It's Sunday and we all know what that means, it's the Weekly Oddity. Featuring Shazam, Black Panther, Star Wars and more! For those new here, we cover a top story from each day of the week and put it into one big post every Sunday evening- so enjoy!
Monday 5th February 2018: Superbowl Trailers (That we didn't break down!)
Along with the Avengers Infinity War, Solo, Venom, Jurassic World 2 and Ant Man and The Wasp trailers released this week, we also got plenty more that we didn't get to cover throughout the week. So here they are for you:
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Tuesday 6th February 2018: Shazam! Official Synopsis & Dwayne Johnson Executive Producing
Warner Bros. released Shazam!‘s synopsis on Tuesday 6th February as filming officially began. The synopsis confirms Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) as the main villain, and it reveals that Billy Batson will be 14 years old, not 10 years old as he’s usually depicted in the comics.
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”
The studio also revealed that Shazam! is being executive produced by Dwayne Johnson. The actor is slated to play Shazam’s arch nemesis, Teth Adam, in a future solo movie before the two characters appear together on-screen. But just because Johnson is working on Shazam! behind the scenes, that doesn’t mean he will be appearing in the film.
Wednesday 7th February 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators to Write & Produce New ‘Star Wars’ Series of Films
'Game of Thrones' creators David Benioff and Dan B. Weiss are going to write and produce a new series of 'Star Wars' films, Disney announced Wednesday morning. Separate from the main episodic Skywalker saga (Episode I-IX), it will also exist independently from the Rian Johnson-helmed saga that was announced last year.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”
The creators, themselves, released a statement alongside Kennedy's, reading:
“In the summer of 1977 we travelled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since, we are honoured by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is complete.”
Is this Star Wars overload or can you not get enough of the galaxy far, far away? Let us know below!
Thursday 8th February 2018: Black Panther acquires an early 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score
Black Panther has already broken records after selling more advance tickets than any other superhero film, according to Fandango, with expectations that it could smash opening weekend estimates of $90m (£66.8m).
Adding to the hype for T'Challa's solo flick is the first wave of critics reviews with a full positive consensus resulting in (as of 11/02/2018) a 100% from 64 reviews.
Set to hit theatres on 13th February in the UK, our review will be out on the night of 14th February. Stay tuned for our early review!
Friday 9th February 2018: Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Star in Joker Origin Movie
Gladiator's Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play a young Joker in an origin movie- directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover/War Dogs), who will also be co-writing.
The Joker origin movie is reportedly set in the 1980's and it will exist outside the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) and start a new division of DC Films that will exist alongside movies like Justice League and Wonder Woman 2. The standalone movie has thrown some confusion around about Jared Leto's Joker for fans and even the actor himself. Fans are wondering just how exactly Warner Bros. will handle the announcement of a Joker origin movie with Suicide Squad 2 rumoured to be starting production soon.
Leonardo DiCaprio was previously rumoured as being the top pick to play the Joker in Phillips’ movie, but a deal failed to appear with the Oscar-winner. Phoenix himself has been rumoured for a plethora of comic book movie roles in the past, including that of Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange solo movie and the villainous Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s DC film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. More on Zack Snyder later...
In the mean time (get it, mean? Because he's mean? No? Oh well), here's a photoshopped photo of Phoenix to give you an idea as to what he may look like! Courtesy of @bosslogic on Instagram:
Saturday 10th February 2018: In Memory: Reg E Cathey (1958-2018)
Born in Huntsville, Alabama on August 18, 1958, Reg E Cathey was growing up a star. And it's with deep regret to announce the loss of Cathey- aged 59. It's thought that he died due to a battle with lung cancer
Cathey’s career began on the series Square One, a mathematics based educational children’s show. He was the announcer for most of the game shows that were incorporated into the series. He followed with more traditional acting roles, making his film debut as a reporter in the Chevy Chase comedy Funny Farm.
In 2006 Cathey was cast as Norman Wilson on 'The Wire' appearing in 23 episodes over the course of the show’s final two seasons. Cathey appeared in several more films after this, including 'St. Vincent' and 'The Fantastic Four'. But the majority of his career remained on television. He followed The Wire with three episodes of 'Grimm' before being cast as restaurant owner Frank on 'House of Cards'. Cathey popped up repeatedly during the first three seasons of the Netflix show and was nominated for the Outstanding Guest Star in a Drama Series Emmy every year he was on the show – winning in 2015.
Rest in peace Reg E Cathey.
Sunday 11th February 2018: Zack Snyder reportedly fired from DCEU franchise in 2017
Following Zack Snyder’s departure from the production of Justice League in May 2017, it has now been claimed that the director was fired from the DC Extended Universe several months prior to his official exit. At the time, Snyder said that he needed a break from his work on the movie to process personal events which we won't be discussing here. During the re-shoots and post production, Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble) finished directing Justice League, which was met with mixed reviews from both fans and critics when the film released in November of 2017.
Now, an ex Mashable writer (Josh L. Dickey) has said that, though he couldn’t be so explicit in the article he wrote at the time, Snyder was actually fired from the DCEU several months before he officially departed 'Justice League.'
The statement reads:
"Multiple sources with knowledge of Warner Bros.’ plans say that as the DC Extended Universe moves forward, the Snyder's will no longer have anything like the level of creative influence that got the franchise to this point."
Now it's important to note these are just rumours circulating at the moment, until official statements are released, we cannot make a certain comment.
And with that news, we finish this weeks Weekly Oddity. As mentioned in the article, we will be reviewing Black Panther on Wednesday 14th February. Thanks very much for reading and please like us on Facebook, share us on Twitter and comment your thoughts on the article down below!
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