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The combination of an earlier-than-usual column and a lack of big news (we suspect everyone was busy watching Jessica Jones on Netflix) mean that we’re running a little short this week, but given that you’re all probably planning your turkey or appropriate substitute dinner for Thursday, it’s unlikely you’ll mind too much. So here, dear friends for whom we are appreciative, is the pick of the week’s superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: Birds of … Hey?
Is Warner Bros. already planning a third movie series based on a DC Entertainment super team? A new rumor from Latino-Review certainly suggests so. The site reports that the studio is looking at both Supernatural’s Alona Tal and Mad Max: Fury Road’s Abbey Lee to play Black Canary in the Justice League movie before being spun off into a series based on the all-female Birds of Prey comic book team where Canary is a lead character.
Why this is super: With Agent Carter, Jessica Jones, and Supergirl showing that audiences are into female-fronted superhero projects on the small screen, it was only a matter of time before one of the big studios wised up and increased the woman-led superhero movies as well. Assuming that Wonder Woman goes well, it wouldn’t be unsurprising to see a Birds of Prey feature sooner rather than later.
SUPER IDEA: All the World Is Waiting for You (Reprise)
It might not have been the first image released from the set, but this weekend, Gal Gadot tweeted a picture that fans have been waiting a long, long time for: the first image from Wonder Woman that featured the Amazon Princess herself.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 21, 2015
This was followed by a release from Warners that expanded on the announced cast for the movie, with Gadot, Chris Pine, and Said Taghmaoui joined by Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, and Lucy Davis in the Patty Jenkins-directed feature, which is currently shooting ahead of its June 23, 2017 release.
Why this is super: OK, this won’t be out for more than a year, but we want to see a trailer for this already, please. David Thewlis and Robin Wright in a Patty Jenkins movie? This has the potential to be really, really good, right?
SUPER IDEA: Sorry Charlie?
The first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse won’t be released until next month, when it accompanies Star Wars: The Force Awakens into theaters. But that’s not stopping director Bryan Singer from teasing an image from it, showing what looks like a curiously black-eyed Charles Xavier using Cerebro. Has something gone wrong with the mutant hunting machine, or is it Charles himself that’s the problem? We’ll have a better idea in just three short weeks.
Why this is super: After the surprise success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, buzz has been growing for Apocalypse—the glimpse audiences saw at Comic-Con International looked great, so here’s hoping the trailer lives up to that promise.
SUPER IDEA: Meet the Potential Creators of DC’s New Universe
Another update to the undead Justice League Dark movie has emerged, with JoBlo reporting the studio has a shortlist of directors for the movie—which is currently titled Dark Universe, not Justice League Dark, apparently. On that shortlist are Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez and Big Bad Wolves duo Aharon Kashales and Navot Papushado, both of which suggest that Warners is definitely leaning in a horror direction, rather than just generally supernatural, for the project.
Why this is super: A horror tone would make sense for characters like John Constantine and even Swamp Thing, and these directors certainly follow in the footsteps of Marvel choosing Scott Derrickson to take on Doctor Strange. Memo to people who want to make a DC or Marvel superhero movie: Get in on the small genre movie thing first; apparently, that’s the direction director choices is moving in.
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