In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, TV shows, video games, etc. while also highlighting various Comic Book Cosplay (one female and one male). Let’s begin:
To Be, Or Not To Be…Mary Jane That Is! And Other Amazing Spider-Man 2 SpeculationAs I discussed last week, all of Shailene Woodley’s scenes as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been cut with talk of replacing her in the third one. Then website Movieweb stated: “we have learned from a source very close to the production that Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method , Cosmopolis, Dracula) has been cast as Mary Jane Watson. While it was initially reported that Shailene Woodley‘s scenes had been cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in order to streamline the story of the sequel, several outlets later reported that Woodley would in fact also not return for 2016’s third instalment of the new franchise. Gadon was cast BEFORE Woodley’s departure.” Then we heard from the aforementioned Sarah Gadon who confirmed she had been hired but didn’t reveal her role. Speculation continued until she tweeted: “To all those a twitter, I will not be playing MJ in Spider-Man. I have a role in the film, but it is not that one.” Case closed…but just who is she playing I wonder? Maybe…Betty Brant? Or is the Daily Bugle not going to play a factor yet again? Then we turned our attention to Felicity Jones and the rumors that she’ll be playing Black Cat. When asked about the role yet again she stated: “It’s TOP secret. I can tell you that she’s sort of on the baddie’s side, but I can’t explain much more than that. Just the scale was incredible. It’s a different challenge to be on an enormous set, surrounded by hundreds of extras, as opposed to just being 20 people in the room.” Still sounds like Felicia Hardy to me…
The Future of DC MoviesVariety reports that: “Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are reportedly set to part ways. Legendary is currently deciding whether to partner with NBC or Fox as it looks to venture into television and develop adaptations of its own comic book properties. It is thought that Legendary will make a decision by the Fourth of July weekend. Warner Bros. is looking to take a more hands on approach with its DC Comics adaptations. Specifically, WB’s new goal under newly appointed CEO Kevin Tsujihara will be to produce its superhero films out of its own pocket, with no co-financier and become the sole benefactor of any box office success. Legendary backed 50% of the production costs and therefore shared 50% of the profits on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the recent Man of Steel.” With those movies doing big numbers it’s pretty evident why Warner Brothers split. My main concern is that now that Warners is 100% footing the bill will they take a chance on Flash and other lesser known characters or will we only get Superman/Batman/Justice League movies? The future is definitely uncertain.
(#1) In regards to the recently announced Justice League 3000 series, writer Keith Giffen had this to say: “You know what? I’ll just say that this is the Justice League. But there’s no time travel involved. So everyone who thinks it’s time travel, that’s not involved. And when we do explain it to you, one thing is going to jump out and go, ‘Oh no! Not that again!’ But… trust us.” What’s the leading theory after that? Clones. Yes, clones. We shall see…
(#2) We have our new (new) creative team for Action Comics. The writer will be none other than Greg Pak and the artist is Aaron Kuder with their first issue being #25 in November. Greg Pak explains: “The book is called Action. So we want to have big action. And it’s Superman! Superman’s gotta do crazy, huge things. At the same time, every step of the way in order for me to care and you to care, whatever Superman is going through has to resonate on that emotional level.” Hopefully they stick around longer than the last team on this series did.
(#3) We know that Villain’s Month will feature a “major recognizable character being affected in a very dramatic way.” Apparently that character’s identity is now known. (Highlight for SPOILERS) It’s going to be Nightwing, the man Dan DiDio originally wanted to kill in Infinite Crisis. I’ll cross my fingers that nothing too serious (like death) is on the cards for this character.
There were no notable non-Movie/TV related news for Marvel this week.
(#1) Latino Review believes they know which three villains will be featured in the yet-to-be announced Doctor Strange movie. The three baddies are Dormammu (Doctor Strange’s arch nemesis), Baron Mordo (taking the role of Dormammu’s henchman and having a large supporting role), and a Giant Mindless One (Mindless Ones are golem-like creatures summoned with magic to loyally serve Dormammu). As for the heroes joining him, expect to see The Ancient One, Cagliostro, Azrael, Jade Claw, Wong, Al-Faisal and Talo. I’ve heard of Dormammu, Baron Mordo, the Ancient One, and Wong but the rest are a big mystery to me. Regardless, I can’t wait to finally see the good doctor on the big screen.
(#2) It’s official! Robert Downey, Jr. will be Iron Man once again in Avengers 2 and 3. Marvel’s official statement is the following: “‘I am Iron Man.’ Tony Stark’s famous closing line to the very first Iron Man film takes on new life today as Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the ‘billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.’ Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in ‘Marvel’s The Avengers 2’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers 3.’ Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson. Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ and this year’s ‘Iron Man 3,’ rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date. ers May 1, 2015.” Thank goodness for that!
(#3) X-Men: Days of Future Past’s release date was moved from July 18, 2014 to May 23, 2014. X-ceptional news!
(#4) Marvel announced a second mystery movie for July 8th, 2016 to join the two previous ones announced last week. Whatever could they be?
(#5) The casting for the mystery hero played by J. August Richards for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was originally down to him and another actor. The one that lost out was Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy). I guess that blows all those rumors of the character being New Warriors member Rage now doesn’t it?
(#6) William Fichtner confirmed the character he will be playing in Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles movie: “I play Shredder. It is cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, ‘Really? Let me think about this for a minute.’ Then I was like, ‘Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.’ I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it.” Shredder? Really? Oh no. Time to resume my worrying…
(#7) Arrow’s second season will debut on October 9th. I expect an explosive premiere episode!
(#8) Josh Helman (Jack Reacher) has been cast in an unspecified role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to internet site The Wrap: “he’s involved with a good chunk of the production schedule, meaning his role is likely to be significant.” Yet another character in this already jam-packed movie? I’m getting X-Men: The Last Stand kind of worried here if you catch my drift.
(#9) Vin Diesel posted on Facebook: “P.s. Marvel has requested a meeting… no idea what for… haha, you probably know better than me…” Is it for Avengers 2? Remember, he did alter a picture of himself to resemble the Vision after all last August.
And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!