First Look at X-O MANOWAR – Despite being announced well over two years ago, and a teaser coming out last year, we’re finally getting new information about the the upcoming “Ninjax Vs. The Valiant Universe” series. The show features “Arrow’s” Michael Rowe (Deadshot) as Ninjax, Jason David Frank (The Green Power Ranger) as Bloodshot, Derek Theler (Baby Daddy) as X-O MANOWAR, and John Hennigan as the Eternal Warrior.
— Dinesh Shamdasani (@dinesh_s) December 19, 2017
John F. Trent of Bounding Into Comics did an interview with Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdashani back in September, and said that the series was still on pace to come out at the end of 2017, yet here we are at the end of 2017 and nothing. Dinesh said the series would be out “…this year and sooner than you think”, but that wasn’t the case.
A Valiant comic with the same name is expected out January of 10th, 2018.
Netflix Orders “Bright 2” – The folks at Netflix have seemingly been impressed with the Will Smith film “Bright”, that they ordered a sequel. The first film cost around $90 million to make, and the sequel is apparently a part of the $8 billion, 80 film order Netflix is planning in 2018. Unfortunately the film is getting slammed with negative reviews.
Shazam! Cast Grows – The folks over at the hotly anticipated film, “Shazam!” has added two more names to the cast. Joining as Billy’s foster father will be “The Walking Dead” actor Cooper Andrews. Joining him will be Faithe Herman, who many believe will play Darla Dudley, one of Billy’s foster siblings.
Ben Affleck Wanting to Direct “Batman” After All? – Ben Affleck’s involvement with the DC Comics universe continues to flip flop depending on who you talk to. Affleck is apparently still interested in directing a Batman film, and commented about this to Daily Sabah, saying;
For me, it’s interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material. I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursuing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie.
Mark Hamil Continues to put Down ‘Last Jedi’s’ Decision Making – To say that Luke Skywalker was misused in the “The Last Jedi” after Mark Hamil finally reprising the role some 30 years later, is an understatement. The biggest detractor of the film though continues to be one of it’s stars, Mark Hamil himself. Hamil did an interview that is currently getting traction on the good ol’ Tube of You, and had some very interesting things to say. Hamil’s quoted as saying;
I said to Rian, I said ‘Jedis don’t give up’. I mean even if he had a problem, maybe take a year to try and regroup… but if he made a mistake he would try and right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference, but, it’s not my story anymore. It’s somebody else’s story, and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective.
That’s the crux of my problem. Luke would never say that. I’m sorry. Well, in this version, see. I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s ‘Jake’ Skywalker, he’s not my Luke Skywalker.
I still haven’t accepted it completely, but it’s only a movie. I hope people like it, I hope they don’t get upset, and I came to really believe that Rian was the exact man that they needed for this job.
Quick Hits Heather North, the voice of Daphne Blake for over three decades, has passed away at 71. Krypton has landed a March 2018 release date. Jeremy Renner would love to do a “Hawkeye” film, but only if they do it before he hits his 50’s.