The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 80

It’s a massive 80th episode from comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill, packed full of reviews, news and clues to everything in the live-action worlds of Marvel and DC. This week, we review InfinityWar, and get you the latest on Venom, Deadpool, LukeCage, BlackWidow, Moon Knight, Gambit, Cloak And Dagger, Punisher, Titans, SwampThing, Metropolis, BirdsOfPrey, Batgirl, Blackhawk, Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, Krypton, Gotham, AgentsOfShield and Legion.

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DC’s Streaming Service Is Picking Up Steam

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As all we know, DC is expanding with its own online streaming service. A couple of the main focuses have been the debut of the live action Titans series and well as the return of the immensely popular Young Justice animated series. Well logos for those two series as well as the animated Harley Quinn series. Also heading to the platform is the superman prequel Metropolis But check out the logos for the aforementioned below.

More news has also surfaced about the new streaming service, as it was announced that Swamp Thing is being developed with director James Wan (Aquaman) set to become the executive producer.  It will also have Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Netflix’s Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It and its forthcoming sequel) who are attached to co-write the script and serve as showrunners on the live-action drama.

Swamp Thing follows what happens when CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus and in the process develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. Abby later discovers that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.

 

The property has been adapted multiple times over the years, that includes two feature films in the 1980s  In 1990, a  live-action TV series on the USA Network which ran for three seasons, and Fox producing a short-lived animated series in the early 1990s that aired in Canada after it was pulled from the schedule. (Syfy later aired it in syndication.)

Early AQUAMAN Test Screenings Are Extremely Positive

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The next upcoming film within the DCEU is the Jason Momoa led AQUAMAN has begun its initial test screenings. Now in some instances those can lead to heavy reshoots and restructuring of a film. But in this case the feedback has turned out to be surprisingly positively.

Now according to The Tracking Board editor, Jeff Sneider and The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez  it seems as if there has been a lot of good things about the DC Comics adaptation according to  early test screenings. “I heard it was great, man,” Gonzalez claims, he points to this potentially being a much needed turning point for DC, “Someone else told me it was a palette cleanser for them, for DC, what’s happened with the Zack Snyder films. So high hopes for that one and Shazam.”
“I heard that it plays like an Indiana Jones movie and that the action puts Wonder Woman and Justice League to shame. That is what I heard,” Sneider says as he goes into praising James Wan and pointing out that the underwater scenes could be why people seem to love the unique action scenes.

Now truth be told these are only a few and don’t represent everyone. HOWEVER, there are others that have been rather positive as well. But also never let us forget that at he Justice League premiere, AQUAMAN director James Wan tweeted out that he would not be using the same type of method to show speaking underwater in his film and that could be one of the most positive upswings.

Let us know what you think. Are you happy to hear about the early positive test screenings.

Walter Hamada Is Your New Sheriff Of The DC Film Universes

Who? That may be the question that rippled across comic book movie fans, as Warner Bros. has named Walter Hamada the new head of it’s DC film universe. Hamada was previously an executive at New Line Cinema where he oversaw the successful It movie and the also prosperous and well-received, Conjuring franchise.

Warner Bros. president and CCO, Toby Emmerich heaped praise on Hamada (who is also good friends with Aquaman helmer, James Wan,) saying, “He’s a terrific production executive,” and that he’s, “a great addition to the Warner Bros. Pictures team, and I look forward to working with him in his new post.” Emmerich made sure to add that Hamada will be working with Geoff Johns, who remains the CCO of the DC franchises.

With only one movie on the horizon for 2018, Hamada has some time to clean up the current mess and put things in order, or to be another in a seemingly endless line of replacements who can’t out-maneuver the WB brass when it comes to finalizing a movie. Let’s just hope he doesn’t turn out anything at the level of 47 Ronin, a film he was a screenwriter and executive producer on, that flopped terrifically. What are your thoughts? Let us know!

There will NOT be Aqua-air bubbles in AQUAMAN

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Well this is what we’re being told by Aquaman director James Wan.

So Justice League has hit the theaters and there are mixed reviews all across the board. Matter of fact you can check out ours HERE.   But one thing that seems to be unanimously discussed is the awkward way in which the Atlanteans speak under water.

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, (spoiler alert)  After Steppenwolf invades Atlantis to retrieve the mother box that is there, he is fended off by Aquaman, Queen Mera and other members of the Atlantean guard. Then here’s where the weirdness happens. Queen Mera proceeds to make a giant air bubble so that her and Aquaman can have a conversation.

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This of course got fans worried that we would see the same thing in the film that based primarily underwater.  Well director  James Wan took to Twitter to put those worries to esse a bit.

Does this help to ease some fears? And are you still excited for the solo Aquaman film?

Aquaman locks down Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for Black Manta role

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Keeping today hot with news of villains across the DC universe, Warner Brothers has officially cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to play Black Manta in James Wan’s Aquaman. Abdul-Mateen II joins Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, and of course, Jason Mamoa in the underwater installment coming in October of 2018.

Best known for his role as Cadillac in Netflix’ “The Get Down,” Yahya Abdul-Mateen II beat out a number of actors gunning for the role, including  Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”) and Corey Hawkins (“24: Legacy.) Is this a solid choice? Let us know!