Whether you're a defender of the movie or not, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a big disappointment to the executives at Warner Bros. The mostly negative response from both critics and audiences took the company by surprise, and since the film's release, we've been hearing about some small changes they've made to hopefully get back on track: they made Ben Affleck an executive producer on Justice League, parted with Seth Grahame-Smith on The Flash in order to find a more experienced director, they have a more lighthearted Booster Gold movie in the works, did heavy reshoots on Suicide Squad to improve the ending, and just yesterday they announced a Harley Quinn/female-centric spinoff. But now the biggest change of all has occurred: a shakeup at the executive level, which means that the studio is really taking this problem seriously and legitimately making strides toward doing something about it.
THR has the details, which include a restructuring of duties for execs, who will now handle specific "genre streams" instead of oversee the studio's entire film slate:
Courtenay Valenti, for example, will now oversee all Lego projects as well as the Harry Potter line that begins with November's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Senior production execs Jesse Ehrman and Niija Kuykendall will focus more on comedy/family and sci-fi/action, respectively, according to sources.
But the change you're probably most interested in comes with the formation of a new division called DC Films, which will be co-run by executive VP Jon Berg and DC's Creative Operations Officer Geoff Johns, who is still co-writing the standalone Batman film with Affleck. Berg was already in charge of BvS, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League, but now he'll have Johns' help in guiding these and future DC projects to the big screen. That's great news for fans of these iconic comic book characters, since Johns knows them incredibly well (in addition to his new duties, he's launching Rebirth on the comics side of DC Entertainment). Many are comparing this duo to WB/DC's version of Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, and if there's anything the DCEU movies desperately need right now, it's strong leadership from someone who has a clear understanding of the characters.
I think DC movie fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief, because it seems as if their favorite properties are finally in good hands.
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ThinkGeek is at it again trying to make you "that guy" at the workplace. It's not like you care about all that, though! I for one would love to own this Borg Cube coffee cup, but don't think I drink enough coffee to justify it. If you do, it's only about thirteen bucks! Not bad considering you're wielding the ultimate power of the Borg. All that power aside, it isn't dishwasher or microwave safe, so keep that in mind!
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It looks like the SyFy Channel is getting ready to start promoting their upcoming Superman-inspired series Krypton. Screenwriter David Goyer previously talked about the series saying that the story is set 200 years before Man of Steel takes place, "before the Superman legend we know, when the House of El was shamed and ostracized." It follows "the Man of Steel's grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known."
There's a teaser trailer for the series that has been developed, and thanks to IGN we have a description of what it entails. A pilot for the series was just ordered, and there has been footage shot just for this teaser, but it seems to nicely set up the series and it sounds like it could get fans excited for what's to come. Here's the description of the promo:
The teaser begins in space, and we see the familiar House of El "S" symbol, backed by green. As the camera continues through space, a voice over begins to ask what remains when a civilization dies, pondering if their art and culture are remembered after it’s all gone. As we hear these words, it becomes clear we are flying through the debris from Krypton after it has blown up. We see some green rocks, indicating Kryptonite, hurtling past.
As the camera speeds up through space, we hear the voice over note that while the death of a civilization means great loss, “This is not the story of how our world died. This is the story of how we lived.”
We then see a quick montage of images set on Krypton, which seemed to be taken from the early scenes in Man of Steel, including some of the creatures seen in that film. We also see a couple of Kryptonian characters facing off (a man and woman), in what looks to be footage shot just for the teaser – no one has been cast in the pilot as yet, so these are likely not all indicative of how the final characters will look or who will play them.
The promo ends saying that Krypton will be coming in 2017. I don't know if SyFy will ever release this footage as it screened recently at the NBC Universal upfronts advertising event. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series turns out, though! There's a lot of potential and a lot of things the creative team can play with in telling this story.
by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
Dwayne “The Doc” Johnson?
It’s been rumored that the man sometimes known as The Rock is being sought after for the role of the Doc Savage when director Shane Black finally gets around to making it. And like most confirmations for his work schedule Dwayne Johnson may have just dropped the latest bomb on his Instagram account.
Showing off his workspace Johnson talks about what he has in front of him – including contracts that need signing, a pick-me-up drink and “outline for a cool movie I’ll make in 2017 (with director Shane Black).”
Seeing as Black’s next project is the Predator remake / reboot which starts shooting this year and is set to drop in theaters in 2017 could this be the long-awaited Doc Savage film? Many people out there seem to think so. And The Rock does have the right physique and comedic timing to play the pulp-era hero.
We’ll keep checking back on this until something concrete comes around but I’m willing to believe that we’ll see The Rock as the Doc.
by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
Deadpool proved that you don’t need to be a mainstream X-Men film to bring in audiences and FOX may have taken notice on that as an X-Force film may be closer to reality than we think.
While talking to Fandango, director Bryan Singer said that the studio is already big on the film getting made and Simon Kinberg (producer and screenwriter on the recent X-Men films) is already hard at work on the script.
The usual comic book lineup includes already introduced characters like Deadpool, Colossus and Psylocke. It’s unlikely that Wolverine will be showing up despite being a regular teammate as Hugh Jackman will be hanging up the claws after 2017’s Wolverine solo film.
But Singer has a plan for that already as he lobbied for X-23 (a female clone made from Wolverine’s DNA) to be in the film:
I have discussed that with the studio. I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female.
That wouldn’t be too shabby of an idea as X-23 might be able to pick up the ball that Wolverine put down when Jackman retires from playing the character.
And much like how a Deadpool / X-Men crossover could happen if done the right way, Singer confirmed that a crossover between the two X-teams is very much a possibility:
But it has to be done right. Anytime you throw all these characters together to hit a start date, it can make a lot of money, but it can also be a clusterfuck. To me, it has to be done with a lot of care. These things can get overwhelming, and if a character doesn’t belong in a movie, don’t use him. If the tone can still maintain itself, I’m all for it. What I’m not for is throwing a bunch of characters together and hoping it works.
Until that day comes though we have X-Men: Apocalypse which comes out in theaters May 27.
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San Fransisco Comic Con has released the official poster for their upcoming event. It's a charming, Norman Rockwell-inspired piece that was created by artist Julian Tedesco. The poster includes Rey, BB-8, Conan, Deadpool, and Batman, a quartet of heroes who seem to be singing their hearts out.
San Fransisco Comic Con takes place from September 2-4, and for more information on the geek event, click here. I've never been to this convention, but I think I might try to attend this year. I love San Fransisco, and it will give me an excuse to go!
by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief
A new trailer for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters has dropped and it’s a step in a MUCH better direction.
Like many, I love Ghostbusters and wish we’d have gotten a third film with the proper cast, but it didn’t happen. With the death of Harold Ramis it’s just not possible. I wish there’d been some connecting tissue with the original film instead of pretending it never happend. I hated everything about the original plot breakdown that we published well over a year ago. Even though I have my doubt I love the cast and I like the director so I’m going in with as much of an open mind as possible.
I still don’t love everything I’ve seen, but this feels a lot better to me than that last trailer.
It’s hard to believe that one day Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic book series will come to an end. It’s been around for so long, and the stories for the characters just keep getting deeper and deeper and more intense. It’s good to know that it’s all leading somewhere, though. the writer and creator recently revealed that he knows exactly how the series will end.
During a recent Reddit AMA to promote his upcoming series Outcast, a fan asked Kirkman if he already had an end for The Walking Dead planned out in his head. This was Kirkman’s response:
"Yes, but y'know... It's not happening for a long, LOOOOOONG time."
Why is this brief comment important? Because any good storyteller knows that knowing your ending is important. It’s what guides the story. Starting a story with no end in mind can be disastrous. That’s exactly what happened with the TV series Lost. The creators and writers of that show had no idea how they would end it! This tells us that Kirkman is going to give fans the solid ending they deserve when it finally comes to that point in the distant future.
There’s a lot of fan speculation out there that the series will end with Carl Grimes leading a group of people into a hopeful future. But no one knows for sure. During the same Q&A Kirkman teased Rick’s death. When asked if Rick would ever die, Kirkman responded, “eventually.”
We know Rick’s death is inevitable, we just don’t know exactly when or how it will happen. For a man of his stature, I hope he goes out in a powerful way that matters. I can’t help but think he will gloriously and selflessly go out sacrificing himself for someone he loves.
How would you want to see The Walking Dead come to an end?