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, learn a little more about the Doctor Strange movie, ponder that newly rumored Green Lantern casting, and see what odd gifts Jared Leto bought his Suicide Squad co-stars.
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Paramount and Justin Lin are just about ready to hit engage on the production of Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise featuring Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock. Shooting is scheduled to begin this week in Vancouver, but before cameras could roll there was some negotiating that had to get done between Paramount and Pine and Quinto’s agents.
As one of their first attempts to compete with Marvel Studios and their growing Cinematic Universe, DC and Warner Bros. released Green Lantern, a 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds as test-pilot-turned-super-powered-space-cop Hal Jordan. The movie, which was fairly faithful to the DC comics, introduced Hal and the entire Green Lantern Corps, a whole force of space cops from all over the universe, including popular Green Lantern characters like Sinestro (Mark Strong) and Kilowog (Michael Clarke Duncan). The movie was designed to launch a new franchise of Green Lantern adventures (it even ended on a cliffhanger teasing Sinestro’s turn from hero to villain). This was going to be the start of a brave new era of DC films!
One of the most talked about films at this year’s Sundance film festival was Z for Zachariah, the new film from Compliance director Craig Zobel. Lionsgate has debuted the first trailer for the post-apocalyptic love triangle drama, imagining a world in which the last few people standing are also three of our most beautiful. So yeah, that can’t end well.
It’s been a little bit since we got an update on Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman film, but it looks as if casting has officially begun on the hero’s first solo adventure. Chris Pine is in talks to join the upcoming film, reminding you that no, he still hasn’t been in a superhero film yet — although he was previously rumored as a person of interest for WB’s upcoming Green Lantern reboot.
As with all rumors, we should remember to take this with the recommended dose of salt, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any less interesting. We already know that WB is planning a new Green Lantern movie—sans Ryan Reynolds, hashtag blessed—for 2020, but that’s one piece of casting that hasn’t fallen into place just yet. Rumor has it that WB is eyeing another franchise star to wear Hal Jordan’s ring, and that person is Chris Pine
Just when you thought Netflix’s ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’ miniseries couldn’t get any bigger, after a first teaser confirming the star-studded cast’s return, Camp Firewood might well explode. In addition to the many guest stars already joining the ranks, so too will Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, and Jason Schwartzman buddy up for Netflix’s ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ revival.
We’re gearing up for this weekend’s 2015 Golden Globe awards, but there’s another major awards event on the horizon, in case you somehow forgot: the 2015 Academy Awards. This year, the nominees will be revealed during a two-part live event, with actor Chris Pine and directors J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón making the announcements for all 24 awards categories.
‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ the latest (but by no means the first) attempt to reboot Tom Clancy’s long-running spy series, opened in theaters last January to mediocre reviews and box office. According to Box Office Mojo, it is the 44th-highest-grossing movie of 2014, right behind ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue.’ Yes, in a race between the latest version of a classic espionage franchise and the sequel to the spinoff of ‘Cars’ (that stars the voice of Dane Cook), the sequel to the spinoff of ‘Cars’ (that stars the voice of Dane Cook) won.
Jimmy Fallon has beaten plenty of superstars on his ‘Tonight Show’ when it comes time to break out the drinking games—maybe these things are fixed! maybe Fallon is just really good at games!—but few talents have turned in such an all-around dismal performance as Chris Pine did last night. The ‘Into the Woods’ star could not catch a break when it came to Battleshots, a wicked little hybrid of Battleship and, well, shots of tequila, and Fallon nearly broke the poor man.