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Shazam Director Anticipates Inevitable Fan Backlash

The director of DC’s upcoming Shazam! movie says he’s enjoying the time before the fan backlash inevitably begins. Warner Bros currently has a number of irons in the fire when it comes to films based on DC Comics. The next few years will see a flurry of heroes hit the big screen, and it’s clear that more will arrive soon given how many characters have a movie in production. And while WB and DC aren’t taking the same approach as Marvel, they share in common a desire for idiosyncratic directing choices.

Just as Marvel chose James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy and Taika Waititi for Thor: Ragnarok, WB and DC have made some interesting hires as they seek to expand their slate of superhero films. Two of the more intriguing are horror directors James Wan and David F. Sandberg. Wan will be helming Aquaman next year, while Sandberg will help bring Shazam!to theaters in 2019. But while Wan has experience with a big budget film thanks to Furious 7, Sandberg will be entering some dangerous new waters as he adapts Billy Batson and his superhero alter-ego for the big screen.

David F. Sandberg posted to Twitter earlier about how he’s bracing himself to the reactions from fans when more is revealed about Shazam! And given that the director has never been in a position like this before, he says he’s appreciating the lack of scrutiny he’s under for the time being.

Sandberg goes on to give an example of fans being mad about whether or not Shazam has a hood on his cape. Though a relatively new addition to the costume, it already has its advocates and detractors. And as anyone who’s every worked on an adaptation of a popular character can tell you, it’s virtually impossible to please every fan who feels ownership for a work of fiction.

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Nothing will truly be able to prepare Sandberg for the vitriol that over-zealous fans often lay into creatives, but at least he’s realistic about what he’ll face. For now, however, he can rest easy. With Shazam! not shooting until early next year, little is known about the movie. We’ve heard rumors the Marvel Family will appear and seen hints of other popular Shazam!characters, but nothing concrete is known. Even the lead role has yet to be cast.

Recently, audition tapes for Shazam and actors testing for Billy Batson arrived online, providing some hints about the film. We know it will take place in a world with other DC heroes, but there’s no guarantee yet that it will be in the main DC film timeline. But with only a few months left before filming begins, it shouldn’t be too much longer until more details about Shazam! emerge.

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http://screenrant.com/shazam-movie-director-fan-backlash/

Justice League Will Feature Two Green Lanterns

2011’s Green Lantern is one of the most notorious superhero flops of the modern era. Originally conceived as Warner Bros.’ equivalent of Iron Man, the movie was intended to launch a DC cinematic universe. Unfortunately, it was rubbish from top to bottom and was hated by critics and shunned by fans.

Nowadays, Warner Bros. would probably prefer you pretend it didn’t happen, which is easy, as it’s a monumentally forgettable movie. Because of this, the studio has been rather coy about the Green Lantern Corps’ place in the DCEU, but now it’s being rumored that Justice League will reintroduce us to the emerald crusaders in style.

This comes courtesy of Heroic Hollywood and The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzales, who said the following (on his Inside Fanboy Periscope):

“In Justice League, there will be not one Green Lantern, but two Green Lanterns. Let’s see if it sticks and they keep them in or if they cut it out.”

Based on what we know of the already announced Green Lantern Corps (scheduled for summer 2020), a pair of Lanterns turning up in Justice League would make a good amount of sense. Word is that we’ll be seeing all the significant Green Lanterns from Earth in Corps, namely Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner. Given the central position that they occupy in DC Comics and a number of excellent storylines that revolve around them, it’d seem like a no-brainer for DC to get its wheels spinning early and re-introduce audiences to the idea of the Corps.

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At this point, it’s reasonable to think that at least Hal Jordan will appear in Justice League. After all, Geoff Johns is producing the DCEU movies and, as comic fans know all too well, Johns adores Hal Jordan above all other superheroes (for better or worse). But who could the second Lantern be? I’d say it’s a toss-up between Rayner and Stewart – with Stewart probably a smidge more likely.

Chalk that up as speculation for now, but one way or another, all will be revealed when Justice League opens on November 17th.

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http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/see-two-green-lanterns-justice-league/

Little Girl’s Tearful Meeting With Gal Gadot Shows Why ‘Wonder Woman’ Matters

“She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up.”

This is why Gal Gadot is a superhero. 

Viral footage from Comic-Con in San Diego showed the star comforting a young fan who was wearing a “Wonder Woman” shirt and cape. 

 

But the little girl, named Ashley, began to cry when she reached the front of the line. 

“She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up,” her mother Christine Keller wrote on Twitter. 

 

In the footage, Gadot reaches across the table and takes the girl’s hand.

“There’s no reason to cry, all right,” Gadot said. “Here we are together.”

One of Gadot’s “Justice League” costars joined in. 

 

“You’re a warrior,” said Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash in an upcoming film. “Your ability to cry is what makes you such a warrior. Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready.”

 

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Keller, author of “The Adventures of Danica Dreamer,” said the encounter had a big impact on her little girl. 

 

“These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people,” Keller wrote on her “Danica Dreamer” Facebook page. “What a great role model and genuine, nice person. My daughter will always remember this moment for the rest of her life.”

 

It wasn’t just Wonder Woman making an impression. The same footage also briefly showed an excited little boy with tears in his eyes as he met Ben Affleck, current star of the “Batman” franchise as well as “Justice League.” 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gal-gadot-wonder-woman-little-girl_us_59756675e4b0e79ec19a3fcd

Shazam will be the next DC Universe movie after Justice League and Aquaman

Shazam will begin production in early 2018 and may be released in theaters by 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report pegs David F. Sandberg as the film’s director. The production will begin ahead of Batgirl, Flash, and the sequels to both Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman.

Shazam has been on DC’s film slate for a while, beginning with the 2014 announcement that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will play Shazam’s archrival, Black Adam. The Hollywood Reporter wasn’t able to confirm if Johnson will appear in Shazam or just the Black Adam spinoff film.

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Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel, is one of DC’s most popular superheroes, but this will be the first time he’s appeared in a feature-length, big-screen, live-action movie. Shazam is the superhero alter ego of Billy Batson, a boy who, by saying the magical word “shazam,” turns into, well, Shazam. He can fly. He can go fast. And best of all, he has these powers, thanks to a 3,000-year-old wizard. Comic book movies are embracing their inner weirdness!

With Shazam and the batch of other films a couple years away, we’re entering a slower period for the DC cinematic universe. Justice League will be released on November 17th, 2017. It will be followed by Aquaman on December 21th, 2018.

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https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/20/15972094/shazam-black-adam-sdcc-2017-dwayne-johnson

DC’s New Aquaman is The Batman of Atlantis

He may be famous as the King of Atlantis, but in Aquaman‘s newest comic adventure, he’s embodying Batman in the underwater city’s poorest neighborhoods. To be honest, it’s not a mission of stealth and guerrilla warfare that Arthur Curry is actually choosing for himself, but one forced upon him by the latest developments in Aquaman‘s “Rebirth” storyline. A story that saw him struggle to advance Atlantis’s bonds with the surface world… only to lose his kingdom as a result.

It’s a shocking change of status quo that begins writer Dan Abnett’s collaboration with artist Stjepan Sejic in Aquaman #25, plunging the action from Atlantis and the American coast down into the deepest depths of Atlantean society. Below the arches, the throne rooms, and the majestic history of Atlantis’s golden era sits the Ninth Tride: home to the outcasts and victimized of Atlantis’s rigid new caste system. It’s here where the poor, the hungry, and the fearful cry out for a protector… and where the King of Atlantis thought dead is becoming a terrible nightmare.

THE KING OF ATLANTIS IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KING

 

For those stepping into the world of Aquaman comics after dabbling with the New 52 – or anticipating Jason Momoa’s movie version – it may seem like old hat for Aquaman to find himself on a mission to claim the throne of Atlantis. But this time around, things are a bit different. It isn’t a case of Aquaman’s brother Orm claiming the crown for himself, which may actually be the story told in the Aquaman movie. No, this time around Aquaman had his chance to rule Atlantis as he felt it should be… and his subjects voted democratically to remove him from power.

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In a story reflecting more than one modern political movement, the idea that “Atlantis must embrace progress” has been the foundations of the post-“Rebirth” Aquaman series. It began with some members of his court questioning the abandonment of the old ways, and whether diplomacy with a surface world that feared and hated them was the right decision. It was Corum Rath – head of The Drift, Atlantis’s extreme, militarized ‘terrorist’ cell – that emerged as Arthur’s direct rival. And to Arthur’s surprise, his court voted almost unanimously to hand power over to King Rath.

THE LEGEND OF THE AQUAMAN

With Corum Rath crowned in the previous issue, Arthur flees the city before it can be closed off from the outside world. He wasn’t fast enough, stabbed and left for dead by his former subjects. So when word begins to spread of a strange figure able to wield fish like weapons (bats?) and fighting Corum Rath’s forces in Atlantis’s poorest districts… it’s a sign that Arthur is taking some lessons from his former Justice League colleague. Where Batman has Gotham City and Crime Alley, Aquaman has taken it upon himself to patrol the Ninth Tride.

Arthur Curry may live, but his name, title, and appearance have all changed in order to give him a better chance of survival. It’s no coincidence that this rougher, more violent era of Aquaman’s life should get a Jason Momoa makeover, and a re-adoption of Arthur’s Atlantean name. The modestly-dressed, bearded, quiet, and isolated “Orin” doesn’t set off any warning when enforcers of local crime lords come calling. Under King Rath’s leadership these gangsters of the criminal underwaterworld have taken greater control of their neighborhoods, without fear of reprisals.

He may not have a crown, but Arthur Curry is still unwilling to let innocents suffer. So when one debtor’s life is threatened, Aquaman asks himself one question: what would Batman do?

THE LEGEND OF THE DEAD KING GROWS?

It’s a thrilling opening to what DC is calling a “bold new direction” for the Aquaman series, not least of which is owed to Sejic’s stunning artwork. The time required to bring these images to life means Aquamanwill shift from a twice-monthly-shipped series to just monthly, but if Issue #25 is a sign of what’s to come, few fans will argue. Especially not as Aquaman shifts from a gilded, shiny monarch of Atlantis to a brutal, elemental protector of the slums nearest the ocean floor. At least… until his still-loyal friends and family discover that this “legend of the dead king” is truly Arthur in hiding.

It remains to be seen if Mera, Vulko, and the rest of those loyal to Arthur will be enough to tip the scales against The Drift, King Rath, and the highest levels of Atlantean society. What we do know is that the hero won’t be fighting his battle alone. With Issue #25 Abnett and Sejic return a long lost Aquaman supporting character to the DC Universe. Her powers are nothing to underestimate, but it remains to be seen if Arthur and Mera’s marriage can survive the rebirth of Dolphin, the beautiful Atlantean mutant whom Aquaman once called a lover.

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http://screenrant.com/aquaman-comic-batman-atlantis/

Box Office Milestone: ‘Wonder Woman’ Passes Final ‘Harry Potter’ Pic

Another day, another milestone for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.

Today, the superhero film will become the third-biggest Warner Bros. release of all time in North America — not accounting for inflation — leapfrogging the final Harry Potter film, 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Through Sunday, Wonder Woman‘s domestic total was $380.7 million, compared with $381 million for Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The studio’s two top-grossing films domestically are Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight ($533.3 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($448.1 million), again, not adjusting for inflation.

Wonder Woman has enjoyed the best hold of any superhero film in more than 15 years since hitting theaters in early June.

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And the tentpole has already become the top-grossing film of all time from a female helmer with solo directing duties.

Wonder Woman is now assured of becoming the top-grossing movie of summer 2017, besting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which has grossed $386.6 million domestically to date. (Wonder Woman will ultimately earn north of $390 million in North America.)

The female-led tentpole has become a winning case study for why Hollywood studio executives should entrust female directors with their marquee properties. And if all goes as planned, Warners and DC will announce a release date for a Wonder Woman sequel at Comic-Con late this week, with Jenkins once again directing.

Wonder Woman has been slower to catch on overseas, earning roughly $384.2 million to date for roughly $765 million globally. Generally speaking, a Hollywood tentpole sees 60 percent or more of its total earnings come from the foreign box office.

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/wonder-woman-box-office-passes-up-final-harry-potter-film-at-us-box-office-1021638

‘Wonder Woman’ Holding Better at Box Office Than Any Superhero Movie in 15 Years

Look no further than Warner Bros. and DC’s Wonder Woman. The summer blockbuster boasts the best hold of any superhero film in more than 15 years at the North American box office, where even the most successful summer tentpoles can catch a case of sunstroke and retreat to the shade rather quickly amid so much competition. Wonder Woman is the unusual exception.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman is still going strong as it heads into its seventh week. The movie, grossing $371.3 million through Tuesday, is now assured of topping out at $390 million or more domestically, becoming the No. 8 comic book adaptation of all time, not accounting for inflation. And it will soon pass Disney and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($385.8 million) in North America to become the top summer earner.

That also means Wonder Woman will earn roughly 3.8 times the $103.3 million it collected when it launched over the June 2-4 weekend — the best multiple for the genre in decades. Currently, the film’s multiple is 3.6, slightly ahead of the first Spider-Man in 2002. The first Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) was also a word-of-mouth sensation, sporting a 3.5 multiple, while Nolan’s sequel, The Dark Knight (2008), powered to a 3.4 multiple.

Generally speaking, a multiple in the vicinity of 2.5 to 3 is considered a win for a superhero film, particularly if the opening is especially mighty, i.e., north of $120 million.

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“It feels like Wonder Woman will play all the way through August,” says Warners’ Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution. “Right now, the movie is still in about 3,000 locations. Usually, the theater count would be a fraction of that at this point.”

The critically acclaimed film is also destined to become the studio’s third-biggest movie domestically after The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) and The Dark Knight Rises ($448.1 million), again not accounting for inflation. It is about to pass the final Harry Potter film ($381 million) after eclipsing American Sniper ($350.1 million) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.4 million).

Globally, Wonder Woman has already become the top-grossing film of all time from a female helmer with solo directing duties. Still, Wonder Woman has been slower to catch on overseas, earning roughly $380 million to date for a global total of around $750 million. Many times, the foreign box office accounts for 70 percent of a tentpole’s total gross; Wonder Woman‘s split is currently 49 percent domestic and 51 percent international. 

Earlier this week, Ryan Reynolds and the team behind 20th Century Fox’s superhero sensation Deadpool generously tweeted a congratulatory note after Wonder Woman surpassed Deadpool, which posted a domestic total of $363.1 million in early 2016. Reynolds is among many who are happy to sing Wonder Woman‘s praises.

“When critics and audiences are on the same page, you can pretty much bet the box office will be supercharged for the long haul,” says box-office analyst Jeff Bock. “Wonder Woman is also a vehicle of female empowerment, something we don’t regularly see in the superhero genre, and that has made it a very unique property this summer.”

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/wonder-woman-box-office-superhero-movies-1020621

Wonder Woman Sequel Might Take Place During The Cold War

After Wonder Woman‘s smashing success at the box office this summer, a sequel was a no-brainer. But where will the Amazonian princess find adventure next? The USSR.

Wonder Woman was far from the first female-led superhero feature film, but her blazing path to the top of the box office in the era of male superhero dominance was something to behold. As has become customary with just about every comic book-based movies these days, sequel plans for Wonder Woman were being drawn up almost as soon as the first viewers were exiting theaters last month. Even without director Patty Jenkins formally locked in to return for Wonder Woman‘s follow-up, Warner Bros. and DC definitely have some plans for Diana’s next cinematic escapade.

Rather than setting a sequel in the timeline after the events of this fall’s Justice League movie, a new report hints that a sequel to Wonder Woman will again be set in a pre-Man of Steel world. According to Screen Rant, Wonder Woman’s next battle will take place during the 1980s, right at the closing moments of the Cold War era. It’s not a common timeframe for superhero films, but the government of the former Soviet Union has made for decent villains in a number of stories over the years.

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More than placing Wonder Woman in the era of espionage and nuclear threats, the report also hints that Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor may also return. Somehow. Given that Wonder Woman takes place during World War I, it would be almost impossible for Steve Trevor to still be alive in the 1980s, let alone given what happens during the climax of Wonder Woman. That said, the chemistry between Pine and Gal Gadot was unmistakable, and bringing back her love interest and closest friend for the sequel makes a great deal of sense. Chris Pine isn’t hard to look at either, so there’s that.

Of course, it could just be that Pine plays a relative of Trevor’s, as unlikely as that scenario seems given his devotion to the war effort. It’s all still rumor for now anyway, as the scripting and story treatments are early in their lives. A lot can change between now and when the actual scripts are sent out and shooting begins. There’s no current release date or window for Wonder Woman yet either, though much of the remaining DC Cinematic Universe has a lockdown on release dates through 2020. For how much of a success Wonder Woman has been thus far, you can believe Warner Bros. will try to find a way to get a follow-up out sooner than the next Presidential election.

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‘Wonder Woman’ breaks record with $100.5 million debut

Aside from bringing in over $100.5 million, the film has been dubbed the biggest domestic opening for a film directed by a woman.

Shattering the glass ceiling in Hollywood didn’t come easy for the Patty Jenkins directed film. Before the film even hit theaters, there was controversy surrounding the heroine, Gal Gadot’s lack of body hair, talks of the film not being feminist enough and concerns over female-only screenings.

Despite the drama, Wonder Woman went on to receive a 93% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well.

People all over social media couldn’t help but bask in the success of the film and acknowledge the possibilities it could provide to other women directors on the rise.

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http://www.vh1.com/news/315457/wonder-woman-biggest-female-director-box-office-opening/

Wonder Woman: How real-life athletes united to populate the film’s badass Amazon nation

As a Dutch supermodel, Victoria’s Secret Angel and trained horsewoman, Doutzen Kroes has had some pretty remarkable experiences throughout her career. But none of them have been quite as memorable as riding down an Italian beach on horseback, wearing full Amazonian armor and pretending to slit a man’s throat with a sword. “The challenge was that I had to ride with one hand and have the sword in the other hand and kill a person at the same time,” she explains, laughing. “Which sounds horrible, but it was so fun to do!”

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Kroes was just one of the many accomplished women recruited to play Amazon warriors in Wonder Woman. From an Olympic bobsledder and a heptathlete to a police officer and the former Miss Greece, these real-life Amazons hailed from around the world and helped populate Diana’s home of Themyscira. Some of the Amazons, like Kroes, auditioned, while the filmmakers plucked others from the athletic world — Brooke Ence, an American Crossfit champion, and Madeleine Vall Beijner, a Swedish professional fighter, among them. “I got an e-mail asking if I could do fighting on film,” Beijner recalls. “I said, ‘Well, yes, I can fight, and I think I can fight in a movie. So yes, I’ll do it!’ ”

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Months before the cameras started rolling, the women gathered in London for weeks of training. Not only did they go through basic strength training to look properly Amazonian, but they also spent hours each day practicing swordplay, horseback riding and stunt choreography. “The trainers said they wanted us to look like the female version of 300,” Beijner says. For several of the athletes, many of whom compete in individual sports, it was a refreshing change of pace to feel like part of an all-female team. “It really is cool to see this whole training area, and there’s not one male figure in sight,” Ence adds. “It’s just women wrestling other women, kickboxing, doing pull-ups and practicing with spears — just a lot of stuff that in the real world is very male-dominated.”

Kroes plays Venelia, the right hand of Queen Hippolyta, while Beijner and Ence play Egeria and Penthesilea, respectively —  two warriors under the command of General Antiope. Many of the women weren’t quite sure what to expect when they got on-set, especially as many of them had never worked on a Hollywood movie before, but they found themselves adapting quickly and bonding with their fellow Amazons. Still, it took a little adjustment. “I’ve been training for 12 years not to show anything, even how hard I get hit,” Beijner says. “They called me RoboCop because when we were training, they were like, ‘You’re supposed to show that it hurts!’ And I was like, ‘No, I don’t get hurt! I’m a fighter!’ ”

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Once they all donned their Amazon armor and took to the beach for the big Themysciran battle scenes, Ence says she was surprised by how easy it was to tap into her inner warrior, especially when surrounded by a whole horde of fellow soldiers. “The first day we were on-set with all of our swords and shields, it felt like a different type of power,” she says. “And we looked awesome.” She wasn’t the only one who got swept up by all the swords and stunts: Kroes recalls a day when her young son visited her, and she greeted him in full battle regalia. “If I could just have that face framed as a picture on my wall,” she says. “I think I melted because he has never looked at me like that ever. He was just in full admiration of his mommy as a warrior.”

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http://ew.com/movies/2017/05/30/wonder-woman-athletes-amazon-nation-themyscira/?xid=entertainment-weekly_facebook

 

‘Wonder Woman’ set to break the box office — and could put to rest this myth about superhero movies

Just days before its debut, “Wonder Woman” is gathering momentum, suggesting it could exceed expectations at the box office — and finally put to rest what analysts say is a tired notion: That audiences are reluctant to see female superheroes on the big screen.

“Wonder Woman” is the most anticipated film of the summer, beating out titles such as “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” installment, an annual survey from ticket-seller Fandango showed this week. Meanwhile, “Wonder Woman” is also one of the most talked-about movies on social media.

The latest tracking figures have “Wonder Woman” hauling in about $65 million in its North American debut this week, but some think that estimate is too conservative. BoxOffice.com currently forecasts a $90 million opening and believes it could be even bigger.

“Strong social media buzz, generational awareness, and notable interest from women alongside the usual fan audience are driving our expectations beyond previously conservative levels,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “A domestic opening close to $100 million is looking more and more possible, and that may not even be the ceiling at this point.”

With an estimated $120 million production budget, “Wonder Woman” is the biggest bet yet on a film featuring a standalone female superhero. Studios have not gambled on a major release on a super-heroine since Twentieth Century Fox’s “Elektra” and Warner Bros.’ “Catwoman” — both of which bombed more than a decade ago.

“The way Patty Jenkins has directed this, there’s just so much depth to it. You feel that somebody really loves this character and understands her dynamic, her point of view”-Paul Dergarabedian, comScore senior media analyst

At least some influential executives have taken that to heart. In a 2014 email made public in a massive breach of Sony’s communications, then Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter highlighted these failures, though the context of his comments was unclear.

Alisha Grauso, editor-at-large at genre website Movie Pilot, said studio executives have long been out of step with the fan community on this point. At the same time Hollywood has simply failed to make good films based on women superheroes, it has been more forgiving of male-focused movies, she said.

“You also have male-led superhero movies that bombed as well, but they kept getting made,” Grauso told CNBC.

“But when a female-led superhero movie flopped, it’s because, ‘Oh, people don’t want to see a female-led superhero movie.'”

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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/26/wonder-woman-set-to-break-the-superhero-movie-mold.html

Power Rangers star cast as DC warrior in Aquaman

Ludi Lin is swapping out that Black Ranger suit for some Atlantean armor. The Power Rangers star has joined the cast of James Wan’s Aquaman, playing the role of Murk. But who is Murk and what will he get to do in the movie?

The actual details are vague right now, but Deadline reports that he is “the leader of the front-line army of Atlantis known as the Men-of-War and Aquaman’s trusted ally.” Since Lin is being cast nearly two weeks after cameras have started rolling on the DC superhero movie, we can safely assume that this is a minor role.

 

And that would be appropriate, really. Murk is a recent addition to Aquaman lore and a character who has yet to really emerge as more than a supporting player in Arthur Curry’s adventures. Created by writer Geoff Johns and artist Paul Pelletier in 2013, he’s a loyal and occasionally stubborn Atlantean soldier who serves Aquaman and Meera. He has played a consistent role in the undersea corner of the DC universe since his introduction, often accompanying our heroes on missions and providing plenty of muscle in fights. He’s a grizzled warrior with plenty of battle experience under his belt, but it remains to be seen if the babyfaced Lin will undergo a transformation to look more like this:

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While he has no special powers, Murk does have the abilities of your standard Atlantean: he’s stronger, faster, and tougher than any normal human and his soldier training has made him deadlier than your average citizen of Atlantis. Whether Aquaman is planning to make him one of Arthur’s allies or transform him into a villainous henchman, he’s very much a physical threat and a force to be reckoned with.

Murk came into being during the controversial “New 52” era for DC, where much of the company’s history was wiped clean or heavily re-conned. Interestingly, there have been rumors that the Trench, a race of monstrous undersea creatures also introduced during the New 52, will have a role in Aquaman. The Trench were also co-created by Geoff Johns (the current chief creative officer at DC comics and a producer overseeing the DCEU), so film fans wanting to get a taste of what this movie could feel like may want to look to his run with the character. They seem to be borrowing plenty from his work.

Aquaman is filming now and will open on December 21, 2018. Jason Momoa will first appear as the ocean-faring superhero in Justice League later this year.

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http://www.slashfilm.com/ludi-lin-aquaman-casting/

New Wonder Woman Poster: Believe in Diana

While Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was a divisive film, one of the biggest question marks heading into it was whether or not Gal Gadot would prove to be a capable Diana Prince onscreen. The reaction to Gadot’s performance was mostly praised and her portrayal of Wonder Woman, the first on the big screen, made many eager to see more from her. Wonder Woman will do just that this summer, when director Patty Jenkins and Gadot usher in the first major modern female superhero movie.

So far, the film has been generating relatively strong buzz that started back with the release of the first Wonder Woman trailer. The look and stylized action of the film has won many fans over and that has only continued, as the general Wonder Woman movie marketing push has picked up speed. Now, Gadot has released a new poster online – one that is just as stunning as those that came before it.

Gadot released the poster on Twitter, in the process unveiling a one-sheet that is simple, yet gorgeous at the same time (see below). Wonder Woman alone is the centerpiece of the poster, with the orange glow of a sunset filling out the backdrop.

The release of this new poster is likely just the appetizer to the next big piece of marketing. Wonder Woman will reportedly be showing off new footage tomorrow at the Kid’s Choice Awards. There is no confirmation as to what type of footage this will be, so it could be just a small clip from the film, or be the film’s next (and final?) trailer. A new trailer was classified last week and thought to debut with ‘s theatrical release, but Warner Bros. could have agreed to debut it at the KCA’s instead.

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Regardless of what type of footage is shown tomorrow, it should not be long before WB unleashes the final trailer and moves the film’s marketing into high gear. There is less than three months until the movie is released and with the studio just lifting an embargo from post-production visits, they are starting to reveal more about the movie. Hopefully they learned from the reaction to the Doomsday Batman V Superman trailer and won’t reveal much more about the plot (and specifically the villains) whenever the trailer drops. Either way, this poster is a great primer and continues a strong poster run for Wonder Woman, which will hopefully result in a great movie as well.

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http://screenrant.com/wonder-woman-movie-poster-gal-gadot-believe/