Cape Watch: The Internet Has Picked a Robin for the New Batman Movie
If nothing else, 2016 will be remembered as a year of grand revelations for superhero movies. As much as they were critically savaged, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have proven that there really is a DC cinematic universe to talk about, and even if X-Men: Apocalypse disappointed, Deadpool made people believe in Fox’s X-Men franchise again. With Doctor Strange lying ahead this year, it’s safe to say that the genre is in pretty good shape despite everyone’s worries… but let’s look to the future to see if we need to keep worrying, shall we?
SUPER IDEA: Holy Unexpected Audition Tapes, Batman!
It’s unknown whether or not Ben Affleck’s Batman movie will feature a Robin, but if it does, the Internet knows who should play the part. Let’s go to the tape.
Yes, that’s Big Hero 6′s Ryan Potter, and he isn’t just trying to convince people that he has the chops to play Robin, he even knows which Robin he wants to play: Tim Drake, the third character to take on the identity in DC’s mainline continuity. He should really check out the latest issue of Detective Comics before he gets too invested in that idea, though.
Why this is super: In less than a minute, Potter manages to make the idea of bringing Robin to the big screen. Hey Warner Bros., maybe you should give him a little more of an audition before too long, especially now that we know that Joe Manganiello will play main villain Deathstroke in the movie.
SUPER IDEA: Ben Affleck in Tactical Wear
Speaking of Bats, Justice League director Zack Snyder took to Twitter yesterday to post this:
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 14, 2016
Yes, that’s Ben Affleck’s Batman looking even more tricked out than usual. (Also, Bruce, what’s the big switch you’re throwing there, buddy?)
Why this is super: Look, we’re still in the Cautiously Optimistic camp when it comes to Justice League, but if this image shows that even if this movie isn’t great, at least everyone in it might look cool.
SUPER IDEA: Diversity in Doctor Strange
Concerned about the fact that the Doctor Strange movie took a prominent Asian role and gave it to a white person? Director Scott Derrickson was, too, as it turns out. “Diversity in movies is absolutely the responsibility of producers and directors,” Derrickson told the Los Angeles Daily News. “In this movie, we have about as diverse a cast as I think you can get, and that was a very conscious decision.” Another conscious decision was to respond to the whitewashing of the Ancient One—traditionally an Asian male, played in the movie by Tilda Swinton—by bringing in an additional Asian male character. “I was going to leave Wong out of the movie at first; he was an Asian sidekick manservant, what was I supposed to do with that?” Derrickson said. “But once the decision was made to cast Tilda, we brought Wong back because, unlike the Ancient One, he could be completely subverted as a character and reworked into something that didn’t fall into any of the stereotypes of the comics.”
Why this is super: Wong, who was originally Doctor Strange’s Man Friday in the comic books (but now has a little more agency and attitude, thankfully), is enough of a blank slate to make this kind of makeover possible, and it’s good to see that Derrickson is thinking about the representation in the movie. We’ll see if he made it work when the movie hits theaters in November.
SUPER IDEA: Casting Wolverine’s Big Bad
After the post-credits sequence on X-Men: Apocalypse, fans were pretty sure they knew who was going to be the big bad of next year’s Wolverine movie. Turns out, they’re right: Apocalypse director and X-franchise executive producer Bryan Singer confirmed that Mister Sinister will indeed be a major presence in the sequel to The Wolverine on the commentary of the home release of Apocalypse, saying that the sequence is indeed a teaser for the as-yet-untitled third Wolverine movie (and also revealing that the movie almost had a post-credit sequence tying in to Deadpool 2, but the idea was scrapped during development).
Why this is super: Interestingly enough, there aren’t too many Wolverine/Sinister stories in comic book canon—Sinister has a preference for messing with Cyclops in the comics—which makes the idea that he’d show up in a Wolverine movie all the more curious. Sure, he likes to mess around with genetic experiments, which ties him to the Weapon X concept in some way, but what will bring the two into conflict? Get your speculation engines started.
SUPER IDEA: The Spider-Dance
Wondering what to expect from Spider-Man: Homecoming? Director Jon Watts shared a video from the set, showing the real-time motion capture in action… and some of the new Spider-Man’s moves.
Here’s hoping there’s actually a scene in the finished movie where Peter realizes he has to dance his way out of trouble.
Why this is super: OK, sure; this is a silly little video, but it’s also a fun video, and let’s be honest: previous Spider-Man movies have tended to be a little short on fun. This bodes well for Homecoming’s sense of humor, even if we’re unlikely to see a dancing Spidey in the final film. (But, really: we’re all hoping that we will, right?)
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