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Entertainment News December 5, 2014: The Force Gets Suicidal Edition

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Suicide Squad Film Cast Revealed. Oprah Winfrey Wanted for Amanda Waller Role.

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Source: Variety.com

The lineup is set Warner Bros. live-action incarnation of  DC Comics’ Suicide Squad. Based on a team of villains who work for the government to earn their freedom, the following is the official actor/actress list for the August 5, 2014 release.

Jared Leto – The Joker
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Will Smith – Deadshot

Tom Hardy – Rick Flag

Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
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Jai Courtney – Boomerang

Cara Delevingne – Enchantress
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According to people close to the project, Jesse Eisenberg will also play Lex Luthor, who will first appear in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, set to debut in early 2016.

Warner still has the roll for Amanda Waller, leader of the government program, and the studio’s shortlist of actresses being eyed for the role includes Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey being Warner Bros’ top prospect because, of course, it’s Oprah.

I like this casting. If Oprah ends up getting this roll, it’ll be interesting to see Smith and her play characters that are normally outside of their wheelhouse. The use of Enchantress and Captain Boomerang is a really fun choice for the team and I can’t wait to see what Robbie does with Harley Quinn. I think the biggest question is Leto’s Joker, because I doubt Joker is a part of the team. Joker is too big to be a part of the Suicide Squad and, if I’m right, is the Joker who the Squad is hunting?

 

Michelle MacLaren Signs to Develop and Direct Wonder Woman.

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Source: Hollywoodreporter.com

Michelle MacLaren has signed on to direct Wonder Woman, Warner Bros’ big-screen take on the iconic DC character.

Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are among those producing Wonder Woman, with MacLaren working with the project’s writers. Wonder Woman is set for a 2017 release and will star Gal Gadot. Gadot will make her debut as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v. Superman.

MacLaren, while this is her first film, has been cutting her teeth on the small screen on critically acclaimed programs Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

No plot details were announced, but with a 2017 release date, it’s going to be a while until I think we’ll hear more.

News Bits

After months of Speculation, Benedict Cumberbatch is officially Dr. Strange for Marvel’s 2016 film.
Source: Screenrant.com

Independence Day 2 is coming because why not. It’ll have a brand new cast, but Jeff Goldblum may return.

Source: Screenrant.com

Waner Bros’ Justice League Dark Script is Done says Guillermo Del Toro and that it’ll exist in the DC Film Universe. I doubt we’ll see this until atleast 2020.
Source: Screenrant.com

The next Bond Film will be called Spectre. Here’s the poster!
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Image from Screenrant.com

Ryan Reynold’s confirms he’ll be in Fox’s Deadpool film.
Source: Screenrant.com 

Trailers

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOVFvcNfvE
Hot Diggity!

Terminator: Genesys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62E4FJTwSuc
Star Wars, Terminator and Jurassic Park trailer talk? Is this the 90’s?

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That sure is a thing.

Television

Krysten Ritter is officially Jessica Jones for Marvel’s Netflix series.
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Source: Deadline.com

While Marvel is in the middle of filming Daredevil, it looks like they are already starting on there next series.

As part of Marvel’s four show deal with Netflix, the next series in the pipeline will be Jessica Jones, starring Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B).

Jessica Jones centers around a former superhero, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who opens her own detective agency.

With Luke Cage and Iron First also in the pipeline and Jones’s history with Cage, it wouldn’t surprise me if The Heroes for Hire are announced pretty soon.

G4 is Finally Being Put Out of It’s Misery. R.I.P.
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Source: Screenrant.com

Growing up and learning about games media, my jam was G4. Shows like Attack of the Show and X-Play helped me evolve as a critic and as a game fan. I also have very fond memories watching new seasons of Ninja Warrior with a big group of friends. G4 was one of a kind.

It was heartbreaking when G4 announced a re-branding of the network into Esquire magazine and all original programming ended. Since 2012, the re-branding didn’t happen and the station became just never ending re-runs of Cops, Cheaters and Heroes.

That was until this week, according to Great Plains Communications:

“[We] will be removing G4 from the channel lineup, effective November 30, 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience, but would like to remind you that this was a decision made by NBC Universal and we must abide by their contractual requirements.”

R.I.P, but really by this point, there just burring the corpse.

News Bits

AMC has ordered a pilot for Vertigo Comics’ adaptation of Preacher from Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. I’m stoked to see what this becomes.
Source: Bleedingcool.com

Comics

Frank Miller and Scott Snyder Working on Dark Knight 3

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Source: Bleedingcool.com

One of the best Batman stories of all time was Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Blending superheroes, political and social themes, and darker setting, Miller wrote a sequel, titled Dark Knight Strikes Back, which was pretty bad. The notion of a third entry from Frank Miller of today does absolutely nothing for me, considering Miller’s last book was the horrible racist and xenophobic graphic novel, Holy Terror. But, you tell me that current Batman writer Scott Snyder is writing? I’m on board.

DK3 would concern Carrie Kelley, the Robin of Dark Knight, now in her elder years. She is now in a similar position to that of Bruce Wayne in the original Dark Knight, and she is seeking her own successor to protect Gotham.

Frank Miller is too unwell to draw the book, so new artists are being sought. DC co-publisher Dan DiDio, and those above him, want multiple issues with multiple artists, including Greg Capullo, Sean Murphy, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, Marc Silvestri, and the like.

I have trepidations based on Miller’s history over the last 20 years, but the idea of Snyder co-writing a sequel to Dark Knight Returns is intriguing. Especially if Sean Murphy is drawing an issue.

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