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It was recently revealed that Matt Reeves’ The Batman will get a spinoff series that’ll focus on the Gotham City Police Department. Not only does the official announcement tease an upcoming show, but it also revealed that The Batman is set to build its own universe separate from the DCEU franchise.
The new Gotham PD series will be set in the same world as Reeves’ The Batman, "ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms.” There is yet to be other projects revealed that’ll precede the show or follow the film, but the announcement indicates that there are big plans for a Batman-shared universe in both film and television.
Aside from Bruce Wayne, Commissioner Gordon, and Alfred Pennyworth, The Batman will introduce various characters such as Catwoman, Penguin, and The Riddler. These characters are perfect for their own spinoffs, not to mention a whole slew of Batman-related heroes such as Batgirl, Robin, etc as well as potential villain-led spinoffs for the Dark Knight’s foes.
This universe could give the fans a chance to explore and learn more about the characters of Gotham City. The announcement raises more questions than answers though, with fans excited to find out which characters could eventually be featured in the Gotham PD series as well as other potential projects to arrive in the future.
The Batman is set for release on October 1, 2021.
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The long-awaited San Diego Comic-Con was canceled this year, marking the first time in the event’s 50-year history. However, fans all over the world will be able to attend the convention with a free virtual event called Comic-Con@Home, set to kick off on July 22nd.
Comic-Con has been slowly announcing the panels to be featured at the event. Now, its Friday, July 24th schedule has been revealed, with the third day revolving around panels on The Walking Dead, Charlize Theron, Helstrom, and more!
Check out the highlights for Comic-Con@Home schedule on Friday, July 24 below (All times are Pacific Daylight):
Charlize Theron: Evolution of a Badass – An Action Hero Career Retrospective
Summer Camp Island, The Fungies, and Tig N’ Seek — Myke Chilian, Stephen P. Neary, and Julia Pott.
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Adventure Time: Distant Lands – BMO — Glory Curda, Olivia Olson, Niki Yang, Adam Muto, moderated by Michaela Dietz.
Vikings: A Look Back with the Lothbroks — Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alex Ludwig, Clive Standen, Jordan Patrick Smith, and Michael Hirst.
Fear the Walking Dead — Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, Scott M. Gimple, Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, and Ruben Blades.
Infinity Train — Owen Dennis, Madeline Queripel, Alex Horab, Lindsay Katai, and Justin Michael.
The Walking Dead — Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, and Paola Lazaro.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond — Scott M. Gimple, Matt Negrete, Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Nicholas Cantu, Nico Tortorella, Julia Ormond, and Joe Holt
Helstrom — Paul Zbyszewski, Tom Austen, Sydney Lemmon, Elizabeth Marvel, Robert Wisdom, Ariana Guerra, June Carryl, and Alain Uy.
Robot Chicken, Final Space, Primal, and Samurai Jack — Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Genndy Tartakovsky, Carl Jones, Henry Bonsu, and Olan Rogers.
The Capture — Cast and creators.
Bob’s Burgers — H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz, Larry Murphy, and Loren Bouchard.
Robert Kirkman at Home — a Q&A with the creator of The Walking Dead.
Crossing Swords — Cast and creators.
A Zoom with Joss Whedon
Archer — Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Lucky Yates, and Casey Willis.
The third day of the virtual event looks exciting and fans of the series mentioned above will surely look forward to the shows’ respective panels!
Comic-Con@Home kicks off on July 22.
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Back in 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm which marked the start of a new era in the Star Wars franchise. J.W. Rinzler, who wrote various The Making of Star Wars books and Executive Editor for Lucasfilm, was with the studio for 15 years. Rinzler begun work on his The Making of The Force Awakens book when things shifted. Now, he has opened up about the transition when Disney took over Lucasfilm, telling what’s like to work under George Lucas compared to working under the House of Mouse.
“When Disney came on, and I will say this, I don’t think it violates any NDA, I’d been there for 15 years,” Rinzler said in a recent episode on The Force Cast podcast. “I worked with George Lucas for all those 15 years. And, I couldn’t see a script for the longest time, for The Force Awakens.”
Rinzler says it was the “polar opposite of ways of working” since it was all about “control, and fear, and paranoia.” That said, while it wasn’t like “heaven on Earth” for them, it was “far and away” when Disney took over.
“Like day compared to that night, it was just so much easier, and you know, we didn’t torture the licensees,” he added. “Some of them could come in and read the script. Not everybody. But like, you know, the head person, whoever needed to read it for that company, could read it. So that they knew what was going on.”
Unlike under Disney, he adds that there was “a lot of cooperation” and “autonomy” within the group before. Like if a book was decided to be good to go, it would be done and published immediately.
While Rinzler didn’t go into detail, it seems like, under Disney, there was less cooperation with licenses and whatnot. Secrecy seems to be their top priority, having most of the information kept in the dark.
What are your thoughts on Rinzler’s comments about the transition when Disney took over Lucasfilm? Tell us in the comments below!
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Matt Reeves’ The Batman is yet to make its debut but an original DC drama has already been ordered for HBO Max featuring the Gotham City Police Department set in the world Reeves is creating for his feature film!
HBO Max recently announced that it has given a series commitment to a DC series from Reeves, Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, The Batman producer Dylan Clark, and Warner Bros. Television.
As mentioned, the series will be set in the world of The Batman, building upon the “motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City” which will launch a new Batman universe across multiple platforms.
Set to explore other characters of Gotham, this series serves as Reeves’ first TV project under his deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group. “This is an amazing opportunity,” the director said. “Not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a long-form format can afford.”
Reeves noted that it’s “an absolute dream” to work with Winter, who has written, “so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption.”
“This is Batman as most audiences have never seen before,” HBO Max Chief content officer Kevin Reill says. “And we know fans will want to spend more time in this new world inspired by the film.” The collaboration with WB and DC allows them to “elaborate and grow fan connections” across these brands in the years to come.
The series is yet to have a release date, while The Batman arrives in theaters on October 1, 2021.
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Following Justice League’s theatrical release in 2017, Zack Snyder’s original version of the movie will finally make its way to HBO Max next year. J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon didn’t have much to do in the movie, previously teasing that there was actually “a little bit more” than what was shown in the theatrical cut. It’s unclear how much bigger of a role he originally had but the veteran actor is willing to whatever it takes for Snyder to finish his version.
“Well, the Snyder cut is happening now at long last, as DC fans know,” Simmons told Screen Rant. “I'm excited that I'm a part of it.”
“As far as I know, I've already done everything I have to do to be a part of Zack's cut,” he added. “Which is to tell Zack, ‘Yes, I want to be a part of your cut.’”
Simmons said if ever he has any additional dialogue to record or any additional scenes to shoot, whatever it is, he’d be “happy” to do it for Snyder.
The Snyder Cut is expected to feature the director's principal photography that was done during 2016, so Simmons' work could already be complete. There are currently no confirmed plans for more filming to happen, though it is possible that there will be some additional dialogue to be recorded by some actors, and Simmons' desire could be realized. It’ll be interesting to see how Simmon's part will play out in the Snyder Cut, and fans can’t wait to see what’s to come.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is expected to arrive on HBO Max in early 2021.
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie recently called out Marvel on the studio’s lack of diversity, explaining that it’s even “more racist” that Black Panther is the only MCU movie with a Black cast, director, and crew. Aside from that, all the movies he starred in had mostly a white cast and crew, calling for changes to be made and to just hire the “best person for the job.”
In a recent interview with MovieMaker, Avengers: Endgame director Joe and Anthony Russo responded to Mackie’s comments on his call for changes, agreeing with the actor. “I think we can always all do better at diversity, constantly in this business, and in every facet of every industry,” said Joe Russo. “So he’s not wrong at all.” The director pointed out that everyone has to “work harder to keep endorsing and supporting diversity” be it in front or behind the camera.
Anthony Russo then added that they have “a ton of respect” for Mackie, showing their support for the actor. “He is not only an amazing actor, but he’s an amazing person, and we’ve loved our collaboration with him.”
Black Panther’s debut proved to be a big step for the MCU in shifting to more inclusive stories. There’s also the release of Captain Marvel, a female-led film; and more upcoming projects that’ll feature even more diversity, including The Eternals, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, and Ms. Marvel. A step in the right direction, and hopefully, the studio continues to take on this route.
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Known for his amazing work on Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson served as the composer for the first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. The franchise has had a long history of critically-acclaimed music, with Goransson’s use of organic instruments setting a unique tone that fits The Mandalorian.
To showcase Goransson’s unique scores, Vanity Fair shared a new music video starring the composer performing The Mandalorian’s main theme in the locations featured on the show. You can check it out below!
Star Wars "The Mandalorian" Theme Ludwig Göransson Music Video from r/StarWarsLeaks
“You’re following this character throughout the show, and he wears a helmet, so he doesn’t have any facial expressions,” Goransson told the outlet. “I’m the facial expression. The music is the facial expression, telling how he feels going through this journey.”
“It’s definitely in the instrumentation and the baby’s theme that we gave him in the first season, which is kind of the first hint of pure human emotion that we play for Mandalorian,” he continued. “It’s electric guitars, actually, playing the broken children’s tune that comes up kind of sad.”
However, throughout the season, the tune “builds and builds.” Goransson says the end of episode eight is where the music “connects the two together,” taking on a different dimension.
Goransson certainly put a great amount of work and effort into creating music for the show. He also revealed that he'll begin writing the score for Season 2 and fans can’t wait to see what he comes up with when The Mandalorian returns on Disney+ this October.
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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is set to explore the events preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. While actor Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins across Peter Jackson's trilogy, isn’t involved with the upcoming series, he revealed that he’s willing to make a cameo, even suggesting a name change for the show.
“I am super fascinated by what they’re doing with the show,” Wood told Indie Wire. “They’re calling it The Lord of the Rings, but I think that’s slightly misleading.”
“From what I understand, the material they are working on exists chronologically further back in history in the lore of Lord of the Rings or Middle Earth than any characters represented in Lord of the Rings,” he added. ”It sounds more 'Silmarillion' era. Not to get nerdy, but it’s the Second Age of Middle Earth.”
Wood says he’s “curious” about the storytelling and is excited about the series shooting in New Zealand. The actor thinks there’s a “visual continuity” with what was done in the movies and isn’t surprised that the Amazon series had the go-ahead to resume shooting there again “because New Zealand conquered this thing and they’re Coronavirus free.”
As for the plot details, just like fans who are excited for what’s to come, Wood “knows as much about the series as you do as far as what they’re doing with the material.” He has no involvement with the show but is “absolutely” willing to make a cameo, only if it would make sense and is “organic to what they’re doing.” That said, Wood’s basically seems up for anything if it means having an “excuse” to go to New Zealand.
Production for the Lord of The Rings series is expected to resume this September.
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Last year’s Disney/Fox merger brought the previously Fox-owned Marvel characters back to Marvel Studios. Fans are excited to see Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and X-Men to eventually make their way to the MCU. However, as much as the Russo Brothers would have liked to see Wolverine assemble alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes, they don't think it’s something to be rushed into.
Hugh Jackman took on the role from 2000’s X-Men to 2017’s Logan. So for many, he's still the only man for the role. In a recent interview with ComicBookMovie, Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo revealed that he would have chosen the mutant to add to the mix in the said movie. "I mean, Wolverine was always one of my favorite characters," Joe said. "Incredible Hulk #181 was one of the first comic books that I remember collecting, which was the first appearance of Wolverine.”
“Hugh Jackman has done an incredible job with that character over the years,” Joe continued. With that said, the director thinks the studio should “take a break for a little while” before someone else “takes a crack” in playing the beloved character.
It would have been epic to see Wolverine with the Avengers but as Joe Russo stated, the character needs some breathing room, so it’ll remain on the shelf a little longer. However, Kevin Feige promises that Wolverine, along with other characters, will be utilized in the future.
For now, it’s probably best to not rush into recasting, especially since Jackman’s portrayal of the character was certainly memorable.
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San Diego Comic-Con might be canceled this year, but the annual event will be opting for a virtual experience due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are tons in store for Star Trek fans, with a back-to-back panel session that’ll feature most of the cast members of the franchise’s various shows.
The cast of Star Trek: Discovery will reprise their roles for a virtual table read of the Season 2 finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2,” which will be followed by a brief Q&A. Deadline’s senior editor, Dominic Patten, will moderate the overall Star Trek Universe panels along with a discussion with Secret Hideout executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, teasing what’s to come in the franchise.
In addition, Star Trek: Lower Decks creator, showrunner, and executive producer Mike McMahan will debut an exclusive extended first look of the premiere episode, which is set to debut on August 6. There’ll also be a discussion with the Starfleet crew.
Then, Sir Patrick Stewart along with the cast of Star Trek: Picard will have a virtual reunion for the first time following the surprising finale to discuss the show’s first season. You can check out more information here!
Star Trek panels will kick off on Thursday, July 23rd at 10 a.m. PT on the official Comic-Con YouTube page.
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