Even though many theaters have begun to reopen, crowds are not swarming to pack them still due to COVID-19 and thus the box office has reflected it. With that, Disney has once again done a shuffle to its theatrical release slate and BLACK WIDOW has been moved but fortunately a Disney plus release is not in the plans.
The film was expected to hit theaters on Nov 6 of this year will now make its bow at the box office on May 7, 2021. That’s a complete full year delay of BLACK WIDOWfrom its original pre-pandemic release date of May 1 this year. Of course this also shifts the other slate of MCU films that where set to arrive earlier. Marvel’sETERNALS now goes from Feb. 12, 2021 to Nov. 5, 2021; and moves SHANG -CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS from May 7, 2021 to July 9, 2021 (a post Independence Day release date that Disney had already reserved for an untitled feature).
Many people had expected the possibility of moving the Scarlett Johansson starring film from its date this year but some were worried that the house of mouse may try to do with the superhero film that they did with MULAN. That being release the movie on the already paid version of the streaming app for an additional fee, which was already met with much criticism and pushback.
Even though fans have been waiting and clamoring to continue on with the next phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we have to get through to the next phase of the real lif global pandemic that has stifled most of the world.
James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD has yet to hit theaters but the buzz behind it and its stars are so big that spin-off TV series are already being ordered. This announcement is huge as it puts John Cena’s THE PEACEMAKER front and center with his own series coming to the HBO Max streaming service.
THE PEACEMAKER has been giving an eight-episode straight-to-series order for its first season with THE SUICIDE SQUAD director writing all episodes and directing a number of them. The show is said to explore the origins of the DC Comics character played by Cena.
Peacemaker is scheduled to begin production in early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the next GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY film. The show will be produced by James Gunn and Peter Safran with Cena serving as co-executive producer.
This is not the first spin-off series from an upcoming DC film set to hit HBO Max. It was recently announced that a GOTHAM PD series would be coming as a spin off of THE BATMAN from director Matt Reeves. Also former DC Universe originals such as DOOM PATROL, HARLEY QUINN, TITANSandYOUNG JUSTICE have moved to the streaming platform.
To give a bit of back story on the character of The Peacemaker, he was created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette and first appeared in the Fightin’ 5 series originally owned by Charlton Comics, is a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The first incarnation of Peacemaker is Christopher Smith, a pacifist diplomat and son of a Nazi death camp commandant who founded the Pax Institute who fights dictators and warlords.
In a major announcement, Jonathan Majors (LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, DA 5 BLOODS) is now headed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in a major way, no pun intended. Majors has joined the sequel to ANT-MAN AND THE WASP in a lead role and according to sources at DEADLINE, it as the super-villain, KANG THE CONQUEROR.
The sources close to the trad also mentioned that there could be a twist with how the character of Kang is featured in future films, but as of now he is likely to be one of the main villains in the next installment in the franchise. In the comics Kang is a time-traveling entity who had battles with everyone from Thor to Spider-Man to the entire Avengers team.
Peyton Reed who has directed the first two ANT-MAN films is returning to helm the third one which stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.
Another interesting fact about the character is that he is a possible descendant of the FANTASTIC FOUR’s Reed Richards from the future more so the 31st century. So this may have a tie-in to the future FF film in the MCU but we have to see.
After a long and exciting day of the first ever DC FanDome we close it out with Aisaha Tyler and THE BATMAN director, Matt Reeves. Reeves talks about the story about it being a Year Two version of Batman and him strategize how to take down the criminal enterprises of Gotham.
After praising the cast which includes Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, John Tuturro as Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon he goe to speak on further expanding the world the the Gotham PD series coming to HBO MAX along with Terrance Winter (BOARDWALK EMPIRE).
He further joked about how Christian Bale gave advice to Robert Pattinson about the Batsuit and being able to go “relieve” yourself in it.
And the world received its first teaser trailer of the film check it out.
SHAZAM! came through the feature film scene light a lightning bolt….ok bad pun I’ll stop. But none the less after the amazing feature debut of the big cheese starring Ashar Angel as Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as SHAZAM.
Levi started the panel in a “SHAZOOM” and attempted to take fan questions to none of which he could actually answering. But then he brings in Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Megan Good and Faithe Herman. After Zachary says that he had made his own Zach cut of the film, director David F. Sandberg showed up.
In a surprise legendary comedian SINBAD joins the panel and jokes about the theory that he was in a movie (that didnt exist) called SHAZAM. Followed up by Adam Brody we then get the official title of the sequel and its SHAZAM:FURY OF THE GODS.
During DC FanDome a surprise Milestone Comics panel featuring Denys Cowan, Reginald Hudlin, Jim Lee, Phil Lamarr moderated by Marc Bernardin, it was announced by Reginald Hudlin that a STATIC SHOCK feature film is currently in the works.
The question about the characters and if there were any plans for the characters to move forward in the different forms of multimedia. It is there that the plans for a feature film for Virgil Hawkins are currently in the works.
Static Shock has been one of the most requested comic characters to return to the screen, especially since people have been able to rewatch it through the DC Universe app. Phil Lamarr voice the titular character.
This is a major development and the others made sure to not forget about characters such as Icon and Hardware. It was revealed that the comic series will return to publishing in February of 2021
After years of waiting we finally are moving forward with the story of Barry Allen a.k.a the Scarlet Speedster in THE FLASH.
During DC FanDome the director, Andy Muschietti, writer Christina Hobson, producer Barbara Muschietti and the flash himself Ezra Miller began to break down some of the things to expect in the film.
Many praised the creative eye of Muschietti and what he is expected to bring to the project. We also saw new concept art which showed us the Flash’s new suit which is more streamline and organic which will be designed and created by Bruce Wayne which can be assumed that one is Ben Affleck’s and it MUST be noted that the BATMAN we see is Michael Keaton’s Dark Knight.
Andy Muschietti teased us as if we were going to get a sneak peek of maybe some footage but none the less we were Rick Rolled.
We still will have to wait but one thing we do know is that THE FLASH will hit theaters June 2, 2022
Director James Gunn himself kicked off this panel to much hype and proceeded to let everyone know that he is still working on the film. Joining Gunn in the panel were the cast of the movie and we found out who people were playing in the film. The biggest surprises to see were who Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion and Pete Davidson were playing.
Patty Jenkins along with Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Gal Gadot all joined to kick off the first ever DC Fandome. Patty Jenikis spoke on how she wanted to make sure to bring the Wonder Woman 84 film to the fans in theaters.
While they were talking video questions from the fans and special fan in Venus Williams who asked would Wonder Woman and Cheetah but aside their differences to play doubles in tennis. The we ALL were treated to a video FAN question from a VERY SPECIAL GUEST in the original Wonder Woman herself, LYNDA CARTER.
We however finally did get a 2nd trailer and WOW JUST WOW