Netflix may be trying to open the door to it's own super hero universe. The streaming service has purchased the company behind the comics for Kick Ass, Kingsman, and Wanted. The comics turned films were all created by Mark Millar, a former Marvel writer, who's films adaptations have proved fairly popular at the box office, especially with the Kingsman franchise. The bad news of the deal is that it looks like those titles were not part of it, so we won't be seeing a Kick Ass or Kingsman Netflix series anytime soon but it does open up the possibility of developing other Millarworld comics such as Superior, Nemesis, Empress, and a handful of other titles. Guess we will just have to wait and see which directions Netflix is going to take their latest acquisition.
David Lindelof and and HBO are ready to talk a bit about the upcoming Watchmen TV series but the news might upset some fans of the iconic series. The Alan Moore epic graphic novel will not be a straight book to TV adaptation. Instead, the series will be drawn from the original 12 issues that eventually became the graphic novel and some elements will most likely be added to help the series flow. While we are quite a ways away from seeing the series hit out television sets, it is good to hear the studio openly talking about it and the series finally becoming real. Read more about what was said here and keep an eye out for even more information.
While there wasn't much in the way of official news for Suicide Squad 2, Jared Leto might be heading over to another comic book film. The Valiant comic Bloodshot is reportedly eyeing the star in order to establish a cinematic universe. The film will be produced by Sony and is most likely a few years away from debuting the super solider on the big screen. If Valiant will be able to actually establish a universe of their own is going to be hard to fit in with the increasingly crammed schedules of DCEU and MCU but only time will tell.
Marvel's Civil War 2 comic has hit store shelves and i comes with some major, shocking moments in just it's first issue. (Partial spoilers ahead) In one of the highly anticipated Marvel comic releases this year, Civil War finds out heroes working with a new inhuman by the name of Ulysses, who's ability to see the future helps the team of heroes stop a powerful foe. While Captain Marvel decides it's best to continue to use his powers to prevent disasters, Tony Stark see's it different, conflicted with the idea of arresting people who've yet to commit a crime. Ulysees then see's an attack by Thanos and, against Star's wishes, Marvel leads her team in a fight that causes the death of a close from of Iron Man as well as another surprising casualty due to a mistaken friendly fire. A great issue that perfectly set's the tone for where this comic is going to head. You can pick up Civil War 2 at comic book stores now! (You can take a look at IGN's review, here)
This movie can't catch a break. Regardless of being a fan of the casting choice, Gambit seemed like it was ready to move ahead as it was originally scheduled to shoot this month but it looks like that's going to change. After a swap in directors and initial delay, it looks like Gambit's undergoing some rewrites and will instead begin shooting sometime this fall. This is bad news considering Fox had already removed Gambit from it's release date at the end of February. Whether or not we'll be seeing this movie is still up in the air so we can only hope that after these rewrites that Gambit will be well on it's way.
It's hard not to talk about the record breaking Deadpool film with it's massive Valentines day weekend success but there's a big question going forward, will we see more R-rated super hero films? Director of Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn, wasted no time addressing the controversial and profane merc movie with a profane Facebook post of his own (more so aimed at a deadline article), warning Hollywood to take "the right lesson," from Deadpool. He brought up a few really important points that the fear here is that films "like Deadpool," will be green lit which will essentially be high violence and high in foul language without the heart and actual hilarity behind Ryan Reynold long awaited film. This all comes just a day before the rumor surfaced that the third and supposed final Wolverine film could be rated R itself. While Wolverine could possibly work with an R rating and maybe even feature the inclusion of Deadpool, there's another problem Fox has on their hands. Deadpool became highly profitable because of it's extremely low budget, due in part to its rating. With a mere $58 million, Deadpool grossed a massive $284.5 million world wide as opposed to the last solo Wolverine film with a much larger $120 million dollar budget which grossed $414 million and X Men: Days of Future Past with it's whopping 200 million dollar budget that grossed nearly $750 million through it's box office run. It's a bit of a gamble and maybe because it's a fictional character, producers might be willing to take the gamble but will we see PG-13 budgets get poured into rated R films? Deadpool broke an impressive record being the biggest R rated opening in the U.S. box office history and the change could potentially send studios scrambling for what ever raunchy story they can throw on screen. While it's extremely unlikely that any core Marvel films will go the route of R rating, who know what Fox has up their sleeve? We've already heard the interest in an adult X-Force film which would see Reynolds reprise the role as well as a direct sequel to Deadpool. A new Spawn film from comic book artist Todd Macfarlane which will most certainly be rated R, has also been confirmed so we'll just have to wait and see if companies are going to jump the shark or if Deadpool was an exception to the rule.
DC is re-imagining some Hanna-Barbera classics and boy are they getting a make over. Picture above is the new Scooby Doo gang and it's a drastic make over from previous iterations of our crime solving team. Alien on the ceiling aside, the now bearded and tattooed Shaggy sticks out like a sore thumb, Velma and Fred look like they're wielding some very futuristic weaponry, a "rocket the raccoon" sized Velma is packing a remote controlled drone and even Scooby has a strange collar complete with a new emblem and eye wear that seems to display bubbles of his thoughts? While Dan Didio, co-published of DC entertainment, had the intention of "not just bring back versions that existed 40, 50 years ago and really look at it the way of saying, if these characters were created and interpreted today, how would they exist?" It's hard to imagine that people will immediately adjust to such star changes in such recognizable characters. Scooby and his gang aren't the only classics receiving a make over as Wacky Race Land, Apocalypse, The Flintstones as well as Future Quest, which will see Johnny Quest along side other notable Hanna-Barbera characters, will all be debuting this May. What's your verdict? Are you fine with some classics changing or would you rather stick to the old? You can read Didio's interview with EW as well as see photos for the other comics here.
Just in time for Halloween! Empire magazine has given us our best look yet at Jared Leto in his Suicide Squad Joker get up and it's still something to look at. This time around, you can see what appears to be "JOKER," across his stomach as well as a big, dark grin and a purple alligator coat, cane and pants with "Arkham" written on the left leg. There's also the words, "killer," and "psycho," in white off to the sides. Do you like the look or are you still not on board with the new Joker?
One of the most iconic comic series, Watchmen, might be making its way to television and partnering with a serious cable channel. According to a report from Collider, Watchmen and Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder, has met with HBO about the possibilities of a TV series based around the graphic novel. His film, Watchmen, which debuted in 2009, is one of the most mixed reviewed graphic novel adaptations, even with it's controversial ending. The book itself is chocked full of amazing character growth and story lines that the movie, while attempting to, didn't quite scratch the surface of some of the best parts of the story. Watchmen, in my opinion, is long over due for a TV treatment and HBO, being a cable channel, might be able to give us the brutal and gritty version we deserve. Let's hope these reports are right and we get this series in the future!
Marvel and Sony struck a distribution deal for the comic book character, Spider man, to exist within the current Marvel Universe as well as starring in a brand new feature length film but the Sony e-mails gave us a look at some of the restrictions that have been drawn for the iconic web slinger and they sure are an interesting read. Through the never ending, nightmarish, Sony hacked e-mail scandal, Gawker published a piece containing sections that spoke about the character and how he will be portrayed. For example, under the first section titled, "Mandatory Character Traits," some of the requirements such as "Does not torture," or, "Not a Homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual)," can be found. There is another subsection beneath that pusher that a bit further, stating that "He is Caucasian and heterosexual," as well. This is also interesting after the controversy caused by the most recent Spider Man star, Andrew Garfield, in 2013, when he questioned why Peter Parker could not be portrayed as possibly bi-sexual or gay and star alongside a male love interest. The only possible way that could happen is if Marvel were to publish a storyline featuring Peter Parker and a male love interest or, as the contract seems to state, an entirely alternate character all together, just not Spider Man himself. It's surprising to see how rigid and specific the lines have been drawn here but not entirely shocking.