That’s News To Me July 5 – July 21
There’s a lot more of The Witcher coming to Netflix, DC is testing for Batgirl and Marvel movies don’t seem to be so fruitful for comic creators. Let’s catch up on it all right here!
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DC Casting for Batgirl
The recently announced Batgirl movie heading to HBO Max appears to be moving ahead quickly.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. and DC Films are testing for the role of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. The list of actresses in line to try out for the part includes Isabells Merced (Transformers: The Last Knight), Zoey Deutsch (Zombieland: Double Tap), Leslie Grace (In The Heights) and Haley Lu Richardson (Split). Deadline also said Richardson may have pulled herself out of the running.
UPDATE: Leslie Grace has been cast as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the upcoming Batgirl film for HBO Max.
Little is known about what this film will be and whether it will tie to the upcoming The Batman or The Flash movies. What characters may appear, including villains, is anyone’s guess at this point. What is known is Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys For Life) and Adil El Arbi (Gangsta) will team up to direct. The pair has also worked together on Black and Gangsta in 2015 and 2018 respectively. The script is being written by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey), while Kristin Burr (Cruella) is on as producer.
More From DC
- Black Adam has wrapped filming. Dwayne Johnson shared the news of filming being completed on social media ahead of the 2022 release.
- Aquaman star Jason Momoa announced the start of filming on the sequel to the 2018 film. He teased the possibility of going blond to match Arthur Curry’s classic look. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is expected to release in 2022.
Comic creators boxed out of profits?
Films featuring Marvel comics characters have been hugely successful over the last two decades. From the release of the first X-Men film and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man to the dozens of MCU films, nearly $30 billion has been raked in by filmmakers and studios.
But the creators of many of these iconic characters have largely been left out. At least that’s the assertion being made in a new piece from The Hollywood Reporter.
This isn’t necessarily new information. Len Wein, co-creator of the most popular X-Men character Wolverine, said in 2013 he was paid a “less than reasonable amount” for The Wolverine film. Punisher creator Gerry Conway said he hadn’t received anything for the latest Punisher film at that time.
Wein went on to say he was actually paid more for creating Lucius Fox for the Batman comics. Fox has appeared in three live action films (The Dark Knight Trilogy) but little else adaptation-wise when Wein died in 2017. Wolverine on the other hand has featured in seven live action films and made cameos in others.
These aren’t isolated incidents and aren’t even unique to Marvel. Rather they are a symptom of an industry — or intersection of industries — still struggling to find a way to properly compensate comic book creators. Companies like Marvel and DC often struggled to remain profitable when characters like Wolverine or The Punisher were created; not knowing one day some of these characters would generate billions of dollars for film adaptations.
More From Marvel
- Deadpool made his MCU debut last week. Sort of. He appeared in a short video with Thor: Ragnorak’s Korg to promote Ryan Reynolds’ upcoming film Free Guy.
- Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq is rumoured to be the director of the upcoming Blade film starring Mahershala Ali.
More Coins For The Witcher
A whole lot more of The Witcher is heading to Netflix.
The first teaser and release date for The Witcher season 2 dropped, marking Dec. 17 for the return of Geralt of Rivia.
It’s a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ trailer but it seems to hint at some big things coming to season 2, including the Crones of Crookback Bog. To this point, the show has been a mixture of The Witcher games and the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski.
If you can’t wait until December for more from the world of the Witcher, there’s more good news. The animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is hitting Netflix on Aug. 23. The film will feature Geralt’s mentor Vessemir in his younger days hunting and slaying monsters. If the title is any hint, we may soon learn more about the School of the Wolf, which is what Vessemir and Geralt are trained in to become Witchers.
More From Video Game Adaptations
- HBO’s series The Last Of Us is one of the most highly anticipated video game adaptations yet. According to Collider, the series has an astronomical budget of about $10 million per episode. This would eclipse Game of Thrones money. The series will star Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey; both of which coincidentally appeared on GoT.
- The sequel to 2018’s Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander was knocked off schedule by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like Lara Croft, the film is apparently hard to kill. Vikander told Collider she is hopeful the sequel will still happen but it isn’t a guarantee. Misha Green (Lovecraft Country) will write and direct the film which is tentatively called Tomb Raider: Obsidian.
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