On this episode we discuss a couple of notable exits — Colin Trevorrow getting canned from Star Wars Episode IX and Ed Skrein quitting the Hellboy film amidst whitewashing concerns. On a similar theme, Syfy has cancelled Blood Drive and Dark Matter, and the BBC has decided to not renew Doctor Who spinoff Class. We also tackle Joss Whedon getting a screenwriting credit on Justice League, and two people were injured when chairs were thrown from a balcony at Dragon Con. We start by touching on the recent losses of Len Wein and Jerry Pournelle.
Gen’s on vacation, so it’s just Trae and Nick — but hey, video is working again!
The cast for the upcoming Titans television series keeps rounding out. The latest news is that actors Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly have been cast as superhero duo Hawk and Dove respectively.
Ritchson just came off of a run on Syfy’s recently cancelled series Blook Drive and played Raphael in the recent two live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Honestly though, fans of DC based media probably know him best for his portrayal of Aquaman on The WB/CW’s Smallville. Kelly is best known for her work on Friday Night Lights, but has also appeared on shows like Parenthood, The Path, and (my personal favorite) the short lived Fox scifi series Almost Human.
Hawk and Dove are both recurring characters, with an option to become regulars if a second season is commissioned. They join a cast that already includes Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Teagan Croft as Raven. Honestly, everything seems to be coming together well for this series… except that it’s going to be exclusive to a DC branded streaming service that no one really wants.
To say that last year’s Suicide Squad was a pretty terrible movie is to put it lightly. Frankly, in retrospect the only reason the film seemed watchable at the time is because Batman v. Superman (which had come out earlier that year) was even worse. And while Wonder Woman had seemingly reversed the tide for the DCEU, their continued prior-momentum hasn’t exactly been changed.
Because Suicide Squad 2 is still happening.
The latest news on that front is that the film now has a writer and director. Since it was decided that the first movie’s director David Ayer would not return, Warner Bros has apparently tapped Gavin O’Connor to take on both duties for the film. O’Connor is probably best known for directing The Accountant, and considering his history with the studio seems like a logical choice. Unfortunately, no matter how good he is, it’s still a Suicide Squad sequel.
Suicide Squad 2 is expected to start shooting in the latter half of 2018.
The live action Titans television series has had an interesting path to screens, but it looks like we’re actually getting progress. The latest news about the series is that we now know series lead Dick Grayson will be played by none other than actor Brenton Thwaites.
Thwaites is probably best known to audiences for his roles in movies like the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, The Giver and Maleficent. It’s unknown whether Grayson will be suiting up as “Robin” or “Nightwing,” but either way he’ll be an incarnation of the character who is no longer serving as sidekick to the caped crusader.
Thwaites joines actresses Anna Diop and Teagan Croft (who play Starfire and Raven respectively), and things are actually looking pretty good for the show so far. Too bad it’s still set to premiere on a new DC branded streaming service.
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.