Comic Strip: Gotham City Cops, Adrianne Palicki’s Mockingbird, ‘X-Men’ Recasting and More
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, 'X-Men' fans have a lot to look forward to, 'Big Hero 6' gets a great new trailer, and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' reveals its Mockingbird.
Updates From Marvel Land
What's most interesting about that sketch is it doesn't even really make fun of Marvel or 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' The tone is loving, appreciative even, with the show's writers acknowledging how Marvel Studios keeps on getting away with its totally crazy business plan. Although, to be perfectly honest, we would watch Marvel's 'Fancy Ghosts,' so feel free to start developing that, Kevin Feige.
Meanwhile, MTV caught up with Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner, and asked all of the necessary questions. In a nutshell, Renner acknowledged that Hawkeye probably won't get his own solo movie anytime soon (boo!), but he did suggest that those rumors of him playing a key role in 'Captain America 3' have some truth to them. Here's his full statement on the matter:
I’m happy to be the ensemble. I’m not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means. I think he’s a utility guy that can bounce around into other people’s universes a little bit, especially ‘Cap 3.’ There’s whispers of that.
As much as we'd love to see Hawkeye team up with Captain America, Falcon and Black Widow in the next film, there's tons of potential in a Hawkeye movie if Marvel takes the right approach. Why not adapt Matt Fraction's current (and beloved) run with the character, which would be a gritty action-adventure with only a few locations and a modest budget? Don't give up on this character yet!
'Batman vs. Superman' Set Videos Show Off a Very Busy GPD
While Marvel played with hypotheticals and got spoofed on 'SNL,' Zack Snyder and his crew continued their work on 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' over in Detroit. This week's little snippet of set footage involves the Gotham City Police Department (probably the busiest law enforcement agency in all of fiction) speeding toward an isolated ... mansion? Could this be Wayne Manor? It looks a little small to be the home of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, but considering the digital magic behind 'Man of Steel,' we wouldn't be surprised if this home becomes something much bigger in the finished film.
Anyway, you can check it out for yourself right here:
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Gets Extended; 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Gets Teased
Although 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is hitting DVD and Blu-ray in a few weeks, hardcore fans may want to hold out for a little while longer. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg revealed that a longer cut, which will restore a lot of scrapped footage, will hit shelves next year. Titled "Rogue's Cut," this version will restore all of Anna Paquin's scenes to the film, all of which (sans that one) hit the cutting room. The necessary details:
It’s a big chunk. A substantial part of the movie. We want to give [fans] the fullest picture of the film — behind the camera, and in front of it.
From the sound of things, the later edition will also contain additional features, so do yourself a favor and wait to buy your copy.
As everyone looked back on 'Days of Future Past,' 20th Century Fox continued to look towards 'X-Men: Apocalypse' and Bryan Singer officially signed on to direct the project in what must have been the easiest decision of his career (if not the studio's, considering the bad press around him in the past six months). While Singer has stayed out of the spotlight, Kinberg has continued to talk up a storm, telling Yahoo that 'X-Men: Apocalypse' will very much be a sequel to the 'First Class' films, not the original series:
The X-Men film that we’re working on now as everybody knows is 'X-Men: Apocalypse' and that really follows the stories of the, let’s say, ‘First Class’ X-Men. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, many others of that generation of X-Men. So, in future X-Men films? Perhaps, but in ‘Apocalypse’ it will really be the continuation of the "past" of ‘Days of Future Past.’
And since 'Days of Future Past' was something of a soft reboot on the entire series, that means familiar faces like Cyclops and Jean Grey may show up again, newly recast with younger actors and ready to appear in a whole new series of films:
If we included some of the original X-Men, like Storm, Jean, Scott and others, yeah we would have to recast them, because 'Apocalypse' takes place a good 20 years before 'X1,' which now insanely was 15 years ago. It would be very hard to do. Halle, Famke and Jimmy, and others have done such wonderful jobs of bringing those characters to life and they’re so identified, those actors, with the parts now. So it would be a tall task, but I also would have said before 'First Class' there would be no way we could find actors who could stand alongside Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and I think we managed to with Michael and James finding their own interpretation of the characters, not doing an impersonation. So, are we going to have to recast? If some of those characters were in the movie we would, but we’ll see.
With the exception of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, expect to see a completely new mutant lineup in the years ahead. However, Jackman is probably going to die before he gives up those claws. Seriously. You try to stop him. You can't.
A Proper 'Big Hero 6' Trailer is Here
After a year of teasers, a full and proper trailer for 'Big Hero 6' has arrived, so just go ahead and click play on the video below.
What? Were you expecting something serious? This thing looks adorable and more importantly, it looks like the kind of superhero movie you can take your kids to see while keeping a clean conscience. No mass murder! No gangsters getting pencils shoved in their eyes! Just a young boy and his robot buddy teaming up to save San Francisco from a supervillain while warming the hearts of audiences everywhere. We're on board with that.
'The Flash' and 'Arrow' Keep Busy
As you'd expect, 'Arrow' and 'The Flash' are going to go full comic book and have their fair share of crossover episodes. The first of them is going to be episode 8 of each show's new season, and the title of this two-parter is going to make old-school comic book fans (and a couple of youngin's) very happy.
If you think The CW is going to stop betting big on its little small-screen DC universe anytime soon, think again. Although network president Mark Pedowitz doesn't say anything like "expect 'The Atom' in 2016!", his recent statement on the matter of additional spinoffs contains all of the unsaid words you need to know that more of this is on the way:
What you’ll see embedded in 'Flash' and 'Arrow' is that we’ll have the ability to test characters out. Is there room to grow them into the next show? I cannot tell you yet. There are discussions going on.
The pilot episode of 'The Flash' will now run an additional three minutes, so enjoy your extra 180 seconds of superhero goodness, people. Oh, and another new TV spot has shown up, but at this point, you've probably seen the entire first episode in spots and trailers. But here it is, just in case:
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Reveals Its Mockingbird
The first image of Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' has arrived online and she looks like ... Adrianne Palicki in a red coat. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course. Palicki is inspired casting for Hydra's head of security. If she's anything like her comic book counterpart, she may hang around this show for a long time. Consider us excited.