Will Smith Not Returning For Suicide Squad 2

Ever since James Gunn’s name was attached to the Suicide Squad sequel the project has been picking up steam behind the scenes. The plot for the movie is unknown as of now, but the most important piece of information we know about it is the movie is going to be more of a reboot rather than a sequel. This means we will be seeing an entirely new squad apart from Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Some may have still thought that at least Will Smith will also be returning as Deadshot. Mainly because it’s freaking Will Smith. Well, according to Variety, Will Smith will not be returning for the upcoming movie due to a scheduling conflict. This sucks for me because while I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first movie, Will Smith’s Deadshot was easily my favourite part of it. But now it looks like only Harley Quinn will be returning for the sequel/reboot. I wouldn’t be opposed to Deathstroke being thrown into the movie instead. That would be a great trade in my opinion. The only positive we can take from this news is how confident the studio seems to be with this project as the report claims they’re looking to start production later this year.

Suicide Squad 2 is expected to be released on August 6, 2021

Aquaman 2 Gets Release Date

After making over $1 billion at the Box Office this year it was only a matter of time before an Aquaman sequel was green-lit. The underwater sensation has become the flagship of the DCEU since it was released in December of last year. We all knew a sequel was coming, but when? Today, we found out that answer. Aquaman 2 will be released on December 16, 2022. So we’ve got to wait around 3 years before we see Jason Momoa’s Aquaman grace the big screen. I was honestly surprised they announced the date so soon. This would most likely explain that video of Jason Momoa running around the Warner Bros. offices claiming “You have no idea what’s coming next”. Aquaman is clearly the money maker at Warner Bros. I don’t blame them for pushing for a sequel so soon. It wont be long before we get a trilogy. Ain’t that crazy? I never thought we would be getting multiple Aquaman movies. Although it wasn’t stated in the report I would expect director James Wan to comeback for the sequel. It would only make sense right?

Aquaman is set to be released on December 16, 2022

Current DCEU slate:

  • Shazam! – April, 5
  • Joker – October, 4
  • Birds of Prey – February 7, 2020
  • Wonder Woman 2 – June 5, 2020
  • The Batman – June 25, 2021
  • Suicide Squad 2 – August 6, 2021
  • Aquaman 2 – December 16, 2022

The Batman Gets Release Date As Affleck Hangs Up Cape

Information about Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman movie has slowly been surfacing in the past 24 hours. Earlier today, we got an interview with Matt Reeves talking about what direction he’s going to be taking the movie in, along with a potential release date. Well, several hours later we now have a release date for the movie confirmed. But it comes as a bittersweet moment as it has finally been confirmed Ben Affleck will not be returning to the cowl. Starting with the good. We finally have a release date! Deadline with an exclusive confirmed Matt Reeves’ Batman movie is set to be released on June 25, 2021.

Ben Affleck – Batman no more…

Now for the bad news…well for me since Ben Affleck’s Batman is my favourite portrayal of the character so far. Deadline, in the same report also claimed that Affleck is going to hang up the cowl as the movie is set to be focused on a much younger Batman. At first when reading this report it felt like the same old stuff that has come out about Affleck leaving the role in the past.

Then Affleck took to Twitter and retweeted the article and stating how he was looking forward to seeing where director Matt Reeves takes the project. We all know this was most likely going to happen, but it still sucks to get the confirmation. Throughout the past couple of years it’s been tough watching Affleck going from directing, writing and starring in the Batman movie to ending up doing none of them at all now.

Regardless, no actor will be bigger than the actor for me and I’ll be there on opening night in June 2021. While I’m kinda fed up that I never got my Batfleck solo movie I can’t lie I’m still excited about the future of Batman without Ben Affleck. I can’t wait to see who takes on the cowl next.

Thanks for everything Ben!

Matt Reeves Batman is set to be released on 25 June, 2021

Matt Reeves Details His ‘Noir’ Driven Batman Movie

Information on Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman movie has been scarce. Matt Reeves has been fairly quite since he came onto the project. He’s keeping things a mystery and keeping the fans guessing. Granted, he has done interviews in the past where he’s given us little snippets on his Batman film, but not enough as of yet. Today, he sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and actually gave us quite a detailed look into his Batman film from the potential villains, the story and the most important thing, the release date.

He are the key points to take away from this interview:

A Noir driven story

Lesley Goldberg:“So, Batman. Tell us your take”

Matt Reeves “It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

Confirmation there will be more than one villain in the movie:

Lesley Goldberg: “Have you begun the casting process?”

Matt Reeves:There will be a Rogues Gallery. The casting process will begin shortly. We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things. 

Potential 2021 release date

Lesley Goldberg: “What’s your goal as far as a release date?”

Matt Reeves: “We haven’t been dated. I wouldn’t commit to this, but we’re thinking the movie would probably be for 2021, late spring or summer. Warner Bros. has been incredibly supportive and given me a lot of time and shared the same passion that I do for this story.”

Overall, there were three key things to take away from this interview. The first being how the story is going to be noir driven. Now he’s already told us this like five times already. But, it’s great to hear it again anyway. It looks like he’s going to be taking the character back to his roots. The second thing to take away is the use of multiple villains who will link in with this noir driven story. We all know Batman has one of the greatest rogues gallery. Given the type of story he’s going for my best guess would be that the Riddler is going to be one of the villains.

And now for the most important part of the interview. The release date. 2021 feels like a realistic release date since the project hasn’t even started filming yet. Keep in mind, we still haven’t had confirmation on if Ben Affleck is going to return to the role. Either way Matt Reeves has been saying all of the right things about his Batman movie. As a huge Batman fan this sounds like the movie of my dreams.

Let me know your thoughts on the details dropped in this interview down below

Check out the full interview with The Hollywood Reporter

First Birds of Prey Teaser Released

Earlier today, Margot Robbie provided us with our first look at Harley Quinn in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie. Hours later the studio have now released an early teaser for the upcoming project which started shooting a couple of weeks ago. This is more of a production teaser with the cast going through their costume tests. What this teaser did give us was our first look at the whole gang in their costumes.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary
Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress

The teaser also gave us a look at Black Mask and Zsasz who were not in their costumes:

Chris Messina to play Victor Zsasz
Ewan McGregor as Black Mask

Feel free to check out the teaser below and let me know your thoughts on it:

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) is set to be released on February 7, 2020

First look at Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey Revealed

Margot Robbie’s girl-gang movie Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) has been shooting since the start of the year. Unlike when previous DC movies have started shooting we haven’t seen any set photos leak yet. One has to think it will only be a matter of time before they start filming in the public. However, Margot Robbie gave us something on her Instagram this morning which should hold us over until then. With the film currently in production Margot Robbie, decided to give us our first look at Harley Quinn in the upcoming movie.

Closer look at the dog tag which clearly states ‘Bruce’

Granted, it isn’t an official first look. It’s more of a selfie of her just waiting around on set. Therefore, it’s hard to see how much of her look has changed since the last time we saw her in Suicide Squad. One thing that has caught the attention of many comic book fans like myself is the dog tag Harley’s wearing. If you look closely you can see it says ‘Bruce’ on it. What does this mean? Just an Easter Egg or acknowledgement that Bruce exists in this universe. Could he possibly play a small role in the movie? Or is this just part of Harley’s crazy personality. After all, she would name her dog after Bruce Wayne.

Let me know your thoughts on our first look

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) is set to be released on February 7, 2020

Spider-Man Far From Home Trailer: What We Learned

Last month it we saw the release of the trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie. This month is was Spidey’s turn. Keep in mind we didn’t see Spider-Man at all in the Endgame trailer as he’s meant to be “dead”. With Far From Home set to pick up minutes after Endgame this trailer gave a great insight of the web-slingers life, post the snap.

Post Endgame

So, after Endgame and the snap that changed the universe, things look to be getting back to normal for Spider-Man. Aunt May seems to have accepted the fact that Peter’s Spider-Man. And while being an Avenger, it doesn’t stop him from dropping out of school. As told by the title of the movie, a lot of it going to be taking place outside of New York and all over Europe instead. While the character is so closely tied with New York, personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Spider-Man operates in a completely different environment.

New Suits

With this new environment comes new villains and of course, new suits. Starting off with the spidey suits in this movie. It looks like he’s going to be wearing three suits throughout this new adventure.

Stark suit

The first suit we get to see is the Stark suit, given to him by Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming. We see him wearing this suit at the beginning of the trailer when he’s giving a speech to the children. He’s also wearing it later in the film when we see him meet up with Nick Fury in London.

New suit (no name yet)

The second spidey suit we see Peter in has no name…as of now. This looks to be the main suit for the movie and while it looks similar to the Stark suit, there are subtle change. First of all the colours used are different. We can see this with the use of a darker blue on the lower part of the suit. The wrists are no longer red either, they too have this darker blue appearance. Also, if you’ve seen some of the set leaks from the movie the spider on the back of the suit is different too. How he gets this new suit will be interesting to see. Maybe it is the original Stark suit and he makes some adjustments to it?

Stealth suit

Now this is the suit that has got people scratching their heads the most. Mainly, because it reminds them of Spider-Man Noir. Regardless if it’s influenced by Spider-Man Noir or not it’s clear to see that this is more of a stealth suit. This actually raises questions about the Stark suit to me. The Stark suit was so advanced to the point where it had a ‘kill mode’. Wouldn’t that same suit also have a ‘stealth mode’ too? Maybe he loses the Stark suit somehow. Either way it’s not shown in the trailer but through set leaks this stealth suit does have the shield logo on it. My best guess would be that he gets this suit from Nick Fury. It makes sense too, since he’s still wearing the Stark suit when he first meets him in the trailer.

Elemental villains

As with every Spider-Man movie one of the most exciting aspect about it are the villains we get to see. Spider-Man has one of the best rogues’ gallery when it comes to comic book characters. If this trailer is anything to go by, it looks like we are getting multiple villains. The villains are going to based on the elementals. In the trailer we see Hydr-man (water), Magnum (earth) and Hellfire (flame). We only catch a quick glimpse of these villains. It’s possible they could be named differently in the movie. And it’s also likely they haven’t shown us all of them yet.

Mysterio

While the Elementals look to be the main villains of the film that all changes when Mysterio shows up in the trailer. The way the trailer is cut it looks like he saves Peter from Hydron. Here’s where things get tricky. Given Mysterio’s powers, are these Elementals real or just illusions? Emergency Awesomeness pointed out in his video how in the comics Mysterio once created illusions of villains and defeated them so he would look like the hero at the end of the day. That could well be the case here. Last month it was also confirmed Mysterio isn’t really the villain of the movie. In fact he’s meant to be a good guy. I can see him taking Peter under his wing, but ultimately still fighting him at the end of the movie.

These were just my quick thoughts on the trailer and the main things that stood out to me.

Let me know your thoughts on the trailer down below

Aquaman: The First DCEU Movie to Make $1 Billion

After destroying all of its competition at the box office last month James Wan’s Aquaman hasn’t lost any steam at all. Looking at the numbers during the past couple of weeks it was only a matter of time before it would reach the $1 billion mark. I’ll be honest, I thought the movie was going to be a success. Just not this type of success. There aren’t too many films in that $1 billion bracket. And for Aquaman’s name to be up there with the likes of The Dark Knight, The Avengers and Star Wars is crazy. What an achievement! Fully deserved too in my opinion. Not only is Aquaman one of the few comic book movies to make the $1 billion, it’s actually the first in the DCEU to do it. Keep in mind the movie hasn’t even been out for a full month yet in certain countries. This number is only going to rise. As for James Wan, he now has two $1 billion dollar movies in his filmography as Aquaman joins his 2015 hit, Furious 7. It’s only a matter of when, not if we get an Aquaman sequel now. I wouldn’t be surprised if the studio after this success look at Wan for the next Justice League movie in the future.

Congratulations to the cast and crew involved!

P.S. It’s also nice to show the studio that not only Batman can make money at the box office.

Feel free to check out my review for Aquaman 

Let me know your thoughts on Aquaman’s success down below

Here’s a quick breakdown of the numbers (yet to be updated via. boxofficemojo)

Aquaman officially hits $1 Billion worldwide
In comparison to the rest of the DCEU
The statistics haven’t update yet, but it has now overtaken ‘The Dark Knight’
Aquaman breaks into the top 10 for most highest grossing superhero origin movie

The Punisher – Season 2 Review (Spoiler-Free)

I was lucky enough to gain access to screeners for the upcoming season of The Punisher. As someone who loved the first season I couldn’t wait to start watching. And after watching all 13 episodes, I found myself content with the season overall. I liked it…I just didn’t love it like the previous season. I would actually say there’s a clear gap in quality between the two seasons. Because while I enjoyed this season for the most part. There were also aspects that I didn’t like at all which really hurt the season as a whole. It’ll be interesting to see how other people react to this season. But for now you’re going to be stuck with me as I give up my thoughts on the upcoming season.

THIS IS A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW

A fresh start

At the end of the first season Frank Castle was given a clean slate. And season 2 starts off with Frank trying to make the best of his new situation. The season actually begins with Frank outside of New York. Now, this aspect might not sound the most appealing but I actually enjoyed the parts outside of New York. You get to see a different side of Frank. Someone who isn’t constantly looking over his shoulder. He’s more open with others. I’m not going to spoil it but he even comes across a potential love interest while in his new environment. However, make no mistakes about it, Frank still has that side to him. It’s not long before he finds himself straight up kicking-ass and killing assassins in a bathroom. Keep in mind this all takes place within the first episode. The season begins with a strong first episode in my opinion. But of course it’s not long before he has to eventually go back to New York, which is where the rest of the season takes place. But most importantly he doesn’t turn up to New York by himself.

Second chances

I believe the key theme for this season is people getting second chances in life. Here it applies to the two main characters of the season; Frank Castle and Jigsaw.

Frank’s arc

If you watched the first season or are familiar with the character’s background in the comics. You would know Frank witnessed his whole family getting murdered right in front of him. And up until now Frank blames himself for all of their deaths. This plays into this season because Frank finds himself in a situation where this time, he can try help prevent a child’s death. This isn’t a spoiler, but Frank runs into this girl who is being hunted down. This results in him protecting her for the majority of the season.

You get to see their ups and downs together during the season which I found interesting. But I can see some people getting bored of it when they watch it. Especially, at the start of the season when it feels like Frank is just babysitting her. I mean at times he literally is. Even found myself getting frustrated with their relationship because you could see where it was going, but it felt like they were spending too much time on it. I get it, seeing Frank protect this girl is nice and all. But I want to see Frank be the Punisher! It takes it’s time, but eventually, we get the Punisher we all know and love. And of course, that’s where Jon Bernthal really shines in the role.

Jigsaw

On the theme of ‘second chances’ this also applies to the main villain of the season, Jigsaw. I have to get this out of the way first. What you saw it in the promotional images when it comes to Jigsaw is what you get. He got his face dragged through a broken mirror at the end of the first season and now he just has a couple of scars to show for it. Honestly, I know it looks ridiculous, but after a couple of his scenes it didn’t bother me as much. Overall, I liked the addition of Jigsaw as the main villain in this season. Just like with Frank, Jigsaw finds himself attached to another character for the majority of the season. This would be his therapist. She offers him a second chance because what Frank did to him at the end of the first season mentally destroyed him. His arc is about whether if he can rebuild from that traumatic experience and go back to how he was before it. 

So, we spend a lot of time with Jigsaw and his therapist in sessions and it’s interesting to see where their relationship goes. But no matter what happens, he’s ultimately drawn back to Frank Castle. Having spent the previous season with them two going back and forth, I thought it would be too much for another season. I was wrong. The character of Jigsaw really adds a fresh dynamic to their feud. Without going into detail, there’s this one episode where Jigsaw actually gets one over on Frank. He kind of turns the tables on him. Personally, I think it’s the strongest episode of the season. Jigsaw was also central to another one of my favourite episodes. It involves him and his crew robbing a bank. Again, without spoiling it, I just love how the episode ends. Plus I’d like to add that we actually get to see scenes with Russo and Frank before they were in the marines. I liked these scenes too, it added more backstory.

As for Ben Barnes’ performance, I think he done a good job. I must say there were times when I felt like he was just doing too much. But then again, because of the complete difference in character between Billy Russo and Jigsaw I can understand it. The more I think about it I actually liked the aspect of the character more than the performance that came with it.

One villain too many

Here comes my biggest issue with the season…John Pilgrim. I would say he serves as the co-main villain of the season. I’m just going to say it. I didn’t like him at all. First of all his character is something that I felt has been done too many times before. He’s this religious figure in the public, but of course, behind the scenes he’s the total opposite. He even talks in Bible verses if you know what I mean. To put it simply, Pilgrim is this former mob person/current assassin who spends most of the season tracking down Frank Castle and the girl he’s with. I never believe he’s a threat to Frank or anyone to be honest. Like with Billy Russo’s character in the first season. I believed he was this former marine and now someone who was in charge of his own organisation which was a genuine threat to Frank and the state. With John Pilgrim? No, it just didn’t work for me.

They even try to give him some backstory and show this other side of him with his family but it never clicked with me. I would have preferred if they’d just focused on Jigsaw as the main villain of the season. Mainly, because there’s history between Billy Russo and Frank. Even though Jigsaw is almost an entirely different character, there’s still a piece of Russo in there. And I really like how that links in with Frank by the end of the season. Pilgrim’s character at one point says something along the lines of “Why am I still hunting Frank? He’s done nothing to me”. And I found myself completing agreeing with him. They needed to do something different with this character. Personally, I would have just cut him out. I’ve got to admit though, there was one thing I really liked about John Pilgrim…his action scenes. Like with all the action scenes in this series, they didn’t hold back with his. Some of his fight scene are so brutal! Especially, his showdown with Frank. There’s one scene with him that is still stuck in my head. During one fight he rams the top of his head into someone’s mouth to knock them out and in the next scene he’s pulling out the guy’s teeth from the top of his head.

What’s next for The Punisher?

As I was watching the season finale I could help but feel disappointed by the end of it. Not with the season because I enjoyed the majority of it. But knowing this is most likely going to be the last season. How could I not feel disappointed? I think even the show runners knew it. The season doesn’t end with this major cliff-hanger like the last season of Daredevil. What hurts is that even after two seasons there’s still so much potential left with this character/series. I just want to see Frank Castle’s story play out. I even want to see more of the supporting characters who were also great in this season too.

Closing thoughts

Overall, while I didn’t enjoy this season as much as I did with the first one. There’s still a lot that I liked about this season. I enjoyed Frank’s arc throughout the season along with his chance of redemption. The action scenes are amazing as expected. Jigsaw as the main villain ended up being better than what I expected. I just wish he was the only villain of the season. However, the season isn’t perfect by any means. There are some real slow parts that drag. Especially, after the first two episodes which makes it worse because it starts off so well. It does slow down by the middle, but from episode 8 onwards the season makes up for its inconsistent pacing.

Make sure you check out the season for yourself next week!

My Favourite Comic Book Movies of 2018

What a year it has been for the comic book movie genre! There’s no shortage of comic book movies today. But it’s all about trying to keep the genre fresh and at the end of the day, producing great movies. And this is the purpose of this article. Of all the comic book movies that were released this year I wanted to give you guys my own personal ranking. Just a heads up, I haven’t included every comic book movie that was released this year. This is just a list consisting of my four favourite comic book movies of 2018.

4. Black Panther

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Black Panther is another solid entry into the MCU. When I think about this movie the first thing that comes to mind is the cast. The cast of Black Panther was easily the highlight of the movie for me. Especially when it comes to the supporting cast. In particular, I really enjoyed Michael B. Jordan’s role in this movie. Killmonger is just behind Thanos when it comes to my ranking of the MCU villains. I also liked how Wakanda as a place was handled from the look and feel of it. You really got to understand why this place is important within the universe. However, I must say that at the time of the movie’s release I think I bought into the hype. While I enjoyed the movie, it’s not as great as I first remembered. It’s just solid. And that’s not a bad thing. At first, Black Panther was in my top 5 MCU movies. But now looking back, it just falls out of my top 5 MCU ranking. However, for this year it was still a strong comic book movie. It’s just that the bar has been set so high. I’m still looking forward to seeing what Ryan Coogler does with the sequel.

3. Aquaman

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The more I think about this movie, the more I love it. Now, don’t get me wrong this movie is far from perfect. For example, some of the musical choices. Yes, I’m talking about that Pitbull song. Also some of the romance didn’t work for me along with the humour. However, when this movie got something right, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. James Wan really went above and beyond with Aquaman. Just the scale of the movie is something that should be admired. The characters are strong. The action scenes are refreshing for once. The costume design is amazing. It has strong villains. And the third act is one of the best I’ve seen in years when it comes to comic book movies. Although, I hated the Pitbull song. I have to admit I was wrong about the soundtrack as a whole. It’s definitely a lot better than when I first heard it. Aquaman is on pace to make a billion dollars at the box office and it deserves every penny. Warner Bros. should already be laying down the blueprints for the sequel. With James Wan at the helm of course.

Feel free to check out my review for Aquaman here!

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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What else can I say about this movie that hasn’t been said already? It delivered in every aspect to me. It was a dream come true for me to see all these characters interacting with each other on the screen for the first time. And to see them lose? Oh, I loved it! It only makes me more excited to see what happens in Avengers 4. With each viewing this movie gets better. I talked about Aquaman’s third act, Infinity War also has a really strong third act. Sometimes when I don’t feel like sitting through the whole movie I just skip to the fight scene on Titan and let it play out from there. Of course, I have to mention Thanos before I finish this. Hands down my favourite villain of the MCU. In-fact one of my favourite villains ever. Josh Brolin delivered a great performance which was helped by the VFX team who did an amazing job with the character’s look. I can’t wait to see how the remaining Avengers deal with the ramifications of the snap in Avengers 4.

For as much as I loved Avengers: Infinity War, it didn’t take the number one spot for me…

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Look, I knew Spider-Verse was going to be a great movie. I just didn’t know it was going to be this good! I can’t speak highly enough of this animated movie. As a huge Spider-Man fan, I have to say this is easily the best Spider-Man movie we’ve had to date. And it stars Miles Morales! Which makes it even better. The fact that the up and coming generations get to see a different Spider-Man on the screen is awesome. While Miles is the star the movie I loved the other characters just as much. I could spend so much time just going into detail about how much I enjoyed each character. But to keep it short I’ll just say Spider-Noir was by far my favourite character. The voice acting in this movie is top tier. Not to mention the animation style! The visuals in this movie are breathe-taking at certain parts. Miles’ relationship with his uncle was also a standout for me because of how it played into the overall story. As you can see I loved this film. I’m still struggling to find something I didn’t like about it. And weeks later… I still can’t find anything I dislike about it. So, I’m just going to let the film be great. Please, go see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse if you haven’t already.

There’s my list! As you can see regardless of my ranking I spoke highly of each film. It just goes to show how great this year was when it came to comic book movies. Hopefully, next year is even better. It certainly has the potential to do it.

Let me know what your personal list is down below.