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Aquaman is once again changing writers as Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has been hired to write the script the Atlantean King, per The Hollywood Reporter. However, Beall will apparently be working off a very detailed treatment written by none other than director James Wan and DC Comcs scribe and executive Geoff Johns. Johns is currently overseeing all of the DC Extended Universe films with Jon Berg.
This is a bit of a funny twist given that in 2014 Beall was hired to write a competing draft to Aquaman as WB looked for multiple scripts to turn into a potential film. At the time, WB chose Kurt Johnstad’s script, which then got a rewrite from David Leslie Johnson once James Wan came onboard. Johnson wrote Wan’s Conjuring 2, but not it seems to have come full circle for Beall as he is again tasked with turning Wan and Johns’ treatment into a full script. »
- Ricky Church
According to a recent New York Post article, the alleged Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fallout is continuing behind the scenes at Warner Brothers. The rumor suggests that Greg Silverman, the WB production chief and Sue Kroll, the president of worldwide marketing and distribution, are up on the chopping block. This comes after the news of Charles Roven's producing future DC Comics movies to be in question, Ben Affleck being promoted to executive producer on Justice League (where he stars as Batman, and is directed by Zack Snyder) and Geoff Johns and Jon Berg being promoted to co-heads of DC Films. Warner Brother's next superhero movie, Suicide Squad, will release in theaters August 5, 2016. No doubt, Warner Brothers is hoping that movie will be much more critically and financially successful. Especially as they are trying to establish the DC Cinematic Universe to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men universe. »
In an new interview, Ben Affleck says his forthcoming Batman solo movie will tell an "original story"...
Warner-dc may be making changes behind the scenes with its movie universe - Geoff Johns and Jon Berg have been brought in to oversee the films' storytelling, while veteran producer Charles Roven's moving over to an exective role - but Ben Affleck's still busy working on his solo Batman movie.
Exactly what we can expect from the new Batman is understandably vague at this point, though there have been rumours that it will somehow rope in just about every major villain the Caped Crusader's fought so far. In a new interview with Argentine outlet Cinos Argentinos, Affleck's talked a little bit about the story he's writing - and how it's an original yarn only partly inspired by DC's comics.
"I think what I would do is, I would »
It’s become impossible to write about the DC movies or this title in particular without people getting up in arms for one reason or another, but it remains intriguing to see how they are moving forward. One of the reasons you build your entire marketing plan before you release the movie in any format is so you aren’t playing from a reactive place. After the incredibly divisive response to the film, it would be easy to see this as Zack Snyder and Warner’s way of apologizing… only that’s not the case. This is something they planned to do from the moment they realized how different the theatrical cut was going to be compared to what they ended up releasing in theaters. It’s almost startling to see how different a movie this appears to be based on this ad. It’s funny to read people get excited all over again, »
- Drew McWeeny
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has long been known as "franchise viagra." Just add The Rock and (for the most part) audiences are happy to smell what he's cooking...with the exception of Hercules. He'll be joining the DC universe as Black Adam in Shazam in April of 2019, but according to Johnson's producing partner, Hiram Garcia (via ComicBook.com), that timetable could move forward a bit. For those who are unfamiliar, Shazam is a wish-fulfillment story about a boy named Billy Batson, who shouts "Shazam!" to invoke the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the invulnerability of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. In other words, he transforms into a Superman-like figure. It's a light-hearted and hopeful comic, and Garcia assures that's just what the film will be, saying, "Our take on that world is first and foremost about bad a** fun. »
- Roth Cornet
Producer Charles Roven is to slightly change roles, as Warner Bros continues its post-Batman V Superman alterations...
Following the response to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Warner Bros has been making behind the scenes changes to the team overseeing the DC movie universe, as it looks to do some 'course correction' work. We suspect you already know that the reaction to Zack Snyder's movie wasn't as positive as Warner Bros was hoping (and the box office fell a bit short too)Already, we've seen Geoff Johns and Jon Berg put in place to oversee the DC movie universe, and Seth Grahame-Smith is no longer directing The Flash movie.
Now we learn of a change in role for producer Charles Roven, who has been involved in DC movies since 2005's Batman Begins. He's produced Man Of Steel through to next year's Wonder Woman, but after those, »
On board to write, direct and star in the vigilante’s solo outing, we learned only yesterday that Geoff Johns will co-write the offshoot, but Ben Affleck is already heaping praise on his writing partner.
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News arrives via Batman-News, relaying a clip of Affleck promoting DC Universe: Rebirth #1, billed as the first installment in the next chapter of DC Comics. It’ll hit store shelves tomorrow, May 25, and the actor-writer-director has described Johns as “a f**king genius.”
“I would read anything by Geoff Johns. F***ing genius, I love him. I love DC, I’m really excited about where it’s going, and I couldn’t be more honored and thrilled to »
- Michael Briers
Ever since the news came out yesterday that Geoff Johns will join with Jon Berg as the joint-bosses of the WB’s new DC Film Division, the hopes of many fans have been raised. With a new vision now overseeing the Dceu, will it climb out of its slump and start delivering films that live up to the potential of the characters?
Has Warner Bros/DC found their own Kevin Feige? With DC lagging behind Marvel's movie franchises, many fixes have been suggested for the struggling Dceu. One of them is that the Dceu needs a single, focused vision to oversee its course, the way Marvel has Kevin Feige as the lord-and-master of the entire McU. For a time, it seemed like WB/DC had settled on Zack Snyder as their creative mastermind, despite the underwhelming results he’s delivered to them with Watchmen, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. »
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When a silver-haired Bruce Wayne pulls on the cape and cowl once again after emerging from many years of self-imposed retirement in Frank Miller’s classic 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, he realises Gotham City has fallen so far into the depths of hell that Batman must adopt unprecedented methods to turn things around. Warner/DC now faces a similar challenge with its nascent cinematic universe, which has got off to the worst possible start thanks to the impenetrable mess that was Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The good news is that the studio does seem to be finally moving in the right direction. Warner this week announced the creation of DC Films, a standalone unit perhaps aimed at mimicking the success of Disney-owned Marvel Studios, »
- Ben Child
WB and DC certainly seem to be snagging headlines left and right these days. Following the release of Batman v Superman, their continuing foray into their own DC Extended Universe has been a hot topic of debate and discussion. While they've been trying to get this universe off the ground, it's been a bit unnerving to fans that the studio had nothing of a Kevin Feige (i.e., an overlord with a vision for the whole universe). Recently, it was reported that DC has taken their first steps in that direction with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, but those don't seem to be the only things WB is doing.
The studio also seems to be taking a lot of the criticism of Batman v Superman to heart. If you believe the rumors that have been floating around, WB appears to be trying to add more levity to their next film, »
- Joseph Medina
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice continues to have ramifications for Warner Bros, and how it manages its DC movie universe. Appreciating that some people care for the film very much, the fundamental problem Warner Bros is facing is that many didn’t, and that a movie that was expected to gross over $1bn has fallen some way short of that. The total right now is $870m, and for a film with DC's two most famous characters in it, that's below what was predicted.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is set to soar past the $1bn mark by the end of this week (having been on release for just over a fortnight), to put it in context. And current estimates suggest that that film »
Deadline has confirmed a major reorganization at Warner Bros regarding the approach to the still-building film series based on its DC Comics properties. Warner Bros declined comment, but sources with knowledge of the reorganization have confirmed that DC chief content officer Geoff Johns, who helped establish the brand’s presence on television, and WB Evp Jon Berg will now co-run DC Films. While DC Films has long been a production banner within Warner Bros, it will now… »
Star Wars: Rogue One will see the dramatic return of the At-at. Ryan takes a look back at the Empire walker's creation and hidden origins...
Their introduction almost matches Darth Vader's grand entrance in the original Star Wars when it comes to sheer menace. We see the walkers first as black dots against the planet Hoth's snow-white horizon. Then we see their huge, lumbering feet through a Rebel's Electrobinoculars. Cut to a reaction shot of R2-D2 in the underground Rebel base, whistling fractiously as chunks of ice are shaken loose by the thud-thud of those metal feet.
It's only after a squadron of snowspeeders is scrambled that we finally get a proper look at the Imperial walkers: looming some 15 metres above the ice, they're a startling amalgam of tank and beast: heads bristling with cannon and blasters, armoured body mounted atop four striding legs. Compared to the Empire's rank-and-file Stormtroopers, »
Much has been said regarding the aftermath of Batman v Superman. While I don't think many people would call it a failure -- the movie still made around $725 million worldwide thus far -- it's definitely been a bit of a disappointment in the eyes of the studio. As we reported yesterday, the film may very well make less profit than Man Of Steel, despite Man Of Steel being made on a smaller budget, and despite only starring Superman in the lead role.
Now rumors seem to be flying about all kinds of goings on behind the scenes. Recently there was word that they'd be going back into Suicide Squad reshoots with the intent of making it lighter and funnier. While we can't confirm or deny that, actor Jai Courtney did go on the record to say that the rumor was false, as far as he could tell. Now the latest »
- Joseph Medina
When I finally caved for a second viewing of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” I spotted only six or seven other people in the theater. Even following a dramatic 69% second weekend drop, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
This is “Batman v Superman,” a blockbuster event meant to jump-start an entire cinematic universe, yet in its 13th day of release, the superhero pic mustered only $2.8 million, a number that couldn’t even match Marvel’s “Ant-Man” ($3 million), Snyder’s previous foray “Man of Steel” ($4 million) or even Tim Burton’s 1989 reintroduction to “Batman” on the big screen ($4.36 million). It was a heavily front-loaded release, to be sure: a $166 million opening was a rallying cry for proponents in the face of countless critical pans. But at this point, hitting the magic $1 billion figure in worldwide grosses seems to be out of reach.
If all the recent release »
- Kristopher Tapley
In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Zack Snyder opened up a bit about the WB/DC's philosophy when it comes to the tone of its upcoming slate of films. Much has been made about there being some sort of mandate that the film's all be sort of serious, dark, and gritty. When asked about this, Snyder says that there is no hard and fast rule about tone at the studio.
"Zack Snyder: The mandate is that we try and make the best movies we can. If you're making a Flash movie with Ezra Miller, it's like millennial Flash. It's going to be a little lighter than making a World War I epic with this feminist icon like Wonder Woman. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The story is based on an original concept by Dougas and Warner Bros’ Jon Berg.
Grant Pierce Myers (The Maze Runner) will write the screenplay about treasure hunters who steal museums artifacts as they trawl through the criminal underworld in search of the greatest treasure of all time.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
17 items from 2016
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