Titans is slowly but surely making the long march to television sets it seems, with the latest news being that Anna Diop has joined the cast as none other than Starfire. Best known for her role on 24: Legacy, Diop is kind of an inspired choice for everyone’s favorite space princess.
Diop is only the second person to be cast on the show, joining the relatively unknown Teagan Croft who will be playing Raven. No word yet on who the rest of the Titans will be (beyond Dick Grayson), let alone who will end up playing them.
It’s nice to know Titans is finally nearing some sort of finish line. The series started out in development at TNT before the cable network passed on it. Right now the series is expected to premiere (alongside the new animated season of Young Justice) on a as-of-yet unnamed DC branded streaming service. While we’re not fond of having to pay for a new service here at Nerd & Tie, it’s nice to know the shows are happening.
Since the dawn of Nerd & Tie, we’ve made jokes about the “DC Carnival of Sadness.” We had been hoping that with Wonder Woman‘s success that we’d finally managed to pull out of it, but sadly we’re not sure that DC and Warner Bros have learned their lesson. You see, the latest news is that the studio is working on an origin movie for The Joker.
Yes, you read that right.
Warner Bros has tapped Todd Phillips and Scott Silver to write the script. Silver is probably best known for scripting 8 Mile, while Phillips’s best known credit is The Hangover. The Hangover is definitely… a movie? I mean, I don’t want to be too judgemental, but this doesn’t inspire a lot of faith in me.
Phillips is also currently slotted to direct the movie too.
On the upside Martin Scorsese is producing, and he’s best known for actually being Martin Scorsese. We also know that it won’t star Jared Leto, though we’re not sure if it’s because it won’t be set in the DCEU proper or if it’s just because it’s a prequel. As Leto’s version of The Joker is best described as “divisive,” this is probably best described as a positive.
But I guess I just have to ask, who actually wants this movie?
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