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.
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.
Even though the studio has tried to downplay it, the reshoots of Justice League must have made some significant alterations to the film. The latest sign of this is that Joss Whedon will now receive a screenwriting credit for the film alongside original writer Chris Terrio.
Whedon, of course, was brought on board when the film’s original director Zack Snyder had to step down due to some rather tragic personal stuff. Whedon had already been brought on board to take a look at the script, and was the natural replacement. Frankly, Snyder’s previous entries in the DCEU have had a tone problem, and Whedon (being one of the architects of the early MCU) is probably one of the few people working in Hollywood who has a chance of righting the ship.
I mean, you probably shouldn’t get into a romantic relationship with the guy, but his writing and directing are solid.
Obviously the overall plot will be relatively the same as Terrio and Snyder are still sharing the “story by” credit, but Whedon’s contributions must be fairly sizable at this point. Of course, this whole thing may end up a tonal mess — but at least they’re trying?
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.
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.
I am dead inside.
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