Aquaman

Warner Bros. Entertainment

It’s sort of a random point for us to be suggesting directors for the solo Aquaman movie, what with its confirmation being nearly two months old and its actual existence being almost four years away. But it needs to be done eventually, and I thought today a good time as a response to Jason Momoa‘s comment at a Brazil comic book convention over the weekend that he wants Zack Snyder at the helm. It’s not that I really care if Snyder directed Aquaman, but I don’t see the assignment being very likely. He’s already done Man of Steel, is presently making Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and he’s set to take the reigns on at least the first Justice League movie. Warner Bros. and DC (and probably Snyder himself) has to prefer going with a bit more variety on this franchise. Like how they’ve already hired Michelle MacLaren for Wonder Woman. As the first filmmaker on board besides Snyder, MacLaren is hopefully a sign that they’re out to shake things up with some other, perfect choices for their solo superhero movies. That’s not to say that a woman is making Wonder Woman so a fish should make Aquaman, but there are some quite appropriate human directors who should be considered for the gig. Obviously the best person for the job is James Cameron, but that’s just never going to happen, and it’s not just because of his fictional attachment to an Aquaman movie on Entourage. The following six names, one of whom has worked closely with Cameron, are sort of runners […]

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Aquaman in Man of Steel

Stan Lee cameos and Easter eggs that are actually visible to the eye are old hat as comic book movie conventions. The hot new thing is apparently to have an unseen cameo from a notable superhero. This trend may include the slight references to the existence of offscreen characters, like the acknowledgement of Black Panther in Iron Man 3, Stephen Strange (aka Dr. Strange) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Adam Warlock in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, but now it’s starting to be bigger than those inconsequential fan-service winks. Characters are showing up in and adding to the action of major comic book movie plots without actually being visible in the frame or named in any way whatsoever. So far, we’ve already gotten Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, in the Captain America sequel and Aquaman in Man of Steel. Don’t recall seeing either? Exactly. They weren’t technically in those movies, but in a way they also sort of were. More so for The Punisher, if that’s in fact who is alluded to in a recent interview at ComingSoon.net with Winter Soldier co-director Joe Russo. He points out that when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is on the run from HYDRA agents driving DCPD cars, a yellow Penske truck helps out by slamming into a couple of those undercover baddies, and then later a Penske truck is also involved in the death of a certain character. “The man who drives that truck is very highly trained,” Russo said, hinting that it’s also a […]

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Ben Affleck Batman

Warners has hired competing screenwriters for their post-Dawn of Justice Aquaman movie. That’s super crappy for the writers (and really all writers), but it’s also another sign that the studio hasn’t planned out their break-neck push into connected superhero universes beyond cameo (and subplot) introductions for a shotgun blast of potential Justice League members in a movie supposedly focused on Batman and Superman. Drew McWeeny compared the process to a reality show (picture an anthropomorphic script doing a rose-less walk of shame), and I agree 100%. While far from conclusive, the method points to another shaky element of Warners’ planning. Specifically, that they have no firm planning. Meanwhile, they’re pointing their bat to the bleachers.

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The Cove documentary

At last, an actual Aquaman movie is on the way. It’s well-known (if not official) that Jason Momoa is playing the sea-dwelling superhero in Justice League, likely appearing first in cameo form in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Via The Hollywood Reporter, now we also know that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are pushing a solo installment for Aquaman, with two screenwriters hired to separately churn out their take on the character with the hopes that one of them will be perfect. Those writers are Will Beall, who is really only known cinematically for Gangster Squad, and Kurt Johnstad, who worked with Justice League franchise mastermind Zack Snyder on 300 and its sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, and also penned the script for Act of Valor. Neither sounds like an amazing prospect, but the competition could bring out the best in each of them. I would attempt to lend them some guidance — because I’m sure they’re both happily scouring the internet for not only the demands of fans but also the ideas of non-fans — but I won’t even pretend to have a clue about where the character and his storylines have gone in the 20 years or so since I avidly read his comics. And frankly, even though I was plenty into Aquaman as a marine-life-loving kid, I can’t recall a whole lot about his background or major conflicts anyway. I remember he got a harpoon hand and a beard and went shirtless in an effort to be gritty and hip, […]

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Fables Comic

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter what five comic titles would see the screen next if she got her way, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson said that Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” was on the top of the list followed by “Fables,” “Metal Men,” “Justice League,” and (everyone’s favorite) “Aquaman.” Those are exciting names. Almost as if DC were moving into a “phase two” of its own without fully realizing phase one. Of course, DC (through its partnership with Warners) would be in a position to take risks like these even if it didn’t have a firm omnibus plan in place. The funny thing is that “Sandman” would be far more fun than a Justice League team-up, and with the popularity of shows like Once Upon a Time, “Fables” would already have a kind of unintentional built-in audience.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s still called Movie News After Dark, despite what the network says. We begin tonight with an example of one of the many great title cards from Cougar Town, a show that has not been about actual cougars, figurative cougars or metaphorical cougars for a very long time. But “Pay attention,” informed this week’s title card. “Cougar Town almost makes sense this week.” As someone who loves this show, the opportunity to introduce you to this gallery of Cougar Town title cards brings me great joy. It all goes back to the ongoing discussions over whether the heavily underrated show should change its name. But oddly, nothing else seems right. Who cares if it’s not about cougars? It’s really funny.

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Were you interested in seeing a big screen adaptation of Aquaman someday? Well, now you can’t. Because your favorite aquatic hero is dead thanks to the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast.

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The Flash

In a big presentation for Time Warner investors this week, Warner Bros. revealed that it is very close to giving the go-ahead on one of their hotly anticipated DC Comics franchises, The Flash.

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Ten Superheroes Who Deserve Their Own Movie

Films like this week’s Iron Man give me hope that not just the huge, iconic characters like Superman and Batman are going to get their own film. Knowing that the comic book market is fresh for the picking, here’s ten superheroes who deserve their own movie… and some might actually get it.

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