Before the death of legendary Batman actor Adam West earlier this year, he had already recorded his parts for the upcoming animated feature Batman vs. Two Face. As we’re approaching the eventual release later this year, Warner Bros has put out a trailer for the film.
Batman vs. Two Face also features the wonderful Burt Ward as Robin and (the unfortunately gross) William Shatner as Two Face. It’s the second straight to video feature Warner Bros has put out in continuity with the classic 1960s television series, and honestly I’m really excited about it.
It would be hard to undersell Zack Snyder’s involvement in establishing the DCEU’s tone and feel. He directed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, and until he had to resign due to some pretty awful stuff happening in his personal life, was the mastermind behind the upcoming Justice League film. He set the tone for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and pretty much washed out the whole franchise’s visual palette.
But with Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman trouncing the box office and Joss Whedon taking over Justice League, there have been a lot of questions about Snyder’s future involvement in the DC shared film universe. If the rumors are to believed though, that involvement will be “not a lot.”
Mashable is reporting that while Snyder will likely have a strong future with Warner Bros, it probably won’t be involved with the DC properties. This isn’t super surprising, as with the failure of Batman v Superman to impress critics, we’ve assumed this was coming since Geoff Johns stepped up in 2016 and got more involved in the films. With Wonder Woman establishing that both critics and audiences want the exact opposite of what Snyder has done, his long term exit seemed inevitable.
And if the rumors are true, the inevitable is finally here.
Wonder Woman is the success DC and Warner Bros have been looking for ever since they launched the DCEU. I mean, it’s an amazing film, beloved by critics, and made a pile of cash for the studio. When a film that’s a part of a major franchise takes off, the first question anyone asks is “when is the sequel coming out?”
Well, we know that bit now.
THR is reporting that a second Wonder Woman film will hit theaters December 13, 2019. Gal Gadot will, of course, return, and while no final deal has been reached, Patty Jenkins is expected to direct. Since much of Wonder Woman‘s success is due to Jenkins’s efforts, it would be incredibly strange if she didn’t.
There are rumors about the film being set in the 1980s (with Chris Pine returning as a descendant of Steve Trevor), but none of that is confirmed. I mean, pretty much all we really have is the date and nothing else right now.
Wonder Woman was the course correction the studio needed, and it’s clear they’re wising up to that. Right now the studio is launching an unprecedented ‘for your consideration’ Oscars campaign to lobby for Best Picture and Best Director nominations. No prior superhero film was in the position for that to be a realistic prospect before Wonder Woman, and if successful would be incredibly groundbreaking.
We were given a brief tease back when Wonder Woman hit theaters, but we now finally have a real trailer for the upcoming biopic about her creation — Professor Marston & The Wonder Women. The film is about William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and Olive Byrne (who was in a polyamorous relationship with the couple). The film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton.
Honestly, it’s an incredibly interesting story, and seeing it translated well to film is an exciting prospect. Polyamory isn’t especially accepted in today’s society, let alone in the 1940’s. It’s a story I don’t think a lot of people outside comics historians are aware of, and it deserves to be told.
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women comes out October 27, 2017.
When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman and Matt Reeves took over the director’s chair, a lot of us were wondering if Reeves was still going to use the script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns for the film. Well, thanks to comments Reeves made on MTV’s podcastHappy Sad Confused, we now know what the answer to that question is — he’s not.
Reeves apparently wanted to start fresh, and who can blame him. There’s only so much creative freedom in directing one of these shared universe films, and you need to grab it where you can. The director describes the new story for The Batman as a noir tale diving into the Dark Knight’s psychology.
In Affleck and Johns’s script, Deathstroke was the villain (with Joe Manganiello cast to play the part). There is no word as to whether or not Reeves’s new direction will use the character or the casting though. As Manganiello is a talented actor, it’d be disappointing to lose him.
So Kara Zor-El’s mom Alura is going to look a whole lot different in Season 3 of Supergirl. Laura Benanti, who previously played Alura (and her twin sister Astra), is apparently unable to return to the show due to acting commitments in New York. The character only appears in flashbacks and in the form of a CGI hologram, so you’d think it’s just be easy to not have her appear.
Apparently the writers of Supergirl disagree with me on that.
Instead, Alura will now be played by Erica Durance this upcoming season. Durance is probably best known for playing a different character in the Super- mythos, as she starred in the later seasons of Smallville as Lois Lane. For those of you keeping track, we’ll now have had two former Lois Lanes on Supergirl without ever meeting the one from this continuity.
On the upside, despite the weirdness of recasting, Durance is a solid actress. I expect she’ll give a good performance if we can all just suspend disbelief for a few minutes once she shows up.
On this (audio only) episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we celebrate Wonder Woman‘s victory at the box office, give a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, ponder HBO developing a Watchmen television show, and consider the ramifications of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting booted from the (still untitled) Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Then we hit the con scene, where Titan Fan Con messed up big time, and Emerald City Comicon finally settled their “minions/volunteer” lawsuit.
This is also the first episode recorded from the new production studio, so please forgive our settling in.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we deal with the ongoing move of our production studio, mourn the passing of Adam West, go through the highlights of E3, discuss the changes coming to Pokemon Go, review the confusing situation surrounding the Venom movie (and how it MIGHT still be MCU adjacent), and consider Wizard World’s money problems.
There are a few technical difficulties in the video too, but at least the audio version is largely clean?
This episode of Nerd & Tie was sponsored by Ohio Kimono
Geoff Johns and Kevin Feige may be helming competing superhero movie franchises right now, but both began their careers working for legendary director Richard Donner. At an event in Donner’s honor on Wednesday, the two each recounted how the director’s work (especially on seminal superhero film Superman: The Movie) still influences what they do today.
The video of the two talking is just over three minutes long, but it’s worth sitting down and watching it. In the bizarre fan wars that occasionally erupt online, it’s important to remember that the vitriolic “rivalry” between Marvel and DC franchises largely is a problem amongst those who consume the media and not those who make it.
Also, I really want to go rewatch Superman: The Movie right now…
Wonder Woman may be about a character who transcends borders, but apparently the ethnicity of its star doesn’t. Last week we reported that the film had been banned in Lebanon due to Gal Gadot being Israeli, and it looks like that may be a problem in other countries as well.
It’s being widely reported that screenings in Tunisia have been suspended. It was originally supposed to hit Tunisian theaters Thursday, but those showings have been suspended after a lawsuit by the Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers. Filed Monday, the suit alleges that Gadot is a “champion Zionist,” citing her military service (which was compulsory) and a public statement Gadot made in support of Israel’s military actions in Gaza in 2014.
How the suit goes will determine whether or not the film will see a release in that country.
This follows the film being pulled from a festival in Algeria yesterday as well. While there is a movement to boycott Wonder Woman in Algeria, festival coordinators cited “administrative issues linked to exhibition rights” as the reason, and they say they intend to re-add Wonder Woman to the festival’s lineup once those issues are resolved.
Honestly, any time Israel is involved, stuff gets complicated. That the film, which has nothing to do with the country (and takes place before the modern state of Israel existed), is getting banned places seems ridiculous though.