The Costume For SHAZAM! Kept Changing During Production

When the first set photos from Shazam! showed Zachary Levi in costume, a lot of fans were quick to judge and say that it looked terrible and the movie was going to suck. Then, we were given our first official look at the costume, and that seemed to calm many fans down as they saw it and started to maybe have optimism about things. It turns out that the change in costume wasn’t necessarily just pre-editing vs post-editing. Director David F. Sandberg recently spoke to Film Riot Podcast and he explained that the costume was constantly changing during production. It’s possible that what we saw in the set photos was the final iteration, but there’s also a possibility that it was an earlier version of the costume and the costume changes helped it become a lot closer to the greatness that it looks like we’re getting. Here’s what Sandberg had to say about creating the costume:

Yes, there were a few iterations. And you sort of have to keep changing stuff even after we started shooting because you realize things... You shoot the first scene and Zach (Levi) is like, ‘You know, I can’t move my hands properly with these gauntlets.’ So, we had to redesign that, or like the boots kept falling apart so it’s like, ‘Oh well, I guess we have to do something different there,’ It was sort of a constant process of updating and making it work better.

You shoot the fabric [with] different lights. Before you even have a costume, you test fabric samples with different patterns on them and all that. His lightning bolt lights up, so there was a lot of test to get that right.

I am really excited about Shazam! and with the awesome fan posters that have been coming out, I cannot wait for an official trailer. Hopefully, San Diego Comic-Con will have something for us. Shazam! will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.

Source: Heroic Hollywood

Take a Look at the Cover for BLEACH One-Shot

We recently found out about a one-shot manga that Bleach is doing to help fans prepare for the live-action adaptation coming out in July. The one-shot will supposedly focus on the main characters from the movie, but that doesn’t narrow it down much. Some fans are speculating that this manga will cover Rukia’s past leading up to the movie and maybe go into more depth about Soul Society a little. I think it’d be really cool to see more of Rukia’s life pre-Ichigo.

Masashi Kudo recently tweeted out a picture of the cover with some great artwork of Ichigo with his live-action counterpart in the corner. He tweeted the following statements to fans as well:

It records a nostalgic story. It is meant to help fans prepare for the movie.

It feels like a selective masterpiece I can review before watching the [live-action] movie.

Bleach will come to Japanese theaters July 20, 2018, and hopefully, someday we’ll get it in the west.

Chris Hemsworth Credits His Work on GHOSTBUSTERS For Part of His Performance on THOR: RAGNAROK

I thought that outside of Leslie Jones, Ghostbusters was a pretty bad movie. However, it appears that it helped Chris Hemsworth open up and work on his improvisation skills that would help Thor: Ragnarok be such a great movie. Hemsworth recently talked to Esquire and mentioned that before Ghostbusters, he was very much a man who wanted to know exactly how things would pan out and what would be said, etc.

That was some of the most fun I’ve ever had on set, and probably my real jumping-in point to improvisation. Prior to that, I’d always wanted to be very confident in the fact that I knew exactly what was on the page, and I had my options worked out and I knew where the scene was going to go. Playing it safe, to a degree. And we just threw all that out the window in that film, and it really opened up a whole other side to my sort of process, I think.

It does happen on the Marvel sets. From Thor 3, definitely, it became hugely improvised. And I’m so glad I’ve been able to work with Paul prior to that. And I’ve done Saturday Night Live a couple of times; I have a movie called Vacation. So by the time I got to Thor 3, I was incredibly enthusiastic to do it. Taika Waititi, the director, had the same opinion. And we carried that into Avengers.

Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has said that roughly 80% of the final dialogue in the film was improvised and it worked. With Hemsworth possibly returning as the god of thunder, hopefully, any future adventures will be helmed by Waititi to give us the energy we now know we want from Thor.

Black Canary and Huntress Rumored To Be in BIRDS OF PREY

We don’t know too much about Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey film. Margot Robbie has described it as “R-rated girl gang film” and The Wrap has reported that Catwoman will not be in it. However, it appears that Batgirl will make an appearance before her solo film, but no other heroines have been named. Omega Underground is saying that they believe Huntress and Black Canary will be in the film though. There have not been any casting calls or any details to confirm the rumor, but it does make sense to have these two in the film. Black Canary has seen some growing popularity since her introduction on Arrow and Huntress could be a great lesser known character to introduce. If you don’t know anything about the characters, here are excerpts from their wiki pages.

Black Canary is a superhero vigilante who fights crime using martial arts and a sonic scream attack. She is one of the greatest fighters in the DC Universe, and also a strong tactical mind. Her costume is an attractive black outfit with fishnet stockings and blonde hair, and she is usually seen riding her motorcycle.
The original version is a member of the Batman Family, named Helena Wayne and written as the daughter of Batman and Catwoman on Earth-Two. She was re-written as the devout Catholic Italian-American Helena Bertinelli, the orphaned daughter of a murdered mafia family who grew up swearing deadly vengeance on the criminal underworld. Batman has frowned on her for her willingness to kill, although over time she has gotten used to more conventional methods of crime-fighting and found wider acceptance as a vigilante.

So, if these women are indeed in the film, who would you like to see play them?

Original TEEN TITANS Rumored to Being Held Hostage

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I was on Twitter this weekend when I came across this tweet from the talented Tara Strong:

You can imagine my excitement when I first read the tweet. There’s real hope of bringing Teen Titans back! I’ve already shared how Michael Jelenic said that he wants to bring the show back so this is two sources saying that this very well could happen. In my excitement, I re-read the tweet and I was suddenly very displeased.

According to Strong’s tweet, the return of Teen Titans is conditional. It will only return if Teen Titans GO! to the Movies does well. This really rubbed me the wrong way. I’m a huge fan of the original cartoon, but I was really turned off by the commercials I’d seen of Teen Titans GO!. However, at the request of some of you readers, I decided to give it a fair shot.

I learned it’s not bad as a 5-minute short. When it gets longer than 5 minutes though, you start losing me. This means I don’t want to go see TTGttM, at least not at full theater price. However, I want freaking season 6 of Teen Titans. What am I to do?

Either, Strong’s tweet has been misread by many fans including myself, she was given a wrong impression of what’s happening, or this is a dick move in an attempt to boost box office numbers. I hope Teen Titans returns, and I hope that the return isn’t conditional as many of us have been led to believe. There are many fans of the original that don’t like TTGO! and that’s OK. Don’t twist our arms and dangle a carrot in front of us to go see something we don’t actually want to see.

Jon Hamm Talks About Jeremy Renner Breaking Both Arms During Production of TAG

I’m really excited for Tag to come out. The trailers make it look like a blast. According to Jon Hamm, the set was pretty intense though as there were several injuries on set. The most notable is one that he wasn’t around for, but apparently, Jeremy Renner broke both of his arms at the same time on day 3 of production. Hamm mentions in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that they put him in green screen casts that they could fix in post with CGI. It’s crazy to think that Renner has been in several Avengers films and other action films without sustaining serious injuries. You can watch the clip of Hamm talking to DeGeneres below. Are you looking forward to this movie?

Tag will hit theaters on June 15, 2018.

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Gets a New Working Title

Star Wars fans are always trying to figure out the hidden meanings behind the working titles of the films. Just take the working title for Obi-Wan’s possible movie, Joshua Tree. There’s a whole article talking about how that probably points us just to where the film will be set, but I’m sure if you go elsewhere on the Internet, there’s more in-depth debate and theorizing happening. Before today, the working title for Episode IX was "Black Diamond." The new working title is "trIXie" according to Fantha Tracks, who gains some credibility when they explain, “the same research methods and public sources were used by the same team to uncover the production names of every Disney era Star Wars film to date.”

Of course, Red Cup was the working title for Solo for obvious reasons, but here are the other ones from the Disney era. Rogue One was "Los Alamos" where the Atomic Bomb was born. The Force Awakens was "AVCO", after the place where J.J. Abrams saw A New Hope. Finally, The Last Jedi was titled "Space Bear". Here's the explanation of how that came to be from the Lucasfilm Story Group:

"We were talking about how Luke had retreated and just taken himself out of the world and for some reason [it felt like] Legends of the Fall, when Tristan goes into the woods in the end. But then we were like, 'And then he gets mauled by a bear.' And then someone said, 'So Luke's like a space bear.'"
"Luke has to find his space bear, and then that became the code name for the movie. [Writer/director] Rian [Johnson], I think, wrote on a whiteboard in the Star Wars-type title font, 'Space Bear,' and it was forever known internally as Space Bear."

What do you think "trIXie" could mean besides the obvious visual pun? Will Trixie Tang appear and save the galaxy from Kylo Ren?

Benedict Cumberbatch is a Real Life Superhero as He Helps a Man Being Mugged!

Here’s something you don’t hear every day. Benedict Cumberbatch saved a cyclist from muggers. The Sun reports that Cumberbatch was taking an Uber near his fictional home of 221B Baker Street when he saw the cyclist being mugged and leapt into action. The report says that Cumberbatch went and pulled the muggers off the victim and as things started to look ugly, his Uber driver Manuel Dias joined him. Here’s Dias’ account of the event:

I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club — but I didn’t know it was him at first. I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street and we saw four guys were pushing around a Deliveroo cyclist. My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. They turned towards him and things looked like getting worse, so I joined in.

He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone’.

It was only then I recognised Benedict. Then it all got a bit surreal. Here was Sherlock Holmes fighting off four attackers just round the corner from Baker Street.

I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest.

They tried to hit him but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also re­cognised it was Be­ne­dict and ran away.

Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in the cyclist could have been seriously injured. He asked the rider how he was and when he said, ‘I’m OK’ Benedict just hugged him.

How crazy is that!? Sounds like his training for Doctor Strange and Sherlock have rubbed off on him. It’s also great to hear that he’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty to help those around him.

Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson and More Cast in Netflix’s THE KING

Netflix has a new movie that they’re working on called The King. The film is inspired by the works Henry IV and Henry V by William Shakespeare and will be directed by David Michod. So, who’s going to star in this film?

For starters, we have Timothee Chalamet as Hal who goes on to become Henry V and Joel Edgerton as Falstaff. These are two cast members that people have known about for a while now, but here are the new members. Sean Harris will play William, Ben Mendelsohn will be King Henry IV, The Dauphin will be played by Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp will be Princess Catherine, Tom Glynn-Carney will be Hotspur, and Philippa will be played by Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. Michod and Edgerton apparently co-wrote the script all the way back in 2013. In 2016, Edgerton talked about the film with the Happy Sad Confused podcast comparing it to Game of Thrones:

We’ve written ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V’ as a period film, but with our own dialogue. For lack of a better word, [it’s] ‘Game Of Thrones’ meets Shakespeare only in that, you can watch ‘Game Of Thrones’ and understand what’s going on. I feel like, with complete deference to Shakespeare, there is something that happens when even the most intelligent people watch Shakespeare. They feel stupid, because he does the kind of roundabout version of telling you simple things. So, we just wanted to let the audience understand exactly what’s going on, and not just some people, but everybody.

Here’s the official logline for all interested:

Inspired by elements of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V, a young, disgraced prince, Hal inherits the crown and must learn what it means to be a king, guided by his one true friend, Falstaff.

The King is currently expected to be released on the streaming platform sometime in 2019.

BLEACH Artist Draws Harley Quinn

Masashi Kudo was a character designer for Bleach and he has recently done a new take on Harley Quinn. The drawing is reportedly to celebrate the character getting her spin-off movie and Birds of Prey. This picture puts Harley in the popular red, blue, and gold outfit and pigtails. Is it just me or does she look like she belongs in the Pokemon manga? This is Kudo’s second time tackling the character. You can see his first go below the latest post.