Even if you’re not a self-proclaimed “pants” person, having a few essential styles in your closet will ensure that you’ve got your bases covered: for work, for dressy events, for an errand run—whatever you might have going on. So, if you decide to skip the skirt or dress, you’ll still feel comfortable and not have to worry about whether an outfit goes together. From the vintage-style jeans you wear on weekends to the office-friendly trousers you want to wear long after you’ve clocked out, here are 10 types of pants that everyone should have in their wardrobes.
There’s been a lot of talk about the new characters coming to the Toy Story universe in recent months, particularly given big names like Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Tony Hale are attached. Among those characters is a little guy name Forky, who is created by Bonnie on her first day of school out of trash. The soon-to-be-enlightened trash is voiced by the aforementioned Tony Hale, who shared with CinemaBlend at a recent press day that figuring out how to voice Forky was actually fairly easy thanks to a cool Pixar trick.
After getting over the shock of being asked to appear in a Pixar movie, Tony Hale revealed the powers that be at Pixar actually used voice clips of other acting gigs, including Arrested Development and Veep, to share how the studio hoped the character would look or sound.
But don’t take it from me, you can hear more from Tony Hale on the topic with our exclusive interview, below.
During an interview with CinemaBlend while in Orlando for a recent Toy Story 4 press day, Tony Hale shared with us the special way Pixar pitched Forky to him, also mentioning that it was an easy sell. The actor also told us that he was just “overwhelmed” to be invited to join the animated voice team on Toy Story 4, also noting that perhaps a spork was not what he had in mind initially, although it all seems to have worked out very well for both the actor and the Pixar creative team. He said:
He later went on to say that he wasn’t sure what he was expecting from the voice gig, but it definitely wasn’t to see a spork animated on a screen with his own voice from Arrested Development emanating out of it. Per Hale:
Bonnie had to fall in love with the spork, so the character had to be one the audience could fall in love with too, and first that meant selling Tony Hale on the role.
Looking into how Pixar pitched the idea to the actor, I’d assume clips from Veep in particular might have been a little too outrageous to really fit into the goal for the G-rated Pixar movie, but the sentiment is still pretty cool, particularly given that some of Tony Hale’s other characters do share commonalities. Still, somehow I can’t see Pixar using a clip of Forky asking Veep’s Jonah if he looks like “a pimp,” although Forky noting “I was made to understand that there would be grilled cheese sandwiches here” or “I’m a monster!” might be more on brand for the little spork.
In fact, the actor also spoke out about how Forky tends to follow a through line a lot of his other characters have had over the years: they’re nervous.
Given the nature of characters like Buster Bluth and Gary Walsh, it makes a certain amount of sense those were the roles the Pixar team would have chosen when putting together footage in order to share the expectations for Forky in Toy Story 4.
Hearing that’s how Pixar sold Tony Hale on the gig isn’t shocking news if you know a lot of hot facts about Pixar, however. In fact, it’s a trick that Pixar has used for years in order to help actors to understand and voice their animated counterparts to their full potential.
It may be a repeat trick, but it’s sure an effective one.
Granted, it’s not a quick process to go from animated AD clips to the big screen. Various people related to the production also mentioned it took several years to go from script to finished product. Now, we’re nearing the finish line, however. In fact, you can hear Tony Hale as new character Forky in the Toy Story 4 trailer right now, or catch the fully charming movie (at least per the critics!) when it hits theaters on June 21st… although there doesn’t look to be a Pixar short this time around, which would be a first for Pixar since 1995.
Rarely does a week go by without a Kate Middleton outfit sighting the world instantly wants to copy. And while we now scramble to pick up her exact Zara coats or a close imitation of her best dresses, Middleton’s fashion choices themselves appear to be inspired by another member of the royal family: the late Princess Diana. Over the years many have inferred that the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe has paid homage to her late mother-in-law, with some instances being more obvious than others. Whether it be a single similar item or a piece-for-piece re-creation, some of Middleton’s best looks make us reminisce about Princess Diana’s iconic stylebook. The two women favored different designers—Kate is partial to Alexander McQueen and Erdem, while Princess Diana leaned into David Sassoon and Bruce Oldfield—yet both women’s tastes include crisp coats, pastel suits, and dazzling formal wear. Here we gathered the 15 instances of straight-up fashion twinning, courtesy of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana.
Rarely does a week go by without a Kate Middleton outfit sighting the world instantly wants to copy. And while we now scramble to pick up her exact Zara coats or a close imitation of her best dresses, Middleton’s fashion choices themselves appear to be inspired by another member of the royal family: the late Princess Diana. Over the years many have inferred that the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe has paid homage to her late mother-in-law, with some instances being more obvious than others. Whether it be a single similar item or a piece-for-piece recreation, some of Middleton’s best looks make us reminisce about Princess Diana’s iconic stylebook. The two women favored different designers—Kate is partial to Alexander McQueen and Erdem, while Princess Diana leaned into David Sassoon and Bruce Oldfield—yet both women’s tastes include crisp coats, pastel suits, and dazzling formal wear. Here we gathered the 15 instances of straight-up fashion twinning, courtesy of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana.
Since its inception in 1927, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year issue has profiled the person, group, object or idea that has had the biggest impact on the news of that year. The choices have included names like Adolf Hitler, JFK, Charles Lindbergh, Elizabeth II, Gandhi, MLK, Mark Zuckerberg and the computer. Now, some people are hoping that actor Keanu Reeves joins their ranks, and they have created a petition to make it happen.
An unidentified (he or she is listed as “John Doe”) champion has taken to Change.org to start a petition to make Keanu Reeves Time Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. The petition has been up for less than a week and over 1,000 people have already signed it giving Keanu their support. It is well on its way to 1,500 signatures.
Usually these kind of petitions make their case on the page as to why you should sign it, but the Keanu for Person of the Year petition assumes you already know why and settles for the succinct call to action “Keanu is the most wholesome person alive, make him the person of the year!”
Given that the love for Keanu Reeves seems to be at an all-time high right now, this petition does not come as a surprise. The actor is having a huge year, and if the Time Magazine Person of the Year goes to the person that has most influenced the news of that year, Keanu Reeves has a strong case, at least as far as the internet is concerned, as he has been dubbed ‘the internet’s boyfriend.’
The actor is the talk of the internet, from social media to his own dedicated subreddit, and a lot of it has to do with his roles in 2019. Some have dubbed this the Keanussance, and while that designation implies that Keanu Reeves went away in some way, the reality is that he hasn’t been missing. He is just really killing it this year.
But it is not for his success that this petition advocates him to be Person of the Year, it is his wholesomeness. His prevalence on our screens in 2019 has resulted in us seeing more of Keanu Reeves, and that has shed light on who he is as a person.
From beautiful reflections on late night shows and countless anecdotes on the internet from those who have seen and met him to his respectful hands-off approach to taking photos with female fans and his iconic appearance at E3, he basically just seems to be a really good guy and the kind of person people want to root for in modern times.
Whether that makes him eligible for Time’s Person of the Year is debatable, but he has certainly made plenty of news. And while these kinds of petitions are silly and hugely ineffective, it is nice to see one that borne out of love and not anger or disappointment. I don’t think Keanu would even be particularly interested in the title, but he might appreciate knowing how much people support him.
Keanu Reeves’ current moment won’t be ending anytime soon. John Wick: Chapter 4 is already a go and the long-awaited Bill & Ted Face the Music is finally on the way. First though, you can catch possible Person of the Year (but probably not) Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4, in theaters on June 21.
The DC live-action universe has had a fascinating life in theaters, with plenty of peaks and valleys to spare. But following the poor performance of Justice League, Warner Bros. pivoted away from big ensemble projects and toward director-driven solo movies. Shazam! and Aquaman had strong outings in theaters, and DC fans are especially eager to see what Matt Reeves will do with The Batman.
Development for The Batman appears to be moving forward, with Robert Pattinson attached to play the title character. Fans are eager to see which actors are cast as members of Batman’s rogues gallery, and plenty of stars have already made their intentions known. This includes Parks & Rec icon Aubrey Plaza, who has a particular interest in playing Catwoman. But she doesn’t think she’d ever actually get the part. As she recently explained:
Leave it to Aubrey Plaza to be the one defender of Halle Berry’s ill-fated Catwoman movie. But it looks like she does have a comic book character in mind, although the rising actress doubts she’d ever actually land the role of Selina Kyle.
Aubrey Plaza’s comments come from her recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. While appearing on the talk show to promote her leading role in the Child’s Play reboot, eventually the conversation about Catwoman came up. She’s made a few comments about wanting to play the role before, something that Colbert was privy to. And since The Batman‘s cast is being assembled, it seems like the perfect time to broach that subject again.
It’s unclear why Aubrey Plaza doesn’t think she has a chance of playing Selina Kyle, as the 34 year-old actress’ star power was been growing steadily over the past few years. And she’s played a comic book villain before, in her acclaimed performance in FX’s Legion. But perhaps her concerns aren’t with her own performance, but the other actress who are already vying for the role.
You can check out Aubrey Plaza’s conversation with Stephen Colbert below, complete with cat ears.
All of Aubrey Plaza’s antics aside, she does seem to have an interest in playing Catwoman, despite thinking she doesn’t have much of a chance to land the part. And she’s got some stiff competition, as plenty of actresses have been vying for Gotham’s feline femme fatale.
High School musical alum Vanessa Hudgens is the most recent star to put her name in the mix for playing DC’s next Catwoman. After fans began posting art of her as Selina Kyle, Hudgens revealed she’s been a lifelong fan, and it’s actually a dream role. And a piece of fan art that followed showed what she and Robert Pattinson might look like opposite each other in The Batman. It’s too bad Zack Snyder isn’t the architect of the DCEU anymore, as she has a working relationship with him through the movie Sucker Punch.
But Vanessa Hudgens isn’t the only actress who wants to play Catwoman. Morena Baccarin also listed Catwoman as a dream role, and she’s already got experience with the DC side of things. After all, she played Dr. Leslie Thompkins for 82 episodes of Fox’s show Gotham. Furthermore, she plays Vanessa in the Deadpool franchise, so comic book properties are something Baccarin is familiar with. When she was asked if she’d play the role, Baccarin was previously quoted saying:
Robert Pattinson is the only actor currently attached to The Batman, so just about anything seems possible. The public has no clue which of Batman’s rogues director Matt Reeves wants to play with, so there’s the chance that Catwoman isn’t even included. So perhaps Aubrey Plaza has more time to campaign for the role, and show her range. Fingers crossed.
You can catch Aubrey Plaza in Child’s Play on June 21st, and The Batman is set to arrive June 25th, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
To the casual comic book fan, the most powerful being in the DC Universe is Superman. Of course, to more committed comic book aficionado, there is an understanding of another universe in which Dr. Manhattan exists.
Dr. Manhattan is a central character of the iconic graphic novel Watchmen, which will be expanded on in HBO’s upcoming series adaptation set for release sometime this year. He is the only character with real powers in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ acclaimed tale, which reimagines comic book lore in a more satirically analytical approach. By definition, Dr. Manhattan is the most powerful being in existence.
It would be a fun idea, however, to see how these two titans of incomparable power would measure up. With that in mind, who would win in such a fight: Superman or Dr. Manhattan? Let us look into this more deeply.
This article contains SPOILERS to certain comic books featuring Superman and Watchmen**‘s climax, as well as its 2009 film adaptation.**
Perhaps I, and probably you, have been a little harsh on those who would often mistake Superman for either a bird or a plane. What else would the unsuspecting average citizen have expected to see soaring through the sky as if it was just another day?
Superman, the creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, and most recently portrayed on film by Henry Cavill from 2013’s Man of Steel to 2017’s Justice League, is credited as the first superhero in comic book mythology, introduced Action Comics #1 on April 18, 1938. As such, with his red and blue suit and Swiss Army knife arsenal of natural, astonishing abilities, he remains the definitive and most recognizable image of superheroism.
Born Kal-El on the distant planet Krypton, Superman’s birth parents sent him away in a small space pod as their planet was dying, hoping that he would see a better future. Kal-El found that better destiny in Smallville, Kansas, where Jonathan and Martha Kent raised him as their son, Clark.
When Superman was first introduced, he bore many of the abilities he is known for today, including super strength, super speed, enhanced eyesight and hearing, leaping tall buildings in a single bound, and durability. However, durability is not the same as invulnerability, which meant that one single gunshot may not hurt him, but he would not be completely impervious to much heavier artillery.
Throughout the 1940s to the mid-1980s, the range of Superman’s powers increased, and were given an explanation of Earth’s weak gravity (as compared to Krypton) and the intensity of our planet’s yellow sun. His sight upgraded to X-ray vision, his super speed to faster than light, his durability to invulnerability, and his leaping, of course, to flight, which was later explained as a result of him having telekinesis at one point.
Despite everything that makes Superman so “super,” as always, there is a catch – a few, actually. For one, if he comes anywhere near Kryptonite, a green mineral that gets its name from his home planet, even the meekest mortal could take a stab at the man and, most likely, come out on top.
In addition to Kryptonite-induced limitations, Superman’s abilities are enhanced by Earth’s yellow sun. In other words, the guy is essentially a living, solar-powered battery. If the sun is blocked for too long, Superman has nothing to recharge himself on and, thus, might need to call on the rest of the Justice League to hold the threat over for him until he can find a less cloudy spot to chill out for a bit.
Superman, as a character, often gets a lot of flack for how his weaknesses are outweighed by his strengths. The list of enemies he has defeated is far longer than those who have successfully defeated him. Of course, with the exception of Kryptonite use, many of his defeats are the result of psychological torment than physical.
The Injustice storyline sees one of Superman’s most devastating defeats, as the Joker tricks Superman into destroying Metropolis and later killing his own wife and her unborn child. Also, who could forget how Superman’s battle with Doomsday resulted in his shocking death in 1992? Of course, he was resurrected a year later, but before then, no one saw such a fate coming.
DC’s Golden Boy is not without his limitations, physically and psychologically, but Superman still possesses the will and nearly unstoppable resilience that makes him a hero to depend on. I would trust him better than, say, Dr. Manhattan. However, should I really?
Superman is blessed not just with superhuman abilities, but with an optimistic, humbled personality that makes him an easy guy to like. Dr. Manhattan is also incredibly powerful, but his social skills are incredibly lacking.
Dr. Manhattan is a central character in writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons’ comic book epic Watchmen, and he was portrayed by Billy Crudup in Zack Snyder’s 2009 cinematic adaptation. The 12-part miniseries was published by DC Comics from 1986 to 1987, but it is set in a reality outside of the publishing company’s regular continuity, with Dr. Manhattan serving as a sort of hybrid of Superman and lesser-known DC hero Captain Atom.
Dr. Manhattan was born Jonathan Osterman, a nuclear physicist and mere human being. In 1959, he was accidentally locked inside an Intrinsic Field Subtractor, which disintegrated his body until he was able to reconstruct himself into a shining, blue being of unlimited power whom the government was quick to enlist for help in defense.
Technically, Dr. Manhattan only possess two abilities by name: telekinesis and molecular combustion. However, while Superman is endowed with enough different powers to make your head spin, Dr. Manhattan literally could make your head spin.
Dr. Manhattan’s telekinesis allows him to control objects with his mind, but this is not limited to pouring himself a glass of water without touching it. Not to mention the fact that he does not even require water to live.
Dr. Manhattan is also an omnikinetic being, having not only full awareness of atomic energy, but control over it. If he were to disintegrate, he could just as easily reconstruct his body and even create additional duplicates of himself of whatever size or in whatever location he pleases.
He could blow a human being to bits just by thinking of it, just as he reluctantly does to Walter Kovacs (Rorschach) at the climax of Watchmen, which also came in handy whilst fighting for the US in the Vietnam War, which he single-handedly won in the comic book’s storyline. Since Watchmen is a Cold War-era story, the idea of Dr. Manhattan effortlessly destroying Soviet nuclear missiles is also suggested, and easily factual.
Dr. Manhattan has the value of omnipotence, immortality and even a non-linear perception of time that allows to see future events. However, despite that ability, he chooses not to intervene and allow them to remain inevitable, which brings is to his sole weakness: apathy.
As I have mentioned before, Dr. Manhattan is no social butterfly, with his infinite wisdom and godly intimidation rendering him unable to bring himself to human levels. That lack of human emotion is also what leads him consider Earth meaningless, motivating him to take refuge at a self-made “fortress of solitude” on Mars.
Though he was eventually convinced to help the other Watchmen defeat Conrad Veidt at the climax of the novel’s story, Dr. Manhattan also allowed several moments of tragedy to take place, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Imagine if Watchmen was written after 9/11; how conversation of the character’s moral compass would have increased a hundredfold.
Dr. Manhattan, by design, is a hero that humanity should put uncompromising faith in to protect them, but the truth is that he is not to be trusted. His apathetic views on human life and pacifism in the wake of chaos could result in humanity’s ultimate downfall, yet he would remain standing.
However, what if that force of chaos against him was another hero of blue appearance and shockingly grand power?
Superman Vs Dr. Manhattan
Imagine two of comic book lore’s most powerful beings meeting their possible fates: each other. If Superman took on Dr. Manhattan, it would be a fight to the ages, especially because it might take a while.
For one, the moments leading up to the battle may be especially extensive, as neither of these beings are usually one to pose a threat. Perhaps Superman was exposed to red Kryptonite, bringing out his evil side, or Dr. Manhattan vaporized a group of people protesting his own indifference to their existence.
Whatever the inciting incident may be, one thing that I know for sure is that Superman would go in head first, with his signature determination to take down whoever is adverse to his will. Dr. Manhattan, visibly unphased by Superman every will, would probably just stand there, taking every punch, before instantaneously changing positions or making duplicates of himself or increasing his size as a disorientation technique.
None of this would keep Superman down, thought. He would use all his might, all his power, everything he has got to take the big, blue guy down. Yet, Dr. Manhattan would not have to do a thing.
Dr. Manhattan already knows he has this battle in the bag. His clairvoyance has allowed to him always know. He is only choosing to let Superman win out of his reluctance to cause the Golden Boy to cease to exist in mere seconds.
Knowing that Superman has the will and motivation that he will never have, Dr. Manhattan would realize that this battle could last forever unless he comes to the inevitable conclusion of reducing him to a mere atom. The only chance for resurrection would lie in Dr. Manhattan’s hands, if he wanted to do so.
There is a reason that, excluding the current DC event Doomsday Clock, Superman and Dr. Manhattan exist in separate universes. There is only room for one of them to succeed, and that one is Dr. Manhattan. Superman may often be compared to a god, but Dr. Manhattan essentially is one, leaving him no choice but to bow down in defeat.
But perhaps you have a different view on this epic fight. Let us know how you think Superman vs. Dr. Manhattan would go down in the poll and comments below.
Who do you believe would win in a battle between Superman and Dr. Manhattan?
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Since 2008, Marvel Studios has built up their cinematic universe with some of the most popular movies being produced in Hollywood, and for much of that time DC Comics and Warner Bros. have doing everything in their power to create a franchise that exists on a similar level. We have been watching a new cinematic era for the brand play out going back to the release of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in 2013, and while there have been certain ups and downs during that period, work is still being done. It’s not the original DC Extended Universe as anybody planned it, but there is still an interesting future waiting to unfold for Superman, Batman, and company.
So what are the titles that are going to help fans dive into this vast comic book world? Who are the filmmakers making the movies, and who will be starring? Well, we’ve organized all that information for you below, so read on to have your big questions answered!
Joker – October 4, 2019
Odd as it may sound, Todd Phillips’ Joker is lined up to be a game-changer for the future of DC Comics movies when its released in the fall of 2019. Rather than being a part of the larger DC Extended Universe continuity, it’s a film that is very much doing its own thing – existing as a sort of R-rated tone poem that creates its own unique cinematic version of Batman’s most iconic villain. It should not only be unlike any comic book movie audiences have ever seen before, but it could also potentially shake-up Warner Bros.’ entire development strategy.
Could Joker wind up being the first of many one-shot DC Comics movies that allow filmmakers to boldly experiment with legendary characters? Time will tell. Right now all we have is the Todd Phillips film – and it looks totally bonkers. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, and the story will take him on a downward spiral that eventually transforms him into the Clown Prince Of Crime. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Shea Whigham, Brian Tyree Henry, Frances Conroy, and Brett Cullen co-star.
Birds Of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – February 7, 2020
The DC Extended Universe was been developing a Birds of Prey feature for number of years, but it was only in September 2018 that the franchise finally pulled the trigger and surprised the world by making the project the brand’s first film for 2020. Cathy Yan is directing the movie as her blockbuster debut, and it has put together one of the best acting ensembles we’ve seen from this era of DC films.
As the title suggests, Margot Robbie will be the big headliner of Birds Of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), reprising her role from Suicide Squad, and she will be joined by an awesome group of co-stars. Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya will be played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Rosie Perez, respectively, and the rest of the outstanding cast includes Ewan McGregor as the villainous Roman Sionis, Chris Messina as the psychotic Victor Zsasz, and Ella Jay Basco as the young Cassandra Cain. Production began in the first half of 2019.
Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5, 2020
To the surprise of only the few who couldn’t understand the potential of a female-driven superhero movie, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was a monster hit when it was released in the summer of 2017, and as a result a sequel was quickly given the green light. Jenkins will be back at the helm, and the story will be taking the titular Amazonian hero to America – specifically during the year 1984 (if that wasn’t obvious already from the title).
Not much is known about the plot of Wonder Woman 1984, but Patty Jenkins has noted that the year simultaneously featured both the best and worst of humanity on the global scale. Gal Gadot will be back in her classic armor for the adventure as Wonder Woman, while (surprisingly) Chris Pine will also be back as the formerly-dead Steve Trevor. Kristin Wiig will be playing one of the central villains of the film, the classic Wonder Woman antagonist Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal is rumored to be playing Maxwell Lord.
The Batman – June 25, 2021
The Batman is a project that has certainly had more than its fair share of ups and downs. At one point this was to be a film directed by Ben Affleck and featuring the titular hero going up against Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke – but that’s apparently not at all the form in which the movie now exists. Instead, director Matt Reeves is now at the helm, and the franchise has decided to go in a totally new direction with the Caped Crusader, specifically by hiring Robert Pattinson to play the new big screen version of Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman.
Details about what we can expect from the plot have been vague, but it’s been said that there is a plan to showcase the Dark Knight’s detective skills unlike any previous big screen adventure for the character. There have been rumors about Catwoman and Penguin being involved, but nothing has been confirmed. Currently there are plans for filming to start in early 2020.
Suicide Squad 2 – August 6, 2021
Although David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was not exactly critically-acclaimed, the film was definitely still successful enough to warrant a sequel. And what’s more, the DC Extended Universe has dipped into the Marvel Studios talent pool to help get the film made. After being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney, it was revealed that Warner Bros. pursued James Gunn to write the script for Suicide Squad 2, and now he’s set to direct it as well.
It’s rumored to be titled The Suicide Squad, and it’s been said that it won’t really be a direct follow-up to Ayer’s movie, and instead something that just takes the premise in a different direction. Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis are all reportedly going to return as Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller, respectively, and David Dastmalchian and John Cena are reportedly coming on board as Polka-Dot Man and Peacemaker. Idris Elba is signed on in a mystery role, and filming is expected to start at some point in late 2019
DC Super Pets – May 20, 2022
DC has been releasing quality animated features for years on the home video market, but things haven’t gone spectacularly with big screen endeavors. The most recent example is Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, which, despite earning positive reviews, only managed to make a grand total of $52 million globally in the summer of 2018. The brand is still trying to make it work, though, which explains why a DC Super Pets film is currently on the schedule for release in 2022.
Directed by Jared Stern and Sam Levine, the film will center on the notable furry friends of DC’s most popular heroes, and find them joining together for some kind of unspecified adventure. Obviously it won’t be connected to any of the other developing properties via continuity, but it still is an interesting title to be in the mix and keeping the slate diverse.
Aquaman 2 – December 16, 2022
There was a time when James Wan’s Aquaman looked like it was in serious trouble. It was not only the first DC movie scheduled for release after the disappointment that was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but it was also going up against some serious box office competition in December 2018. And yet now the film currently exists as the highest grossing DC Comics adaptation of all time. Warner Bros. wasted no time arranging plans for a sequel, and currently Aquaman 2 is on track to be released in December 2022.
The studio has not yet made any formal announcements about the follow-up (we still don’t know if James Wan will return to direct), but we can assume that the story will follow Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry a.k.a. Aquaman as he navigates the tricky existence of an undersea king. Meanwhile, Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Dr. Stephen Shin (Randall Park) will be making efforts to both uncover the secrets of Atlantis, and also take its monarch down.
The New Gods
Fresh off directing the long-awaited adaptation of the beloved novel A Wrinkle In Time, director Ava Durvernay found herself flirting with another blockbuster project – specifically an adaptation of Jack Kirby’s The New Gods. Duvernay previously had discussions with Marvel Studios about both Black Panther and Captain Marvel, but instead of taking part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe she will be lending her skills to the DC Extended Universe. The New Gods will have audiences take a Boom Tube to the worlds of Apokolips and New Genesis – which are two alien worlds that have long been at war. Not much is known about the plot of the film at this point, but favorites like Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Orion, Granny Goodness and, of course, Darkseid, are expected to play significant parts. Comic book writer Tom King has signed on to co-write the script with Duvernay, but it is currently unclear when we will actually get to see the finished result of their collaboration.
Following his appearances in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen is expected next to be featured in his very own solo Flash film. Unfortunately, a lot of behind the scenes drama has created a situation where we have no idea when we will actually see the movie. Initially, it was writer Seth Grahame-Smith who was set to make his directorial debut with the blockbuster, but then Warner Bros, handed the reins over to Rick Famuyiwa — known for directing the indie hit Dope. Sadly, he left the movie several months after signing on, citing “creative differences.” Since then Game Night duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have come aboard, but even that has not stopped reports of behind-the-scenes conflict – with Ezra Miller reportedly teaming with comic book legend Grant Morrison to write a version of the film very different from Daley and Goldstein’s.
Dwayne Johnson has been talking with Warner Bros. for years about playing Shazam villain Black Adam on the big screen, and the actor has spent a long time spreading news about plans for a Black Adam solo movie. Only now, however, does it look like the movie is actually finding some traction. Following up on the success of Shazam!, the supervillain-centric blockbuster is apparently moving forward, and it now has Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra attached to make it. Right now the project doesn’t have a release date, but it’s being thought that filming could begin at some point in 2020.
While not as big as some other blockbusters about costumed crusaders, David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! made a respectable amount of money in spring 2019, ultimately bringing in $363 million globally. That’s a good thing, because Warner Bros. doesn’t have a lot of time to waste hemming and hawing about whether or not they should make a Shazam! 2. The young cast, including Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, and more, aren’t going to stay young forever, so the studio needs to work fast when it comes to making follow-ups. As of right now the upcoming movie doesn’t have a target release date, but Zachary Levi has said that production could start as early as late spring/early summer 2020.
James Wan has proven himself as a talented blockbuster director more than capable of creating big screen spectacle – but it still says something that one of the best sequences in his Aquaman film was full of horror vibes. Watching Arthur Curry and Mera battle against the creatures of The Trench was both terrifying and memorable, and very much reflected Wan’s roots. So is it really surprising that Warner Bros. wants to take the concept behind that scene and turn it into a full feature? The answer is no. Admittedly this is a project that we don’t know much about currently, and we don’t have a clear idea of when it will get made, but it is definitely something that is in active development.
Justice League 2
Zack Snyder’s Justice League wasn’t the movie most people were expecting. Following serious overhauls in post-production, the team-up film got primarily negative reviews, and made less than every other DC Extended Universe feature that preceded it. Unfortunately, it was a surprise that knocked the entire franchise off kilter, and now even basic projects like Justice League 2 exist as big question marks. The first film’s post-credits sequence seemed to set up the idea that Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) would be teaming up with Slade Wilson (Joe Manganiello) to form the Injustice League in a sequel, but for now it’s unclear if that concept will ever be full realized in live-action.
Man Of Steel 2
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first announced, it appeared from the outside that it would also serve as Man of Steel 2. As the project moved through development, however, it very much morphed into something else (a.k.a. the setup for Justice League), and while it dealt with consequences from the 2013 Zack Snyder movie, it was made clear that fans would have to wait an extra minute for the son of Krypton to get another real solo adventure. Now it’s years later, and we are still waiting to find out what’s going to happen. It’s no longer clear if Henry Cavill is still going to be the big screen version of Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman going forward, and there are currently no filmmakers attached to make a Man of Steel 2.
Green Lantern Corps
Following the unfortunate Green Lantern movie that came out in 2011, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are rebooting the story of the famed intergalactic peace keeping force by making a team movie instead of just focusing on a single Emerald Knight. Not much is known about the project yet, though it’s been announced that the film will feature both Hal Jordan and John Stewart in addition to other famous intergalactic agents. Beyond that, Green Lantern’s role in the DC Extended Universe is totally unclear. It was surprising to many fans that he wasn’t included as part of the original Justice League lineup, and information is scarce about filmmakers and potential actors involved with the Green Lantern Corps movie. This is definitely a major question mark in the future of the franchise.
Gotham City Sirens
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was a standout from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and the studio and actress have been working hard to figure out an exciting cinematic future for the character ever since the film’s release. She’ll next appear in Birds of Prey, and will follow that up with The Suicide Squad, but Gotham City Sirens is another Harley-centric project that Warner Bros. wants to make. It’s been reported that David Ayer will be taking the helm of the project, and going by the title and comic book history, it’s assumed that the feature will center on the adventures of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.
A Nightwing movie was announced in the winter of 2017, with The LEGO Batman Movie‘s Chris McKay attached to direct. Since then we have heard scattered reports about the project continuing to exist in development, but not much else has been said about the movie. It’s not known currently when the film might be gearing up to start filming, or how it may ultimately relate to Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
DC has been teasing fans with the possibility of doing a Booster Gold film for years now, and while it remains totally unclear if the project will ever come together, we do at the very least know that a script for it exists. Zack Stentz, whose previous writing credits include X-Men: First Class, has penned a draft of the movie that Warner Bros. now has. We’ll continue to await new updates about it, but it’s definitely the kind of feature that we expect the studio will hold off on until the franchise is on more stable ground.
In an age when blockbuster superheroes are getting more and more diverse, it’s surprising that neither DC nor Marvel has released a solo film about a latinx character – but that may change if the former can get the ball rolling with their Blue Beetle movie. As it’s currently being developed, the big screen adventure would center on the Jaime Reyes version of the hero, and if done right it would potentially be a generation-changer. No director is currently attached, though Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (2019’s Miss Bala) is reportedly taking care of the script.
Promoting female heroes on the big screen is apparently a big part of the future for the DC Extended Universe, which explains why the franchise has been working hard for years to try and get a Batgirl movie made. Unfortunately, progress has been slow. Joss Whedon, who directed the reshoots on Justice League, was originally hired to pen the script for the movie, but he backed out about a year after signing on when he simply couldn’t find a proper hook for the story. Now the film doesn’t have a director, but Christina Hodson, who also worked with DC on the script for Birds Of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is holding the pen for the project.
As you may have noticed reading this feature, DC has been able to attract a lot of big names to direct movies based on their properties, but this one is a special case. Reports in early 2018 revealed that Michael Bay is working with Warner Bros. to potentially take the helm of Lobo – a film that would center on DC’s wackiest intergalactic bounty hunter. We’ve heard nothing about the project since then, so where the movie exists in terms of development is unclear, but you can be sure that this one has our attention.
Justice League Dark
With the proper Justice League introduced into the DCEU, the franchise is soon looking to have audiences meet the team’s more magical counterpart from the comics. Originally Justice League Dark was going to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and then it was going to be Doug Liman… but now the project exists without a director. The property focuses on a group of anti-heroes led by detective John Constantine who face off against supernatural and magical threats — as opposed to the more scientific and extraterrestrial threats the Justice League battles. No plot details have been announced, and we don’t know anything yet about casting.
DC definitely seems to be past its whole “dark and gritty phase,” and few upcoming projects suggest that more strongly than the in-development Plastic Man feature. This is unquestionably one of the silliest characters in the DC canon, and it’s impossible to imagine any film about him being anything but a straight-up comedy. This is a project that is still very much in the early stages, but Warner Bros. has hired newcomer Amanda Idoko to pen the screenplay.
Man Of Steel – June 14, 2013
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 20, 2016
Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016
Wonder Woman – June 2, 2017
Justice League – November 17, 2017
Aquaman – December 21, 2018
Shazam! – April 5, 2019
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We’re in the midst of the big summer movie season, which is still the biggest time to go the theaters of the year, but you wouldn’t have known it based on this past weekend‘s returns. Men in Black International opened in first place, but with a lackluster total under $30 million. It was a largely disappointing weekend, unless you’re John Wick. One of the few sequels this year not named Avengers to actually do well at the box office, actually set a record as the sequel to see the largest box office improvement over its predecessor.
With this past weekend’s additional $6 million, it has brought the global total of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum to over $276 million worldwide, which is just short of a 61% increase over the $171 million that John Wick: Chapter 2 did globally. According to Forbes, this puts the movie ahead of the percentage increase that Captain America: Civil War did over its previous installment, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
This is just about the only good news that came off of this weekend’s box office. Men in Black underperformed even though it took the top spot. The new Shaft movie opened in eighth place. The Secret Life of Pets 2 is sitting at about $50 million in global ticket sales below where the original film was at this point. Dark Phoenix saw a massive 72% drop in domestic box office following on an opening weekend that wasn’t all that impressive to begin with.
In a year where most sequels aren’t living up to expectations John Wick is one of the few doing what sequels are supposed to do, meeting or exceeding the success of the previous installment.
It’s not surprising that John Wick Chapter 4 was given the green light after Chapter 3 opened so well. While it was far from clear the third film would have the legs that it has had, it opened incredibly strong compared to the previous films in the series.
Things will probably pick up at the box office this weekend. Toy Story 4 is opening on Friday and Pixar is almost always a powerhouse even when we’re not talking about the studio’s flagship franchise. The perfect score of positive reviews certainly won’t hurt the film’s box office chances. The fact that the movie is a highly anticipated movie from a well loved franchise that crosses multiple generations of fans will almost certainly mean big box office business.
Of course, since Keanu Reeves is also in Toy Story 4, what all this really means is that Keanu has taken over the box office forever and we should all just embrace the Keanussance. Clearly, he’s the single reason that some sequels are doing well others are failing.
The filming of the next installment of James Bond franchise – the still unnamed “Bond 25” – was halted in April after the film’s star, Daniel Craig, seriously injured his ankle while filming in Jamaica. He ultimately had surgery, but his injury marked the second time an event such as this occurred on the set of “Bond 25.” In addition, two stuntmen were injured in an explosion at Pinewood Studios in England.
Unsurprisingly, in a film series with a history like the James Bond series, these are not the first injuries to occur in set. There have been a lot of injuries to actors, crew members, and stuntmen over the years, going almost all the way back to beginning of the franchise. We’d be remiss if we didn’t take a look at the full history of injuries over the years.
From Russia With Love (1963)
In the second installment of the Bond series, an explosion during the final chase scene in From Russia With Love resulted in three stuntmen being injured and burning the eyelids of actor Walter Gotell, who was playing the villain Morzeny (but would later become more recognizable in the series as the head of the KGB in the Moore-era films).
In another on-set accident, the film’s art director Michael White and a cameraman suffered minor injuries when their helicopter crashed into a lake in Scotland during the filming of the same scene.
The Bond Girl in From Russia With Love, Daniela Bianchi, also suffered minor face lacerations where the driver of the car taking her to the set fell asleep and crashed. Her scenes were delayed while the injuries healed.
While it’s an urban legend that actress Shirley Eaton died as a result of being covered in gold paint, there were a couple of injuries on the set of Goldfinger. The first happened to star Sean Connery when he injured his back in a fight scene the henchman Oddjob. The injury shut down production and caused another rift between the notoriously cranky Connery and the producers, which resulted in Sean Connery’s contract being rewritten and the actor receiving 5% of profits from all the future James Bond movies he would star in.
Harold Sakata, who played Oddjob, also suffered injuries when he held onto some electrified metal bars for too long and burned his hands badly.
While no one was actually hurt on set, there was a close call for Sean Connery in Thunderball. During the sequence when James Bond was in in the villain’s pool with the sharks, one of the sharks got through a small gap in the Plexiglas partition and Sean Connery had to make a quick escape to avoid the large shark. This is no shark tale; it really happened.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
One of the most iconic scenes in the entire James Bond series is the helicopter chase scene with Bond flying “Little Nellie” in you Only Live Twice. The scene also resulted in one of the most serious injuries on set. Cameraman John Jordan was dangling from a helicopter in order to film the scene when another helicopter’s blade sliced off his foot. The foot was reattached by surgeons, but after filming wrapped, Jordan returned to England and had the foot amputated. Tragically, Jordan was killed a year later while filming Catch-22 in another on-set accident.
Another one of the more serious injuries happened on the set of 1983’s Octopussy when Roger Moore’s longtime stunt double Martin Grace was injured while filming the scene where James Bond jumps from the side of one train car to another.
In the scene, Martin had carefully timed the sequence and practiced it a number of times, but when the time came to film it, the train stopped due to a delay and restarted from the advanced position. As a result, Grace’s timing was off and as he hung from the train, he hit a concrete post, shattering his pelvis and severely injuring his leg. He held on, literally for dear life, as the train continued down the track until it finally came to a stop.
The first James Bond movie to star Pierce Brosnan wasn’t without its problems. Bond Girl Famke Janssen broke a rib in a fight sequence with Brosnan when she told him to slam her into a wall with real force. When she hit the wall, it knocked her out of breath and broke the rib. She didn’t miss a beat though and filming continued without interruption.
Die Another Day (2002)
Die Another Day, the 20th film in the franchise, had two injuries on set to its two biggest stars. Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan, injured his shoulder and production was briefly shutdown, but far more serious was an eye injury that Halle Berry sustained when shrapnel from a smoke grenade got into her eye, requiring surgery to remove it, though luckily there were no permanent effects on her vision.
Casino Royale (2006)
No actor has sustained more injuries playing James Bond more than the current star, Daniel Craig. The first time he was hurt was during a fight scene in his first turn as Bond in Casino Royale. In a movie that brought back James Bond’s mean streak, Craig took a punch in the mouth by another actor and it knocked out two of his teeth! Surgery was required to fix it, but filming wasn’t delayed and for future fights, Craig would wear a mouth protector to protect those pearly whites.
Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Daniel Craig was also injured on the set of Quantum Of Solace. This time he suffered a gash in his face during a fight sequence that required 8 stitches and later he sliced off the tip of his finger, though both injuries were fairly minor.
There were other, more serious injuries on the set of the polarizing Quantum Of Solace, though. Aris Comninos, a stuntman in one of the car chase scenes, was injured along with another stuntman, and landed in the ICU in a temporary coma. It was the third accident on the set, including a third stuntman who had crashed one of the Aston Martin DB9s into a lake, totaling the car, but escaping serious injury. Aris Comninos eventually fully recovered from his injuries as well.
During the filming of the most recent James Bond movie, Spectre, assistant director Terry Madden suffered a very serious injury when a truck carrying a camera skidded out of control and slammed into Madden, crushing his legs. Madden broke multiple bones and suffered other serious injuries in the accident, requiring multiple surgeries. Madden has since filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the producers of Spectre.
In a less serious injury, Daniel Craig sprained his knee while filming a fight scene Spectre, but it was fairly minor and he was back to work just a couple days later.
It’s not a surprise that in a film series with so many legendary action sequences that there have been some serious injuries over the years. While some have been extraordinarily tragic, most have been fairly minor. Daniel Craig and Sean Connery have seemingly gotten the worst of it, but that too is hardly a surprise as they both have played the part with reckless abandon at times. Maybe that’s why both are so popular in the role.