DC Tabs Ava Duverney To Direct New Gods

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Now this is what I call making a big move. Warner Bros. and it’s beleaguered DC live-action universe has struggled with it’s choices of directors, but that took a turn today with the announcement that Ava Duvernay would be directing a big-budget, live-action version of New Gods, a motley crew, made glorious by Jack Kirby in the 70’s.

Kirby’s group of gods included Darkseid, Orion, Mister Miracle, and Big Barda (whom Duvernay had tweeted her fandom of a while back,) among others including Justice League’s big bad, Steppenwolf. Apparently DC is taking a turn towards the cosmos, and, if they stay true to Kirby’s comics, another dimension, because in the comics, New Genesis is in one parallel to the normal DC universe.

Duvernay’s latest, A Wrinkle In Time, has been applauded for what it looks like, even by those who don’t think it’s necessarily that good, so the questionable look of DC films may be aided by her handiwork. Even if you don’t think Wrinkle is great, good directors get second chances all the time, so I think it’s pretty cool to see a woman of color get the same benefit of the doubt as so many of her peers. What do you think? Are you excited to see Ava take the reigns on Kirby’s creations? Let us know!


Kristen Wiig Is Cheetah In The Wonder Woman Sequel!

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There had been talk about Kristen Wiig being in talks for the role of Cheetah in the Wonder Woman sequel, and just a little bit ago, director Patty Jenkins confirmed it in a tweet:

As previously discussed, the sequel to the box office and groundbreaking hit will take place in the 80’s and as of yet, we’re not sure which version of Cheetah that we will get. The most recent, depicts her as an archaeologist friend of Diana’s who becomes evil after coming into contact with an ancient deity. That is the Barbara Ann Minerva character that we’ve been told would be the basis for this movie.

Wiig, although known as a comedic actress, can certainly hold her own in serious roles, and will certainly add a flair as the main antagonist in this film. Considering that the cause of Minerva’s transformation is largely unintentional, there’s an opportunity for Jenkins to be able to paint her as a sympathetic bad guy, which has performed well in recent films (see: Killmonger in Black Panther.) The sequel is currently on pace for a November 1, 2019 release. What are your thoughts about Wiig facing off with Gadot in Wonder Woman 2? Let us know!


A Head-On Picture Of Zachary Levi As Shazam Has Surfaced

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(you didn’t think we’d just show the pic up top, did ya?)

Recently we dropped a slight rear 3/4 view of Zachary Levi in the full Shazam costume and today we get a little bit of a look from the front. It’s still extremely difficult to tell how much of the suit is padding and how much of the suit is actual Levi muscle, which is concerning.

One of the somewhat defining characteristics of the other characters who’ve made it on screen in recent DC offerings, has been a healthy dose of contouring definition, worked into the design of the suit. From what we can see so far, that is not the case with the Shazam costume. It is spot on, though, as far as the look of it. I’d also assume there are a number of versions that have been made, and this may be some lesser mock-up, but as discussed on our latest podcast (available for free on the podcast tab on this site,) Fox tried to ease everyone’s fears when the first pics of Apocalypse surfaced and look how that turned out. What do you think? Hit us up and let us know, and in the meantime, make sure to catch our latest on episode 76 of the podcast!

Remember The Flash Movie? It Has Directors (as in two,) Again

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With Walter Hamada firmly in control of the DC film universe and business in the new year starting to pick up, it seemed like official announcements were coming at any moment. That moment has happened, as the Flash movie (Flashpoint? The Ezra Miller One) has now picked up it’s 3rd director. Well, 3rd and 4th, as John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been tasked with helming the scarlet speedster’s feature length story.

If you’re unfamiliar with Daley and Goldstein, they were the writers behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, which bodes very well and plays into my belief that DC wants to keep the Flash as their Peter Parker-type character. They almost directed Homecoming until John Watts became available. On the downside, they also wrote the Vacation remake. Either way, the movie will obviously take a more comical tone, which already makes telling the Flashpoint story even more questionable. Joby Harold’s script is still the one they’ll direct as of this post.

Warner Bros. has had the luxury of taking their time here, with Miller in another major franchise under their banner that’s just started filming – the second Fantastic Beasts movie. There’s a weird outside chance that the delay and change may have been just what the film needed. Is this a solid first move by Hamada? Tell us what you think!

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!

Warner Bros Reveals Its Upcoming DC Comics Movie Slate

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Yes boys and girls the DCEU is still going to continue and Warner Bros has officially laid out the slate to let us know what is coming out and when. Yup, even after the underwhelming box office performance of Justice League.

At the Comic Con Experience 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Warner Bros basically told the world it is still planning on going full steam ahead with their shared universe.  The WB began by referencing of course its biggest success, Wonder Woman and showed a title card that had the logo flanked by the Roman Columns suggesting the number 2 even though there was no direct number 2 in the title.

This was followed by the title card for the solo Aquaman film which is set to hit theaters late 2018. The next one which pretty much wasn’t a shock was that of Flashpoint, the solo film for the scarlet speedster, The Flash. This is pretty much there way to “reset” the universe and hopefully clean up the mess that has been made. This was followed by the title card for Justice League Dark, yes the mystical side of DC is still set to hit the big screen.

Suicide Squad 2, Batgirl, Shazam, Green Lantern Corps and The Batman all had their title cards shown. Now if you notice there weren’t certain films slated. Those being the solo Cyborg film, none of the Suicide Squad spinoffs- Gotham City Sirens, the Harley Quinn solo movie, the Harley Quinn and Joker caper and even the rumored solo Deadshot film. Also missing were the Dwayne Johnson led Black Adam movie and the Deathstroke movie. Even the solo Young Joker film, which isnt set to be part of the DCEU was not mentioned.

With this news of these films being laid out does this help to renew your faith in the potential of the DCEU?

Warner Bros Is Possibly Going To Recast DCEU’s Iris West


In today’s “Of course Warner Bros Is making a questionable decision” news. Before she even has a chance to debut in the DCEU it seems as if Kiersey Clemons may be looking for a new role.

So reports are beginning to surface suggesting that Warner Bros. is looking to recast the role of Iris West ahead of its seemingly problematic The Flash: Flashpoint film.

Just in case you may have forgotten because of course you haven’t seen her, Actress Kiersey Clemons WAS set to make her debut as Iris West in this year’s Justice League ahead of her appearance in Flashpoint.  Her cameo in the film was ultimately cut, but the sequence did manage to leak online shortly after Justice League hit theaters.

Oh yeah in case you needed another reminder of how much catastrophe is involved with this project there STILL is no director attached to Flashpoint. Also the initial future of this film rested on the overall success of Justice League so who knows what is really going to happen with this film.

Here is where you insert a Kanye shrug.