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Is Harry Potter’s David Thewlis Wonder Woman Villain Ares?

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With nothing but a really stellar trailer from a few months ago, Warner Bros and DC’s Wonder Woman movie has been quiet as far as the overall plot. There hadn’t been any news on the villains or central plot beyond the time period taking place in World War I. With the footage and images we’ve seen with that in mind, we should be fairly excited for what’s yet to come, but there is news that Anomolisa and Harry Potter veteran David Thewlis could be taking on the main villain role of Ares. 

If you paid any attention to exploratory Latin, you’d know who Ares is from Greek mythology, he’s a god of war with a sick obsession for destruction and battle. That’s not too different from his comic book origins and his connections to Wonder Woman.

Thewlis will fuse practical effects with CGI like most of the characters you see in big budget films. Thewlis has a knack for playing dark, dramatic, even poetic villainy while communicating almost a Shakespearean character all in one. I remember first seeing him in a childhood favorite of mine, Dragonheart, so if you don’t understand my description, check out that stinking movie! His talents will hopefully only add to what we hope is at least a good movie by the end, but to say we fans are skeptical is an understatement.

Beyond Thewlis and Gal Gadot, the cast is pretty impressive which only makes the anticipation rise like tides for this movie to come out. You have; Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, Lucy Davis, Ewen Bremner, and Saïd Taghmaoui all cast in significant roles which we’ve seen peaks of thus far.

In case you don’t know the design of Ares from his comics, have a look down below, and tell me what you think about Thewlis lending his voice and body to the role.

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Source: Batman-News

First Look At Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Cast

Shane Black’s fourth directed film comes with much anticipation as the film auteur returns to the franchise in which he has a supporting role as well as writing credits. The Predator will be the fourth of the solo Predator films to hit theaters with all, but the first one receiving less than stellar reviews. Black has made some of the better films of the last few years with his signature work on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, and the criminally under-seen The Nice Guys.

Starring in the film is Boyd Holbrook of Narcos fame and can be seen as the main villain in Logan heading to theaters this March. Rounding out the cast is Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Olivia Munn, Keegan Michael-Key, Sterling K. Brown, and Room standout, Jacob Tremblay.

Black went onto his Twitter to share the cast photo:

Breaking away from the classic “buff dudes” from the original film, Black has made the film or more temporary, yet still a referential film for the most part. Fans haven’t been too pleased with the addition of young star Jacob Tremblay, not because the kid isn’t talented beyond his peers (no seriously), but because the rumor is that Tremblay’s character could be an autistic boy is a savant that can understand language which could leak a plot point for how they crew takes down the alien hunter.

Source: Shane Black

Could DC’s Shazam Finally Be Eyeing A Director?

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DC has been clogging up the toilets of movie news websites for months now and I’m not sure there is a plunger big enough to get the job done. Nonetheless, you gotta do what you gotta do regardless. With Batman, The Flash, and a pretty much every other property they have beyond Aquaman and Wonder Woman, there hasn’t been any director that has stayed long enough on a project to matter, but there might be a director finally in talks to take on the Shazam movie that will have Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam (finally).

Shazam is a cool character who is actually merely a young boy named Billy Batson who is granted the magical abilities to become a superhero strong enough to take on Superman with the use of one word. His main antagonist has been cast for almost three years now, but nothing has come of the film beyond that point. It sounds they are at least trying to get a story and director involved by eyeing up Lights Out director David F. Sandberg.

Sandberg did tremendous work directing the small budget horror film and was a financial success for New Line Cinema and getting praise from producer, writer, director, and Aquaman helmer James Wan. Sandberg will be directing the sequel to Annabelle, the horror spin-off about a cursed doll terrorizing a family. With Wan being one of the more respected filmmakers for Warner Brothers thus far, it makes sense he’d try to give Sandberg high praise in order for him to come onto the DC crew as a director.

Since Shazam will not be directly tied to the DC Extended Universe, he can stand on his own in a way that won’t dilute his stories thanks to the existence of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman etc. New Line Cinemas, the branch company of Warner Bros., will be producing the Shazam film. Now the next hopeful step is to sign him on and find their Shazam ASAP.

Source: The Wrap

Rumor: Disney/Marvel Possibly Developing Namor Film, Donnie Yen To Star?

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After showing up in tremendous fashion in Rogue One, Donnie Yen has made his mark on the general public as a star that can definitely hold his own, and look good doing it. His fame was originally in Hong Kong cinema exclusively, but like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Bruce Lee, the martial arts star has made his mark on the global populous enough to warrant bigger American roles. His biggest role could be closer than we think with one aquatic hero, sometimes anti-hero, Namor aka the Sub-Mariner.

Marvel has obviously succeeded in bringing lesser known characters to the big screen with success, ease, and quality, – Doctor Strange I’ll battle with you – raking in money, and a ravenous fan base. With Jason Momoa bringing Aquaman to the movie world for the first time, it makes sense Marvel wants to at least consider the idea of bringing their aquatic hero later down the road.

There is word from Disney themselves giving any sort of shortlist for the actors possibly able to play the character, but they’d be crazy not to have Donnie Yen’s name at the top. Not only is he an undervalued charismatic actor, but his martial arts background only checks off another box, while shallow things such as his look make for a near flawless fan casting. Yen is over 50 years old, but looks about 20 years younger than that so that won’t be an issue, so why not start the speculation now?

Normally I wouldn’t roll with this kind of stuff, but it seems almost too good to be true. He was probably people’s top two favorite characters in Rogue One and for good reason. Why not bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Namor?

 

Jon Favreau’s Live-Action Talent Has It’s Simba and Mufasa

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It took me a few days to ponder if I was even interested in seeing this live-action version of arguably the greatest Disney film of all time. Even with the talented Jon Favreau set to direct the live-action film after his success with The Jungle Book, it didn’t take Disney long to realize that they could succeed at making a believable live-action version of any of their films, so why not The Lion King?

There’s an observation I had when watching one of my favorite segments on the internet, that being The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtables, and they had Favreau host one of their specials with a bunch of creatives you may all know. One of the things that isn’t hard to miss Favreau’s respect, admiration, and appreciation for Donald Glover. With that, it seems to make perfect sense that Glover would eventually cast in JF’s next film one way or another.

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Even more surprising news is that Favraeu went out of his way to make sure the great James Earl Jones returned to voice Mufasa, a standout in voice acting history without much question. As excited as I am for these two talents, I’m not quite sure what the point of making the film is beyond showing off some cool CGI advancements.

Glover is quickly starting to become a go-to actor big tent-pole projects in Hollywood thanks to his overall success in acting on Community, being a platinum selling musician, respected stand-up comedian, and now recognized thespian. Glover will be voicing the adult version of Simba while James Earl-Jones will return as the original King of Pride Rock. With this leap in Glover’s career, it’s only a matter of time he stands atop as somewhat of a king in his own right.

Source: Jon Faveau

Is Mel Gibson In Talks To Direct Suicide Squad 2?

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I’m not sure if the phrase, “it was only a matter of time” is appropriate in any way when talking about Mel Gibson in a positive way, but I guess Hollywood can forgive pretty easily if you make great movies. Do you know what DC has been lacking overall? Good movies. From what it sounds like, David Ayer will not return to direct the sequel to his first attempt at Suicide Squad which grossed over $745 million dollars at the worldwide box office.

Ayer was last rumored to be directing Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spin-off Birds of Prey which would bring many other female villains and heroes of the DC universe in one film.

With the studio considering Gibson as the director for one of their DC properties is baffling to me to some degree. It’s not that Gibson can’t direct because clearly he can, but it’s a matter of fit. At this point, I’m not sure it matters, and I look at this as DC bringing in an enforcer to their properties so they can get their heads out their butts and get everything on some type of track.

The studio is not keeping it a secret that they are also looking at other directors, one other being Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) along with Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) as well as Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). Nothing is set in stone, but what do you think of Mel Gibson possibly up for director of Warner Brothers Suicide Squad sequel?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Disney’s Live-Action Mulan Eyeing Niki Caro To Direct

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The live-action films from Disney keep coming along and it’s no secret that they’ve wanted Mulan to be one of the many projects on their list for quite some time. Disney is making sure to be “culturally sensitive” and focus on making sure that the cast is Chinese and that they can bring on people who represent and understand the gender and culture that the film originally boasted beyond the voices.

Disney has Tim Burton (Dumbo), Guy Ritchie (Dumbo), and could now get the woman that was eyed for their other Disney property in Captain Marvel, but if she doesn’t direct Mulan she could still do Captain Marvel or vice-versa.

The film will also bring on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon producer Bill Kong to oversee the feature while the script gets a rework from Jurassic World and Avatar sequel writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

The parties seem to be in agreement with the vision of the film which could bode well for Caro and her future with Disney properties later on down the road. Mulan is eyeing a 2018 release date.

Source: Variety

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