Pacific Rim 2 Eyes 2018 Release Date

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on July 1, 2016.

Ever since Pacific Rim first appeared on the silver screen in 2013, fans have been eagerly awaiting a sequel to the mech and monster brawling blockbuster ever since. The road along the way has been bumpy for the project, but Legendary and Universal Pictures have finally announced when the franchise’s sequel will be hitting theaters.

The Legendary Pictures sci-fi action film will storm into theaters on February 23, 2018 with Steven S. DeKnight in the director’s chair this time around for his directorial debut.

At the moment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega is set to play the son of Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba’s character from the first film. According to Deadline, Scott Eastwood is currently being eyed as a potential lead role for the movie. It is unknown if Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, or if any of the other cast members from the first movie will be reprising their roles for the sequel.

Few other details are known about the sequel. It could either take place some time after the original movie took place or act as a prequel to the first.

Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to begin production later this year. Guillermo del Toro will return to the franchise as a producer alongside Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, and John Jashuni. Cale Boyter will oversee the project as an executive producer.

Source- Deadline

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Harley Quinn Movie Reportedly in Development

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 19, 2016.

Even though Suicide Squad won’t be out for a few more months, DC has enough faith in Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn that they are already considering making a spin-off movie about her.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robbie will be both staring and producing the untitled Harley Quinn movie, but it will not just be a solo film for the character. THR mentioned that the project will also help introduce several other female heroes and villains into the DC movie universe. So far only Batgirl and the Birds of Prey have been thrown around as possibilities but nothing official has been confirmed yet.

Robbie was also reportedly the one who pitched the movie to Warner Bros after she landed her role in Suicide Squad. It’s said that she researched Harley Quinn’s history, “fell for DC’s female characters,” and brought on a female writer to help develop the ensemble film. She presented it to Warner Bros, who “snapped it up.” The writer attached to the project has not been named yet, although it sounds like she is already working on a draft for the movie.

It’s currently unknown if Jared Leto’s Joker will be appearing in the movie in some degree or if Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress or Karen Fukuhara’s Katana will be among the female DC characters that are planned to be featured in the movie.

So far the film does not have a set release date, and has not been officially added to Warner Bros slate of DC films yet.

Suicide Squad directed by David Ayeris scheduled for release on August 5, 2016 and will star Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Delevingne as Enchantress, Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El DIablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Leto as The Joker.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Dark Horse Set to Publish Smite: The Pantheon War Graphic Novel

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 14, 2016.

smiteSmite: Battleground of the Gods, the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game developed and produced by Hi-Rez Studios, has moved into the realm of comics with the help of Dark Horse Comics who has announced a collected edition for its three-issue digital-first series Smite: The Pantheon War, for later this year.

Written by John Jackson Miller (Star Wars, Mass Effect), co-writer Jack Banish, and artist Eduardo Francisco (Eve: Valkyrie, Captain Midnight), Smite: The Pantheon War follows the looming war between the various pantheons over the course of its three-issue arc.

Here’s the official description for the series:

It is an age where gods live among the mortals over which they rule. The worship of mortals is needed by the gods to maintain their divinity—but the number of gods has swelled, and there are fewer mortal faithful for the individual gods in each pantheon. Only the gods who maintain worshipers will survive, and so tensions are rising among the pantheons. There is an uneasy peace…but peace is not desired by all!

Smite: The Pantheon War is set to release on December 28, 2016.

Source- darkhorse.com

Next X-Men Movie Set to Take Place in The 90s

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 12, 2016.

During an interview for the release of the latest X-Men movie, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the next X-Men movie to follow X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in the 1990s.

“The next one is set in the ’90s,” said Kinberg.

This will follow the pattern that the franchise has been following recently since X-Men: First Class took place in the 1960s, X-Men: Days of Future Past took place during the 1970s, and X-Men: Apocalypse taking place in the 1980s.

It’s also not entirely clear what exactly Kinberg meant by “the next one.” He could either be referencing the next core X-Men movie, or he could be referencing one of the possible upcoming spinoff movies supposedly in development like the New Mutants, Gambit, X-Force, or any other X-Men related movie.

X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.

Source– ComingSoon

Alden Ehrenreich Cast as Young Han Solo

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 10, 2016.

After months of speculations and casting auditions, we now know who will play a younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character, Han Solo

Deadline has confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!, Blue Jasmine) will star as the title character in the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo movie.

Not much is currently known about the Han Solo standalone film aside that it will take place, like Rogue One, during the time between Episodes 3 and 4, and will deal with how Han Solo became the roguish smuggler that we first met at the cantina in A New Hope.

The film will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street), and is written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens) and his son Jon.

Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo is currently set for release on May 25, 2018.

Source- Deadline

Irredeemable Movie In Development

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 7, 2016.

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the film rights to BOOM! Studios 37-issue series Irredeemable, by writer Mark Waid and artist Peter Krause.

Irredeemable centered on Plutonian who was once the world’s greatest superhero. He eventually snapped, took control of the Earth, and ruled it with an iron and bloody fist. Plutonian’s former super team called the Paradigm is the only force remaining willing to put a stop to his madness. In their desperation, the Paradigm turns to one of the world’s most notorious villains for help.

Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) is set to write the film, with Adam McKay (Ant-Man) set to direct.

BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce the film alongside McKay, Gary Sanchez, and Kevin Messick.

Source- Deadline

Punisher Series Officially Coming To Netflix

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 2, 2016.

The Punisher, the break out character of the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil has been rumored to be getting his own Netflix series for a while now, but thankfully those rumors can now be put to rest since it appears that a Punisher Netflix series has been officially greenlit.

The series will star Jon Bernthal, reprising his role as Frank Castle The Punisher. Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) will serve as the as the showrunner, writer, and executive producer on the series, which will follow Castle as he dispenses his own brand of lethal justice.

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil,” said executive producer/head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, in Marvel’s official statement. “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”

“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world,” said Lightfoot. “After watching Jon’s performance in Marvel’s Daredevil I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”

This will be the sixth Marvel series to find a home at Netflix, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (which is slated for September 30, 2016), Iron Fist (which is now in production), and the crossover miniseries The Defenders (which is set to begin filming later this year). At the moment it is unclear if The Punisher will join the upcoming team-up series, but EW says “it seems likely he’ll at least pop in.”

Daredevil Season 2 is currently available on Netflix.

Source- Entertainment Weekly

The Flash Movie Loses Its Director

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 2, 2016.

Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will no longer be making his directorial debut with Warner Bros feature film adaptation of The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, due to “creative differences.”

Warner Bros will retain the script that Grahame-Smith has penned for the movie, which is based on a treatment written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street).

Ezra Miller debuted as the Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and he’ll be reprising his role as the character in Justice League: Part One which opens on November 17, 2017 and The Flash movie on March 16, 2018.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Marvel Reveals Their New Quasar

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 29, 2016.

About a week ago, Marvel released a teaser image promising a “long-awaited return” which was tied into their Avengers: Standoff! storyline. It was recently revealed that the returning hero would be none other than Wendell Vaughn, also know as Quasar, along with a new wielder of the cosmic-powered Quantum Bands.

5720da8693dcbThe new Quasar is a female S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Avril Kincaid, and she’s the creation of writer Nick Spencer and artists Daniel Acuña and Angel Unzueta.

In an interview at Marvel.com, Spencer gave more details about the character and her origin:

Avril Kincaid is a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent stationed in Pleasant Hill when Baron Zemo stages his revolt. Seeing the crisis around her, she seeks out the most powerful weapon hidden in the town: the Quantum Bands. When she arrives to retrieve them, though, she’s greeted by a surprise—the owner of the bands and the original Quasar, Wendell Vaughn. He gives them to her, and from there, she uses them to help turn the tide of the battle in Standoff!. It’s a real “step up and be a hero” moment for Avril, and sets her on the path to becoming the new Quasar.

According to Spencer, this new Quasar will play a role in several upcoming titles, including his two ongoing Captain America series while also hinting at an appearance outside of those books in the near future as well in possibly either a solo series of her own or as part of a team series. The issue also teased the creation of a new Thunderbolts team so there’s always a possibility for that.

“We have big plans ahead for Avril; she’ll be a major player in some very important upcoming stories,” said Spencer. “You can definitely keep a lookout for her in the Captain America books, but I suspect she’ll be showing up elsewhere as well…”

Kincaid is now the fifth Marvel character to possess the Quasar name, after Vaughn, Phyla-Vell, Richard Rider, and Neutron. With her introduction only occurring recently, it will be some time before we know if she will be as popular with the fans as the previous incarnations of Quasar were.

Krypton Series Set For Pilot Order

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 27, 2016.

With the success of comic book based shows on networks like Fox, AMC, The CW, and a few others, it appears that the SyFy channel is now looking to get into the superhero business as well.

According to THR, SyFy is looking into possibly ordering a pilot for a show called Krypton which would be based on David S. Goyer’s (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Constantine) take on Superman’s origin story.

The narrative for Krypton would be constructed around the House of El when they were ostracized from Kryptonian society. Seyg-El, the grandfather of both Superman and Supergirl, would most likely serve as the primary protagonist, and would follow his attempts to bring equality to Krypton while dealing with an unknown enemy.

DC and Warner Bros previously tackled Superman’s early days in their hit series Smallville, but this show sounds as though it will be focusing on Clark’s biological family instead before he was probably even conceived.

The show will be executive produced by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Sherlock). No actors have been attached yet, but if the series gets officially picked up than that shouldn’t be too far behind.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter