Wolverine/Deapool Movie Will Take a Lot Of Restructuring 

Hugh Jackman will supposedly play Wolverine for the last time on March 3rd in Logan. There have been rumors of Deadpool appearing in it, but they were debunked by director, James Mangold. Now, everybody wants Wolverine and Deadpool in a movie together. 

The Playlist did an interview with the writers of Deadpool, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and there were asked about a Wolverine/Deadpool team up movie. They are all for it, but it doesn’t work for the current plan.

“We’ve come a long way from 2009, when we couldn’t get the movie off the ground ’til now,” said Wernick. “And to have [this team-up]? It would be amazing to have Hugh resurrect Wolverine in the Deadpool universe, and again, Ryan’s making a hard push to make that happen, and hopefully the public gets behind it and we can all convince Hugh to put the claws on one more time.”

They then asked if adding Jackman to Deadpool would change everything with the plans of Deadpool 2, Deadpool 3, and possibly, X-Force.

“Yeah, it would, if you think about it,” Reese explained. “If you’re looking at ‘Deadpool 2,’ if you’re looking at ‘X-Force,’ if you’re looking at ‘Deadpool 3,’ there’s not necessarily room for [another] team-up movie. I think it does create real scheduling and universe issues and something that could be ironed out, but it would need to be ironed out. I don’t think any of us operated under the assumption that it would be even possible to do a Deadpool/Wolverine thing, so we just haven’t planned for it, it’s still not in the plan, but if it were to happen, it would require a hard look at the overall architecture of our storylines.”

After that they confirmed that Deadpool would not be appearing in Logan, but we already knew that.

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A Deadpool and Wolverine team up movie would be very fun, but I’m a little bit conflicted. Logan is my second most anticipated film of 2017, behind Star Wars. It looks like the perfect way to send off the character after 17 years of him on screen. Personally, I feel like if he was in another movie, I’d feel cheated. I would feel like it might ruin the way he left with a bang if he just came right back a few years later.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’d be an awesome to see Wolverine and Deadpool team up for an entire movie. It would also be one of the most hilarious comic book movies of all time! There are so many things that you could do in that movie. But, the part that I’m conflicted on is that it erases the fact that Jackman would go out on a high note. (assuming the movie is good)

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The chances of this happening are slim though. They said in the quote that they haven’t even planned for that and it would change everything in the universe. They have a slate of three movies in 2018 and 2019, so that would take a lot of readjusting to make work. Hugh Jackman has also said that he would do it when the time is right. So, this all seems to say that there are no plans of this right now. Maybe it could work farther into the future. Right now, I don’t feel 100% about it.

What do you think about this news? Would you want a Wolverine and Deadpool team up movie? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

John Wick Could Have a Prequel TV Show

John Wick: Chapter 2 is coming soon to theaters, but we might get more of the world through television.

SlashFilm spoke with director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad at a John Wick: Chapter  press event. They spoke about the possibilities of having more stories in this world. They wanted to explore the characters and the universe more. Here is what Stahelski said:

Well, we’re not doing a prequel [with Chapter 2]. We wanted to, it just didn’t fit quite where we’re at….We basically almost have a prequel written, but we’d save that for other aspects of the property. Lionsgate is very interested in doing a John Wick TV show, and that seems very appealing to us, to give those creative ideas to that entity, because I think in TV you could really expand on what that is, and greater than we could in just a two-hour film. We’d like to wrap-up the story we’re telling now and maybe save all our prequel ideas and impossible task ideas for that medium.  

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I loved the first John Wick movie. I thought it was a really fun action movie that understood what it was and ran with it. They set up the comic book type world in that movie which makes room for tons of possibilities. I think that making a TV show is a great idea. I really want to know more about this assassin world, The Continental, and the organization. I agree with Stalelski that you don’t have enough time in a movie to really get into the lore of this world.

We are getting a comic book that takes place after the events of the first John Wick movie. That could also expand the world a little bit more. My only request is that there is no John Wick in the show. In my opinion, Keanu Reeves is the only person that can play John Wick. Someone else playing a younger version of him would be too jarring for me.

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I’d rather the show tell us about the assassin organization than how John Wick, himself, got started. While that would be interesting, I just want Keanu to stick with John Wick. I also don’t think he would even sign up for a tv role. A show focusing on different assassins would be very good idea.

Would you watch a John Wick TV show? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

John Wick: Chapter 2 opens in theaters on February 10, 2017.

Chris Terrio Rewrites The Batman Script

Monday, we received the unfortunate news that Ben Affleck will not be directing the solo Batman film. We then thought that he would stay on as star, producer, and writer. We might be slightly wrong about that.

Deadline reports that Chris Terrio has turned in a rewrite for the solo Batman script that Ben Affleck and president/ Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, Geoff Johns. 
Chris Terrio has two major credits under his belt: Argo and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He will also write the upcoming Justice League movie this fall. Terrio won an Oscar for best writing, adapted screenplay for Argo, but Batman v Superman‘s main problem was the messy screenplay. Despite that, I am still on board with this. 

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So, we all know that the problem with Batman v Superman was that they tried to cram too much in one movie. But, I think that Warner Brothers should take the blame for that. They decided to make one movie to set up Justice League, so they would then have to tell Chris Terrio to add all these things into one movie. You can only do so much with that.

The other thing is the Oscar. I honestly haven’t seen Argo yet (I actually have the blu-ray to watch soon) but I’ve heard great things. He won an Oscar, so clearly he has some talent, they don’t just hand those out. That’s why I think it was Warner Brothers that had Terrio add all those things into one movie. I don’t think a writer who has an Oscar would turn in work that messy by choice. 

That’s not to say that I didn’t want Ben Affleck to write the script, I would actually rather have that because he has proven to be a better writer. Chris Terrio only has two major movies in his filmography while Ben Affleck also has a best writing Oscar, and even more movies. I really wanted to see his take on The Batman.

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Lastly, the scary thing is that someone had to rewrite it. Ben Affleck previously said that he would only direct it if the script turned out right. Look what happened. That part of this scares me. Why would you need a rewrite if the script was good to begin with? So, I don’t know why there was a rewrite, but the facts add up to that reason.

As far as Chris Terrio writing, I’m cautiously optimistic that the movie will turn out good, but things aren’t adding up too positively.

What do you think about the script rewrite? Leave your thoughts in the comments 

Black Manta and Queen Atlanna Have Been Cast in Aquaman

Following the news that Ben Affleck is no longer directing the solo Batman project, we finally have some good news that the Aquaman cast has some new additions.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Yahya Adbul-Mateen II (The Get Down) is in early talks to play the villain Black Manta in the solo Aquaman movie. It looks like James Wan and the studio have been looking for an actor for the role, but they’ve settled on Abdul-Mateen. It is also reported that Nicole Kidman is also in early talks to play Aquaman’s mother, Queen Atlanna. Jason Momoa is starting as the title hero, Aquaman. Amber Heard will play love interest, Mera. Willem Dafoe will play Nuidis Vulko. And, Patrick Wilson will play Orm Marius, or Ocean Master.

I don’t know much about Aquaman, I haven’t really read his comics. I did some research on Black Manta. His original origin was that he was a boy who was kidnapped on a ship, abuses by his captors, and Aquaman ignored him. So, he hated him and rose to power to defeat him. In the New 52 version, Aquaman accidentally kills Black Manta’s father, so that creates tension between the two of them.

Atlanna was a scientist who survived the sinking of Atlantis by a serum she created. She then met Thomas Curry, a human, and they had a baby and Thomas named him Arthur, who then became Aquaman. This news sounds good to me. I haven’t seen The Get Down, but I’m fine with his casting. Nicole Kidman is exciting. It’ll be fun to see her return to DC from one of the worst comic book movies of all time, Batman Forever.

Do you like the casting? Do you have any concerns? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Why The DCEU Might Be In Trouble

With the recent news that Ben Affleck will not be directing the solo Batman movie, I thought that it was time to discuss my personal thought on the direction of the DCEU. As far as my thoughts on the movies so far, I really liked Man of Steel. I think it’s the best Superman movie so far. I enjoyed Batman v Superman, but it has problems. And I’m not a fan of Suicide Squad.

I love comic books. DC has the best comic books out right now, they literally started the fad that we now know today. Batman and Superman are the definitive superheroes. I’m not a DC fan boy specifically because I also love Marvel. (But I might like DC characters a little bit more) All I want are great comic book movies from all studios whether it’s DC, Marvel, Sony, or Fox. So, don’t take what I’m about to say as me hating on DC. I love DC and Marvel.

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The DCEU started with Man of Steel, which was a great standalone comic book movie, in my opinion. Then a year later they decide to create an entire comic book universe around this movie, which isn’t a bad idea. It can be done. But it was the way that the 5 year slate was done. If you don’t know it, then here’s a link. They decided to make Batman v Superman before a solo Batman film. Or Wonder Woman. And then they decide to make Justice League before solo Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. That can be done, but it just isn’t the best direction to go. The reason The Avengers worked so well was because we had seen these characters in separate movies, and we finally were seeing them team up for the first time. It was powerful to see these characters team up and it was so awesome.

The reason I’m starting to lose faith in the DCEU is because Warner Bros. keeps making these rash decisions. It shows that they have no plan and they don’t know what they’re doing. The Flash movie has gone through three different directors, and it’s going through a complete rewrite right now. They keep making impulse decisions like David Ayer directing a Gotham City Sirens movie, Shazam being split into two movies,and  Justice League being pushed to make room for Batman.

I might be OK with this if they had a great track record so far, but they don’t. If Marvel were to make a decision like one of these, within reason, I wouldn’t be as scared. Because, Marvel makes one slate, and they stick with that and don’t adjust as they go along. They could announce a solo Black Widow movie, but they haven’t because they have a plan, and they are confident with it. Also, we trust them because they simply make really good movies. Out of the 14 movies so far, in my opinion, only 2 have been bad. Again, I don’t think that one studio is better than the other, one just makes better movies.

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In the end, I just think that since DC’s last two movies haven’t been that good, and they keep making these impulse decisions. It seems like they don’t know what they’re doing and they don’t have a plan. Justice League is my last hope for the DCEU. If that and Wonder Woman don’t work out, then I’m done. I know it seems like I’m super negative towards the DCEU, but I’m actually hopeful for it. All I want is to be able to go to the theater and watch a great movie based on great characters. I really hope I’m wrong about this.

What do you think about the direction of the DCEU? Are you concerned, or are you still on board? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Antoine Fuqua Leaves Scarface Remake

Antoine Fuqua has directed a movie every year since 2013. Apparently his schedule got too crowded for the upcoming Scarface remake.

The second remake of the 1932 film, Scarface, has Terence Winter writing, who wrote The Wolf of Wall Street. It would take place in Los Angles and star Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as a Mexican immigrant.

Variety has reported that Antoine Fuqua can’t film Scarface in the Spring because of him directing a sequel to The Equalizer. This now means that Universal is looking for a director to take on the Scarface remake.

I’ll be honest. I haven’t seen any of the Scarface movies or The Equalizer, but they are on my watch list. But, I have seen The Magnificent Seven and Training Day, so that’s my knowledge on Antoine Fuqua. I do really like both of those movies. The remake seems to be going in a good direction, they have a great writer and Diego Luna was one of the best performances in Rogue One, in my opinion. Also, based on his work on The Magnificent Seven Fuqua is really good at making a fun action movie, which is what I’ve heard The Equalizer is. So, this news doesn’t really affect me and I will be getting around to seeing those two movies.

Leave your thoughts in the comments below. I would like to hear the thoughts of someone who knows more about this than me.

Official: Ben Affleck Will No Longer Direct The Solo Batman Film

Ben Affleck will no longer direct the solo Batman film.

An exclusive report from Variety has confirmed that Ben Affleck has stepped down as director of the solo Batman film. But he will remain the star and producer of the film. He released the following statement.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Warner Bros. has said that they “fully support Affleck’s decision and remain committed to bringing a standalone Batman picture to light.”

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Personally, I am a little disappointed. Ben Affleck was my only true hope for the DCEU. I enjoyed Batman v. Superman for what it was and Ben Affleck was great in it, but that film clearly had some problems. And the first time I saw Suicide Squad I liked it, but when I bought the blu-ray I realized that it had a lot of problems. I was really looking forward to Affleck’s take on The Batman because he is my favorite comic book character.

Now, Affleck has had some previous statements about not doing it if it doesn’t turn out right. In his statement he says that he’s dropping because “he cannot do both jobs to the level they require”. This means either two things. 1. He just can’t handle the pressure of directing a movie of this scale. Which is totally understandable since he usually directs smaller projects. Or 2. He didn’t agree with the studio. Which is what scares me.

The only thing in his statement that hints at this is when he says “To the level they require”. But, based on the DCEU’s track record so far, if the studio doesn’t agree with Ben Affleck, who is a great director, there is a problem. All I want is a great Batman movie. Christopher Nolan revitalized the character from the bat-nips, Joel Schumacher era. I understand that’s a tough act to follow, but it’s the fact that we had a great director/writer, Ben Affleck, and he is no longer doing it.

I do still have some hope for Wonder Woman. It looks really good, but then again Batman v Superman was, in my opinion, the best trailer of 2015. But, I’m still very optimistic. Also, we could still get a great director and writer to take over. I haven’t lost all faith in the project, but this just worries me that we might not get a great Batman film.

I’ll leave it on a positive note. Ben Affleck was, hands down, the best part of Batman v Superman. He will still star in and produce the film, which I hope means that he still thinks that it’s going in a good direction. We will have to wait for a new director announcement, and then that will decide how I feel about this news.

What do you think about this news? Put your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll be reading them.

Ben Affleck will star in Justice League releasing on November 17, 2017.