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May 2018 saw the release of the second standalone Star Wars spinoff titled Solo, which follows the adventures of Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo. Unfortunately, it had a poor performance in the box office but that doesn’t stop some fans who are looking forward to seeing a sequel to the feature. However, co-writer Jon Kasdan casts doubts on the possibility.
A fan recently asked Kasdan on Twitter if there are any updates with regards to a Solo sequel. The writer’s response would be disappointing for some, saying that he doesn’t think anyone is “pursuing a Solo sequel at the moment.” Kasdan thinks a feature at this time “would be a tough sell” and that the Star Wars slate is “pretty packed.” You can check out their exchange below.
Don't think anyone's pursuing a Solo sequel at the moment @KenobiJj I think a feature, at this point, would be a tough sell & the D+ Star Wars slate is really...pretty packed, all shows I'm lookin forward to. My work on Indy is long over but I'm excited there's forward movement!
— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) March 30, 2020
Although there isn’t likely a Solo 2 to be released in the near future, Kasdan pointed out that he is looking forward to the Star Wars shows. Disney+ is pretty much focused on the franchise’s future in television, with a second season of The Mandalorian to arrive this October, as well as a Cassian Andor and an Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
Still, some fans are holding out hope. Though the movie wasn’t a box office success, there’s still a portion of the Star Wars fandom that’s looking forward to seeing a Solo sequel in the future, or maybe even a show following more of the character’s adventures.
Right now, it seems like Disney’s priority for the franchise is its shows so it’s safe to say that there won’t be a Solo feature in the works to be released anytime soon.
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There have been various versions and reiterations of the Caped Crusader since the character made its debut over 80 years ago. And in a new graphic novel by Mellisa de la Cruz and Thomas Pitilli, Bruce Wayne is reimagined as a popular teen.
Titled Gotham High, it reimagines a teenage Bruce Wayne along with teen versions of Selina Kyle and Jack Napier. A trailer for the graphic novel was released, teasing a love triangle between Batman, the queen bee Catwoman, and the class clown Joker.
Though it is quite centered in romance, the novel will also follow the story of Bruce investigating a string of kidnappings. You can check out the trailer below:
In a recent interview with EW, de la Cruz talked about how this version of Batman came to be. “Bruce Wayne is the billionaire. He’s the richest man alive. So I thought, wouldn’t it be fun if his family was Chinese and from Hong Kong? That made it feel real,” she said. The writer wanted Bruce to be “a little bit more representative” of her background and giving Bruce an “authentic family. “It gives it this fabulous Crazy Rich Asians sheen to it.”
Pitilli says it “breathes a new life into the character” given that we’re living in the “most diverse world” so it’s a “representative of Batman in 2020.” “And since he’s a teenager, I tried my best to put a little bit of myself into the character as well,” he said. “Channeling those feelings of being an adolescent and feeling like an outsider.”
This version of the characters or Gotham High isn’t obviously for everyone. However, the graphic novel has quite an intriguing premise coupled with cool art so it’ll surely find its audience.
Gotham High is set for release on April 1st and Penguin Random House will be distributing the novel on April 7th.
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It was recently revealed that Ahsoka Tano will be featured in the second season of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, to be played by Rosario Dawson. However, it looks like that won’t be the only live-action appearance of the character.
Reports have recently gone around that Tano’s appearance in The Mandalorian may likely lead to her own series. Now, in a report from Star Wars Unity, their sources claim that a series following the fan-favorite character is in “very early development” at Disney.
For now, of course, this is still considered a rumor so fans should take this with a grain of salt. That being said, an Ahsoka Tano series isn’t unlikely to happen in the future. In a previous earnings call for Disney, CEO Bob Iger revealed that the priority for Star Wars is television.
“Then more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter, including the possibility of infusing it with more characters,” he said. “And the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series.
Though it is a rumor (for now), an Ahsoka Tano series would likely be supported by most Star Wars fans since she is a fan-favorite character after all. In addition, it would be interesting to learn more about her and see what other adventures she’d embark on. While fans wait for updates on an Ahsoka series, fans can look out for her appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian, set to arrive on Disney+ this October.
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Black Adam is set to arrive in December 2021 and fans can’t wait to see Dwayne Johnson’s portrayal of the character as well as the adventures he’d embark on. Though it’s not likely that Black Adam will be facing Justice League anytime soon, ever wondered how that fight would turn out? Apparently, the actor knows.
During a recent Instagram Live, Johnson was asked by a fan if he thinks his character could beat the Justice League. The actor thinks that Black Adam could take on the powerful group. “What chance does the Justice League have against an angry Black Adam?” he said. “What’s that term, no chance in hell.” Johnson laughed.
His opinion might seem a bit bold and controversial, after all, the Justice League consists of some of DC’s very powerful heroes. Then again, his statement could also reflect how powerful his version of the character is.
As much as fans are excited to see Black Adam on the big screen, Johnson also mentioned on the Instagram Live that he’s “not quite too sure” if they will start filming in July, given the situation with the coronavirus pandemic. That said, the actor is “very excited” and he has been training “very, very hard” for the role.
For now, Black Adam is currently set to hit theaters on December 22, 2021.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker served as the ninth and final installment of the Skywalker Saga. Giving a satisfying conclusion to such an epic saga is no easy feat, and co-writer Chris Terrio never thought that he’d do rewrites for a script as much as he did for this one.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, Terrio talked about those rewrites throughout production. “I’ve never rewritten a film as much as this one,” he said. “It’s like a tide. There’s a new script every morning.” However, Terrio and the team just “keep going at it” thinking that it’s “never good enough."
Although Terrio keeps going with the rewrites, he also took consideration of the crew with every adjustment he makes. Terrio even mentioned how skilled the team was in dealing with such changes.
“Luckily, the production team is so good that they can shift and adjust,” he added. “We’re course-correcting as we go – we’re trying things, and some things don’t work and some things aren’t ambitious enough.”
Terrio pointed out that some things were “overly ambitious” and some are “too dense.” Other things were “too simple” or “too nostalgic,” with some even “too out-of-left-field.” Out of all the elements and scenes they initially included in early drafts, it was clear that they had to find some “balance.”
From Colin Trevorrow’s exit from the film to being handled by Terrio and director J.J. Abrams, it’s no secret that Episode IX underwent some huge changes. Upon release, the film came to be divisive amongst fans and critics, and fell behind its predecessors at the box office.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD.
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Morbius is set to arrive in theaters next year and will feature the fan-favorite Living Vampire character to be played by Suicide Squad star Jared Leto. Although a crossover between Leto and Tom Hardy’s character won’t happen anytime soon, Venom will appear in the movie in the form of an Easter egg.
This article contains POTENTIAL SPOILERS for Morbius.
A fan shared a set photo on Reddit which shows a wall of graffiti. Among those graffiti is a drawing of Venom, which is essentially a black dot, with the character’s trademark eyes and sharp teeth. The character’s name is also written below the graffiti. You can check it out here.
The wall of graffiti also features, what seems to be, the name “Royt” on the left side and “Kane” on the right side. Although some fans initially thought that the latter name is an Easter egg for the Scarlet Spider, it seems like both names are made to be put together. This makes the name “Royt Kane,” a reference to Morbius creator Roy Thomas and penciler Gil Kane.
Plot details about Morbius are scarce but the first trailer for the film featured a surprise appearance of Michael Keaton, speculated to reprise his role as Adrian Toomes as well as a Spider-Man graffiti.
Morbius was initially set to arrive on theaters in July of this year but was pushed back to March 19, 2021.
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There have been a few reports surrounding the cast of the second season of Star Wars: The Mandalorian as of late. It was recently revealed that Rosario Dawson will be playing the role of Ahsoka Tano in the live-action series, Bill Burr is said to be returning as well, and Michael Biehn will reportedly play a character that was involved in Din Djarin’s past. Now, it seems like there could be another big name joining the galaxy far, far away.
According to Making Star Wars, actor Jamie Lee Curtis might make an appearance in the second season of The Mandalorian. However, the outlet points out that this is merely a rumor. Curtis was said to be at the location for filming while season two was in production.
Details on Curtis’ possible role wasn’t provided since the outlet also pointed out that the Knives Out actor could be around the location because she might be involved with Avatar 2. The James Cameron film was also shooting around the same area as the Star Wars series.
The Mandalorian has kept quite a big detail while filming for the first season, managing to avoid leaks or spoilers about Baby Yoda or The Child. Not to mention that the Dawson casting was revealed after season two has wrapped filming.
In terms of Curtis’ role, the sky is the limit with the Star Wars universe. Since Burr is said to be returning for the second season, he could appear in a flashback sequence, which may feature Curtis’ character. On the other hand, the series has shown Mando traveling and meeting all kinds of characters from different corners of the galaxy, so there’s tons of possibilities as to who Curtis could pay.
Again, this report is just a rumor so it should be taken as a grain of salt until it is confirmed.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 is set for release this October on Disney+.
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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the entertainment industry has taken quite a hit, causing a delay in production and movies and TV shows already slated for release in the following months. Adding to the list of delayed movies is Sony’s Marvel movie Morbius.
The Jared Leto feature was originally set for release on July 31 of this year. However, in a report from Variety, Sony announced that they have delayed the film to seven months. Morbius is now pushed back to March 19, 2021.
Morbius is just among the highly-anticipated movies set for release this Summer. Aside from the comic book film, Sony has also delayed the Ghostbusters sequel, Tom Holland’s Uncharted, and Peter Rabbit 2.
Since Morbius will now be released in March next year, it will face quite a competition since it’ll open against the new Paranormal Activity movie, as well as Tomb Raider 2; with both movies having a pretty popular franchise.
Sony also delayed the date for an untitled Marvel project set to arrive in October next year. It is speculated to be initially for Venom 2, but it looks like the film’s October 2 release date won’t be affected. That said, it is possible that the project delayed could be connected to Morbius.
For now, fans would have to wait a little longer for Leto to transform into the iconic character.
Morbius is set for release on March 19, 2021.
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Star Trek: Picard recently concluded its first season with tons of twists and reveals. One of the most unexpected parts is that the show put the villainous Borg in an entirely different direction, making them more sympathetic, and presenting them as victims. For the fans who were curious about this shift, showrunner Michael Chabon explains it in a recent interview.
Chabon told Variety that it harkens back to watching Star Trek: First Contact for the first time in theaters. He admitted that he got “really upset” by a scene from the movie where the Enterprise heroes were being “menaced” by the Starfleet personnel. “And, roughly paraphrasing, Picard says, like, ‘You just have to kill them. They’re not your friends anymore. They’re no longer the person that you knew. They are just Borg,’” Chabon said. “And watching that scene — that is so patently false, right? We know that’s a lie, because you saw Picard get assimilated and then get restored back to himself. So that’s bulls–t.”
When Chabon ought to bring back any legacy character or a key plot element from The Next Generation, he makes sure that it “can’t be the same as it was.” “So that meant if we ever were going to bring the Borg back, and we kind of wanted to bring the Borg back,” he said. “We had to find a way to do it that felt different.”
He then revealed that once he looked at that mandate, remembering the idea of considering looking at assimilation “as a form of trauma,” they decided to go with that idea and to “really consider the former Borg’s claim on the same degree of treatment that we would bestow on any other sentient creatures in the Star Trek world.” Chabon thought that it was a “really inevitable way to go.”
What are your thoughts on the direction that Chabon went with with the Borg? Tell us in the comments below!
Star Trek: Picard is now streaming for free on CBS Access for a limited time only.
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When Leia Organa appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she has already become the general within the Resistance. She was a well-known politician and a leader in the original trilogy so her becoming a general isn’t a shock. That said, it could have gone a totally different direction.
The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker book (via Yahoo) revealed that Leia’s transition could have been difficult. The early drafts for the sequel trilogy show that Leia Organa wasn’t beloved in all quarters. Lucasfilm’s senior vice president of production Kiri Hart was quoted in the book, revealing that Michael Arndt’s original treatment shows Leia would have been ostracized because she was Darth Vader’s daughter.
“Cast out of the thing that she cared about the most — re-establishing the Republic — Leia is then at a loss as to what her role should be,” the book quotes Hart. “All of that is really interesting.”
“It’s still conceivably stuff that we can use,” he added. “I remember Michael saying at one point that Carrie [Fisher] is a survivor. And Leia is, as well, and that’s what we are saying about her. Tapping into what that actor can do, what feels real to her.”
Though the idea didn’t make the cut, Leia’s struggle of wanting to reestablish the public because of her familial connection isn’t something new for the character. The general has had many difficult experiences in her life so it would have been interesting to see that play out in the sequel trilogy. Obviously, Abrams had other plans for the movie, but it would still have been a pretty cool idea.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on Digital HD. The movie is set to release on Blu-Ray, DVD, and 4K UHD on March 31.
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