Like it or not, though, DC’s Extended Universe is in unstoppable motion. Simply calling ‘quits’ or rebooting at this point would be a huge embarrassment for the studio. The best way to take the heat off is to announce more movies. Like Man of Steel 2, which is reportedly in “active development”.No caption needed.
James Wan’s Aquaman is happening way before then – the first of Geoff Johns’ ‘DC Films’ era – and the film might have found its villain: Arthur Curry’s biggest arch-nemesis Black Manta. But that ‘scoop’ has come from the notoriously incorrect El Mayimbe, so insert ‘smells fishy’ gag here.If Zack Snyder got full creative control again…
In non-comic book sequels, reboots and rejigs news, Bad Boys 3 has been pushed back to 2018 and is now callled Bad Boys For Life; a sequel to Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot is looking very unlikely, now Sony is focusing on its animated spin-off; Kevin Hart promises he’s going to modernize Jumanji in “a clever, unique way” (which means the haunted game will probably now be an app you play on your phone); and Jonah Hill doubts the Men In Black/23 Jump Street crossover will ever get made.A meta step too far?
But not all sequels suck, as Helen Murdoch eloquently points out. A David Fincher-directed World War Z sequel sounds like it sure wouldn’t.“Only 98 more takes to go.”
What about prequels, though? Going by the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, those don’t suck either. With that, the film’s new synopsis, and director Gareth Edwards’ description of the planet Jedha, the Star Wars Anthology movies are very exciting. Especially if Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian in the Young Han Solo film.He’ll get cast as an iconic character eventually.
Across the lot from LucasFilm at Disney, Marvel Studios are diligently working away. Spider-Man: Homecoming is taking shape, with the Tinkerer villain role being cast, and some rumoured character details on how he’s connected to an Avenger; and Captain Marvel’s origin story being altered to avoid comparisons to DC’s Green Lantern character.
Oh, and Loki’s back.
Everything isn’t just reboots, sequels and comic books, though. We got our first looks at two very promising science fiction films this week – the debut trailer of Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, and the first image of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers.Expect Arrival to get repackaged as Man of Steel 2 a few months before release.
But to play us out this week, happy 30th birthday Transformers: The Movie. Released way back in 1986, Flickering Myth’s Luke Owen has complied a brilliantly in-depth article on the film’s production, with interviews from the director, composer and more.
May the Movies be with you.
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