Apparently Everybody Wants Bane to Be in Their Superhero Movie

Today, on the heels of last week's major superhero movie announcements from Warner Brothers (re: the DC Universe) and Marvel (re: RDJ and Captain America 3) we've got some pretty interesting news from Fox. Apparently Bryan Singer, director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, wants Tom Hardy to play Apocalypse.

If Singer gets his man, this would be Hardy's second major comic book villain. In case you somehow didn't know, Hardy also played Bane for Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises.

Here's the thing, though. Apocalypse isn't his only option. Hardy's name has recently been bandied about in connection with the DC supervillains flick Suicide Squad, too, and a few months ago he was supposedly being pursued for Marvel's Doctor Strange.

Of course, it's obvious why everybody wants Hardy for their comic book movies. He was a total badass in DKR and is in general a fine actor. However, we don't know if the guy even wants to play another supervillain, despite the fact that he would make a pretty sick Apocalypse.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

[via Screen Rant]

Yes, There Will Be Ewoks in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Warwick Davis has been cast in 'Episode VII'...

Hey, remember when Han, Luke, and Leia took out a whole battallion of Imperial Storm Troopers with nothing but a couple of rocks and a tribe of cuddly teddy bears in Return of the Jedi? Well, guess what? Those cuddly teddy bears—the Ewoks—are returning for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Or at least that's what J.J. Abrams wants us to believe. Yesterday Abrams (and by "Abrams" I mean somebody who works for him) posted a funny little video announcing that Warwick Davis, who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi, has been cast in the latest instalment of everyone's space opera set in a galaxy far, far away. So the obvious conclusion is that there will be Ewoks.

The only problem? J.J. Abrams loves messing with us, and the video didn't actually say Warwick Davis would reprise his previous role. So it's quite possible Abrams cast Davis in some other role and made a big deal about the announcement just to make us think there will be Ewoks.

That being said, if this really does mean there will be Ewoks in Episode VII, maybe I was right. Maybe Lando Calissian did go to Endor, enslave the Ewoks, and start a new mining colony after they blew up Death Star II.

Here’s the Complete List of Announced DC Superhero Movies

Yesterday, Warner Brothers made one of the most ambitious announcements in movie history, unveiling a slate of 10 new superhero movies for their DC Universe, plus another two "bonus" films that I guess they left out because 12 isn't a nice round number like 10.

Of course, the fact that WB wants to build such franchise is hardly news. We've suspected this was in the works since they confirmed Batman would be in the Man of Steel sequel, and we knew it was in the works when they announced Gal Gadot would be Wonder Woman. What makes this announcement notable is the detail.

When Marvel announced their plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they only gave us specifics on a handful of projects and left the rest—like Guardians and Ant-Man—for a later date. Warner Brothers, however, is going all in by telling us all the movies they're going to make and when they're going to make them.

Take a look at the complete schedule:

  1. Batman v Superman (2016), starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck
  2. Suicide Squad (2016), directed by David Ayer
  3. Wonder Woman (2017), starring Gal Gadot
  4. Justice League Part One (2017), starring everyone
  5. The Flash (2018), starring Ezra Miller
  6. Aquaman (2018), starring Jason Momoa
  7. Shazam (2019), starring The Rock as Black Adam
  8. Justice League Part Two (2019), starring everyone again
  9. Cyborg (2020), starring Ray Fisher
  10. Green Lantern (2020), starring not-Ryan Reynolds

The "bonus" movies I mentioned? Those are another standalone Superman movie and a standalone Batfleck movie. They just don't have dates yet.

Will all this play out exactly as planned? Highly doubtful. But I for one appreciate the grandiosity.

[via EW]

Robert Downey Jr. May Not Do ‘Iron Man 4,’ But He Is Doing ‘Captain America 3′

Robert Downey Jr. has said (over and over) that there are no plans for Iron Man 4, and Marvel big wig Axel Alonso has hinted that there may be a new Iron Man. But nobody ever said Robert Downy Jr. was done playing Tony Stark, and nobody ever said he wouldn't appear in other Marvel movies. So the fact that RDJ is set to joint the cast of Captain America 3 should not come as a complete shock. In fact, when you think about it, it all makes perfect sense.

According to Variety, Marvel is bringing their "Civil War" storyline to the big screen for Captain America 3 and (one would have to assume) Avengers 3. I don't want to spoil it for you, but I think you can tell from the very title that there's a falling out. And since Steve Rodgers and Tony Stark didn't get along too well in The Avengers, I don't think it is giving too much away to say the falling out is between Captain America and Iron Man.

Given that we already know Chris Evans doesn't intend to be Captain America ad infinitum, and that Marvel has hinted that Tony Stark may be less of a good guy going forward , Captain America 3 looks like it's going to be a pretty big turning point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hold on to your hats.


David Spade Classic ‘Joe Dirt’ Gets a Straight-to-Crackle Sequel

Earlier this month, Happy Madison signed a groundbreaking deal with Netflix for four brand new Adam Sandler movies that will debut exclusively on the world's most popular movie and television streaming service. And while all or most of those movies will probably feature David Spade (not to mention Rob Schneider, Steve Buschemi, Blake Clark, and all the other actors who are always in Adam Sandler movies), that wasn't quite good enough for the SNL alum. So he went and got a straight-to-streaming movie deal of his own.

Of course, it's not with Netflix. They only wanted Sandler. It's with Sony-backed Crackle. And the movie is Joe Dirt 2.

At this point I'm going to tell you what Crackle is, because you probably don't know. You see, Crackle is a streaming service that offers movies, TV shows, and original web series just like Netflix. However, unlike Netflix, Crackle is totally, 100% free because, unlike Netflix, Crackle makes you watch commercials. The service has been gaining a pretty respectable lineup of movies and shows over the last few years, and you can now use it on your PS3, Roku, or Apple TV.

While the original Joe Dirt has attained a bit of a cult following over the years, scoring Joe Dirt 2 isn't exactly a "major coup" for Crackle. However, it is a step in the right direction, and it suggests a possible niche for the company in the streaming game: making movies that a decent amount of people would like to see, but which major studios would never make.

Whaddaya say, internet? Are you totally pumped for Joe Dirt 2 or what?

It’s Official: Paul Feig Will Direct Complete Reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’ with All-Female Cast

At long last, we know the fate of Ghostbusters 3: it's not gonna happen. Not technically, anyway. Sony is still making a new Ghostbusters picture, but it's going to be a complete reboot with an all-female cast.

This "all-female cast" thing had been rumored for a while, of course, and even comedic genius/urban legend Bill Murray weighed in with suggestions for said cast. However, what we didn't know was whether the new female Ghostbusters would simply be taking up the Ghostbusting mantle from the old male Ghostbusters, or whether it would be a complete reinvention.

The initial announcement came on Twitter from Feig himself:

He then explained his thinking in greater detail to EW:

I said, yeah, it’s really hard to take that on, especially since it’s 25 years later. How do you come back into a world that’s had these ghosts and all this? It just felt too difficult. How do you do it and not screw it up? But then it was bugging me for the next few days because Ghostbusters is such a great thing and everybody knows it, and it’s such a great world. It’s a shame to just let this thing sit there. I want to see another one. My favorite thing to do is work with funny women. I was like, what if it was an all female cast? If they were all women? Suddenly, my mind kind of exploded: that would be really fun. And then I thought, well, what if we just make it new? It’s not coming into the world that existed before. It’s always hard if the world has gone through this big ghost attack, how do you do it again? I wanted to come into our world where there’s talk of ghosts but they’re not really credible, and so what would happen in our world if this happened today?

This really makes all kinds of sense. After working for years in television, directing episodes for such shows as Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie, and The Office, Feig hit it BIG on the silver screen with Bridesmaids and The Heat. There's no one better to execute this concept of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot than Feig.

The only question now is...who you gonna cast?

Haley Joel Osment Plays a Virgin Who Teaches Kids About Boners and Periods in ‘Sex Ed’

Unclear whether or not he still sees dead people...

Haley Joel Osment was the most famous child actor in the world around the turn of the millennium, starring in such films as The Sixth Sense, Pay It Forward, Artificial Intelligence, and Secondhand Lions. Then he grew up, crashed his car into a mailbox while driving under the influence, and went to NYU. So his film career took a hiatus.

Now he's back in Sex Ed. It's not the first film he's made since finishing college in 2011, but it is the first one anybody has noticed. In it, he plays a recent college graduate who, despite being a virgin, winds up teaching sex education to inner city middle school kids...and pissing off a local reverend. The tagline for the film? "Those who can do. Those who can't teach."

Judging by the first trailer, there's definitely some potential here. Osment seems pretty likeable, and the supporting cast—which features Retta from Parks and Recreation, Abby Elliot from SNL—looks solid. But of course, only time will.

Sex Ed hits theaters November 7, 2014.