Movie News Roundup: Deathstroke, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Max Steel
Casting News, New Movie announcements and all the fresh trailers for movies you won’t be able to watch for a year. Sad.
Wow. Two months without enough movie news to put together one of these articles. I kinda thought this was going to be a more regular thing. There are sites dedicated to JUST this…and there’s not enough confirmed news to fill a thimble most weeks. I’m not looking to turn Deluxe Video into a speculation hootenanny, though you are free to categorize most of my output as either a) speculative or b) capable of causing a nanny to hoot. So, sorry if you were hoping this feature was going to be a fire hose of truth nuggets. Apparently non-bullpucky movie news is as rare as gold.
Joe Manganiello to play Deathstroke opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman.
At least one villain has been cast for the upcoming Batman stand-alone movie. Joe Manganiello (Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday) is set to make his first appearance opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman as the assassin Deathstroke, though no confirmation has been made if he will be the main antagonist in the upcoming film. While not his first stint in a comic book movie (he had a small recurring role in Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man trilogy) this could certainly be Manganiello’s largest big-screen role. As popular as Deathstroke is among fans, this character has potential to be around in the DC cinematic universe for several films.
Zendaya’s role in Spider-Man: Homecoming may be M.J.
In other super hero casting news, young singer/actress Zendaya is currently filming her role in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. Leaked footage hints that the pop star may be playing Mary Jane Watson or some iteration of the character. IMDB has her role listed as “Michelle”, but reports are that her character asks to be called MJ by Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland. It will be interesting to see how this character figures into the rebooted universe of Spider-Man, and to see how many internet trolls will loose their minds that an actress of color is playing an established character.
Jackie Chan looking to start casting for Skiptrace 2.
Western audiences may not be aware of Chan’s latest outing, Skiptrace, but casting is already underway for the sequel. The first film, featuring Chan paired up with Johnny Knoxville, is out this year in China, and apparently has been doing gangbuster business there. It is directed by Reny Harlin (Die Hard 2) and written by Chan himself. For his next outing, Chan is looking to cast a prominent actress from India’s Bollywood system of film studios.
Chan has appeared in several films with Bollywood stars, first in 2005’s film The Myth opposite Malika Sheriwat, and again in 2016’s Kung Fu Yoga which features several rising stars from India. Uniting China and India’s burgeoning film markets has been incredibly effective for Chan.
Five Nights at Freddy’s going to be a thing?
Warner Brother’s has purchased the film rights to the popular jump scare generator, Five Nights at Freddy’s. The creator of the series of games, Scott Cawthon, has been mentioned to be working with the production, but in what capacity is unknown. The game, which features animatronic animals that attempt to murder the night watchman working the graveyard shift at a children’s restaurant, has had several iterations and become a bit of a cult phenomenon. I’ve never had any interest in the games, but it’s a perfect set up for a series of horror movies.
Godzilla Resurgence gets limited U.S. release date.
Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla in Japan) has been trampling the box office in Japan for about a month now and has finally announced a U.S. timetable. The good news is that the film is actually making landfall in America…the bad news is that the film is going to be in theaters for only one week (October 11-18th) and on a very limited number of screens. Seeing as that lines up with my birthday, there’s no way in hell I’m missing this outing of the big green terror. Look forward to the review!
Thoughts: Feels like Spider-Man meets Pacific Rim, with a little bit of Portal style humor thrown in. Those are all good things, so I’m giving it a thumbs up. Wait, that metric is already taken…umm, I guess I give it two rapid blinks, which now stands for approval.
Thoughts: I want to see more of the effects that go into showing the tiger. If the tiger looks realistic, this film is going to be The Revenant from Korea. If it looks shit, its going to sink the whole endeavor. Needs to see more from this project.
Thoughts: A novel back story seems to fall into a predictable horror movie. I’m not seeing enough to differentiate this from any of the other myriad vengeful ghost stories…though it does have potential. Wait for a second trailer.
Thoughts: The guy from The Raid kicking more ass? I’m down.
Live by Night
Thoughts: Not sure I like the accent on Batfleck, but everything else about this trailer is top notch. Nice visuals, lots of character, the action looks tight, and the score is strong. Cast is packed with talent as well. Looks like a solid gangster film.