After countless delays, 20th Century Fox have finally confirmed that the long awaited live-action Deadpool movie is entering production. There’s still no official word yet on whether it will star Ryan Reynolds. But the hugely positive response to the recently released test footage which, according to Reynolds definitely helped move things along, makes it seem likely.
The movie is currently scheduled for a February 12, 2016 release date. Fox has also announced an as-yet untitled Wolverine sequel due March 2017, which could pave the way for a much better Wolverine/Deadpool match-up than we saw before.
Although hardly anybody had even heard of it 2 months ago, several signs have appeared that Guardians of the Galaxy could play an important part in Avengers 3, currently scheduled for 2018. The first indication was recent quote from Guardians director James Gunn that, as the characters all share the same universe, “they are likely to, at some point or another, run into each other.”
But an even more compelling sign comes from wrestling site PW Mania which recently ran an article on WWE wrestler Dave Bautista, the actor who plays Guardians hero Drax the Destroyer. Following the movie’s success, Marvel are restructuring his contract to secure him for roles in bother Avengers 3 and the recently announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2, due out July 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is due July 2017
Zack Snyder’s just tweeted the first proper photo of the new Batmobile from Batman V Superman, after yesterday’s poor quality ones were leaked onto Instagram.
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Unsurprisingly, most people’s reactions have focused on the hard-to-miss machine gun turrets mounted to the front. I’ll admit, my reaction was the same: Since when does Batman use guns? Doesn’t this fly in the face of his whole “Guns killed my parents so I’ll dedicate my life to fighting crime” ethos?
Well it turns out ‘no, it doesn’t’. Or at least if it does, it’s done so for nearly 25 years.
That’s the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 movie, using machine gauns to tear through the Axis Chemical factory. I can’t remember why, but I’m sure there was a really good reason for it. And to prove that wasn’t a fluke, here are some more guns mounted to the front of the Batpod in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
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Taking this week’s prize for most unexpected twist is news that Oscar-winner and bona-fide Hollywood legend Al Pacino is a huge Guardians of the Galaxy fan and wants a part in the sequel. Speaking to Deadline at the recent Venice Film Festival, Pacino praised Marvel’s most-recent blockbuster, stating “I just saw Guardians Of The Galaxy… It was amazing. I did find it the most entertaining, inventive, beautiful film.”
Al Pacino at the 2014 Venice Film Festival (Credit: swide.com)
Going out of his way to show he meant it, Pacino went on: “It was not something I would readily go see, but my kids got me to go, and one has to draw the line at where prejudice starts and where it ends—that was good stuff . . . I recognized the ingenious stuff they were doing; the invention, the attractiveness of the way they were performing it. It had Shakespearean feeling to it at times.”
Asked whether he was impressed enough to consider appearing in a superhero movie himself, he explained “I would do anything that I could understand in terms of how I fit in it. And you know, of course if I could fit in it. Anything’s possible.”
So, with the 2017 sequel being put together as we speak, and one of Hollywood’s biggest A-list starts apparently keen to put in an appearance, the question is who would he play?
One of the biggest surprises to come out of this year’s Comic-Con is this test footage of the long-delayed Deadpool movie, starring Ryan Reynolds. There’s been no mention so far of when or even if an actual movie will go into production, but judging by the reaction to the trailer, the audience is clearly there for it. So with a script by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese all ready, and Ryan Reynolds stating last year that it will get made “eventually”, this leak could be the start of the hype train for a live-action Deadpool movie. Update: A day after the test footage ‘leaked’, it was officially released online by Blur Studio, the VFX company who created it for 20th Century Fox .
The actor has discussed his views on one of the best-known comic book villains of all time, in a recent interview. Describing the character as “a complicated, challenging person”, Eisenberg explained “I got to know one of the writers Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology.”
It’s been reported that Lex Luthor will be re-invented as a gang member living on the streets at age fourteen, before making his billionsand establishing LexCorp at 18. The villain, depicted with the familiar shaved head and not so familiar sleeve tattoo of the Metropolis skyline, is described as “one part tech genius, one part ruthless businessman and two parts Metropolis street tough”.
After some uncertainty, the release date war between Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America 3 has been settled, with Batman V Superman moving from its original May 6, 2016 release date up to March 25, 2016.
Following the record-breaking opening for Captain America: The Winter Soldier this April, Steve Rogers is officially a hot solo-movie commodity. After the character’s strong debut in 2011’s The First Avenger, and buoyed by the success of The Avengers the following year, Captain America 3 had already been confirmed before the Winter Soldier’s $96 million opening weekend. But with the sequel’s groundbreaking success, and some even saying The Winter Soldier is Marvel studios’ best solo-movie yet, the date was set for release on May 6th, one of the busiest box office weekends of the year and the same day Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was due to open. But then, after much speculation and both sides seemingly refusing to budge, Warner Bros. decided to move Batman V Superman forward to 6th May 2016. This marks the third, and hopefully last, time that the release date has been changed.
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Warner Bros has announced plans to release a further nine movies based on DC Comics characters between after Batman V Superman. While they’ve yet to reveal any titles, sources suggest that there will be at least two standalone Batman sequels and a further Man of Steel sequel, as well as the recently announced Justice League movie. So far, the other titles are anybody’s guess.
Here’s the full schedule, covering dates from 2016 to 2020:
- Untitled DC Film – August 5, 2016
- Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017
- Untitled DC Film – November 17, 2017
- Untitled DC Film – March 23, 2018
- Untitled Animated Film – Memorial Day 2018
- Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018
- Untitled WB Event Film – November 16, 2018
- Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019
- Untitled Animated Film – Memorial Day 2019
- Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019
- Untitled DC Film – April 3, 2020
- Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020
- Untitled WB Event Film – November 20, 2020
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Joss Whedon has revealed three more characters who will appear in next May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. [Spoilers below]
New characters in the superhero collaboration are brother and sister team Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, as well as The Vision, a type of android created by Ultron which he refers to as a “synthezoid”. This will mark the first appearance of The Vision in Marvel’s movie universe, but viewers of Captain America: The WInter Soldier who stuck around long enough to watch the credits will have already caught a glimpse of Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Quicksilver, who also featured in the recent X-Men: Days of Future Past, this time played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Both actors are signed for a multi-picture deal as their characters, though it’s not yet known whether this includes any solo-movies for either character.
Warner Bros have released the first image of Gal Gadot, the new Wonder Woman, complete with new costume.
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Clearly inspired by the familiar look from the comic-books and TV show, the costume makes her look a little less like a cheerleader, which can only be a good thing. It’s good to see they’ve stuck with the ever practical high-heeled boots though.