James Gunn was told he could ‘do whatever he wants’ with any DC Comics’ character

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster…

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.

Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster, and filming finished just before the Hollywood shutdown amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a Q&A on his Instagram Stories, Gunn was quizzed about the upcoming movie, which sees Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman reprise their roles, and revealed that when he was in early talks with Warner Bros. about helming the film, he was offered his pick of projects.

One follower asked the 53-year-old if the rumours that he was asked by studio bosses to direct a standalone Superman movie were true, prompting Gunn to set the record straight.

“No one offered me a specific film, but various characters were brought up. DC said I could do what I wanted with any of the characters,” he explained. “I chose Suicide Squad because of my love for the Ostrader books, and movies like The Dirty Dozen. I couldn’t be happier with the film so far!”

He also cryptically teased the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and told followers that the third movie, which is currently on hiatus due to Covid-19, would be the last for him and his cast, including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana.

“It’s probably my last one, and probably the last with the current team. But you never know!” he quipped.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn revealed that helming a huge superhero ensemble blockbuster would never be in the pipeline for him.

“I haven’t been asked, but wouldn’t do it if I was,” he replied to one fan, who asked if he would ever direct an Avengers movie. “Just doesn’t appeal to me.”

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Paul Dano ‘really surprised’ by Matt Reeves’ The Batman script

Paul Dano was “really surprised” when he read Matt Reeves’ script for The Batman.The 35-year-old actor, who is playing Edward Nashton/The Riddler in the director’s upcoming take on the DC Comics’ superhero tale, discussed his brief time on the set of T…

Paul Dano was “really surprised” when he read Matt Reeves’ script for The Batman.

The 35-year-old actor, who is playing Edward Nashton/The Riddler in the director’s upcoming take on the DC Comics’ superhero tale, discussed his brief time on the set of The Batman before it was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak during an interview with The Playlist’s Rodrigo Perez and confessed he was taken aback by Reeves’ vision for the Caped Crusader.

“I was filming. I flew home to visit my baby and then didn’t get to fly back (to set, because of coronavirus), which is a really strange thing,” the There Will Be Blood star explained. “But I feel really good about it. I think Matt Reeves is the real deal. I was really surprised by his script, which I think is, is potentially really powerful. Hopefully we’ll get to get back to it sometime soon? I’m not sure.”

Dano also teased details of his villainous character, who was previously portrayed on the big screen by Jim Carrey in 1995’s Batman Forever, and said that fans will hopefully be pleased with his “exciting” take on The Riddler.

“There’s something fun there in my character and in all the characters. It’s the kind of movie that we’re just desperate to share on the big screen in a big way. So, I hope we all figure this (coronavirus situation) out and get excited to see a Batman movie. It will be worth it. It’s going to be really cool,” he said.

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, and Andy Serkis, is currently scheduled to be released on 25 June 2021.

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Daniel Craig dreamed of playing Superman when he was younger

Daniel Craig dreamed of playing superheroes such as Superman and Spider-Man when he was growing up.Despite a lengthy Hollywood career, the 52-year-old actor is best known for portraying the super spy James Bond, with him making his debut as 007 in 2006…

Daniel Craig dreamed of playing superheroes such as Superman and Spider-Man when he was growing up.

Despite a lengthy Hollywood career, the 52-year-old actor is best known for portraying the super spy James Bond, with him making his debut as 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale.

However, when asked if he had ever envisioned playing the MI6 agent during make-believe games in his youth, he confessed Bond was never on his radar as he was into comic book superheroes.

“People are always saying to me, ‘You must have dreamed of playing James Bond when you were a kid.’ The answer is no. I never did,” Craig told Saga magazine. “I dreamed of being all sorts of other things – Superman, Spider-Man, the Invisible Man, even a good old-fashioned cowboy. But not Bond so much, which seems ironic now.”

Since his debut as 007 in 2006, Craig has appeared in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, and makes his fifth and final outing as Bond in No Time to Die, which was due to be released in April but has been postponed until November amid the coronavirus crisis.

Despite not dreaming of playing the MI6 agent when he was younger, the Knives Out star is grateful for his run as the iconic character.

“I’ve been lucky enough to land one of the best roles in movies. There’s been no downside to playing Bond,” he stated.

No Time to Die, which also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ana de Armas, is set to cinemas on 12 November.

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Dwayne Johnson: ‘Black Adam will change the DC Universe’

Dwayne Johnson has claimed his character Black Adam will “change the DC Universe”.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, and back in November, it was announce…

Dwayne Johnson has claimed his character Black Adam will “change the DC Universe”.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, and back in November, it was announced that the anti-hero movie had finally got the go-ahead.

Johnson has been gearing up for his role as the powerful supervillain, and in a post on Instagram on Sunday, he showcased his intensive training with a black-and-white snap of him in the gym.

“The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change,” the 47-year-old wrote, confident that Black Adam is going to usurp the iconic DC Comics’ superheroes such as Batman and Superman. “Training and prep for #BlackAdam has been a grind but this passion project outweighs the sacrifices. Truth, justice and the Black Adam way. #eyeforaneye #antihero #blackadam.”

The former wrestler also revealed that shooting will begin in the summer.

No further casting for the blockbuster has yet to be announced, however, Jaume Collet-Serra, who recently worked with Johnson on Jungle Cruise, is set to direct, Lawrence Sher will serve as the cinematographer, and Adam Sztykiel, who wrote Johnson’s 2018 movie Rampage, is adapting the script from the Black Adam comics.

The anti-hero, created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, made his comic book debut in 1945 and has often been depicted as the villain of superhero Shazam.

It was reported last year that plans to incorporate Black Adam into last year’s Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi, fell through, and it’s not yet known if the superhero will appear in Johnson’s upcoming standalone flick.

Black Adam is due to be released in December 2021.

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Margot Robbie wanted to make Birds of Prey while filming Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie has wanted to make Birds of Prey since she began filming Suicide Squad in 2015.The Australian actress debuted her unhinged character Harley Quinn in the 2016 ensemble anti-superhero movie, which was directed by David Ayer and starred Will…

Margot Robbie has wanted to make Birds of Prey since she began filming Suicide Squad in 2015.

The Australian actress debuted her unhinged character Harley Quinn in the 2016 ensemble anti-superhero movie, which was directed by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, and Jai Courtney.

And she knew she wanted to further explore the former psychologist-turned-criminal while playing the DC Comics character for the first time, as she believed there was a gap in the market for a strong female action hero.

“I love action films, and I think there’s a misconception perhaps subconsciously for people: action films are for dudes, girls don’t really like them,” the 29-year-old told Variety. “Which is just not true. I love them! I know heaps of other women who love them.

“I loved movies like the Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu Charlie’s Angels growing up. So I knew I wanted to find that, and help put that on screen somewhere.”

She then turned to the Birds of Prey comics, which sees Harley joining forces with Black Canary, Helena Bertinelli, and Renee Montoya to take down a narcissistic crime lord, and became “obsessed” with them.

“It seemed like a good platform for a female ensemble franchise, because so many different characters come in and out of the Birds of Prey. And Harley is an easy character to insert into almost any situation, because no matter what, she’s gonna just stir s**t up,” Margot laughed.

The Oscar-nominated actress also lavished praise on Todd Phillips’ Joker, in which Joaquin Phoenix portrays the iconic Batman villain, who dates Harley Quinn in the DC Comics.

“He did a phenomenal job,” she gushed.

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Dwayne Johnson confirms Black Adam movie

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to suit up as Black Adam for a new comic book blockbuster.The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, but decided to put the projec…

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to suit up as Black Adam for a new comic book blockbuster.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has been developing his own standalone film about the DC Comics character for several years, but decided to put the project on hold after plans to incorporate Black Adam into the recent Shazam! movie, starring Zachary Levi, fell through.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday night, Johnson announced a Black Adam movie was coming to cinemas in December 2021 as he shared the first official piece of artwork for the film, depicting him as the powerful supervillain.

“The Man in Black,” he began, referencing his new character. “Like most kids growing up, I dreamed about being a superhero. Having cool superpowers, fighting for what’s right and always protecting the people.

“It all changed for me, when I was 10yrs (years) old and was first introduced to the greatest superhero of all time – SUPERMAN. As a kid, Superman was the hero I always wanted to be.”

The action man explained he soon realised Superman was “the hero I could never be” because he was “too rebellious” and wasn’t one to listen to authority – but now his “superhero dreams have come true” with his casting as Black Adam.

“I’m honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it’s a true pleasure to become, BLACK ADAM,” he wrote. “BLACK ADAM is blessed by magic with the powers equal to SUPERMAN, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people – but he does it his way.

“This role is unlike any other I’ve ever played in my career and I’m grateful to the bone we’ll all go on this journey together.”

Black Adam, created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, made his comic book debut in 1945.

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Warner Bros. insists Joker doesn’t endorse violence

Bosses at Warner Bros. have insisted that their upcoming movie Joker isn’t “an endorsement of real-world violence”. The studio has come under fire from victims of the 2012 mass shooting at a Cinemark cinema in Aurora, Colorado, which happened during a…

Bosses at Warner Bros. have insisted that their upcoming movie Joker isn’t “an endorsement of real-world violence”.

The studio has come under fire from victims of the 2012 mass shooting at a Cinemark cinema in Aurora, Colorado, which happened during a midnight screening of Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises and resulted in 70 injuries and 12 deaths. They shared their concerns about the movie, which sees Joaquin Phoenix’s disturbed character kicking off a cycle of violence after getting hold of a gun.

In a statement addressing the concerns, officials from the studio assured fans the on-screen action is in no way intended to condone gun violence.

“Gun violence in our society is a critical issue, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all victims and families impacted by these tragedies,” they shared. “Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bi-partisan legislation to address this epidemic.”

However, they added: “At the same time, Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues.

“Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero.”

Studio executives made the decision to pull the movie from the Colorado theatre after speaking with Cinemark chiefs, who previously owned the cinema, now known as the Century Aurora. The move came after families of four victims sent an open letter to studio CEO and chairperson Ann Sarnoff, published in the Hollywood trade papers, in which they expressed their concern about the release.

Joker will hit theatres on 4 October.

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Robert Pattinson feared Batman casting leak would cost him the role

Robert Pattinson feared news of his casting as Batman in the upcoming DC Comics movie would cost him the part.Reports that the 33-year-old star had been cast in The Batman emerged while the actor was still in talks with Warner Bros. executives. And spe…

Robert Pattinson feared news of his casting as Batman in the upcoming DC Comics movie would cost him the part.

Reports that the 33-year-old star had been cast in The Batman emerged while the actor was still in talks with Warner Bros. executives. And speaking to Variety magazine, he confessed he was “furious” when the news broke – as he hadn’t even been for an audition yet.

“When that thing leaked, I was f**king furious,” he recalled. “Everyone was so upset. Everyone was panicking from my team. I sort of thought that had blown up the whole thing.”

When the news broke, the reaction from fans was mixed, however, the Twilight star confessed that, despite a Change.org petition to have him recast, the response was better than he expected.

“To be honest, it was less vitriolic than I was expecting,” the star laughed. “It’s much more fun when you’re an underdog. There’s no expectation of you.”

Pattinson admitted he’d been chasing the role for some time, before writer/director Matt Reeves finally agreed to meet with him after finishing the film’s script.

“I’d had Batman in my mind for a while,” he shared. “It’s such an absurd thing to say. I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt. He didn’t accept any prods. I kept asking to meet him.”

And the actor went on to gush over the “crazy” moment he tried on the character’s iconic Batsuit for the first time, adding: “I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’… He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit.’”

The Batman hits theatres in June 2021.

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Joaquin Phoenix officially set to star in Joker origin film

Joaquin Phoenix will portray mad Batman villain the Joker in a new origin movie, following months of rumours about the project.The Walk the Line star has been attached to the film for quite a while, but he has consistently played coy about the gossip, …

Joaquin Phoenix will portray mad Batman villain the Joker in a new origin movie, following months of rumours about the project.

The Walk the Line star has been attached to the film for quite a while, but he has consistently played coy about the gossip, telling Collider in April (18) he simply didn’t know if he had the part.

All doubt has now disappeared after bosses at Warner Bros. signed a contract with Phoenix for the lead role in the DC Comics picture.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joaquin will begin shooting the movie in New York in September (18).

The outlet reports the budget for the blockbuster will be in the range of $55 million (£42 million).

Todd Phillips, the man behind the camera for the hit The Hangover comedy franchise, is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver.

Studio bosses describe the plotline as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society (that) is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale”.

Joaquin isn’t the only star set to play the Joker in a new film – Jared Leto will reprise his Suicide Squad role as the villain in a standalone spinoff.

Phoenix has previously discussed Leto’s work as the Joker and revealed he would take the character in a different direction than his predecessors.

“I think that genre, comic books, kind of lends itself to having different people play the same character and interpret it in a different way,” he told Collider. “It’s kind of built into the source material in some ways. I think it’s cool when people do that.”

Joaquin’s Joker film could be released as early as 2019.

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Steven Spielberg to direct his first comic book movie

Steven Spielberg is joining the world of comic book movies with new project Blackhawk.As such films continue to dominate cinema, Spielberg, who recently became the first filmmaker to gross $10 billion (£7 billion) at the global box office, is getting …

Steven Spielberg is joining the world of comic book movies with new project Blackhawk.

As such films continue to dominate cinema, Spielberg, who recently became the first filmmaker to gross $10 billion (£7 billion) at the global box office, is getting in on the action with DC Comics character Blackhawk, a World War II hero.

The 71-year-old is reteaming with Warner Bros. on the movie, the studio with whom he made his most recent success, Ready Player One – an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s award-winning novel of the same name.

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen,” Spielberg said in a statement. “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk.”

David Koepp is penning the script. He’s previously worked with triple Oscar winner Spielberg on Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie.

“We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure,” said Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing Blackhawk to movie audiences worldwide.”

Blackhawk made his first appearance in 1941, while the Second World War was still raging, in the debut issue of Quality Comics’ anthology series Military Comics. The series told the story of an international squadron of heroic pilots, led by the mysterious Blackhawk, who fought the Nazis.

DC Comics acquired the character in 1957, and the series has spawned a film serial, a radio series and a novel.

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