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Colleen Wing Character to Appear in The Defenders

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Marvel Cinematic Universe/Netflix fans are really looking forward to the upcoming Defenders series. The 8-part adventure brings all the characters from the Netflix canon together. This means Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are all going to join together to battle some devious threat to the streets of New York.

 

There’s another reason why so many are looking forward to the new Defenders series. Lots of folks simply want to put the Iron Fist fiasco behind them. Ironically, the return of Jessica Henwick’s character Colleen Wing is something fans are looking forward to. Henwick absolutely stole the show right out from under the lead hero and was the one bright spot in an otherwise lame Iron Fist mini-series.

 

A lot has been written about what went wrong with Iron Fist. A combination of weak casting and very poor episodic writing led to a very rushed project. Iron Fist was a total critical dud. The idea of a second season is very much in doubt.

 

Would a spinoff be possible, though? Honestly, there is no reason why Colleen Wing cannot have her own series. The character has her own Marvel Comics series. A Netflix series based on her adventures would be a nice addition to the roster.

 

In a way, the popularity of Henwick and the Colleen Wing character is reminiscent of the success of The Punisher in Daredevil season two. Fans took to The Punisher immensely. The violent anti-hero’s tale seemed far more compelling than the main action of the story. As a result, The Punisher was approved for a full Netflix series even though this never was the original plan.

 

And what is the deal on Daredevil season three? Did The Punisher bump the third season?

 

Likely, there is going to be a Daredevil season three. Hopefully, a first season of a Colleen Wing series is in the works, too.

 

Val Kilmer Wants To Be Batman Again

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Val Kilmer would welcome a return to the cape and cowl. Yes, Val Kilmer has publicly stated he would be interested in playing Batman once again. Kilmer appeared as The Dark Knight in the 1990’s endeavor Batman Forever.

 

Batman Forever is hardly considered a classic of the Batman mythos. Kilmer’s performance was not bad, but it was hardly a performance that is remembered with awe by fans. Kilmer’s comments about want to play Batman again does have some marketing benefits associated with it.

 

Kilmer is 57 years old, which could allow him to play the role of an older Batman ala The Dark Knight Returns. He is absolutely not going to play Batman on the big screen. Ben Affleck has that locked up. Kilmer’s star has long faded and he is not going to draw in audiences to a big screen Dark Knight Returns project. Besides, there are no plans to make a Dark Knight Returns film.

 

Could Kilmer appear as Batman in a video game? This is possible, but not very likely. The drawing power of Kilmer would be too minuscule. Likely, Kilmer made an off-the-cuff comment that some are taking seriously. Whether or not Kilmer takes the comment seriously or really meant it is anyone’s guess.

 

Kilmer was thought to be the perfect replacement for Michael Keaton. The problem was no one knew what direction to take the Batman franchise after Keaton and director Tim Burton left the series. While Batman Forever was a disappointment, Batman and Robin was a notorious franchise-ruining fiasco.

 

Yes, all this sounds a little bleak but the bleakness is based on the truth about the failures of the original Batman franchise. Kilmer may be able to celebrate his role as Batman by appearing at conventions. A return to the costume, however, is not likely at all.

 

‘Tremors 6’ Set for January 2018 Release

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The storied horror franchise known as “Tremors” will see a sixth installment hit the small screen on January 30th of next year. After his run on the classic NBC sitcom “Family Ties,” few saw that Michael Gross would better establish himself as an the recurring character of a horror franchise dedicated to subterranean creatures. The comparisons between Gross’ two characters could be more opposed: Steven Keaton is a liberal ex-hippie while Burt Gummer is a gun-carrying survivalist.

 

Initially considered nothing more than a comedic supporting role in 1990’s “Tremors,” Gummer went on to become the only character to appear in every Tremors film as well as its 2003 television series on the SyFy Channel. After more than a decade of quiet, Gross returned to the Tremors franchise with 2015’s Tremors 5. Fall of 2016 saw Universal Studios announcing that the Tremors franchise would continue in a sixth film. Both Gross and his on-screen sidekick, Jamie Kennedy, will be returning to the project, as will the director and writer for Tremors 5. Filming for the project began this year and Gross recently commented on social media to inform fans that the newest film would be distributed among home media at the end of January. January 30th may be farther than many fans expect, especially when direct-to-video films entail less of a time gap between filming and the final product.

 

Filming for Tremors 6 occurred within South Africa, just like Tremors 5. The basic story of Tremors 6 is that Gummer and Welker will be heading up north to a Canadian research lab in order to hunt the latest generation of iconic Graboid monsters. Before the duo can make their discoveries known, Gummer becomes envenomed by Graboids and forced to learn how to milk one for antivenin or die within 48 hours.

 

The Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Soon Arrives

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The new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 will soon be upon us. The trailer is slated to precede the film Alien: Covenant. Movie fans know Ridley Scott created both Blade Runner and Alien. Likely, Alien: Covenant is going to be a big hit. A great many eyes are going to see the trailer. Blade Runner 2049 really does need an impressive trailer in order to be successful. Not everyone has long memories nor has a number of younger audience members even seen the first Blade Runner movie.

 

A good trailer and accompanying television spots could do a lot to stimulate interest in Blade Runner 2049. And questions marks do exist regarding how much of an audience is out there for this film. Science-fiction is popular, but the dark nature of the original Blade Runner is likely to reappear in the sequel. Most successful sci-fi these days is escapist and fun fare.

 

Yet, a solid trailer could do a lot to intrigue significant numbers of Alien: Covenant audience members to check the film out. That could lead to a solid opening weekend at the box office. From there, good word of mouth may help ticket sales remain solid for some time.

 

Blade Runner 2049 is a unique film and it could end up becoming a cult classic just like the original. If so, then the sequel will continue to generate money for years and years. A special edition DVD or Blu-ray set probably would sell exceptionally among fans. Yes, this is a different type of film with an equally different business model.

 

In order to be a true success, the sequel cannot disappoint. A poorly written or weakly directed sequel would be met with scorn from long-time Blade Runner fans. Hopefully, the creative talent behind Blade Runner 2049 are going to deliver a very special and excellent film.

 

Robert Zemeckis to Possibly Helm The Flash Movie?

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Robert Zemeckis, the legendary director behind Back to the Future and other classic 1980’s films, is reportedly in talks to helm the new Flash movie for the DC Comics Cinematic Universe.

 

Zemeckis has not signed onto the project and discussions are solely in the “meeting” stage. If the iconic director could be brought on to helm the project, this would be an enormous benefit to DC and Warner Bros. The Flash is a hero whose tales mix high adventure with lighthearted humor. Zemeckis fits the role of a director capable of delivering such thematic and narrative results.

 

The Flash really does need someone to take over the project and steer the film on the right course. The original script has been scrapped and two directors attached to the movie have left. Zemeckis might be able to steer the ship in the direction it needs to go. Sometimes, a very experienced hand is required.

 

Overall, the behind the scenes situation with the DC Comics film projects is a total disaster. Justice League is not exactly shaping up as planned, The Batman is on hold, the Cyborg film is also not moving ahead as planned, and more.

 

Damage and blame can be placed at the feet of many people. Playing the proverbial “blame game”, however, does nothing to move the current DC Comics slate of films into production. Nor would continual moaning over the situation lead to any positive results. Instead, it would be a wise idea to get the best talent possible attached to the films. The studio is hardly going to benefit from the series of motion pictures bleeding money due to being stuck in perennial development limbo.

 

All these holdups positively must be costing DC Comics and Warner a fortune. Hopefully, at least The Flash project will get on track.

 

Doctor Dolittle Film Release Upped A Month

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Universal has recently stated that their as-yet-untitled “Doctor Dolittle” film will release in April of 2019 rather than the initial placement within May of the same year. The film will feature Robert Downey Jr. in the feature role. This project marks yet another feather in Downey Jr.’s cap since the re-ignition of his acting career from appearing as Tony Stark in 2008’s “Iron Man.”

 

While Downey Jr. will be reprising his iconic role in “Avengers: Infinity War,” things beyond that seem a bit less certain. Plans are still on board for a third installment in the Sherlock Holmes series Downey was able to begin with his Iron Man success. Downey Jr. has also been striving to make an adaptation of Pinocchio, but that project has been stymied for years. While those two films have unknown release dates, Universal seems to have great faith in the film, not only for confirming its release date but also to shift it closer; Universal’s new announcement that Doctor Dolittle will release on April 12th of 2019 negates the original date of May 24th.

 

Judging from the staff briefing of the film, Universal will likely tackle the project in a manner similar to the ’67 musical instead of the Eddie Murphy comedies. For movie fans interested in keeping their fix for Robert Downey Jr. continuing after Infinity War has come and gone, it seems like there will be no stop to the projects the man will attach himself to. The fact that this Doctor Dolittle is primed for a late spring release means that it can thrive at the box office rather than become buried in the summer blockbuster season. Regardless of the film’s commercial or critical success, it will give Robert Downey Jr. the chance to flex his impressive acting talent in new ways.

 

Anson Mount Returns to TV with The Inhumans

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The last television viewers saw of Anson Mount, he was traveling across the Pacific Ocean at the closing moments of the final episode of Hell on Wheels. Mount, a fantastic actor, is returning to television quicker than many imagined. Mount is slated to star as Black Bolt, the superhero who hold The Inhumans team together. The Inhumans may have been canceled as a movie project, but the concept comes to television on ABC.

 

The move to television seems to be a wise move. The Inhumans would be competing with The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and The X-Men. The Inhumans are not exactly “A-list” heroes. Putting the team on television is a wise move. So is casting Mount in such a vital role. During his run on the AMC western, Mount displayed he could handle both action and complex drama with great skill. While Hell on Wheels was not a massive hit with the ratings, the program maintained a strong cult following. Hopefully, fans of his previous series will migrate to The Inhumans and help the show become a success when it debuts.

 

Likely, the popularity of superhero TV shows will still be strong when The Inhumans appears on the ABC lineup. In time, Marvel and DC Comics are going to lose their box office and ratings appeal. That time seems to be quite far off. For now, fans of superhero movies and television programs can be thrilled about all the new products emerging from the creative pipeline. The Inhumans is one of the newest — and most interesting — to emerge.

 

Nick Tarabay Cast in Pacific Rim 2

Nick Tarabay Set to Be Cast in Pacific Rim Sequel

 

The 2013 action hit Pacific Rim, which was directed and co-wrote by Guillermo del Toro, turned out be quite the success. So naturally, all the success meant that a sequel was definitely in the forecast.

 

The sequel, which is titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, is generating a lot of excitement and anticipation now that production is soon to begin. Not much about the production of the sequel is known at this point, but what is currently known is that actor John Boyega will be the leading role in the film and that it is slated for an early 2018 release. Another bit of recently learned news is that now Nick Tarabay has been cast into the film with an unknown role at this point.

 

Tarabay has starred most famously as the character of Ashur in Spartacus but has had roles in other mediums such as in Star Trek: Into Darkness and as a villain during season 3 of Arrow. Tarabay is now joining alongside other already cast roles including Scott Eastwood, Levi Meaden, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian, while rounding out an already diverse cast as it is. Steven S. DeKnight is serving as the director, and has worked alongside Tarabay on Spartacus from 2010-2013.

 

Del Toro is going to be returning for the sequel but will serve as a producer. The roles for these actors are still not clear but the recent news is still a good development during production.

 

Lady Gaga to Act in Upcoming Film

In movie news, singer and actress Lady Gaga will be playing the lead role in the upcoming remake of the classic film “A Star is Born.” The original movie came out in 1937 and has been redone twice since then; the upcoming version will be directed by actor Bradley Cooper in his first major project as a director and produced by Warner Brothers. Clint Eastwood intended to direct the film, but his participation fell through, and Cooper, who was committed as an actor in the project, stepped up into the director’s chair.

Personally, I think this is great news and an excellent career move for Lady Gaga, who has played bit parts in a number of films but has never had a lead onscreen role. Because the film has done well before commercially, there is every reason to believe that it will again. Furthermore, Gaga will be writing songs for the film. If she can come up with some catchy numbers, they will give this reboot a contemporary feel and also showcase her considerable and proven musical talents.

While it can be argued that acting in a remake with a track record of success is playing it safe, I think it’s fine for Gaga to take this role. She’s always walked a fine line between mainstream and edgy, and her most recent musical offerings in particular have been a little too much on the alternative side of the artistic spectrum as far as I’m concerned. Gaga is still young and developing creatively, and I feel that this film is just what she needs to become highly accomplished as an actress. Her career has been in a bit of a lull in recent years, and hopefully this project will remedy this.

Kevin Smith’s Excitement for Possible Harley Quinn Movie

Kevin Smith Is Excited for a Possible Harley Quinn Spinoff

Suicide Squad was the latest comic book-related flick to come out the DC Extended Universe.

Although the movie has done financially well by breaking box office records and raking in even more money than some earlier films, the critical reception has been less than stellar, enough so that critics have given second thoughts on the studio. For the most part, some portions of the film were well received and praised while others were bashed over and over.

However, of all the people who took something this, it’s superfan Kevin Smith who took note of the fact that the movie announced the arrival of Harley Quinn, one of the most beloved characters in all of DC. For all of the criticism that the film received, there was either some suspicion or a thorough guarantee among audiences that a character such as Harley Quinn could be done properly in film. According to Smith, however, Margot Robbie’s accurate portrayal of the role should go beyond just this film and in fact, could end up in a solo film.

When asked about it, Smith, who was at the premiere of Suicide Squad, and he praised the film on how well it portrayed the individual characters and team overall. It’s also known that he may in fact the biggest fan of Harley Quinn, to the point where he named his own daughter after her. He stated that he was thoroughly excited and in awe to see her in live action film for the first time, after making several appearances in animated television, comic books and video games, but at the same time thought it was only a matter of time before she made her way into film.

He also said that he’d definitely watch a standalone Harley Quinn movie. That comment stemmed from rumors and reports that suggested that Robbie could have a leading role in a future DC film that not only features Harley but several other femme fatales in DC, including Poison Ivy or Catwoman among several others. Robbie herself has said that she was eager to explore much more of her backstory, in spite of the negative reception that Suicide Squad has already received.