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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at The Batman, Nightwing, The Lego Batman Movie, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, Black Adam, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Vixen, Powerless, Logan, X-Men: Supernova, Deadpool 2, X-Men: The New Mutants, Gambit, Fantastic Four 2, Legion, Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Doctor Strange 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Captain Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, Iron Fist and more…
We’ll start things off with the DC Extended Universe this week, and this week saw another twist in the saga of The Batman with Warner Bros. officially announced that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) has signed on to replace Ben Affleck as director of the Dark Knight solo movie, after Reeves has previously broken off talks the previous week. “I have loved the Batman story since I was a child, »
- Gary Collinson
Although Aquaman is still quite a ways down the road from being released, thanks to a casting call site we may have discovered both a new synopsis and confirmation of an actress to appear in the film. On acting-auditions.org a brief synopsis for the film reads as follows.
"Aquaman will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface. Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jason Momoa will play Aquaman. Also starring is Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Hollywood Film Awards winner Amber Heard as Mera, two-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, New Zealand Film and TV Awards winner Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. »
- Drew Carlton
With pre-production on Warner Bros.’ Aquaman in full swing ahead of filming in Australia this May, casting call website Acting Auditions has shared a potential logline for the DC superhero movie which briefly teases the film’s plot:
Aquaman will center on Aquaman as a reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who is caught between land dwellers that are always polluting the globe and his own people who are ready to invade the surface.
Aquaman is being directed by James Wan (Fast & Furious 6, The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as »
- Gary Collinson
2017 is looking to be quite the year for comic book movies, and in particular for DC and Warner Bros. who will finally kick off their stand-alone films featuring popular DC characters.
We have, of course, already seen Man Of Steel send Superman soaring back onto screens, which revived the franchise a few years ago, but now, following Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and then the DC villains movie Suicide Squad, both of which scored huge numbers at the box-office, the studio are throwing some of the lesser known characters into the mix.
First up is Wonder Woman, which will arrive in the summer of 2017. The film sees Gal Gadot reprise the role from Batman V Superman, and also sees Hollywood heavyweights Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Danny Huston join the cast. The film will be the first to feature a DC character that isn’t Superman or Batman in decades. »
- The Hollywood News
With production starting this summer in Australia on Warner Bros.' Aquaman, the supporting cast is now starting to come together. A recent video even revealed that Jason Momoa has begun his stunt training for this superhero adventure. The story is still being kept under wraps, though, with very little revealed about this stand alone film. Over the weekend, director James Wan answered a few fan questions through social media, confirming that the DC Comics character Aqualad will not be a part of this movie.
Last night, one fan asked director James Wan on Twitter if he's looking for an actor to play Aqualad. The director's response was swift and merciless, saying that he is, "Absolutely not at all" looking to cast someone as Aqualad. This confirmation upset some fans, with one even going so far as to claim that the exclusion of Aqualad "crushed" his dreams. The director responded »
Each new entry into Universal’s lucrative Fast and Furious is often advertised to be bigger and bolder than those that came before, but it seems F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious is quite literally bigger than its predecessors – in terms of running time, at least.
A new report from European outlet Cinemarx – as relayed by Polygon – claims Gray’s action sequel checks in at an eye-watering 160 minutes in length. That would catapult The Fate of the Furious into Silence territory, considering how Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated epic spanned two hours and 41 minutes when it graced theaters late last year. As for how this alleged runtime compares to previous Fast and Furious movies, at just under three hours in length, The Fate of the Furious would go down as the longest movie in the franchise’s history.
The closest competition would be Furious 7, which clocked in »
- Michael Briers
With Aquaman gearing up to go into production in Australia, director James Wan has revealed that he will be reuniting with The Conjuring 2 cinematographer Don Burgess on the 2018 DC solo movie, with Wan posting the following to Twitter:
Don Burgess. Some upcoming kid I gave a break to on Conjuring 2. https://t.co/BMzyqzrSE3
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) February 20, 2017
Burgess is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, whose extensive C.V. includes Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away, Spider-Man, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Polar Express, The Book of Eli, The Muppets, Flight, Allied and Monster Trucks.
Aquaman is set for release on October 5th, 2018 and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, »
- Gary Collinson
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So much for that positive Batman news.
Just a week after War for the Planet of the Apes’ Matt Reeves was reportedly in talks to direct The Batman – the week after Ben Affleck announced his departure from the role – THR have now revealed the director is no longer interested.
Not only that, but according to one report, Affleck himself “wants out” of the franchise.
Will Arnett, now’s your time.
If you’re keeping count (I’ve got a spreadsheet), that’s now five directors who have left the DC Extended Universe. Michelle McClaren from Wonder Woman, »
- Oli Davis
Last June, Warner Bros/New Line began work on a horror spin-off from The Conjuring 2 based off the evil Nun demon depicted in the film. Today they've given the film a Summer 2018 release date.
James Wan's The Conjuring films have proven to be a treasure trove of horror ideas for Warner Bros. The first film (on top of being genuinely good) spawned a spin-off based off of Annabelle the doll, which is getting its own sequel later this year on August 11, 2017. The Conjuring 2 managed to give another paranormal villain audiences seemed enamored with and soon after Conjuring 2 hit theaters, the studios revealed plans for The Nun spin-off.
At the start of this month they announced Corin Hardy was directing The Nun based on a script from James Wan and Gary Dauberman, and now it even has a release date. The Nun will launch on July 13, 2018, which just »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Well well well, it appears as if James Wan's The Conjuring is doing quite well for itself, as yet another spinoff of the well-received horror film is being fast-tracked for a Summer 2018 release. Today, Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema label has confirmed that The Nun will gear up to scare the daylights our of moviegoers on July 13, 2018. The Nun marks the second time that characters from James... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
17 February 2017 11:48 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The feature centers on the breakout villain from The Conjuring 2, a demonic nun that has a penchant for jumping out at people from dark hallways.
On its July 13 release date, The Nun will open alongside the family animation film Hotel Transylvania 3. Other releases set for July 2018 include Alita: Battle Angel and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Mia Galuppo
Variety reports that New Line Cinema has scheduled The Nun for a July 13th, 2018 release, which just happens to be a Friday the 13th, adding an extra layer of eeriness to the film's upcoming debut. Hardy will direct from a screenplay by James Wan and Gary Dauberman, with Wan and Peter Safran producing the project.
Specific plot details are unknown at this time, other than the fact that the spinoff will focus on the villainous nun who was inserted into The Conjuring 2 towards the end of shooting, when Wan came up with the idea for the creepy character played by Bonnie Aarons.
As fans of The Conjuring franchise know, this isn't the first character »
- Derek Anderson
The studio began developing “The Nun” last June, shortly after “The Conjuring 2” opened. Producers are James Wan, who directed the two “Conjuring” movies and produced the sequel, and Peter Safran, who produced both movies. The current script for “The Nun” is written by Gary Dauberman and Wan.
The demon nun came to life in “The Conjuring 2” from a painting by Patrick Wilson’s paranormal investigator Ed Warren and later attacked Vera Farmiga’s Lorraine Warren. “The Conjuring 2” deals with the 1977 case of demonic possession of an 11-year-old British girl, played by Madison Wolfe.
New Line has already successfully spun off 2014’s “Annabelle »
- Dave McNary
A new report from Reel News Hawaii suggests Marvel is beginning to make serious headway on a live-action movie based on Namor The Sub-Mariner.
First spotted by Screen Rant, today’s fleeting tidbit hails from Rnh’s Twitter feed, which claims that Hawaii is about to play host to two rival superhero productions in the not-so-distant future. The first is James Wan’s Aquaman solo movie, which will be summoned in front of the cameras this April ahead of its release in October 2018, while the second is reportedly the long-rumored Namor feature film.
Incidentally, the volcanic state already has a Marvel project in its midst in the form of The Inhumans, which is incubating in production ahead of a premiere on ABC – and select IMAX theaters – this fall. Indeed, Reel News Hawaii allegedly caught wind of this fresh Namor rumor from unnamed Marvel sources. The latter is yet to announce anything official, »
- Michael Briers
Sneak Peek footage of actor Jason Momoa, aka 'Arthur Curry'/'Aquaman', the star of director James Wan's upcoming "Aquaman" stand-alone 3D underwater feature that could make Marvel's 'Namor: The Sub-Mariner' look like 'Charlie The Tuna':
'David' was originally an autistic orphan placed in the 'Gotham City' prison 'Arkham Asylum'. He felt comfortable in freezing cold water, but found cotton sheets excruciatingly painful. Because the attendants at Arkham did not know how to deal with autism, they would end up restraining him to the bed as he struggled and screamed.
The boy would end up being subjected to experimental treatments. One treatment seemed to clear the boy's head, but left him violent as a result, killing the scientist who administered the treatment, »
- Michael Stevens
Recently we got a look at Amber Heard throwing some jabs in preparation for her role as Mera in upcoming DC Extended Universe blockbuster Aquaman, and now we have footage of Jason Momoa undergoing some sword-fighting training (set to some seriously loud heavy metal music) as he gears up for his third outing as the superhero after last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and November’s Justice League. Check it out here
It’s worth noting that the training facility in the video it 87Eleven Action Design, which is not only where Amber Heard is also honing her skills, but also a studio that has worked on other blockbuster franchises such as John Wick.
- Robert Kojder
A short clip of Jason Momoa practicing a sword battle has surfaced online. Filmed at 87Eleven Action Design's studio, it seems Aquaman will be taking on two other sword-wielding adversaries in James Wan's film. Does the King of Atlantis lose his trident in Zack Snyder's Justice League, or is this a flashback scene in Wan's standalone pic to a time before Aquaman acquired the mighty Atlantean weapon? Jason Momoa working on his Sword skills for Aquaman at 87Eleven before heading out for Australia to shoot. Modern Day Savage. #87Eleven #Hyperfly #Aquaman #Ycth #DCUniverse #JasonMomoa #JiuJitsuKnows #Stuntmen #SwordFighting A post shared by Hyperfly (@doordie) on Feb 14, 2017 at 3:04pm Pst About The Dceu Aquaman Movie The standalone Aquaman movie arrives in theaters on October 5, 2018. James Wan directs from a script written by Will Beal after a treatment was first created by Wan and Geoff Johns. Wan has confirmed that »
Earlier today, Aquaman star Jason Momoa revealed that he recently read the script for this superhero adventure, praising the unique world that the King of Atlantis inhabits. The actor also teased that he's recently started his training for the movie. And as it turns out, we now have a brief glimpse at some of the actor's swordplay training, thanks to a new video. While we don't get a detailed glimpse at the actor's skills, it's clear he's training pretty hard for this latest addition to the Dceu.
This video was posted on Instagram by the athletic apparel company Hyperfly, which shows Jason Momoa working on his swordplay moves with three unidentified trainers at the 87Eleven facility, which was founded by John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. The video isn't terribly long, but it gives us a tiny glimpse into what kinds of sword fighting scenes we may see »
Fans got their first look at Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry in a memorable but brief cameo appearance in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but they'll get to see a whole lot more of this iconic character in this year's Justice League, in theaters November 17. The actor is also prepping to star in his stand alone Aquaman movie, shedding new details about the story in a recent interview. According to the actor, this movie will take fans to places they've never seen before in a movie. When asked about what an Aquaman video game might look like if he were in charge, the actor had this to say.
"I read the Aquaman script and let me just put it this way, I've never seen a movie that's anything like this. It's going to be a world that you've never seen before, which is really cool. We went to space, »
The DC Extended Universe has been making headlines lately, and as I’m sure you know, the headlines haven’t been pretty. Actor/director Ben Affleck’s involvement seems like a constant question mark, and fans are only left to wonder if they’ll be left out in the cold when all said and done. Plus, as great as the footage has been for the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films, fans can’t help but wonder if they’ll be treated to another Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad in terms of disappointing end products.
Throughout all this drama, however, there is one DC film that seems to be trucking along quite nicely. In the face of any doubts mainstream audiences may have about the execution of the Aquaman character, director James Wan seems to have everything under control. Every so often we get a casting update, and »
- Joseph Medina
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