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.

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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?

Academy Award Nominee in talks to join Aquaman

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Well the DCEU is ever expanding and in this situation it may now be picking up an Academy Award Nominee.

Nicole Kidman is in early negotiations to join Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” as the mother of the titular superhero, played by Jason Momoa.

Warner Bros. has set an Oct. 5, 2018, release date for “Aquaman.” James Wan is directing the superhero film with Peter Safran producing. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, and Rob Cowan are executive producing.

“Aquaman” is based on the DC Comics character who’s king of Atlantis, born half-human as Arthur Curry and half-Atlantean. Aquaman’s mother is Atlanna, who has escaped the underwater kingdom and had a son with a lighthouse keeper.

Kidman was nominated for an Academy Award in the best supporting actress category for her work in “Lion.” She’s also starring in and executive producing HBO’s series “Big Little Lies.”

The studio is planning to start production in April in Australia. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who starred on Netflix’s “The Get Down, has been tapped to play the villain Black Manta.

Amber Heard is playing Mera, Aquaman’s love interest, and Willem Dafoe will portray Aquaman’s science advisor, Dr. Vulko.

A “Nite-Owl” is headed under the sea.

He will play the half-brother of Jason Momoa's hero.
Aquaman is going to have a serious case of sibling rivalry on his hands.Patrick Wilson has joined the superhero film as Ocean Master, who in the DC comics is the half-brother of Arthur Cury (Aquaman). Known as Orm Curry, he grew up jealous of his half-brother’s powers (he himself had none). Orm eventually turned to super villainy, using technology to transform himself into the Ocean Master.

Director James Wan confirmed the casting news on Twitter Monday. The two have a long history working together on projects such as The Conjuring and Insidious.

The two have worked together on projects such as The Conjuring and Insidious.

Wilson also played Nite Owl in Zack Snyder’s 2009 comic book adaptation Watchmen, and is just the latest alum from the film to join the DC Extended Universe. Billy Crudup is attached to The Flash movie, while Jeffrey Dean Morgan played Bruce Wayne’s father in this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Jason Momoa is starring as Aquaman in the DCEU, having made a cameo in BvS and with him set to appear in next year’s Justice League. His own solo adventure film, which also stars Amber Heard as Mera, will hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.

See, What People Don’t Realize Is: Marvel vs DC

Hey there, shes, hes, shims, hers, hirs, zes and so on – show co-host Bobby Hill here. Time for some real talk. As we grow the podcast and live shows, Jay and I want to also be able to put some original content out to you here, so that you can get our unfiltered opinions on these universes, even ONE MORE additional way. Sometimes you just want a salient opinion or two, right? With that in mind, I proudly present: See, What People Don’t Realize Is.

If you don’t listen to the podcast regularly, first of all, shame on you. Secondly, Jay has a tendency to couch “bombshell” tie-ins or reveals of easter eggs or even things that people would never think to realize at all, to the phrase, “See, what people don’t realize is…” It’s hilarious, it happens once every couple of shows, and now I catch myself doing it, too. In honor of that, every so often, we’ll deliver an original post about a piece of news, an opinion we have, etc about either the MCU or the DCEU, and they’ll all be titled similar to our first “See, What People Don’t Realize Is,” which, as you can see, is the mighty argument of Marvel vs DC.

With the failure of Suicide Squad in the form of what seems to matter most to the “die-hard,” Spider-man underoo owning, “I’ve been a member of Superherohype since it was Spidermanhype” crowd – that is – the critical reviews, DC again finds itself in an artistic/storyline problem when it comes to how it’s compared to Marvel. Man Of Steel was bleak, BVS even bleaker, as well as misshapen and a bunch of other adjectives meaning “not very good,” and the director of those two, Zach Snyder, was already on to helm Justice League. Cyborg looks like he’s not going to get used right, everyone except the execs at Warner seem to want Grant Gustin to be every Flash (understandable,) leaving the hopes of the franchise on Gal Gadot (unproven) and Jason Mamoa (terribly nice, but no box office cred,) with the hope that Ben Affleck will Robert Downey, Jr his way through each film. Let’s face it, Affleck hasn’t done nearly the amount of drugs necessary to have the charisma of Robert Downy, Jr.

As DC is producing all of that, Hollywood scene-darling Benedict Cumberbatch (Oscar nominated) and Brie Larson (Oscar winner,) are about to release and prepping to film, respectively, for Marvel. “How is Marvel so good at this and DC so bad?” is the question you should be asking. We have – for a couple of years now. As we’ll be talking about on episode 38 of our podcast, Time Warner CEO, Jeff Bewkes as even admitted the quality from DC is lacking. Marvel has made their series of films look seamless, as well as weaving in elements from their various television series’ while DC has kept their movie and TV divisions, well, divided. In fact the product put out by Greg Berlanti through the CW network (and Supergirl on CBS till they moved to the CW,) is really the only watchable DC fare in the live-action world. Now he’s taking on a Booster Gold movie which will rightfully not be connected to whatever mess is happening in the formerly Snyder run world, now helmed by Geoff Johns. A lot of people hope Johns will right the ship. He’s a DC stalwart who’s been involved with nearly everything there for almost 20 years. But can he?

See, what people don’t realize is, what Kevin Feige has done with Marvel is unprecedented. Because it’s 8 years and multiple successes in, it seems like what Marvel is doing isn’t even new any more, but it is! Before Tony Stark showed up at the end of the Incredible Hulk, the idea of live-action superhero continuity – or continuity of different movies through a series of loosely connected characters was unheard of. Sure, you might get a spin-off character, but by the time of the first Avengers movie, there had been 5 connected films, directed by 4 different people, with the 6th film bringing all of those characters together and directed by an entirely different person. And, while none of those films are “perfect” movies, they are all entertaining, fun, worth whatever the theater was charging prices, and you know it because when they pop up on TV now, you watch at least a half-hour of any one of them if you’ve got time.

Then they followed it up with 6 new films with 5 new directors and the same guy who directed the last uniting of all the characters, coming back to direct them all again; and once again, despite none of them being perfect, and one or two even being a little lackluster (Thor and Ultron, anyone?) the rest were outstanding. Guardians Of The Galaxy and Winter Soldier are so good, yet so far apart in style, that you almost don’t get how they’ll ever bring all of those characters together, but your trust it at this point, because 13 movies in, the track record is pretty solid.

I contend that the magic is in Kevin Feige. Making ONE successful movie is hard to do. Making a series of 13 and counting, interconnected films with different directors and main characters, etc, and having them almost all be at least decent, is a skill that maybe a few people could pull off? Managing the fact that actors age while comic book superheros normal do not, the economics of paying returning actors whose profiles have risen, largely due to what they’ve accomplished in their Marvel role, making schedules work, and still not dropping a string of shit-piles? There might be 4 people on the planet who might be able to make a thing like what he’s done, happen. I don’t know who the other 3 are, I just have my over/under set really low on this. Is Geoff Johns one of them? I don’t know. Does this let DC off the hook for fucking things up so far? Not at all. At the very least, good management knows that you don’t have the artillery yet, or at least realizes that one of your underbosses deserves more shine (I’m looking at you, Berlanti.)

They really should let Greg Berlanti in on more of the movie-verse. Yes, his CW shows are a little, uh, built for the CW is probably the best way I can describe it. But, if Booster Gold is a hit and he makes the Black Lightning show he’s prepping for Fox into another success, they need to start paying attention. Or, they could always take my advice from a previous episode, and do what Sony did – let Marvel make your movies!

That’s What’s Up!

Two Prominent Black Actors Want To Be Black Manta

Two prominent Black Actors are campaigning to be the lead villain, Black Manta in the upcoming DCEU Aquaman film.

Michael Jai White (right) and Michael K Williams (left) have already taken to social media to reveal their intent on being cast in the role. What makes things especially interesting, though, is that they’re both great choices for the part, too, which means that a big online push from the internet masses could put either of them in good stead to actually land it.

Both took to Twitter to re-tweet messages that endorsed them for the role. Michael K. Williams was the first to do just that, taking to Twitter at the ungodly hour of 3:35 am to write, “Let’s go!!,” after a fan had posted to him, “Dear god please make it so that @BKMG (Williams’ Twitter handle) as Black Manta in the Aquaman movie.”

Williams would undoubtedly be a pretty handy choice as Black Manta. His big-screen work in The Road, Triple 9, Inherent Vice, The Gambler, and evenGhostbusters has seen his stock rise in recent years, which should continue with his role in Assassin’s Creed later this year. Of course, to most people he’ll always been known as Omar Little from HBO’s The Wire, which was enough to already secure his place in the pop culture pantheon.

Because of his eclectic CV, Williams would be a popular choice for the role of Black Manta, but it would mean that he’d have to bulk up substantially to impose himself on Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. But once he’d done just that, there’s no denying that he’d bring a unique, but still striking menace to the blockbuster.

But Williams can expect some competition from Michael Jai White who on Thursday night simply responded, “I accept your nomination,” after he received the Tweet,“@MichaelJaiWhite for Black Manta.”

Like Michael K. Williams, Michael Jai White’s place in movie history is already secured as he was the first African American to play a superhero, which he did all the way back in 1997 as Spawn. Since then he has admittedly struggled to match these heights, with his most noticeable role coming as Gambol in The Dark Knight, who was murdered by Heath Ledger’s The Joker. There’s no denying that he has the intensity and presence to match Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, though, especially since he is a renowned martial artist, too.
Black Manta is Aquaman’s most famous villain. He first appeared in the comics all the way back in 1967, and despite having no super powers, except for exceptional strength and endurance, Black Manta is able to jostle with Aquaman thanks to his powerful suit that shoots rays from its eyes and has several other functions and weapons attached.

We can expect a decision regarding who will portray Black Manta in Aquaman to be announced before the turn of the year, as Aquaman will begin shooting in early 2017 ahead of its July 27, 2018, release date.

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