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.
So there’s a Justice League trailer we didn’t post. So we’re posting it now. Because that’s a thing you do when you run a blog which tries to post every trailer they can. This is my life now. There really isn’t any going back I don’t think. What kind of monster have I become.
So… uh… trailer?
The things goes really far to remind you that Superman is totally a thing, even if the version of the Man of Steel they describe never really showed up in Man of Steel. I mean, they’re talking like he’s comic book Superman — but that’s not the broodfest, angry alien we’ve seen in the DCEU. But hey, Wonder Woman is there. We all like Wonder Woman.
Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017, even if they don’t finish CGI removing Henry Cavill’s mustache until November 16th.
So we totally forgot to post something about the first trailer for Ready Player One (which came out during San Diego Comic Con), but we’re trying to rectify that right now. Y’know, by just posting it.
The trailer is a bit frenetic, but entertaining. It’s also pretty safe to say all the cultural references from the book will somehow be shifted to Warner Bros properties… but hey, the Iron Giant shows up?
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.
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.
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
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.
On this, the one hundredth episode of Nerd & Tie, our heroes give our review of DC’s Wonder Woman movie, discuss how said film was banned in Lebanon, celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, and continued to get confused by the ongoing progress on Sony’s Venom movie. Then we take on the con scene, where ColossalCon forced Colossus Con to rebrand, and Phoenix Comicon narrowly avoided tragedy.