It’s been a rocky road for Ezra Miller’s The Flash to his own solo movie. The film has lost not one, but two directors since being announced — and that second one departed over a year ago. Well, the few of you actually excited for this movie (tentatively titled Flashpoint) may have a ray of hope now, as there may be finally someone in charge again.
It’s being reported that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are now in talks to take over directing the movie. The two are probably best known for writing the Marvel and Sony joint venture Spider-Man: Homecoming, and are arguably a pretty solid pair to take on the project should things not fall through.
I don’t know — I’ve been opposed to a standalone Flash movie from the beginning. I mean, there is a successful television series out there digging through stories, and while it takes place in an alternate timeline than the films I have a hard time seeing the film do anything other than retread ground the series has already covered. They literally did a Flashpoint set of episodes for pete’s sake. I like Ezra Miller as the Flash, but I think he’s best used as a character making appearances in other characters’ movies.
But, y’know, that’s what would make sense — and unless it involves Wonder Woman, Warner Bros rarely does things that make sense on the big screen.
A new trailer has dropped for the Tomb Raider film reboot, and it’s looking very, very Tomb Raider-y. This time around it’s all about the relationship between Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft and her father.
The entire thing looks pretty neat, and gives hope that we may have finally uncovered the mythical “good video game adaptation film.” Of course, I know I’ve said that before and been wrong, so who knows anymore.
In any case, Tomb Raider comes to theaters March 16th.
Look, we all know the refrain — the Teen Titans animated series was super good, and the show that replaced it, Teen Titans GO!, is dumb. I mean, sure they were made for completely different age groups, but fans of the former sure do like to complain about the latter. I mean, fans have to occasionally remind themselves that sometimes there are shows not aimed at them. I mean, sometimes it’s okay for a show to be aimed at eight year olds, y’know?
Anywho, a Teen Titans GO! movie is totally a thing that’s happening, and it actually looks like it’ll be amusing. Just remind yourself – if you’re unhappy that it’s not the other version of Teen Titans, this just isn’t made for you and you don’t have to go see it.
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies hits theaters July 27, 2018
The new trailer for Ready Player One dropped this weekend, and it sure is a trailer for Ready Player One. Unlike the earlier trailer that was released at San Diego Comic-Con, this one actually gives some plot details too.
Honestly? The more I see of the film the less excited I get. I mean, with the number of references crammed in, I feel like it plans to rely more on nostalgia than bringing anything new to the table. I know that’s sort of the point of the book in many ways, but still.
In any case, Ready Player One comes out March 30, 2018.
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.