What if DC’s Legends of Tomorrow had the opening credits of Power Rangers: Time Force? Is Anne Hathaway up for a Catwoman spin-off? How did Agent Carter set the stage for the conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War? How did Supergirl get permission to use Superman on the show? What does Amy Adams have to say about the Batman v Superman fallout? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Who else should be considered for the role of Black Manta in Aquaman? Why will the fourth season of Agents of SHIELD have a little more edge to it? Can we expect a cameo from another Community cast member in The Avengers: Infinity War? How did Hugh Jackman celebrate the end of production on Wolverine 3? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Fred Topel
CBS did not present a Television Critics Association panel for their upcoming series Training Day, based on the 2001 movie, but the cast and creators attended their evening party. Screenwriter Will Beall adapted the movie for television under producers Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer. I actually ran into Beall just as he was about to leave the party, in line at a waffle truck parked for dessert.
Beall said this was the first formal interview he had given on Training Day, which now has veteran Det. Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) take rookie Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) under his wing. The movie had Denzel Washington as a corrupt cop training a rookie played by Ethan Hawke. Beall is also working on the feature film scripts for Aquaman, The Legend of Conan, and Robin Hood, and we discussed them all during our conversation. Training Day could be on CBS this fall or midseason. Note: this interview contains spoilers for the movie Training Day. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Fred Topel
I ran into Will Beall at the end of the CBS/CW/Showtime party for the Television Critics Association. Beall developed Training Day for television and is also writing the screenplay for Aquaman. Even though news recently broke that Black Manta is the film’s villain, Beall could not address it. However, we were able to speak about underwater action versus action out of the oceans.
“I can tell you that not all of the action takes place underwater,” Beall said. “Some of the most fun action in the movie actually takes place on dry land.” Read More »
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Right now, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is in the hands of Zack Snyder. The director established the character in the DC Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but once he’s finished with Justice League, Aquaman goes to James Wan (The Conjuring 2). Wan sees the character as a “reluctant superhero” who’s not too dissimilar from Wolverine.
Below, James Wan discusses Aquaman.
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Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Fred Topel
We had a one-on-one interview with MacGyver pilot director and executive producer James Wan and showrunner Peter Lenkov before their Television Critics Association panel. In the time between the interview and panel, news broke that the villain of Wan’s Aquaman movie would be Black Manta. After the panel, I asked Wan about choosing Black Manta for the villain.
“I want to know where Wrap got that piece of news from,” Wan laughed. “Come on, I can’t talk about this.” Read More »