order to stay alive, those who have survived are forced to suppress the use of sound to stay undetected by the creatures. Alongside Krasinski, the cast included Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cade Woodward, and Leon Russom. The film focuses on the Abbott family and their efforts to stay alive, while also raising children during the apocalypse. Not much is known regarding what direction A Quiet Place 2 will take, but Krasinski stated that it could focus on a new group of survivors. While details regarding the plot are scarce, they should become more clear as the film nears production this summer.

Related: A Quiet Place Would Have Been A Better Cloverfield Movie Than Paradox

According to Production Weekly, filming will begin on A Quiet Place 2 this summer in upstate New York. For context, with the film expected to land in theaters early next year, the original film was also shot in New York with production lasting for nearly half a year. No specific date has been given for when filming will officially begin, but more information regarding the production on A Quiet Place 2 should arrive soon.

While Krasinski has remained tight-lipped about the follow-up, Blunt – his co-star and real-life wife – has stated she knows the basics for the film. Also, despite not sharing specific details, Krasinski has made it clear that A Quiet Place 2 won’t be a traditional sequel. In fact, Krasinski originally had no interest in revisiting the alien-invaded world, but Paramount managed to convince him to come back. The success of the first film had a lot to do with his involvement, so his return will hopefully lead to another successful chapter in the series.

A Quiet Place was a standout cinematic experience in 2018, so the sequel certainly has quite a lot to live up to. Whether or not it will answer questions pertaining to events leading up to the first film remains to be seen, but fans will no doubt be ripe with speculation in the months leading up to the reveal of any official plot details. As A Quiet Place 2 nears filming, more details for the film should begin to surface.

More: John Krasinski Would Love to Direct A Quiet Place 2 – But May Not

Source: Production Weekly

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2019-02-07 06:02:55

Angel Has Fallen Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

Gerard Butler’s action sequel Angel Has Fallen has secured a summer 2019 release date. The ‘Has Fallen’ franchise has proved surprisingly robust, and launched in 2013 with Olympus Has Fallen. The movie was one of two competing White House under siege blockbusters of that year, but Olympus Has Fallen’s R-rated violence and b-movie thrills proved much more popular than Channing Tatum’s White House Down, which ultimately failed at the box office.

A sequel titled London Has Fallen was soon greenlit, with Butler’s gruff secret service agent Mike Banning having to lead the president (Aaron Eckhart) to safety after they’re shot down in a terrorist attack. The movie received mostly bad reviews based on its ugly tone and cheap CGI, but it proved to be another success. The third, and supposedly final, chapter Angel Has Fallen was soon announced, which finds Banning on the run after he’s framed for an assassination attempt on the president.

Related: Angel Has Fallen Is The Logan Of The ‘Has Fallen’ Franchise

After being the vice president in the previous two outings, Morgan Freeman has – naturally – been promoted to president for Angel Has Fallen, when Eckhart declined to return. Butler has promised Angel Has Fallen will be a darker, more character driven entry, and has compared the sequel’s tone to 2017’s Logan. Now THR is reporting the movie finally has a concrete release date and will arrive in cinemas August 23, 2019.

Gerard Butler seems to have found a comfortable niche as the leading man in mid-budget, R-rated action movies. In addition to the ‘Has Fallen’ franchise, he also scored a hit with Den Of Thieves and will return as scowling cop Big Nick for the sequel. The actor hasn’t had a great run leading blockbuster films, however, with both Gods Of Egypt and Geostorm being critical and commercial duds in recent years.

He’s also hoping to launch a brand new franchise with Afterburn, which is based on the graphic novel of the same name. The story takes place in the aftermath of a giant solar flare that destroyed the Eastern Hemisphere, turning it into a mutant-filled wasteland. Butler leads a gang of thieves into this scorched landscape to steal rare objects. The actor has stated he wants to end strong with Angel Has Fallen, but while the movie is supposedly the final installment, it’s not hard to envision another sequel happening if it does well enough.

More: Gerard Butler’s Passion Project Afterburn Is Finally Moving Ahead

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20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

John Wick 3 Movie Logo Revealed At Licensing Expo

The first logo for John Wick 3 has arrived. Keanu Reeves’ career as an action lead was revitalized in a major way with the launch of the John Wick franchise. Reeves plays the former hired gun who gets pulled back into the lifestyle he left behind after some tragic losses. His need for revenge has served the story for two films so far, and next year will see John on the run as the entire assassin community will be after him. And after the success the franchise has experienced so far, Lionsgate is moving Wick into an ultra-competitive summer next year.

Since there are still several months before John Wick 3 hits theaters, there’s been hardly any marketing for the movie outside of a photo here and there. Instead, most of the attention for the movie has come from Reeves talking about it himself. Well, the marketing campaign may be gearing up to start as the official logo has now been revealed.

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Dirtees provided the first look at John Wick 3‘s logo straight from the Brand Licensing Expo in London. The logo, which could be a concept and not the final design, is rather simplistic. The outline of Wick takes the place of the “I” in his last name, while it switches the franchise to Roman numerals. The design itself is one thing, but what some may be surprised by is the actual title itself.

Studios and marketing teams traditionally like to stay consistent with franchise titles, but John Wick 3 could be an example of change. The movie was previously referred to as John Wick: Chapter 3 (and still is on the social media pages for the film). It is possible that the third installment has dropped the “Chapter” altogether, or could further point to this not being the final logo design.

However, Reeves himself made this a bit more complicated when he said that John Wick: Parabellum was the title and revealed the meaning behind it. This came after the working title was changed from Alpha Cop to Parabellum right before production began. It is possible that Reeves was simply explaining how they chose the working title as it related to Wick’s actual story and it was mistakenly thought that Parabellum was the movie’s title.

We will hopefully get complete clarity on John Wick 3 and its title sooner rather than later. Since it is moving to the summer season, the marketing needs to be a bit more aggressive to make sure the movie isn’t lost among a slew of blockbusters. The threequel does have an impressive cast that includes Halle Berry, but it may need an extra dose of the franchise’s gun-fu to really sell audiences on coming back one more time.

MORE: First Official Look at Halle Berry in John Wick 3

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2018-10-10 04:10:31 – Cooper Hood