Cape Watch: Cheer Up, DC Movie Universe. Things Aren’t So Bad
How to change what people are saying about your movie franchise in one easy step: invite them to the set of your new movie, then wow them with movie stars and inside info. Or, at least, that seems to have worked for Warner Bros., who managed to get people excited about the future of its DC movies again after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice thanks to a press event during the filming of Justice League. But don’t worry, Marvel fans: A couple of leaks have revealed small bits of info about what’s upcoming in the MCU as well. This, as ever, is your roundup of the week’s superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: Warner Bros. Has a Few People Over, Spills All Kinds of Justice League Beans
If you’ve been anywhere on the nerdternet over the last week, chances are you’ll have seen that a number of journalists visited the set of Justice League in London and found out a lot of information about the movie, currently in production. For example: the flick will be lighter in tone than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with producer Deborah Snyder saying that the DC movies aren’t going to get darker than that movie. The villain seen in the production offices was Steppenwolf, one of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World characters (and father of Darkseid, whom many suspected would be the movie’s villain after hints in BvS), and he’ll be after three Mother Boxes—in the movie, objects of power gifted to humanity, the Atlanteans, and the Amazons by the mythical gods of old—forcing the League to form in the first place. Oh, and Superman will come back to life, because, well, obviously. You can find a good round-up of the essential information at Empire.
Why this is super: While screenwriter Chris Terrio was promising a more upbeat movie before BvS was released, the response of the majority of the journalists to a scene that was screened for them suggests that, perhaps, the movie might actually follow through on that promise. Are we going to get a fun, happy Justice League movie?
SUPER IDEA: Atlantis Is Getting Busy
Also revealed during the Justice League jaunt, everyone’s favorite sea-king seems to be building a supporting cast already, with Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju (aka Tormund Giantsbane) signing on to play an ancient Atlantean king in Justice League, while the previously announced Willem Dafoe will be playing Vulko, an Atlantean advisor to Aquaman in the same movie. While it’s likely that Hivju’s character won’t make it into the solo Aquaman movie unless there’s another flashback sequence—not impossible, but also not likely—there’s almost no way that Vulko won’t be showing up in Jason Momoa’s solo superhero movie when it hits theaters in 2018.
Why this is super: Who knew that Dafoe would be so interested in playing the right-hand man of a monarch that’s so wet? But if nothing else, this underscores the oddly long game that Warners has started playing with its superhero properties—especially with hints that Iris West is going to make an appearance in Justice League more than a year ahead of the solo Flash movie as well.
SUPER IDEA: The World’s Latest Detective
That said, long games have ways of getting complicated, such as Ben Affleck suggesting that his solo Batman movie could be late because he’s not happy with the script. “I think [the studio has] a date for it,” he said during the junket. “Although, I don’t know if I would necessarily be able to make that date because I don’t have a script that’s ready yet. So that’s my—my timetable is I’m not going to make a movie until there’s a script that I think is good, because I’ve been on the end of things when you make movies when you have a script that’s not good yet and it doesn’t pan out.” He went to pains to point out that there is a script, however: “I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, ‘Yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.’” Whenever the script is done, he said, it’ll be one that plays up the “detective” angle of the character more than most movies. Which, really, is about time.
Why this is super: Considering we already have two DC movies a year through 2020, it’s hard to be too upset about the idea that perhaps an additional one could be delayed, especially if the reason ends up being “to make it better.” And a Batman movie that’s all about him actually doing some deduction and not just punching people and mumbling about his city would be nice as well.
SUPER IDEA: Never Mind the Doctor; Now, the Nurse Is In
Meanwhile, in non-DC news, it looks like character details for Doctor Strange have been revealed via toys, with the Marvel Minimates tie-in to the movie naming Kaecilius and Christine Palmer as characters. For those not versed in Marvel lore, Kaecilius is a bad guy from 1965’s Strange Tales #130 who served Baron Mordo, who curiously enough is supposed to be a good guy in this movie. Christine Palmer, meanwhile, is perhaps better known as the Marvel comics character “Night Nurse,” because who could resist pairing Doctor Strange with Night Nurse? Certainly not Brian K. Vaughn, who was the first one to do so back in the 2006/2007 series Doctor Strange: The Oath, anyway.
Why this is super: Now we’re just hopeful The Oath will somehow form the basis for the movie, and we’ll get something as charming and exciting as that comic was. Obviously they have to do the origin and all, but still, we can our keep fingers crossed and hope for the best.
SUPER IDEA: Getting More Information About Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Actually, what is Doctor Strange about? If only someone had found a synopsis of the movie online… and one of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well. Why, thank you, Stitch Kingdom! Of course, there’s no actual confirmation that these are definitely real, but they certainly seem to be. Here’s what to expect from each movie:
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Why this is super: While the Doctor Strange synopsis is so vague as to perhaps make the movie seem more mysterious than it seemed earlier, the Guardians one suggests that the question of Quill’s father is going to be at the center of the proceedings this time around. Could he be the movie’s big bad, or would that be too obvious?