Superhero Bits: 'Shang-Chi' Screening At CinemaCon, James Gunn Responds To Martin Scorsese's Superhero Comments & More

(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)

In this edition of Superhero Bits:

  • James Gunn responds to Martin Scorsese's comments about superhero movies
  • Batman gets an augmented reality app for kids
  • Ryan Reynolds wanted a Deadpool and Bambi crossover
  • Agent Carter is left out of Marvel Legends recap for Peggy Carter
  • All that and more
  • DC: Batman Bat-Tech Augmented Reality App for Kids

    DC has introduced a new augmented reality mobile app for kids called DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition. The new app gives kids narrative-driven, technology-inspired activities to aid Batman in his crimefighting adventures as the Knightwatch. You can see all the offerings in the teaser for the app above, but here's everything laid out.

  • Augmented reality (AR) missions: Through the new app's AR features, kids become a member of Batman's new Knightwatch team and immerse themselves in original Batman crime-fighting missions. The amazing AR provides a realistic 3D experience that draws upon engineering and design concepts to make Batman's Bat-Tech come to life.
  • Mini games: Users can play a Batman-themed mobile driving game where players test their skills at driving the Batmobile; Batarang Practice where players face off against the clock and find out how many targets they can knock down; and the Grapnel Launcher game where players must run and jump while utilizing Batman's abilities to overcome obstacles.
  • AR face filters: Kids can transform into Batman, The Joker, Batgirl and more of Gotham City's most iconic characters using these fun filters and can save photos and share them with friends and family.Sticker packs: Users can decorate photos with a variety of Batman-themed stickers, turning an ordinary shot into a cool Batman story.
  • Batman Bat-Tech video content: The app connects to the extremely popular DCKids' YouTube channel. A new series, entitled "Batman Science Lab" will launch this fall exploring the real-world applications of Batman's technology.
  • New missions, games, filters, sticker packs, and video content will be added and updated on a regular basis to keep the app experience fresh and fun for kids.
  • The Suicide Squad and The Flash Create Marketing Synergy

    With The Suicide Squad arriving in theaters and on HBO Max this weekend (actually, starting tonight), Warner Bros. is taking full advantage of the opportunity with promos featuring both cast members from the movie and footage from their DC Comics TV shows on The CW such as The Flash. In this one, John Cena makes an appearance and shows how Peacemaker is a little bit on the unstable side.

    Ryan Reynolds Pitched Deadpool/Bambi Crossover for Free Guy

    Deadpool teamed up with Korg from Thor: Ragnarok to participate in a fun promo for the upcoming movie Free Guy with Ryan Reynolds. However, the actor behind the Merc with a Mouth said he originally pitched a crossover involving Bambi where Deadpool admired the hunter who was responsible for shooting the little deer's mother. Reynolds told IGN:

    "I wanted to do a short film of Deadpool interrogating the hunter who killed Bambi's mom. But the whole gist of it is that Deadpool is actually just a huge fan. He's not interrogating – he just wants to know how he could be the most loathed Disney character in the history of Disney... and of course, Disney was like, 'well, I don't think that's ever going to happen.'"

    In a way, it's probably better this way since it gave fans the first taste of Deadpool entering the MCU.

    Peggy Carter Gets Her Own Marvel Legends Episode

    Over on Disney+, the Marvel Legends series catches up more casual moviegoers on the history of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before they're prominently featured in a new Marvel project. Since Peggy Carter is being turned into Captain Carter in Marvel's What If...? animated series, she gets the spotlight in the latest episode. However, some fans aren't happy with the outcome, because it completely ignores everything that happened in the short-lived Agent Carter series from Marvel Television and ABC. Perhaps Agent Carter and any other Marvel TV production that came before WandaVision will be relegated to an alternate timeline in the multiverse.

    The Suicide Squad Could Have $30 Million Opening Weekend

    Variety reports The Suicide Squad is currently on track to have an opening weekend at the box office of more than $30 million. In fact, some estimates have the movie passing $40 million. However, Deadline has numbers as high as $70 million. With a movie as anticipated as The Suicide Squad, and a large fanbase to go along with it, this will be a true test as to how much a simultaneous release on HBO Max impacts the theatrical box office. Analysts will certainly be keeping a close eye on this one, and so will we.

    Shang-Chi Cast Reveals a Little More About Their Characters

    In a fun featurette from Marvel Studios, the cast of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings answer questions about their characters. However, it's a little more of an unconventional featurette since they have to determine which of their characters is most likely to do things, like survive a zombie apocalypse or be duped by a phone scammer.

    James Gunn Reacts to Martin Scorsese's Marvel Criticism

    You might remember the hell that was unleashed on the internet when director Martin Scorsese proclaimed his distaste for superhero movies. Well, that fire burned again a little bit yesterday when Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad director James Gunn was asked about Scorsese's perspective on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. Gunn said:

    "I just think it seems awful cynical that he would keep coming out against Marvel and then that is the only thing that would get him press for his movie. So he just kept coming out against Marvel so that he could get press for his movie. He's creating his movie in the shadow of the Marvel films, and so he uses that to get attention for something he wasn't getting as much attention as he wanted for it."

    Gunn created a little bit of backlash with that comment, but in the same breath, he also said:

    "He's one of the greatest filmmakers who's ever existed. I love his movies. I can watch his movies with no problem. And he said a lot of things I agree with. There are a lot of things that are true about what he said. There are a lot of heartless, soulless, spectacle films out there that don't reflect what should be happening. I can't tell you the amount of times I've talked to film directors before they went and made a big movie, and said, 'Hey, we're in this together, let's do something different with these big movies. Let's make them something different than everything that has come before them.' And then see them cater to every single studio whim and be grossed out, frankly."

    So James Gunn sees where Martin Scorsese is coming from, and we don't need to talk about this all over again.

    Marvel's What If...? Unfolds Across Endless Timelines

    Here's a quick featurette for Marvel's What If...? animated series that visualizes the anthology stories on a timeline branching out from what was referred to as The Sacred Timeline in Loki. There are some snippets of new footage as The Watcher voice actor Jeffrey Wright talks about the forthcoming spin on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Shang-Chi Gets Character Posters, Sets CinemaCon Screening

    Finally, Marvel Studios posted a stream of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings character posters that are about as lame as the other poster that was released a little while ago. This movie deserves better, but you can check them all out at IMP Awards.

    However, there's good news for Shang-Chi fans who are attending CinemaCon in Las Vegas at the end of August, because Marvel will be screening the movie there in full before it hits theaters in early September.

    Read the previous edition of Superhero Bits right here.