Marvel, DC, & Borderlands: That’s News To Me

Nerd News June 15

That’s News To Me!

Superheroes are flying back into theaters in full force while we crawl toward the “new normal,” a phrase I’m sure you’re exhausted from hearing by now.

Back Lot 605, as you know, is tapped into everything film 24/7. But we almost need an extra day of the week to have room to speak on the tidal wave of film news relating to comic book and video game adaptations coming our way these days. So to make sure we hit on as many of these topics as possible we’re going to try something different by introducing a weekly roundup of comic, video game and, general nerd culture film news.

Make sure to listen to the Back Lot 605 podcast with co-hosts Casey and Brian to hear them dive deeper into some of these topics. They break down the news and dish on their insights. Check it out!

Namor the Sub-Mariner

Ever since Avengers: Endgame released in 2019, there has been speculation about the arrival of Namor the Sub-Mariner in the MCU. 

This stems from the scene when Black Widow met virtually with heroes from around the world (and space) to touch base on what’s happening in the blipped Universe. Okoye reported tremors detected in the Pacific Ocean being picked up in Wakanda. Also, Namor is one of the earliest Marvel characters created, debuting in Marvel Comics #1 in 1939.

The rumor mill has kicked up again with speculation that Namor will make his MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with Tenoch Huerta playing the role of the Atlantean Avenger. So far it’s only been confirmed Huerta will play an antagonist in the film while that role actually being Namor should be considered merely a rumor at this point. 

Huerta is best known for his role in Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre. He also had smaller roles in 007: Spectre and Get the Gringo.

Namor — Marvel’s answer to Aquaman — has been a friend and foe to the Avengers throughout his long history. Could he start as an antagonist in Wakanda Forever? There are plenty of comics to draw from there.

Speaking of Okoye, Danai Gurira is reportedly on board for another reprisal of her Dora Milaje general, this time for a Disney+ series. Very little is known about the series as it hasn’t been officially announced. The news leaked in a story about Gurira’s lawyer. That story called the series an “Origin story” so we could be learning a lot more about Okoye soon!

More from Marvel

  • Thor: Love and Thunder have wrapped filming. Chris Hemsworth marked the end of filming by posting a photo of him and director Taiki Waititi on Instagram.
  • The first glimpse at Jane Foster’s armor in Thor: Love and Thunder were revealed via a T-Shirt design posted by @LoveandThunderNews on Twitter.
  • On the Sony/Spider-Man side of things, Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been cast as Spidey rogue Kraven The Hunter for a solo film earmarked for 2023. This adds Kraven to the mix with Venom and Morbius the Living Vampire as Spidey villains with solo films under the Sony banner.

According to Glamour, Good Place actress Jameela Jamil has been cast as an MCU villain for the Disney+ series She-Hulk. Jamil will play Titania, who was given superpowers by Doctor Doom in the comics, granting her superhuman strength, size, and fighting ability.

Black Adam only the start

News about DC’s Black Adam film has settled down after a majority of the principal cast has been announced but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot more to come. 

In an interview with Variety, producer Dany Garcia said the team behind the film would like to do “many” films featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam.

Black Adam, often a foil to Shazam, has occasionally been a hero and antihero in DC Comics. The film adaptation of the character is expected to use him as an antihero. Whether Black Adam will remain in the morally grey area of the spectrum will remain to be seen.

The Rock isn’t satisfied with one project with DC. He offered a first look at the upcoming animated film DC’s League of Super-Pets on his Instagram page. The image is of The Rock’s character Krypto the Superdog. The film will feature a league of two- and four-legged heroes and villains. The Rock’s post listed a star-studded cast with John Krasinski, Keanu Reeves, Kate McKinnon, Kevin Hart, Diego Luna, and Vanessa Bayer. The film releases on May 20, 2022. As for Shazam, his second film, starring Zachary Levi, has started filming. The follow-up to 2019’s Shazam! — titled Shazam! Fury of the Gods — is slated for a June 2, 2023 release.

More from DC

  • Chris McKay’s Nightwing film — which was announced in 2017 and since been thought dead — is actually still very much alive. In an interview with Cinemablend, McKay said the door is still open for it to appear somewhere in the DC multiverse and it is a “big, action-packed, emotional movie.”
  • James Wan’s Aquaman sequel has a new title, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

The Blue Beetle movie in pre-production is planned to release on HBO Max. The film will feature the Jaime Reyes version of the character, giving the DCEU its first Mexican-American lead superhero in film. Angel Manuel Soto, director of Charm City Kings, will helm the film.

Borderlands actress shares first images

Jamie Lee Curtis has been teasing fans on social media with the very first images from Eli Roth’s upcoming video game adaptation Borderlands. Curtis shared silhouette photos of the main cast of heroes on Twitter before unveiling a group photo.

The image includes Curtis as Tannis, Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Kevin Hart as Roland, Jack Black’s Claptrap, Ariana Greenblat as Tiny Tina, and Florian Munteanu as Krieg.

The film is expected to release in 2022.

More from Video Game adaptations

  • JJ Abrams is on board at Warner Bros as a producer of an upcoming Superman project, but in the meantime, he has reignited talks of adapting Valve’s computer game Portal for film. According to IGN, a script is being written and it feels like “that thing is finally on the rails.” Abrams has been attached to the Portal movie as far back as 2013.
  • After years stuck in development, a film adaptation of the video game series Metal Gear Solid is in the works. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the film which will star Oscar Isaac as Solid Snake.
About the Author
Joe is a contributing writer for Back Lot 605. He has had an obsessive relationship with movies from a young age. His first big-screen love was the original Ghostbusters, which he watched on repeat while playing with the action figures and proton pack. He often found himself watching movies this way. He even watched the Rob Schneider mega…flop Surf Ninjas for nearly an entire summer. Joe graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication in 2017. He currently writes for The N’West Iowa REVIEW, based in Sheldon, IA. During his free time, Joe enjoys playing music, playing video games, reading and watching sports. Some of Joe’s favorite films are Monster Squad, Batman, The Professional, Predator and The Empire Strikes Back.
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