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Comic Strip: All Superhero Movie News Bow Before Baby Groot

Dancing Baby Groot
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ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, baby Groot dances forever, Warner Bros. moves ahead with ‘Aquaman,’ and ‘Ant-Man’ begins filming.

The Most Important News of the Week

Forget about all of the big scoops, announcements and reveals contained in the paragraphs below. The biggest comic book movie news of the week is that the scene of baby Groot dancing to the Jackson 5 from the end of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is now online and ready to be watched over and over again:

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of this movie, director James Gunn spoke with Empire about the identity of Peter Quill’s father and confirmed what the comic nerds have suspected: his identity will be a big deviation from comic canon. Here’s the full quote:

It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics. I’ll say that much… There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff.

This is normally the point where we’d make an educated guess about who his father could be, but the cosmic end of the Marvel universe is so big and varied that we’d be literally taking a shot in the dark. So, we’ll shut up for now…

…Adam Warlock. It’s Adam Warlock, isn’t it?

‘Inhumans’ Moves Forward … with Vin Diesel?

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If you thought ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was a tough sell, just wait until you get a load of the Inhumans.

After years of rumors, Collider revealed that Marvel Studios is officially moving forward with a film based on one of the weirdest groups in their library. Their history is odd, unusual and tough to explain to non-nerds, but here’s the nutshell version: the Inhumans were created when an alien race experimented on humans to create a weaponized race. The project failed, but the newly super-powered people remained, forcing them to band together to defend themselves and anyone else who called upon them. It’s truly weird stuff, but there’s great cinematic potential lurking here. The report says that Marvel has a script that it’s happy with and is currently seeking a director.

But things get even weirder! Vin Diesel, aka the voice of Groot, took to his Facebook page and posted the following message:

I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman… Haha.

Although his voice already exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Groot, the leader of the Inhumans is a guy named Black Bolt, a strong silent type whose voice is powerful enough to tear down buildings. Is Diesel fooling around or is he actually looking to pull double duty in the Marvel movies? Speculate away, geeks, but keep in mind that Marvel already stated that Diesel could play another role if there was an opportunity, and Diesel himself confirmed he’s been having talks with Marvel about a secret project.

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Plot Details Emerge

First, Geek Tyrant arrived with some ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ spoilers that came to them via an extra. Yeah, we’re talking plot details in a 2016 movie. This is your chance to flee. Ahem:

According to the extra, the ending of the film has already been filmed. One of the scenes shot featured Batman breaking into Lexcorp to steal kryptonite, and apparently Lexcorp had somehow gotten ahold of General Zod’s body.

Soon after their original post, Badass Digest confirmed these rumors but added some even more spoilerly details. Once again, turn back now. Ahem, again:

Lex has been gathering pieces and debris from the World Engine and he has used them to synthesize Kryptonite. Meanwhile he has also gotten ahold of Zod’s corpse, and it is the key to his master plan to defeat Superman. He uses that tissue to… well, that would be spoiling. But Superman hasn’t been defeated many times in the past. You can probably connect the dots from here.

Yes, that means exactly what you think it means: ‘Batman vs. Superman’ will find Lex Luthor using the remnants of General Zod and the World Engine to build Doomsday, the bad guy who famously killed Superman back in the ’90s. This is going to be one stuffed movie.

Let’s venture out of spoiler territory, shall we? Ben Affleck sat down with EW to talk about taking on the role of Batman in the film, and he was pretty straightforward about the whole brouhaha surrounding his casting. Then again, if we were Ben Affleck, we wouldn’t care what a bunch of nerds thought about us either:

Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, “Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There’s a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions.” To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn’t really… Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I wouldn’t have taken the part if I didn’t trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack’s a great visual director. And there’s an interesting take. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding.

Calm. Cool. Collected. Yep, Ben Affleck is the Batman. And he’s still making for one dapper Bruce Wayne.

Solo ‘Aquaman’ Movie Is Moving Forward With Two Scripts

Aquaman Jason Momoa Jimmy Kimmel
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A common tactic in Hollywood is to hand a major project off to a few screenwriters, give them different marching orders and have the two scripts “compete,” with the studio picking the version they prefer after all of the dust has cleared. This tactic usually happens in secret (the writers themselves often don’t even know it), but the latest showdown is public … and it’s all about ‘Aquaman.’

We know that Jason Momoa is playing Aquaman and that he’ll be first introduced in ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ but this is the first confirmation that the character will be getting his own solo adventure. One of those competing screenplays is being written by Will Beall (‘Gangster Squad’) and the other by Kurt Johnstad (’300: Rise of an Empire’), but beyond that, we have no idea how Warner Bros. views this character. We imagine it’ll be in line with the modern ‘New 52′ take: tough, brooding, badass and painfully aware that people underestimate him. Heck, Aquaman’s biggest foe is going to be the common public perception of his character as a silly, outdated goofball.

New Details on ‘Constantine’ and ‘The Flash’

Just in case you weren’t counting the days, The CW’s ‘The Flash’ premieres in 52 days. This new promo image says so:

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Across the aisle, NBC’s ‘Constantine’ has cast Michael James Shaw as Papa Midnite, a New York-based voodoo practitioner who should be familiar to anyone who has read the ‘Hellblazer’ comics or seen the original ‘Constantine’ film. He’ll apparently be a reoccurring character, which is good news — the strongest part of John Constantine’s universe is its population of regular allies, adversaries and everything in between.

And while we’re here, check out this short snippet of composer Bear McCreary conducting the score for ‘Constantine.’ It’s good stuff, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from the guy who contributed such great music to ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘The Walking Dead.’

The Marvel Studios News Round-Up

Today is the day. After months of controversial shakeups, ‘Ant-Man’ is set to begin filming today. Best of luck to director Peyton Reed and his cast and crew, which now includes the recently announced Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, John Slattery (presumed to be reprising Howard Stark from ‘Iron Man 2′), Michael Pena and T.I. See the full cast roster HERE.

Elsewhere, Stellan Skarsgard confirmed that he’ll be back for ‘The Avengers 2,’ but his role won’t be nearly as big as it was in ‘Thor,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘The Avengers.’ And, yes, he’s going to be naked again:

I’m going to be in ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron,’ a small appearance. It’s something really nice. Yeah, I was naked again. They called my agent and said, “Do you think Stellan will mind being naked?” My agent laughed his head off. Yeah, I almost insist!

Finally, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sat down to chat about their work on the upcoming ‘Captain America 3.’ They couldn’t say much, but McFeely did say they’re not planning to fix something that isn’t broken:

When we hit upon the Brubaker run of the comic book, we all said that, with certain exceptions, that’s the tone of Cap’s modern franchise. And you can imagine that with us back, with the Russos back, then if you like Winter Soldier you’ll hopefully like the third one, if we do it right!

And if you think the next movie will follow recent comic book developments and place the Falcon in Cap’s costume … well, you’re wrong. Says Markus:

I think the movies can accommodate almost anything, if there’s a need. I think there is a much greater need to shake things up in the comics because that’s a narrative that’s been going on for 60 or 70 years, so you’re going to wind up having to do things to it. Ours has only been off the ground for five or so. So it’s not quite time to start changing things up yet.

Everything Else

How fast can we go through the final little pieces of news that won’t fit anywhere else? Let’s find out. Set a timer. GO!

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′ released another adorable TV spot:

More clips from ‘Batman: Arkham Assault’ made their way online.

Here’s some early concept art for Gamora in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

Sad trivia: the late, great Robin Williams really wanted to play the Riddler in ‘Batman Forever.’

And finally, one of the directors of ‘The LEGO Movie’ has recreated that film’s best character.

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