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

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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

Despicable Me 3 Soars Over Slow Independence Day Weekend

Despicable Me 3, the fourth installment in Universal’s and Illumination’s booming animated franchise, lead the box office over Independence Day weekend with flying colors. According to Variety, the film brought in $75.4 million from 4,529 locations – although the initial projections were shooting for an opening of at least $80 million. Nevertheless, Despicable Me 3 still easily beat out all other competitors.

The fourth installment follows the delightful super-villian Gru, who is forced to team up with his eccentric twin brother, Dru. The film stars franchise regulars Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, and introduces South Park co-creator Trey Parker. Much like Despicable MeDespicable Me 2 and, to some degree, Minions, Despicable Me 3 is being received favorably by critics. It currently holds a fresh 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned an A- on Cinemscore. Whether or not that success will continue in future installments remains to be seen.

Coming in at second place this weekend is Edgar Wright’s fantastic crime thriller, Baby Driver. The film is on its way to earn $30 million from 3,226 locations, which includes the $5.7 from the Thursday night previews. But what sets this one apart from the others is its incredible acclaim. Baby Driver currently holds an impressive 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it wouldn’t be any surprise if this one has some staying power in the coming weeks. Not only that, the film’s success is also good for Wright since most of his other works – i.e. Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and The World’s End — have not faired very well financially.

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Coming in at third place this weekend is Michael Bay’s ill-received Transformers: The Last Knight, which should earn $17 million. Wonder Woman looks to be taking the fourth spot with $15.6 domestically in its fifth weekend. Warner Bros. should be very pleased with the film considering its already passed $700 million worldwide. Finally, claiming the fifth spot this weekend is Pixar’s Cars 3 – which should take in $9.5 million domestically.

Unsurprisingly, the slow weekend is also not without its losers. Will Ferrell’s and Amy Poehler’s R-rated comedy, The House, flopped hard by opening to a meager $9 million. The film currently holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so clearly critics have not been kind to this one.

It will be interesting to see how these June releases fair against the many upcoming July releases like Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Variety

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

Warner Bros. Rumored to Start Releasing 3-4 DCEU Movies Each Year

The phenomenal success of Wonder Woman has surely come as a comfort to Warner Bros. after the very mixed results of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. The DC Extended Universe is still very much in its infancy, so there’s no telling what effect this newfound success will have in the years to come. And according to a new rumor, it appears Warner Bros. is already shooting for the stars.

That news may come as a shock to some since the studio has been hurt by rushing productions in the hopes of paralleling Marvel’s output. Warner Bros. hired Joss Whedon (The Avengers) to handle the remaining post-production work (including some potential reshoots) on Justice League after Zack Snyder recently departed to deal with a family tragedy. The Flash has already suffered from two directors stepping down due to creative differences, which is worrying since the movie is reportedly set to hit in early 2018. The Batman is also dealing with directors coming and going, script rewrites, and rumors of star Ben Affleck’s growing disinterest in playing the character. But even with all that said, that doesn’t mean the DCEU can’t thrive.

According Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood and The Wrap (per Comic Book), Warner Bros. is rumored to be looking at releasing 3-4 DCEU movies each year. Until now, the studio has only slated two installments a year at most. But Gonzalez seems to think otherwise. While speaking on the Heroic Insider video podcast, Gonzalez stated that “I know for a fact that DC is trying to get three to four movies made a year going forward.”

Now it’s hard to say at this point when (or if) that will happen. There have been rumors galore about potential sequels to Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, amongst others. Warner Bros. also has David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens coming up, as well as James Wan’s Aquaman. So they definitely have their hands full at the moment. It remains to be seen if Warner Bros. can make all of these various disparate projects come together into some cohesive and, most of all, successful.

Source: Comic Book