Over at DC, aftershocks are still being felt from last week’s real-life Infinite Crisis event, where – in the space of a few days – director Seth Grahame-Smith left The Flash, Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. were reportedly fighting over Justice League and James Wan was said to be feeling “trepidation” about helming Aquaman.
Wan has since replied to the latter, denying a possible departure (that was always the most slippery of the reports), but the DCEU in-fighting rumours were given weight when Ben Affleck was elevated to an executive producer role on Justice League this week, to figure out “its stylistic superhero mojo.” If Warner Bros. need more help, look no further than Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras and his 9-point plan to save the DC Extended Universe.
As well as exec producing Justice League, Affleck also has his own solo Batman movie, which will apparently feature “most, if not many” of the character’s rogue’s gallery. Flickering Myth’s James Garcia thinks the time is right for Clayface – a neat way to get all the bad guys in through only one, shape-shifting character.
Behind all the smoke and dust of Batman v Superman and Civil War sits the next instalment in the world’s longest running superhero universe – X-Men: Apocalypse. Many criticised Apocalypse’s design for not being intimidating enough. Director Bryan Singer has explained why this is, but his reasons fall apart when you see how awesome Jose Fernandez’s unused suit for the character is.
Over in space movie news, we finally have a young Han Solo – Hail Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich. Missing a trick by not announcing the casting on Wednesday this week (May the Fourth – Star Wars Day), directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller chose Ehrenreich from over 2,500 actors. If they need a hand casting any more roles, they should watch the original opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Elsewhere across the galaxy, Paramount has somewhat confidently started preparations for Star Trek 4, a whole two months before Star Trek Beyond is released. And coming to an intergalactic basketball court near you soon, Justin Lin has been signed to direct LeBron James in Space Jam 2.
The movie business is clamouring for the next big Expanded Universe. But while other studios develop video games, Kaiju and Hanna-Barbera cartoon versions, Universal is quietly amassing the body parts of various Hollywood A-Listers for their Classic Monster MovieVerse. With Tom Cruise already signed to The Mummy, Angelina Jolie wanted for The Bride of Frankenstein, and Scarlett Johansson circling The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Russell Crowe is now in talks to play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and the studio has also added a third monster movie to their release slate in 2019. Flickering Myth’s Tony Black wonders whether this will be the next big cinematic franchise.
But for the meantime, we have heroes in capes. So to play us out, here’s Honest Trailer’s video for the 1990s Captain America movie – The Budget Avenger.
May the Movies be with you.
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