Cape Watch: We’re a Little Bit Closer to That Wonder Woman Movie
There’s not a huge mass of superhero news around right now—nobody is terribly interested in second unit stunt shooting for Suicide Squad, right?—but at least one of the stories this week is something that could end up having very important repercussions on the genre as a whole, and it’s not Michael Shannon realizing quite how much the internet will believe anything if it’s said with enough sincerity. As Wonder Woman prepares to swoop in and save us all, here’s the pick of the last week’s superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: Marvel Steps Further Into the Disney Fold
Monday afternoon, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Marvel Studios was on the move as part of a corporate re-org that will move it under the eye of Disney Studio chief Alan Horn, as opposed to Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter. The shift comes after “years of frustration” on the part of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who was reportedly upset at Perlmutter’s legendary frugality. What, if any, impact this will have on Marvel’s output is unknown, although one follow-up report suggested that this was just the beginning of some big changes at Marvel.
Why this is super: Perlmutter’s way with money is a thing of legend—including, famously, complaining about the amount of free sodas press got at a screening—so the prospect of not having to deal with that might free up Marvel to go after some bigger names that had remained out of budget until now. And yet, maybe it wasn’t a bad thing to have to cut costs occasionally? Perhaps we should brace ourselves for whatever follows this story…
SUPER IDEA: Zod Doesn’t Give a Flip in Batman v Superman
Sad news for those excited to see Michael Shannon’s Zod turn into a monster in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: it turns out that when he talked about wearing flippers on the set of the movie, he was only joking. “That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right?” he said when asked about his earlier comments. “But people took it seriously.” (He will, instead, only be voicing a “ghost” of Zod in the movie, he revealed. Unless he’s lying about that, too.)
Why this is super: It’s kind of hilarious to see an actor just make stuff up when asked about a movie, and then be surprised when the Internet reports it as a news story, let’s be honest. Especially when the “story” as was wasn’t something that sounded particularly like a good idea in the first place: if we have to bring Doomsday into the movies, let’s not do it by mutating Zod, please. (No, really: please, don’t.)
SUPER IDEA: Captain America: Civil War Finally Explains That Annoying Spider-Man Plot Hole
If Latino-Review is to be believed, next year’s Captain America: Civil War will establish once and for all that Peter Parker might be smart for a high school kid and all, but it takes a genius to invent web-shooters. That genius, according to the rumors, will be Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, once again establishing him as a character so central to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe that you couldn’t even do related movies for other studios without him. Maybe the reason Perlmutter was removed from control of Marvel’s purse-strings was to ensure that Downey Jr. will stick around for a few more movies to come.
Why this is super: The comic book purists may wail, but having Peter Parker invent the web-shooter technology (not to mention whatever the hell the webs themselves are) was always stretching credibility just a little bit too far. Offloading that onto a character already known to the audience for not only inventing groundbreaking tech, but doing so for other heroes—as lampshaded in Avengers: Age of Ultron—is a far cleaner, better solution.
SUPER IDEA: With Your Satin Tights, and the Old Red White and Fake Naaaaaaame
We have a director and a leading lady and a love interest, and now Wonder Woman has a cinematographer: Hoyte Van Hoytema, who’s previously worked on Spectre, Her, and Interstellar. The movie will also be shooting in both the UK and Italy, according to recent reports, and will go under the fake name Nightingale. Quite why the fake names get publicized we have no idea, but now you know what to look for if you’re in Europe over the next few months. (The movie officially begins production “fall 2015,” so when that actually is, your guess is as good as ours.)
Why this is super: It’s almost surreal that the reality of the Wonder Woman movie actually being made feels so unexpected, and yet, here we are. All the world really is waiting for you, first female-led solo superhero movie since Elektra. Don’t let us down.
SUPER IDEA: Apocalypse Is Going To Be… Epic
Wondering what to expect from Oscar Isaac’s turn as X-Men villain Apocalypse in next year’s eponymous X-Men: Apocalypse? A pair of interviews have established a particular theme. “I was also a big fan of X-Men, particularly the villain Apocalypse,” Isaac told Paste, adding that “there is something more mythical” about the role. “Basically, you’re playing God.” Meanwhile, talking with The Playlist, he said that he wasn’t working in a naturalist form in the movie. “You can go to heightened places in a Greek tragedy or kabuki kind of way,” he said. “You have these forms that express more than just an individual’s personality.”
Why this is super: So, you know. Let’s just look forward to a small, quiet performance in an intimate manner when the movie’s released next summer, then. (Of course, the dude wears a giant blue suit of armor and calls himself “Apocalypse.” Going broad is kind of required, if you think about it.)