Cape Watch: The Joker’s Got Hands Full of Electricity
While Supergirl has taken over fall TV, things are somewhat quieter on the superhero movie front, with the exception of the promotional machine rolling into action for next year’s Suicide Squad. Is everything coming up DC? Not entirely, because Fox’s Deadpool and Marvel’s Thor are also moving quietly in the background, ensuring superhero thrills for at least the next couple of years. This ride never ends, friends; jump onboard with the pick of this week’s superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: Squad Goals
We’re still 10 months away from the release of Suicide Squad, but the hype has already started, with the release of three new character portraits from the Warner Bros. movie, appearing as covers for the British magazine Empire. The first portrait, of Jared Leto’s Joker, was released Monday, with director David Ayer sharing another Joker portrait, and one of Cara Delevingne as the Enchantress, on Twitter the following day:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) October 27, 2015
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) October 27, 2015
Why this is super: The visuals look nothing like any Marvel Studios production—or even the muted palette of Warners’ own Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Could this movie be … something different from the superhero genre?
SUPER IDEA: Man of (Organic) Steel
X-Men fans who have been waiting and waiting for Colossus to have his day in the cinematic sun got some good news when Andre Tricotuex, who takes over the role in next year’s Deadpool, talked about what to expect from his appearance in the Ryan Reynolds vehicle. “The Colossus you’re going to see in Deadpool is very true to the original character in the comic book,” Tricotuex said in an interview with Tech Times. “I think people will get a better sense of who he is.” And who that is, it turns out, is “exactly like the comic book,” Tricotuex promised.
Why this is super: Here’s hoping that the movie lives up to the promise and we get an overly-sensitive strongman who’s given to exclaiming “Bozhe Moi!” at the drop of a hat. Oh, and transforming into his armored form and destroying his clothes as a result, even if that trope got dropped all too early.
SUPER IDEA: Norse Heaven Is A Place On Earth
In case you were wondering where Asgard exists these days, the answer is Queensland, Australia, where Thor: Ragnarok will be shooting starting June next year. The official release of the start date and location interestingly avoided mentioning any cast beyond Chris Hemsworth, nor director Taika Waititi, who was linked to the project at the start of the month, although hadn’t officially signed on by that point. Playing things close to the chest in case of difficult negotiations, or just wanting to save information until it can be given a high-profile roll-out? Only time will tell.
Why this is super: Thor remains the weirdly forgotten child of the Marvel family, it feels like—as evidenced by quite how late this movie comes after Captain America: Civil War, despite the fact that the first Cap came after the first Thor—but it’s nonetheless reassuring to see that this movie is slowly coming into focus and might, one day, exist. Plus, you know, Chris Hemsworth should be happy, filming in his home country for once.
SUPER IDEA: Does Whatever a Pritha Garfeldi Can
Sure, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire aren’t climbing walls and spinning webs as cinematic Spider-Men anymore, but their contributions to the world of the arachnid haven’t been forgotten. In fact, it turns out that both actors have had new species of spider named after them: Filistata maguirei and Pritha garfieldi, respectively. While it probably doesn’t make up for not playing Spider-Man anymore, it’s still pretty cool. Also, Tom Holland, welcome to your future—as long as you don’t disappoint the fandom, I guess.
Why this is super: This really raises the bar for actors playing Ant-Man, Batman, and Iron Man, let’s be honest. Have any of them had species (or, really, new metals, in the case of Iron Man) named after them? Step up your game, Ben Affleck.
SUPER IDEA: Blue and Gold Ride Again
Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion won fans’ hearts when they appeared together in Firefly and Serenity, and their recent re-teaming as part of Tudyk’s Con Man web series underscored their popularity amongst fandom as a double act. Where next? Well, Tudyk is apparently open to the pair playing Blue Beetle and Booster Gold in the Warners movie being developed by The Flash’s Greg Berlanti. “Being a bug for me? I’d like that. Roly-poly is nice. I’d like to be one of them,” he said, apparently choosing the role of Blue Beetle … although, let’s be honest, Fillion could play the cocksure Booster Gold in his sleep.
Why this is super: In terms of personality, Fillion and Tudyk are exactly right for these roles, even if they’re both arguably too old to play superheroes these days. (Both are 44, which is younger than Robert Downey Jr., but a year older than Ben Affleck, who’s supposed to be the old man of Warners’ DC Cinematic Universe.) Perhaps we should judge this idea less on the likelihood of it happening, and instead use it as a guide for what Warners should be doing instead: namely, inventing a time machine to grab both men straight from the set of Firefly for the new movie. That’s perfectly reasonable, right?