“New Mutants Aims to Shoot in Spring 2017”

“Fox’s X-Men franchise is in a tricky place following the success of Deadpool and the relative disappointment of X-Men: Apocalypse. It is still a little unclear what the studio is specifically planning for the future, but a couple of projects still seem to be moving forward as planned. One of those projects being The New Mutants, which a new report claims may start shooting next year.

The Hollywood Reporter recently published a piece that gave a pretty big update on the future of the X-Men franchise for Fox. One of the things revealed in the report was that director Josh Boone may be shooting The New Mutants as early as March. It was stated that Fox may be looking to roll cameras in Spring, so we might have that to look forward to.

Josh Boone is probably best known for directing The Fault in Our Stars and has been attached to The New Mutants since early this year. Fox is going to have to cultivate some new directing talent to handle the X-Men franchise going forward, because Bryan Singer is not coming back and even Tim Miller decided to part ways with the studio on Deadpool 2 over creative differences. So guys like Josh Boone are going to have to step in and bring the next phase of the X-Men franchise to life.

For those who may not be familiar, The New Mutants are a group of teenage mutants who are still in training that has some overlap with the core X-Men team. Josh Boone took to his Instagram several months ago and seemingly revealed that the mutant team in this new movie will consist of the mutants Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock. As for casting? An unconfirmed rumor surfaced in March that claimed Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will play Wolfsbane and The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy reportedly may have signed on to play Magik, the younger sister of Colossus…”

http://movieweb.com/new-mutants-movie-production-start-date-2017/

“Star Wars Rogue One International Trailer Shows Off Darth Vader”

“With just under a month to go until the release of first Star Wars prequel Rogue One, a new international trailer has dropped showing featuring more Darth Vader than we’ve yet seen.

The film from Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) – which takes place ahead of original Star Wars film A New Hope – will centre largely around Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, a criminal misfit who becomes entangled in the Rebellion’s dangerous schemes.

Rounding out the cast are Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn who is known to share screen time with Vader as the villainous Krennick.

Eagle-eyed fans have spotted something in the trailer that may signal what the film’s big revelation could be.  The moment arrives in a clip showing a young Jyn talking to her mother (Valene Kane) who places a crystal around her neck.

“Trust the Force,’ she says.

Star Wars enthusiasts believe this moment to be extremely consequential, theorising that the crystal bears a huge importance on the franchise’s future events (as see in Episodes IV, VVI and VII)…”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/star-wars-rogue-one-international-trailer-darth-vader-kyber-crystal-felicity-jones-a7411006.html

 

 

“‘Overwatch’ Game Developers Find Creativity in Diversity”

“When the makers of the globe-hopping video game “Overwatch” were coming up with the backstory for a character with the ability to freeze enemies and erect ice walls, their initial inclination was to make her homeland a stereotypically chilly place, someplace like Iceland, Canada or Norway.

“That’s what you would expect,” said game director Jeff Kaplan. “We asked ourselves, ‘What if she was from somewhere else? What if she was from China? How would that look?’ It’s not your normal expectation, and that’s what is cute, adorable, endearing and exciting about that character.”

Inspired by Chinese ice sculpture festivals, “Overwatch” lead character concept artist Arnold Tsang crafted a look for Mei, the bespectacled climatologist among the 21 characters of various races, genders, nationalities and sexual orientations which players can portray in the superhero-inspired multiplayer game.

Mei’s unlikely heritage and ability to encase her body in a chunk of ice aren’t her only unique attributes. She doesn’t sport a busty, Barbie-like physique that most female characters have in video games.

“From a visual standpoint, we want every character to have a different silhouette, not just because that’s more interesting to look at but because you want to be able to know which character is coming at you from a distance when you’re playing,” said Tsang. “With that sort of philosophy, it’s easy to embrace diversity.”

For years, the has been criticized for relying on stereotypes and not depicting a wider array of characters. Many games invite players to construct their own avatars, but a new wave of multiplayer games such as “Battleborn,””Paragon” and “Overwatch” are providing dizzying rosters of defined characters—each with different looks, abilities and histories.

The initial line-up of 21 heroes for “Overwatch” features 10 men, eight women, a pair of robots and one genetically engineered gorilla. (By contrast, the original “Mortal Kombat” featured six men and one woman when it was first released in 1992.)…”

http://phys.org/news/2016-05-overwatch-game-creativity-diversity.html#jCp

“The Defenders: Elodie Yung’s Elektra Confirmed”

“Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have all now made their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as part of the Netflix corner (which is based in New York) of Marvel’s shared movie and TV show universe. Danny Rand/Iron Fist will see his own Marvel/Netflix solo series debut in the first quarter of 2017, before he and the other three street-level superheroes of Hell’s Kitchen (and Harlem) join forces during the miniseries, The Defenders.

Production on The Defenders is currently underway and Marvel/Netflix has taken to confirming returning supporting players in the miniseries (via the official DefendersTwitter account), before they are “discovered” via leaked photos from The Defenders‘ set. Among those Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage TV series players confirmed for The Defenders are Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Trish Walker (Rachel Taylor), Misty Knight (Simone Missick) – and now, Daredevil season 2’s Elektra Natchios, once again played by Elodie Yung.

A video confirming Yung’s return as Elektra in The Defenders was posted to the miniseries’ official Twitter account. The video includes the tagline “The Strong Survive” with Elektra, but it does not elaborate on her role in the Defenders‘ storyline beyond that.

Daredevil season 2 concluded with the revelation that Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) old flame, Elektra is in fact Black Sky: a deadly “weapon” forged by The Hand, forreasons that have yet to be revealed in full. Elektra was killed not long after this reveal, but the final shot of Daredevil season 2 showed Miss Natchios about to be resurrected by The Hand; setting up for her to potentially return as an antagonist in The Defenders. It’s been speculated that when Elektra does come back, she will possess dark supernatural abilities and be powerful enough to necessitate the street-level heroes of New York coming together and saving their city from her and her mysterious “boss” (Sigourney Weaver)

http://screenrant.com/defenders-elektra-elodie-yung/

“Young Justice Season 3 Is Finally Happening, Here’s What We Know’

“The first time somebody said “Ask, and you shall receive,” the subject at hand wasn’t a third season of a fan favorite animated series, but it definitely applies in the case of the no longer short-lived superhero offering Young Justice. After three and a half years of waiting, fans can finally rejoice now that Young Justice Season 3 is finally happening, and there is no longer a need to keep petitioning and campaigning. (Maybe change “Season 3” to “Season 4” on the picket signs instead of throwing them away, though, to be safe.)

Warner Bros. Animation dropped the rather shocking announcement today thatYoung Justice Season 3 is currently beginning production. At this early point, a premiere date hasn’t been carved out yet, and more interestingly, there still isn’t a network attached. Young Justice spent its first two highly acclaimed and well-rated seasons on Cartoon Network, where it aired its last episode in March 2013, but it apparently won’t be headed back to that cable outlet for further adventures. Both seasons are currently available to stream on Netflix, a company known for embracing TV series’ surprise comebacks; perhaps a bigger relationship will blossom between the show and streaming service.

But while Young Justice‘s home may be changing, some things are staying the same, and the new season will see the return of creators and producers Brandon Vietti, who has since directed the fun feature LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, and Greg Weisman, who is currently a writer/producer on Star Wars Rebels. So hopefully we don’t need expect any big shifts as far as story and tone are concerned.

Unfortunately, such early news necessarily means that not a lot of narrative details are floating around for Young Justice Season 3. The announcement only promised “new twists, turns and dangerous new threats,” but we could have already guessed that. It’s unclear just how The Team will change, if it will, from Season 2 to Season 3, but I have to assume that Vietti and Weisman have been thinking about future Young Justice stories since Season 2 was in production, so this could easily be the best season yet…”

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/1582400/young-justice-season-3-is-finally-happening-heres-what-we-know

“Benedict Wong Gives ‘Doctor Strange’ a Needed Asian Superhero”

“Beyoncé. Adele. Wong.

All one-named icons in their fields, though the latter is magical rather than musical in Doctor Strange,which topped the box office this weekend with $85 million. But Wong conjures something never seen before in Marvel’s multiverse of comic-book movies: an Asian superhero.

Who better to play a mystical drill sergeant and hard-nosed librarian with that moniker than British star Benedict Wong?

“Honestly, I was watching Marvel films and was always crestfallen: Where are the super-Asians?” Wong says with a laugh. “People are looking to be represented by their heroes.”

A regular on Netflix’s Marco Polo (as Mongol leader Kublai Khan) who also has appeared in Ridley Scott’s The Martian and Prometheus, Wong co-stars as one of the sorcerers of the Kamar-Taj, a group of magic folks dedicated to protecting Earth. When the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) tries to bring darkness and doom, Wong (the character, not the real dude) wields the Wand of Watoomb to help out alongside Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

It’s a different take on Wong than the one familiar to many Doctor Strange fans. He first appeared in 1963 as Strange’s sidekick and valet, and while he has come into his own as a martial-arts master, the filmmakers wanted Wong to stand out as a figure of influence.

“Wong at his worst in comics is a dated stereotype, the obedient Chinese manservant, and there’s so much more possibility in him,” says screenwriter Jon Spaihts. “It was important that Wong be powerful in his own right.”

Growing up in Manchester, Wong (the real guy, not the wizard) was a big Spider-Man fan and comics collector. Yet when it came to role models, “I looked to space, really,” says Wong, the son of two Hong Kongimmigrants, who loved Star Wars and Steven Spielbergas a kid…”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/11/07/benedict-wong-doctor-strange/93236974/

“The Defenders Set Photos: Jessica Jones & Misty Knight Have a Standoff”

“Over the past eight years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded to include more than a dozen films — this fall’s Doctor Strange will be number 14 — as well as TV shows on both ABC and Netflix (with other series planned for Freeform and Hulu). Netflix’s corner of the MCU has garnered plenty of praise from both fans and critics since debuting in early 2015 with Daredevil season 1. It was followed by Jessica Jones season 1 late last year,Daredevil season 2 earlier this year, and Luke Cage season 1 earlier this fall.

Now, Netflix is preparing to up their number of Marvel series per year from two to three, with Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders all set to premiere in 2017. Iron Fist wrapped earlier this fall and is expected to debut in March, The Punisher began production early in October, and The Defenders was the latest series to start filming. The most recent batch of set photos for The Defenders feature two of the show’s female characters having a stand off.

ComingSoon debuted new The Defenders set photos depicting Misty Knight (Simone Missick) pointing a gun at a bloodied Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). These set photos arrive a day after Ritter was spotted on set in costume as Jessica Jones, though the other members of The Defenders — Matt Murdock aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — have yet to be seen.

In addition to the main four superheroes and Misty Knight, The Defenders will feature a number of other Marvel Netflix characters, including Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Daredevil’s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and Jessica JonesMalcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville). Additionally, The Defenders will feature Sigourney Weaver as the villain whose identity is as yet unknown…”

http://screenrant.com/defenders-set-photos-misty-knight-jessica-jones/