“The Lego Movie 2? is gaining momentum with Phil Lord and Chris Miller signing on with Warner Bros to write and produce.
The duo wrote and directed “The Lego Movie,” which grossed over $460 million worldwide this year. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Lord and Miller, and Jill Wilfert, Matt Ashton, Chris McKay and Kara Lord Piersimoni are exec producers.
A director has not yet been selected for “The Lego Movie 2.” The studio’s Greg Silverman, Courtenay Valenti and Chris Defaria are overseeing.
Warner Bros. set the date on Oct. 16 as part of its massive slate announcement that included 10 DC titles, three Harry Potter spinoffs and three Lego spinoffs: “Ninjago” in 2016, Lego Batman in 2017 and “The Lego Movie 2? in 2018.
“Lego Movie 2? had originally been set for 2017, but Lego Batman has been moved into that slot.
McKay, who supervised animation on “The Lego Movie,” is directing Lego Batman from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith with Lee, Lin, Lord and Miller all returning as producers. Will Arnett will again voice the Caped Crusader, who mimicked Christian Bale’s Batman basso profundo voice in “The Lego Movie.”
“The Lego Movie” was the first project to emerge from Warner’s animation consortium. Most of the animation was produced by Australia-based Animal Logic. Lin, Lee, Miller and Lord are producing “Ninjago” with Charlie Bean directing.
Phase 3 has been announced, and it’s everything — everything you could want. Captain Marvel! Black Panther! Inhumans! And most incredibly, a two-part Avengers: Infinity War!!! We’ve got all the details right here!
Another day, another announcement for summer 2015 from Marvel Comics! As they’ve been doing for the past few weeks now, Marvel has announced the reemergence of two more famous storylines for their next event, first the Hulk-centric “Future Imperfect” and second (via EW) Spider-Man appears to be “renewing his vows.”
Originally published in 1992, “Future Imperfect” saw The Hulk go up against an alternate version of himself called the Maestro. Originating from the far future of his own timeline, Maestro lives in a world ravaged by nuclear war which has even further enhanced his gamma irradiated body but also driven him mad in the process.
The “Renew Your Vows” teaser is more interesting given the bizarre circumstances of Peter Parker’s marriage and family life in general. Parker married longtime love interest Mary Jane Watson in 1987?s The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, and they remained married until the very controversial “One More Day” storyline where it was dissolved following a deal with Mephisto. As for the little girl, could we be seeing the return of the young May Parker or is all of this taking place in an alternate universe?
In keeping with the other Marvel Comics announcements, these teasers appear to be tied to specific characters like the previously announced Civil War and Spider-Man, Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies and the titular robot, Years of Future Past and Kitty Pryde, Planet Hulk and Captain America, Armor Wars and Iron Man, House of M and Magneto, and countless others. The prevailing theory is that all of these comics will spin out of the recently-announced Secret Wars comic, but Marvel still has yet to confirm what it all means. Continue the discussion in the comments below!
Back in September, it was revealed that not only was a “Supergirl” TV series in development but that CBS had ordered a series commitment for DC Entertainment’s latest series. Now, TVLine brings word on the first casting breakdown for the show that not only points to this version of Kara, but also a new character created for the show.
According to the outlet, the producers are searching for “Caucasian females, age 22 to 26, to play 24? for the role of Kara Zor-El or Kara Danvers (a reference to the “Linda Danvers” version of the character no doubt) as she will be called on Earth. The site notes that “as the series’ mythology goes, Kara at age 12 was sent from her dying home planet of Krypton to Earth, where she was taken in by the Danvers, a foster family who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers. After repressing said skills for more than a decade, Kara is forced to bust out her super moves in public during an unexpected disaster. Energized by her heroism for the first time in her life, she begins embracing her abilities in the name of helping the people of her city, earning herself a super moniker along the way.”
Another character included in the breakdown, though, is Kara’s foster sister Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, who is described as “Kara’s gorgeous, brilliant, science-minded foster sister. Growing up, Alex was partly jealous of her sibling yet also fascinated by her abilities, prompting Alex to learn as much as she could about alien anthropology, sociology and culture. Today, Alex works for a secret government organization and, alongside her heroic sis, will face many challenges, both mundane and super.”
Greg Berlanti of “Arrow” and “The Flash” will be teaming up with “Chuck” and “No Ordinary Family” producer Ali Adler to write and executive produce the series.
After seeing what Universal Pictures did to Dracula in Dracula: Untold, I’m not really all that excited about what they plan on doing with the rest of their monster franchises. The studio is creating a connected universe for all of these creatures, and they aren’t really off to a good start. That movie was retroactively fit into this universe.
The next movie they release in the series will be The Mummy, which is being directed by Alex Kurtzman. Up until this point we’ve known very little about the direction that they are going to take the movie, but some rumored plot details have surfaced at Superhero Movie News. This gives us a sense of what we could expect to see.
The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi dessert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. To him and his teams[sic] surprise the terrorists within the bunker turn out be nothing more then[sic] some grave robbers who have all magically died. Upon entering the bunker Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control. They soon realize the bunker they have infiltrated is actually a centuries old tomb. Mayhem erupts as all the Navy seal members start turning on one another and are captivated by the forces within the tomb. Tyler is the only one to make it all the way deep within the tomb alive to find an Black Iron Sarcophagus[sic]. It’s marked with Egyptian symbols like the Ankh and Eye of Horus. Here Tyler is entranced by the forces to open up and release what is inside. But after placing his hand onto the sarcophagus he is immediately stabbed in the palm with a star shaped symbol. From then on his mind is cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria…..The Mummy.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Avengers roster will be changed by the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The confirmation came in a statement where Feige was equating the Avengers films to Marvel crossover event comics.
“The Avengers films, ideally, in the grand plan are always big, giant linchpins,” says Feige. “It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.”
This lines up with rumors that have suggested a new team of Avengers will be revealed in the film’s post-credits scene, possibly a splinter team aligned with Captain America ahead of the upcoming Civil War.
Of course, the addition of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to the team by the movie’s end would constitute an “altering” of the team’s lineup, but it seems like he’s hinting at something more than simple expansion.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters May 1, 2015.
The Marvel event saw some crazy announcements for Phase 3, Black Panther being one of them. Over a year ago, Latino-Review said that Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up) would be cast as the Black Panther, and today that has been confirmed in a big way.Boseman appeared on stage during the announcement of Captain America: Civil War. In the photos above, that’s him in between Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Latino-Review reports that Black Panther will have a big part in Civil War.
Also released today by Marvel is concept art for Black Panther. The design is so sleek with a whole design language that feels exotic and badass.
Black Panther is set for a November 3rd, 2017