Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy!
New Warner Bros Regime Cancels Wonder Woman 3
Batgirl – another female-led superhero flick canceled earlier this year amidst the Warner/Discovery merger, Variety reported on Wednesday that Wonder Woman 3 was likely not to move forward, along with Man of Steel 2, while the much troubled Flash movie still steamrolls ahead to an ever-revolving release date.
A sequel to 2020’s “Wonder Woman 1984” from director Patty Jenkins is not moving forward at Warner Bros., as new DC Studios chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran prepare to unveil their strategy next week for the future of DC adaptations to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav.
According to a studio insider, after Jenkins submitted a treatment for a third “Wonder Woman,” she was informed by studio leadership that it did not mesh with Gunn and Safran’s emerging plans for the DC Universe, and the studio would not make the project. Curiously, on Monday, “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot posted to social media that she was “so grateful for the opportunity to play such an incredible, iconic character” and that she “can’t wait to share her next chapter with you,” sparking widespread speculation as to what that next chapter would be.
Although Warner Bros has refused to comment this news broke hot on the heels of Black Adam’s poor box office showing and Henry Cavill publicly posting on his official Instagram that he was back in the role as Superman:
Henry Cavill on Instagram: “A very small taste of what’s to come, my friends. The dawn of hope renewed. Thank you for your patience, it will be rewarded. #Superman”
Henry Cavill shared a post on Instagram: “A very small taste of what’s to come, my friends. The dawn of hope renewed. Thank you for your patience, it will be rewarded. #Superman”. Follow their account to see 538 posts.
The messaging is confusing, to say the least, but seems to be par for the course with the layoffs and various other seemingly whip-pan decisions which have come out of WB as the new owners attempt to reign in what they view as studio issues.
My dearest hope is that a year from now we can look back on all the news and see how it makes sense. That we can see the beginnings of the end game which these executives hopefully have in mind. In the meantime, it certainly is confusing!
Blue Beetle Dropped a Poster
Last week we got some happy news from the DC Comics-cum-Warner Brothers world of entertainment. The Blue Beetle movie dropped a poster!
DC on Twitter: “#BlueBeetle – only in theaters August 18. pic.twitter.com/MiSrwvzFA6 / Twitter”
BlueBeetle – only in theaters August 18. pic.twitter.com/MiSrwvzFA6
This is our first look at the poster of the “blue beetle” from whence Jaime Reyes derives his powers also known as “Khaji Da”.
Ultimately, there’s not much to be gained from the poster, but I just think it is really cool and want people to be excited about this with me.
Dark Towers Series Picks Up Mike Flanagan
Exciting news for the fans of the Netflix Flangan-verse, the writer-director joins the slough of creatives to helm the upcoming Dark Tower television adaptation according to Deadline.
Flanagan told Deadline:
“We view it as a as a series that’s going at least five seasons. And having lived with this project as long as I have, I have an enormous amount of it worked out in my brain. But I have a pilot script I’m thrilled with and a very detailed outline for the first season and a broader outline for the subsequent seasons.”
Flangan and his producing partner, Trevor Macy, and their company Intrepid Pictures recently signed a deal with Amazon Studios after a long tenure at Netflix which produced which produced some of the most successful projects for the streamer from Haunting of Hill House to Midnight Mass. They seem fearless in the face of the the 2017 flop of a Dark Tower movie which was originally planned as the first in a trilogy.
Why? You may wonder?
Flanagan and Macy likely feel comfortable adapting Stephen King due to the success they had on Doctor Sleep, the 2019 follow up to The Shining – and before that 2017’s Gerald’s Game.
Time will tell, but for my money this is the most exciting team to get their hands on The Dark Tower! The property seems a touch cursed when it comes to adaptation, so I’m crossing my fingers we get to see their Flanagan and Macy’s version.