The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the reported crisis happening at Warner Brothers over their DC Extended Universe, with one director leaving a movie, Mads Mikkelsen accidentally revealing his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character, the Tomb Raider reboot has cast its Lara Croft, and much, much more…
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This is the opening weekend of Captain America: Civil War in the UK, yet the main story is: what in the Extended Universe is going on at DC?
Lightening first struck on Friday afternoon, when director Seth Grahame-Smith departed DC’s The Flash over everyone’s go-to reason for leaving anything: “creative differences”.Here, ‘creative differences’ are visually represented in a giant fist.
Shortly after, rumours began to circulate that James Wan, the director of Aquaman, is feeling “a tremendous amount of trepidation” over the movie. DC suddenly found themselves in deep water and other negative sea-related idioms.
And then came the Superman punch to the groin. Zack Snyder and Warner Bros are reportedly having “lots of fights” over Justice League and the general direction of the DCEU. And if Snyder’s Batman v Superman fights are anything to go by, that means Warner Bros.’ water tower is now destroyed and the surrounding area is a CGI wasteland.
In more promising DC news, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller has been linked to 2020’s Green Lantern Corps (although he is linked to every DC movie project at one point or another); Batman v Superman has now crossed the $850 million mark (but has fallen six places in four weeks at the US Box Office); and the running time for the film’s R-Rated extended cut has been announced as 181 minutes.Which might be where the plot was.
According to the Russo brothers, it was WB announcing Batman v Superman that pushed Kevin Feige to greenlight Captain America: Civil War. As that movie was released in the UK this weekend (read Eric Bay-Andersen’s ★ ★ ★ ★ review), we spent most of our time at Flickering Myth stalking all the people involved.…or pretending to be them.
We were at the film’s press conference, where Captain America actor Chris Evans rather controversially said he supports Team Iron Man in real life; Flickering Myth’s Scott Davis and Kat Kourbeti made a video about the UK premiere; and I got to sit in a room and chat with the Russos about Wolverine joining the MCU, what to expect from Infinity War and how Robert Downey Jr. improvises…and I pestered Evans about Steve Rogers’ sexuality. Turns out Captain America isn’t in love with Bucky.The metal arm is a turn off.
With Civil War now unleashed upon the world, it’s probably time we reconsider some past Marvel movies. Like Neil Calloway looking back on the forgotten Captain America film from 1990; Tony Black re-watching Avengers: Age of Ultron one year on; and Henry Bevan defending 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man.
“Flickering Myth, you’re stuck in the past!” you yell. “I don’t want to read about old Marvel movies. Tell me about the Marvel films coming in the future.” Don’t worry, Anghus Houvouras has you covered. Here’s his thoughts on what Marvel need to do with their now-delayed Inhumans movie, and his wonderful pitch for a Scarlett Witch/Vision team-up movie.Make it happen.
Head to the next page for Mads Mikkelsen accidentally revealing his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story character, which Oscar winner has been cast as the Tomb Raider reboot’s Lara Croft, production on Maze Runner: The Death Cure shut down indefinitely and much, much more…