Last week we reported that Amazon was in talks with Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate to produce a Lord of the Rings television series for their Prime streaming service. Well, it’s now moved beyond talks, as it’s now being reported that Amazon has made a multiseason order for the show.
Interestingly enough, the series will not rehash the events of anything covered in the Peter Jackson films. Instead the show will focus on stories that occurred prior to The Lord of the Rings. We don’t really know specifically what that means though, whether these will be events between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings or if we’re tackling something bigger like The Silmarillion.
No word yet on the creative team, let alone actors or a release date, but we also know the deal includes the options for spinoff series as well.
Last week it was announced that Zachary Levi was cast as the adult-bodied version of Captain Marvel/Shazam! (depending on what DC calls the character) in the forthcoming Shazam! movie. Since then, we’ve been trying to figure out who would play young Billy Batson in the film. And while we speculated it would be one of the kids from Stranger Things in last night’s podcast, it turns out we were super wrong.
It’s now been announced that actor Asher Angel will take on the role of Billy Batson. People may know Angel from playing Jonah Beck on the Disney Channel’s Andi Mack. I mean, I’m just sort of assuming people would know him from that. I was born in the 80s and don’t have kids — so the last thing I watched on the Disney channel was probably Kids Incorporated.
I’ll let you google that yourself.
Mark Strong is reportedly in talks to play the bad guy, but that casting isn’t for certain. Peter Safran is producing the Shazam! movie, with David F. Sandberg directing. The film’s screenplay is by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.
Shazam is the next DC movie to go into production, so let’s see how this all works out.
Amazon is apparently in talks to develop a television series based on J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate have apparently been shopping the program around with a pretty hefty price tag, and it looks like the streaming service is biting.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos had apparently instructed Amazon Studios to pursue a large scale genre show, so it makes sense that this is a property they’d go after. The fact that Warner Bros and the Tolkein estate are working together productively is probably the more surprising part, as they only just settled their 2012 lawsuit over merchandising this last summer.
Honestly, I’m not sure if this is something that anyone really wants though. While the later Hobbit films had some issues, most people love the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies. Any show they produce will not just be judged against the source material, but against a movie version of the franchise that’s remembered fondly. While Jackson’s films weren’t flawless, if a television series gets wrong what the movies got right the critics will have a field day with it.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we tackle Marvel’s New Warriors‘s search for a new network, give a spoiler free review of Thor: Ragnarok, contemplate Zachary Levi’s casting in Shazam!, and consider CBS All Access rebooting The Twilight Zone. We also talk about how Libya’s second annual Comic Con was shut down by an armed militia.
So yeah, things had to get a bit serious at the end.
It’s now been announced that Zachary Levi has been cast as the other Captain Marvel in DC’s upcoming Shazam! movie. Levi will of course play the “adult” that child Billy Batson transforms into when she says the magic word. Of course, whether that character will retain the “Captain Marvel” name or just go by “Shazam!” remains to be seen.
Levi is, of course, best known for his starring role in the television series Chuck, as well as his parts in Heroes Reborn, Tangled and (of course) Thor: The Dark World. He’s a talented performer, and has both the action and comedy chops a Shazam! movie needs.
The Shazam! movie has a screenplay (written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke) and is being produced by Peter Safran. Beyond that, we have few details about the movie as it’s still early in development.
But man, they couldn’t have done better casting (one half of) the lead.
As Titans, the live action Teen Titans flagship television series for DC and Warner Bros forthcoming streaming service, marches towards living room screens we’ve gotten a lot of casting news. The latest in that vein is that we now have another member of the team in Beast Boy.
Deadline is reporting that actor Ryan Potter has been cast in the role. Potter is no stranger to superhero media, having previously voiced Hiro in Disney’s Big Hero 6.
Potter will star alongside Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Teagan Croft as Raven. Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly will also play the recurring characters Hawk and Dove respectively as well.
Look, I’m going to be straight with you here — I really want to like the upcoming Justice League movie, but I can’t help but be super skeptical about it. So with yet another trailer dropping this last weekend, all I could say was “huh.” I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am totally seeing this movie in theaters. Wonder Woman build enough goodwill for the DCEU for me to give it another shot.
But I’m not bouncing around in my seat or anything.
The latest trailer seems to focus on the long shadow cast by Superman’s passing in Batman v. Superman, which falls in line with the rest of the marketing. I do hope Ben Affleck sticks around for more movies after this one, because he’s really well cast as the Dark Knight. I just want to see him play the part with some better material to work with. I guess we’ll see how this movie goes?
The first trailer for the new Tomb Raider movie is here, and it’s very, very Tomb Raider-y. Starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the film is loosely based on the 2013 reboot of the video game series.
Honestly? It looks pretty decent so far. I mean, it’s always hard to tell from a trailer, but the tone is clearly much more grounded than the previous film franchise based on the game series. I think the best attitude to take right now is “cautious optimism,” and I guess we’ll see what happens.
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.