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Jared Leto Eyeing Joker Role in “Suicide Squad”

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It is being reported that Jared Leto is looking to join the cast of the upcoming Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment project Suicide Squad. Further, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he is eyeing the iconic role of the Joker.

The Suicide Squad is also known as Task Force X was originally created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru. They first appeared in “Brave and the Bold” issue number 25. Its most recent iteration includes characters Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn.

Neither Leto or Warner Bros has confirmed the role. News on the casting is expected to be released within the next few days to weeks.

David Ayer is currently attached to direct the adaptation. The film is slated for release on Aug. 5, 2016.

Warner Bros. Reveals Huge DC Movie Plans Including Justice League

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Last week Warner Bros. revealed some very exciting news in the comic book movie adaptation realm. The studio announced their major plans for future films based on DC Comics’ series and heroes.

According to several tweets from Ben Fritz, which you can see below, there is a full schedule prepared for various comic book adaptations for Warner Bros. The schedule begins with the release of Suicide Squad in 2016 after the current upcoming film Batman Vs. Superman. 

In 2017 we will supposedly get our first superhero movie focusing on a female lead with a Wonder Woman film. I’ll believe it when I see it though. In 2018 we get an Aquaman film which is exciting followed by a Shazam project.

You can see the tentative schedule below which is planned as far ahead as 2020.

  • Aug. 2016: Suicide Squad
  • June 2017: Wonder Woman
  • Nov 2017: Justice League
  • March 2018: The Flash
  • July 2018: Aquaman
  • April 2019: Shazam
  • June 2019: Justice League 2
  • April 2020: Untitled DC Film
  • June 2020: Untitled DC Film

Warner Bros. Details Release Dates For Fantastic Beasts Movie Trilogy

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Warner Bros. has released some details about the plans for their project, the big screen adaptation of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling. The “Harry Potter” spinoff was confirmed to be hitting theaters as a trilogy with this first film releasing on November 18, 2016. In this week’s announcement, Warner Bros. revealed that the part 2 and part 3 would come out in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

The screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being written by author Rowling. The tale follows a character mentioned in the Harry Potter series called Newt Scamander as he journeys through New York City. It is set 70 years before the HP series takes place.

David Yates is returning as director of the series. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz, who was at the conference this week, tweeted a cryptic note that said the series would be “at least” a trilogy. Could this mean there may be more films in the future?

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DC Comics’ “Lucifer” Pilot Coming To Fox

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Fox is getting another comic book television adaptation by way of DC Comic series “Lucifer.” Fox and Warner Bros. have officially ordered a pilot to be based off the comic series according to a report from Entertainment Weekly.

“Lucifer” follows the Lord of Hell who has grown bored with his underworld throne and devilish kingdom. He decided to relate to the buzzing metropolis of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux. (I won’t lie, I’d probably check that bar out.) The titular character is actually a supporting character in the comic series “The Sandman” from Neil Gaiman.

Tom Kapinos is signed on to write and executive produce the pilot episode.

There is currently no word on who will star in the project or when production will begin on the series. The pilot will likely air sometime in late 2015 if picked up for a full series.

25th Anniversary Blu-ray for Tim Burton’s Batman Revealed

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Warner Bros. has announced plans to release a 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton’s iconic film adaptation of Batman. The Blu-ray edition will release on November 11.

Despite being a 25th Anniversary Edition, the release will have basically the same special features as previous releases. The only difference being an addition titled “Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster.” The feature allows you to discover how the film’s marketing, extensive merchandising and franchise foresight set the template for the next 25 years of tentpole pictures.

The full press release is below:

To help mark Warner Bros. Entertainment (WBE) and DC Entertainment’s milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ popular Batman character, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition, a new Blu-ray™ edition debuting November 11 (at $24.98 SRP) in the studio’s distinctive new sleek Diamond Luxe collector-style packaging. With its state-of-the-art sophisticated and durable design, the new packaging is perfect for those wishing to add this edition to their home libraries. Also included is Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster — a look at the phenomenal marketing, extensive merchandising and franchise foresight that set the template for the next 25 years of tentpole pictures.

WBHE and DCE’s year-long celebration, befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero, will boast new products from WBE and DC Entertainment in numerous areas – comics, TV, Interactive Entertainment, Consumer Products and more. There is a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretations of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the new Batman: Arkham Knight video game. Various other events are taking place throughout the year.

In addition to releasing Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition, WBHE will also feature the highly anticipated release of the 1960s Batman: The Complete Television Series for the first time ever. Other new home entertainment releases include animated films Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham.

In announcing the Batman 75th anniversary initiative in March, WB Chairman and Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara noted, “Batman is an incredibly important property with multi-generational appeal across all of the Studio’s businesses, and we’re proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary. From billion-dollar blockbuster films to TV, home entertainment, video games and consumer products, The Dark Knight continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and rightfully deserves his place as a global pop culture icon for the ages.”

About the Movie

In 1989, director Tim Burton breathed new life into one of the most complex and intriguing characters in popular culture. Burton cast off the 1960s camp depiction of the Dark Knight and launched for Warner Bros. one of the most popular comic book film series ever. Batman was the top-grossing movie that year and subsequently became a global phenomenon.

Tim Burton’s vision and Michael Keaton’s performance as the Caped Crusader combine perfectly to capture Gotham City’s sinister atmosphere and Batman’s brooding nature. Jack Nicholson stars in a memorable performance as the maniacal Joker and Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the beautiful and resourceful photojournalist desired by both men. Featuring songs by Prince and a score by Danny Elfman, Batman won the 1990 Oscar® for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter Young).

Special Features

Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster (NEW) Discover how the film’s phenomenal marketing, extensive merchandising and franchise foresight set the template for the next 25 years of tentpole pictures

 

Warner Bros. Picks Up Supernatural YA Novel “Invisibility”

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The supernatural romance YA novel, “Invisibility,” is heading to the big screen. The novel by David Leviathan and Andrea Cremer was acquired for film by Warner Bros. The book was published in May 2013 by Philomel.

With “Invisibility,” the two team up to tell the tale of a 16-year-old boy who is literally invisible. He then meets and falls for his new neighbor, the one person who can actually see him. The two the set out to discover the truth behind his affliction, uncovering curses and spells along the way.

Leviathan is most known for being the author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist while Cremer is the writer behind Nightshade, the popular YA witchcraft book series. 

There is no writer or producer attached. Niija Kuykendall and Cate Adams will oversee the project for the studio.

Harry Potter Spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Set for November 18, 2016

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Warner Bros. is not wasting any time. The company has announced that the “Harry Potter” franchise spinoff novel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will have its film version released on November 18, 2016.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was also written by J.K. Rowling. It follows the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

The novel is the first in a planned trilogy set in the world of wizardry. It will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

Warner Bros. Developing 9 Additional DC Comics Movies

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Last week The Wall Street Journal announced that Zach Snyder would be the director for the long-awaited film adaptation of the “Justice League” comic series. Now, it also appears that Warner Bros. is planning to develop nine additional films based on DC comics.

Some of the titles that are being adapted include “Sandman” which will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and “Fables” which has Nikolaj Arcel attached to direct.

There is no word what the new film will be but some rumors say “Wonder Woman” or maybe a “Green Lantern” reboot. We may have news from the studio at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but that has not been confirmed

The next official Warner Bros. DC comics based film is Batman vs. Superman which will hot theaters on May 6, 2016.

Warner Bros. Acquires The First Phone Call From Heaven

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Mitch Albom’s recently released novel, “The First Phone Call From Heaven” has been optioned for the big screen by Warner Bros. Denise DiNovi will is attached to produce the big screen adaptation, which has not yet named a screenwriter.

The novel was initially published in November. It is described as follows:

One morning in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the phones start ringing. The voices say they are calling from heaven. Is it the greatest miracle ever? Or some cruel hoax? As news of these strange calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be a part of it.

At the same time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from prison to discover his hometown gripped by “miracle fever.” Even his young son carries a toy phone, hoping to hear from his mother in heaven.

As the calls increase, and proof of an afterlife begins to surface, the town—and the world—transform. Only Sully, convinced there is nothing beyond this sad life, digs into the phenomenon, determined to disprove it for his child and his own broken heart.

Moving seamlessly between the invention of the telephone in 1876 and a world obsessed with the next level of communication, Mitch Albom takes readers on a breathtaking ride of frenzied hope.

There is no word yet on when the studio is eyeing to release the film or who will star in the lead roles. You can check out a trailer for the book itself in the player below:

Next Batman: Arkham Game May be Revealed Soon

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According to a report from Kotaku, Gamestop has sent out a new shipment of Batman banners that may or may not be the advertisements for a “Batman: Arkham City” follow-up game. The banners are pictured above and are said to be going up in stores next week which just happens to be around the time that “Arkham Asylum” and “Arkham City” developer Rocksteady have reportedly marked as the window to announce their next project.

Rocksteady took the gaming world by storm in 2009 with the first in the franchise, Batman: Arkham Asylum, which saw its sequel, Batman: Arkham City, hit stores just two years later. The latest entry, Batman: Arkham Origins, developed instead by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, served as a prequel to the series instead of exploring the story threads left open at the end of “Arkham City.” So far the games remain one of the most loved franchise currently in stores.

The news remains unconfirmed by Rocksteady, Warner Bros., and GameStop. I guess we will not find out what the banners represent until next week.

If there is a new game on the horizon, what would you like to see in the next installment? Which villains do you think the Dark Knight should face next?