Every Wednesday (hopefully!), we’ll drop “10 Things” a list of 10 things about a hot topic in movies:
Since it feels like forever since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released (it was March 25th!) and SO MUCH was said about the movie, let’s talk about everything else going on in the cinematic comic book universe. Here’s the 10 things we’ve learned about comic book movies since the Bat from Gotham took on the Son of Krypton (for about 5 minutes, 3 if you take out the part where Wonder Woman checks her e-mail):
1. Suicide Squad has ANOTHER incredible trailer!
Here’s the litmus test for comic book films. If you watch either trailer for Suicide Squad and aren’t pumped, you probably don’t like comic book films. The film hits theaters on August 5th and after consulting the Magic 8-Ball, all signs point to YES!
2. That Spider-Man standalone film has a title and it’s the one that was rumored a week ago.
Another Spider-Man reboot is on it’s way as your friendly neighborhood webslinger joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It looks like Spider-Man: Homecoming is headed to theaters in July 2017. Technically, this was released before yesterday’s announcement at CinemaCon when it was leaked that Sony registered the domain name SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.com (isn’t that a convenient way to get some free publicity?) but it is now official. Tom Holland is the latest Peter Parker.
3. Doctor Strange has a trailer and it’s… umm… strange?
I’m still not sold that Benedict Cumberbatch really is human but I guess he’ll do as Doctor Strange. It’s just the teaser and there’s a long way to go before November but this looks interesting.
4. Batffleck rises: Ben Affleck will star in and direct a stand-alone Batman movie.
Batman v Superman should have been subtitled “The Dawn of Affleck” as not only did Affleck win over most naysayers, he will also appear in the aforementioned Suicide Squad and gets his very own Batman movie. If all goes to plan, Batffleck will appear in more big screen vehicles than any other Caped Crusader before him. No word on whether there’s any truth to the rumor it will be titled I’m Batman, You Can All Suck It.
5. The next Wolverine movie will take place in the future timeline of the X-Men movies.
In case you were wondering, Hugh Jackman is set to make his final appearance as Wolverine next March and in that movie, he will be joined by the future version of the X-Men (you know, the Patrick Stewart bunch) and will not be joined by the past version (that’s the James McEvoy ones) and there will most likely not be a future’s past version (like when they were all together in X-Men: Days of Future Past).
6. Thor has a new love interest.
Natalie Portman is out and Tessa Thompson (Creed) is in for the next Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok.
7. If The Avengers suffered the same fate as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would the Marvel Cinematic Universe exist? Let’s ponder “What if?” shall we?
Easily, my favorite comic book series of all-time was Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man. My second favorite comic book series of all-time was “What If?” where alternate endings would be explored for popular comics. Recently, io9 applied this thinking to Batman v Superman and asked “what if The Avengers was received like Batman v Superman?” They asked Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, the question and based on his answer, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have never taken off if the movie didn’t work and io9 extrapolates that it’s very much possible things would have stalled if The Avengers was Batman v Superman. Or this could just be more shade being thrown on Batman v Superman because, well, it’s the 2016 cinematic dead horse.
8. We love Wonder Woman.
No matter what people think of Batman v Superman, it seems that Gal Gadot’s appearance as Wonder Woman is usually one of the top 3 things people did like about the movie (and in some cases, the only thing they liked). With a stand-alone Wonder Woman film coming next June, we’re slowly but surely going to be inundated with clips that will only further increase our appetite. There was footage shown at CinemaCon but it hasn’t surfaced. Once it does, expect it to go viral and create more hype for her next appearance on the big screen.
9. Inhumans has been pushed back… not cancelled.
Originally slated for July 2, 2019, Marvel’s Inhumans hasn’t been drawing a ton of attention. Although the idea of Inhumans has been explored on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it looks like the big screen version will have to wait as the thought of going up against Indiana Jones 5 might be too much. The new date is to be determined, according to the studio.
10. We’ve never had a Joker like this before.