The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the Star Wars: Episode VIII title leak rumours, a huge backstage shake-up for the DC Extended Universe at Warner Bros., Star Trek Beyond doesn’t look a bit rubbish anymore and much, much more…
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A few weeks ago, rumours swirled about Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder having “lots of fights” with Warner Bros. about the direction of the DC Extended Universe. “Everything’s fine! Nothing to see here!” WB yelled a bit too loudly in public. At that time, BvS was still in cinemas. Any drastic backstage measures would potentially harm Dawn of Justice’s box office.The film managed that quite nicely all by itself.
Now the film’s takings have ground to a halt (it only drew $500,000 last weekend), the studio shake-up is being revealed. First, Ben Affleck elevated to an executive producer role on Justice League; and now…the entire structure of how Warner Bros. make superhero movies has changed.
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That dude right there is Geoff Johns. Picture him as the newly installed, DC alternate universe version of Marvel Studios’ Supreme Leader Kevin Feige – right down to the mandatory baseball cap. He’s been the chief driving force behind the major stories in DC comics for over a decade, and now he’s head of Warner’s newly created production studio ‘DC Films’.And he doesn’t think Superman should be an emo.
All in the week that saw Captain America: Civil War overtake BvS at the international box office (in just half the time of release), and soar past the $1 billion mark, making it the highest grossing movie of the year so far.“U mad bro?”
While DC’s big cinematic foe is the MCU, Marvel’s is diversity – an issue they’re keen to address with White Girl director Elizabeth Wood (‘White Girl’ is both the last film she made, and an accurate description of her ethnicity) being in talks to direct their first female-led superhero movie Captain Marvel, and John Boyega being rumoured to join the cast of Black Panther (which his agent has since denied).TAKE THAT, roles for Asian actors.
But there’s no escaping the studio’s homogenised, blonde-white-guy-called-Chris past. Director Shane Black has revealed Disney rejected his original plans for a female villain in Iron Man 3 because the studio was worried about toy sales. The Disney higher-ups should read Anghus Houvouras’ article ‘Marvel’s Diversity Drama’ article on Flickering Myth. Only then might we finally live in an ‘Iron People’ world.Which will eventually lead to Iron Man vs Iron Lady.
In other Marvel actor news, the Thor: Ragnarok cast has been officially announced – with Karl Urban and Jeff Goldblum joining the already heavily reported Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson – and Michael Keaton is apparently back in talks to play The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming.“Stop in the name of the ‘ka-caw!'”
With the headlines being dominated by DC and Marvel, it has been very easy to forget that an X-Men movie is out this weekend. X-Men: Apocalypse has been met with a resounding ‘meh’ and a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Luke Owen’s review of the movie has a secret code on why that might be…“I’m connected…everywhere…just like fibre-optic Sky Broadband.”
And read/watch my interview with the film’s director Bryan Singer. For more superhero movie news, read The Week in Spandex.
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