One of my favorite things is those fake “honest” photoshopped movie posters of all the nominees that some out when Oscar season rolls around. Last year Martin Scorsese’s Silence turned into Godfellas, Arrival became War of the Words, and Hell or High Water was retitled Buying a House is Hard. For Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn thought he’d (as always) have some fun with Easter eggs, and made some fake movie posters of his own for Nathan Fillion’s Simon Williams cameo.
Ant-Man might be the Marvel headliner with the shortest (heh) shrift; unceremoniously introduced at the end of Phase 2, and given a thankless return in Civil War. You might say he and The Wasp are busy gearing up for a sequel, but Disney XD has helpfully stepped in to bring new Ant-Man animated shorts to TV as early as next month.
The heroes of Titans and Young Justice aren’t the only DC hitters getting an overhaul from Warner Bros.; the DC Super Hero Girls are headed to high school as well. Cartoon Network has commissioned a new 2018 series returning Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl from a series of online shorts.
Even as Marvel continues to crank out massively scaled spectacles, they’re always keeping one eye on the future. Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp won’t shrink down and infiltrate theaters until July 6, 2018, but the wheels of pre-production have begun turning on the sequel audiences apparently asked for.
Supergirl has become the second CW DC drama to close out its season, and packing quite a punch at that. Not only did we get a Superman vs. Supergirl showdown, but also a Reign-ing hint at Season 3’s big bad, a Wonder-ous mini-crossover, and perhaps even a Legion of Super-Heroes tease!
With post-production well underway, Justice League is on schedule to hit theaters in November, but the DC superhero epic will have to enter the homestretch without Zack Snyder. The director is officially stepping away from the film to tend to a deeply personal family tragedy, as Snyder, along with wife and creative partner Deborah, cope with the sudden loss of their daughter.
Marvel’s Netflix Iron Fist was beset by a number of challenges, not the least of which included the absence of Danny Rand’s classic costume. Star Finn Jones is optimistic we’ll see the look in Season 2, and even has a few ideas, should Iron Fist move forward with a second season.
Nowadays, watching a superhero movie without a post-credits scene or two feels almost incomplete. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gave us an unprecedented four mid-credits scenes, and a few MCU movies before that had had at least two. But the DCEU is different, with both Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman eschewing the post-credits scene rule in favor of letting the movie end at the credits and allowing audience members to go the heck home. However, Suicide Squad did have one — which featured Amanda Waller handing over her files to Bruce Wayne. No doubt that was meant to connect Suicide Squad to the Justice League, but does that mean the upcoming Wonder Woman will also have a scene after the credits have rolled?
Those fans curious about when they’d see a new Wonder Woman poster need no longer wonder. [douses self in gasoline, flings immolating body off of steep cliff into shark-infested waters] Now that the customary pun penance — punance, if you will — is all over and through with, we can present the new one-sheet for Warner Bros.’ upcoming big screen outing for Diana Prince without any further ado. And it just might be the most handsome poster yet, a swirl of warm primary colors with the focus on a radical juxtaposition.
It’s funny how things tend to come in pairs. Just a few minutes after watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Titus Burgess perform a song from Disney’s Broadway adaptation of The Little Mermaid as part of this weekend’s Vulture Festival, I happened to read an interview with the Wonder Woman screenwriter who explains how his film was influenced by the Hans Christian Andersen classic. At this rate, I’ll be in the bathtub and humming along to “Under the Sea” by the time the sun goes down.