The Joker Origin Movie Script Should Arrive Next Week; Expected 2018 Shoot

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Recent claims tease that the Warner Bros. Joker origin movie is much further into development than we may have thought. Variety‘s Justin Kroll revealed on his official twitter account that the first draft of the script should arrive next week and that the studio is looking to start production in 2018. The film will be separate from the DC Extended Cinematic Universe — which includes Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad — and will be an origin story for the iconic villain.

The Joker origin movie is being helmed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy), and legendary director Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) is currently still on-board to produce. No cast has been revealed yet, but recent reports tease an interest in Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby) for the titular role. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Justin Kroll

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Wonder Woman Set to Appear in DC’s Flashpoint Movie

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A new report from Deadline reveals that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is set to appear in the upcoming — and very troubled — DC Extended Universe movie, Flashpoint. This should come as good news considering the film has suffered from multiple directors leaving due to creative differences, amongst other issues. However, confirming that a beloved character like Wonder Woman will have a role to play in the film is at least a move in the right direction. The character’s growing demand in the DCEU is surely due to the phenomenal success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman back in summer, and so it’s clear the Amazonian superhero’s prevalent inclusion will only continue to grow. Let’s hope she and The Flash (Ezra Miller) can find a way to get along.

Flashpoint is currently without a release date or director. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline

Warner Bros. Eyes The Shallows Director To Helm Suicide Squad 2

It seems like Warner Bros. may finally be getting Suicide Squad 2 up and running. Despite the poor critical reception of the first film, it still managed to bring in $745.6 million worldwide. Suicide Squad featured a collection of iconic DC characters like Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and The Joker (Jared Leto). The film opened up doors for a number of new spinoffs, sequels and prequels – with the most obvious one being Suicide Squad 2. And after a long period of mystery, the studio may have finally found the film’s director.

Suicide Squad was helmed by End of Watch and Fury director David Ayer. It appeared for a while that Ayer may come back to also direct the Suicide Squad sequel, but those plans have since fallen through. Ayer will instead be tackling the upcoming DC spinoff, Gotham City Sirens, which will also feature Harley Quinn. Other recent directors in question to helm Suicide Squad 2 include Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). But apparently there’s a new big name in the running.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is eyeing The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra to helm Suicide Squad 2. He is reportedly their top choice to direct – so it’s very possible a decision could soon be made.

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Collet-Serra would definitely be an interesting choice for the sequel. Aside from the aforementioned shark thriller The Shallows, the director has plenty of other interesting credits to his name. His works include the horror film Orphan, as well as a couple action movies like Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night. The filmmaker clearly has some experience, which is surely one of reasons why Warner Bros. is considering him.

What remains to be seen, however, is if the studio actually goes through with these plans. Not only that, there’s still plenty of other unknowns about Suicide Squad 2. Leto previously expressed discontent after many of his Joker scenes were cut from Suicide Squad, so his future (and possibly others) in the DCEU are still up in the air. Hopefully Warner Bros. will learn from what they did right with Wonder Woman, and apply that to some of the projects that still remain in unsure waters.

Suicide Squad 2 is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline

The Batman Director Reveals Christopher Nolan’s Influence On The Film

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy marked a new beginning in not only the comic book genre, but Hollywood in general. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises proved that big-budget comic book movies can be more than just dumb entertainment. Nolan elevated the genre to a point where both a director’s personal vision and the studio’s requirements molded into something that everyone could enjoy. And since then, the director’s iconic style has clearly influenced the now-booming comic book genre in more ways than one.

The latest big screen version of the Caped Crusader – played by Ben Affleck in the ever-expanding DC Extended Cinematic Universe – is luckily trying to set itself apart from Nolan’s vision. However, that doesn’t mean his acclaimed trilogy has been completely forgotten for a brand-new formula. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League director Zack Snyder previously revealed how he drew inspiration from Nolan’s trilogy, and now it seems another filmmaker has gone down a similar route.

War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is attached to helm the upcoming solo movie about the Caped Crusader, titled The Batman. The film has already had some development issues, but now it seems like it may finally be on track. One reassuring aspect about The Batman, however, is Reeves’ genuine respect and admiration for Nolan. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Reeves revealed how Nolan found ways to expand the genre without hindering the big-budget nature of the films.

“What I love that [Nolan] did was that he took the genre seriously. What studios are willing to make at the moment is a very, very narrow band of films. What I discovered is that this genre has the potential to be about something more. You can use the metaphors of the genre to talk about [a lot].”

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Reeves went on to discuss how Nolan managed to keep his personal style across all three films – which is especially tough since most studio movies don’t always see the merit in maintaining that aspect.

“I think the other thing that I really admire in what [Nolan] did was knowing what it is to make a big studio film, which often can fall into that sense of committee filmmaking where there’s an anonymity to the point of view of the film.”

There’s still a lot of unknowns at this point about The Batman. There have been rumors galore about various characters possibly appearing, script rewrites, amongst others. What fans can relax about is definitely having someone as smart as Reeves behind the camera. His phenomenal work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, not to mention the aforementioned upcoming sequel, it’s clear he has a keen eye for how to produce a blockbuster that’s more than just summer entertainment. Let’s hope Warner Bros. lets him maintain that refreshing mentality.

The Batman is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

Patty Jenkins Hints at Likely Return For Wonder Woman 2

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has truly been a God-sin for Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Cinematic Universe. Their first three installments – Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad – have all had less-than-favorable critical and financial success. But Wonder Woman proved to everyone that there’s still plenty of hope for the DECU yet. The film received strong critical acclaim, made huge waves at the box office, and has everyone begging for a sequel. And wouldn’t you know it, Jenkins has our back.

At a screening and Q&A for her film, Jenkins announced that she would love to be return for Wonder Woman 2. The director explained that she recently had “an epiphany” about what her future holds, and that doing a sequel to the first film should be part of it. Take a look below at Jenkins’ full statement at the Women in Film screening (via Advocate).

“I had an epiphany about Wonder Woman 2. I was like, you don’t have to do this. It doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion that you do Wonder Woman 2. But then as I was falling asleep I had an epiphany. I was like, Wait a minute. You have the greatest character of all time that you love dearly, with a cast that you love sitting at the palm of your hand at this day and age — you can do whatever you want with them — are you crazy?And then I suddenly realized, it’s not more, it’s another movie. It’s its own movie. And it’s got to be great.

It’s a continuation of the same character, but there’s a great, entirely different story to be told. With this character in our—in the world, that’s fun, because now she exists, just funny, and also says something profound about the world we’re in right now.”

Even if this isn’t an official confirmation, it seems very likely Jenkins will come back for Wonder Woman 2. But even if the sequel is a long ways away, fans will surely get their fill of the beloved character when she reappears in Zack Snyder’s Justice League this November. What’s important to keep in mind, however, is that Warner Bros. is also developing sequels to Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, and more. So it’s hard to say at this point what Wonder Woman 2 will be. Luckily, we know that the talented Patty Jenkins will more than likely be back behind the camera. That should keep most fans satisfied for the time being.

Wonder Woman 2 is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Advocate