Superhero Bits: Batman vs The Punisher, Avengers 4 Heads to Tokyo, Heroes for Hire & More

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Is there a Heroes for Hire series in the works to follow The Defenders on Netflix? What would it be like if Batman fought The Punisher? Will Psylocke be coming back in any future X-Men movies? Need a rundown of who the Justice League villain Steppenwolf is? Are the Thor: Ragnarok credits scenes already complete? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

This fanmade movie trailer imagines a comic battle that will never happen between Batman and The Punisher.

Cort Lane, vice president of Marvel Animation, talks about why their characters are more relatable than DC.

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James McAvoy does not like having to shave his head to play Professor X for the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

The Gotham City Garage comic book is turning Commissioner Gordon‘s daughter Kara Gordon into Supergirl.

The cast of The Flash talks about the new villain The Thinker and what fans can expect from the fourth season.

Agent Carter and Captain America franchise star Hayley Atwell praised Wonder Woman for being “a triumph.”

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Concept artist Rodney Fuentebella shows off some alternate designs for Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

A new photo from the set of the fourth season of The Flash shows Grant Gustin in a new suit as the Scarlet Speedster.

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Sequel Bits: ‘Star Trek 4’ Update, Another ‘Simpsons’ Movie, and Is Deathstroke in ‘The Batman’?

Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Joe Manganiello knows whether or not he’ll appear in The Batman, but will he tell us?
  • Zachary Quinto gives an update on the progress of Star Trek 4
  • One of the stars of Baby Driver will play a major role in the Mamma Mia sequel
  • Sarah Paulson boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable sequel
  • The latest odds of a Simpsons Movie sequel
  • And more!

Despite appearing in costume as Deathstroke in some footage from the Justice League set, it remains unclear if True Blood and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello will actually show up in that movie, in Matt ReevesThe Batman, or in nothing at all. THR caught up with him and asked him if he has any info on his status as the assassin character now that Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of the Batman solo film, and Manganiello was non-committal:

I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.

When asked if he knew when we would find out, he replied, “It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and D.C.” So he’s just reiterating his statements from March, which basically boiled down to, “we’ll see.”

Star Trek 4 Development

Zachary Quinto, the actor plays Spock in the latest iteration of live-action Star Trek films, gave a brief update to Entertainment Tonight about the status of Star Trek 4:

“I’m expecting [the film to come together], but it’s a process. It’s always this way. It’s like, “Yes, we’re going to do it!” But then there are many steps in that process – writing a script being primary among them – and I know that’s what they’re working on now. I think we’re all really excited to go back and we’ll do that whenever the phone rings and it’s J.J. [Abrams] on the other end. But yeah, it is a process. There is years between the first few movies – I think four years between the first two and three between the second and the third. So we are kind of on track. It was two years ago we shot the last one and it came out last year so I feel we are still in the strike zone.”

He also said he didn’t think he’d be interested in making a cameo appearance on Star Trek: Discovery, saying “There is an endless combination of possibilities of stories and characters. I don’t feel like they will need me.” Still, he didn’t slam the door entirely on the possibility, so if the right story comes along, we might see his Spock on the small screen.

Baby Driver - Deborah (Lily James) and Baby (Ansel Elgort)

Baby Driver and Cinderella star Lily James will star in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! for Universal. She’ll play the younger version of Meryl Streep‘s Donna, and the film will bounce back and forth in time “to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.” Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski will reprise their roles from the 2008 movie.

Pamela Adlon in Better Things

Pamela Adlon, the star and co-creator of the FX comedy Better Things, has joined the cast of Paramount’s Bumblebee movie. She’ll play the mother of Hailee Steinfeld’s character in the studio’s first Transformers spin-off film, which is being directed by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.

Director M. Night Shyamalan announced that The People vs. O.J. Simpson star Sarah Paulson has boarded his new movie Glass, which is the sequel to Unbreakable and Split. He ended the message with “#powerhouse,” which could easily be referring to Paulson’s acting abilities or…hear me out…what if she’s playing a superhero named Powerhouse in this movie? GET PUMPED, AMERICA.

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Ten years after The Simpsons Movie hit theaters, director David Silverman and producer Al Jean gave an update to EW about a possible sequel:

I’d love for there to be another one. We’re still a ways away from it. We talk about this and that. We’re thinking it over, but nothing’s happening just yet.…. It’s still daunting because it really knocked the stuffing out of us to do the movie and the show at the same time.

I’d say [it’s in] the very earliest stages. I certainly am cautious about a couple things. I wouldn’t want it to be risky in terms of budget, and I would not want it to be anything that we did purely for the money. I would want it to be a really great movie. I personally feel no need for another one unless it’s great.

Sounds like they’re still recovering from the last one, and while they have some ideas kicking around, I don’t expect to see Another Simpsons Movie (or whatever it ends up being called) any time soon.

the predator cast

While appearing at Comic-Con, Olivia Munn spoke a bit to Yahoo about the upcoming sequel The Predator, which she stars in alongside Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and a handful of others.

“We just wrapped and it comes out next summer. I’m so excited about it. It’s really cool because it’s a standalone. We have the inspiration and we’re in the world of Predator, so we have all the other movies that exist [in that franchise], but we don’t need to acknowledge them. It’s a really cool movie because it feels very present day, and it’s a great ensemble of amazing, funny, comedic actors, too.”

She also talked about the “visceral” and “jarring” experience of seeing the Predator himself on set for the first time, praising the film’s use of practical effects, so that should give fans something to look forward to. The Predator blasts its way into theaters on August 3, 2018.

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Superhero Bits: Green Lantern Comic Reboot, Batman Coming to Gotham, She-Venom & More

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Will Batman ever make his debut on Gotham? How many days did the initial Spider-Man: Homecoming writers have to write their pitch for Marvel? Are you ready for a Green Lantern reboot from DC Comics? Do you want to get your genes tested at San Diego Comic-Con as a promotion for The Gifted? Will She-Venom appear in the Venom spin-off? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Marvel goes behind the scenes at Sphero to get a closer look at the company’s new interactive Spider-Man toy.

Director Stephen Surjik says The Punisher series on Netflix is more of an adult drama than other Marvel shows.

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Director Josh Boone confirmed New Mutants has officially started production this week with this gag film slate.

io9 points out that the Spider-Man: Homecoming cross-promotion with Audi betrays a key piece of Spidey lore.

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more get ready to head back to school in this Walmart commercial.

Sony and Synchrony Bank have given $ 25,000 to a STEM focused school inspired by Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming gets posters inspired by The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Taxi Driver.

Sean Pertwee, better known as Gotham‘s Alfred Pennyworth, wants to see the show’s cast in a Batman movie.

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‘Transformers 5’ Opens with Franchise Low as ‘Wonder Woman’ Surpasses ‘Batman v Superman’ Domestically

Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight took the #1 spot this weekend as expected, but that opening was the lowest the franchise has seen thus far by a rather significant margin as a lot of attention will now turn toward the film’s international run. Meanwhile, WB’s Wonder Woman is still tearing up the box office as it has now become the highest grossing release within the DC Extended Universe and it is showing little sign of stopping. Only one of the previous four Transformers featu…
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Official Trailer for Hulu Doc ‘Batman & Bill’ About a Batman Creator

Batman & Bill Trailer

«The most mysterious man in Gotham City wasn’t in a mask and cape.» Hulu has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Batman & Bill, which will premiere exclusively on Hulu starting early May. The documentary «unmasks» one of the greatest secrets in the comic industry — that Batman wasn’t created by Bob Kane alone, it was primarily Bill Finger who created the iconic superhero. This seems like a fascinating doc with plenty to offer for comic book fans, including inside stories and excellent art from the early days of Batman. It’s cool to see a doc like this that actually looks worth watching on Hulu. They’ve been collecting some of their own original docs recently, including a James Bond one called Becoming Bond. Take a look. ›››

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‘Batman and Bill’ Trailer: The Truth About the Creation of Batman Explained in a New Documentary

Batman and Bill Trailer

Everyone thinks Bob Kane is the sole creator of Batman. What the new documentary Batman and Bill presupposes is, maybe he’s not.

Even though Bob Kane is frequently and historically associated with the creation of Batman, the more educated comic book fans now know that many of the signature elements of Batman’s long comic book history were created by another man named Bill Finger. But why is his name not nearly as synonymous with the creation of The Dark Knight? A new documentary explores why Finger was omitted from Batman’s history and only just recently started getting the credit that he’s due.

Watch the Batman and Bill trailer below.

As the trailer explains, though Bob Kane had the initial idea to create a superhero who was quite the opposite of DC Comics’ Big Blue Boy Scout known as Superman, all of the signature traits of Batman’s comic book adventures came from Bill Finger. Not only did Finger create Batman’s trademark design and draw his stories, he was responsible for creating some key pieces of The Caped Crusader’s mythology. Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City and much more were all added into Batman’s universe by Bill Finger.

Thankfully, since 2015, Bill Finger has started receiving prominent credit for his pivotal contributions to the creation of Batman, even appearing in the credits for Gotham and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and presumably anything associated with Batman from here on out.

But how does a man who is so integral to the creation of one of the most revered superheroes of all time get shoved to the side and almost forgotten by comic book history? That’s the story that Batman and Bill is setting out to tell, inspired by author Marc Tyler Nobleman‘s endeavor to make sure Bill Finger got credit for his work, which he chronicled in the book Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.

In addition to Nobleman, plenty of comic book historians, artists, Batman experts (like comic writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith) and more appear in the documentary to talk about this tragic tale of ignorance in the creation of Batman that went on for far too long.

Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth. One author makes it his crusade to seek justice for Bill Finger, a struggling writer who was the key figure in creating the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.

Batman and Bill will be available to watch on Hulu on May 6.

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Superhero Bits: Watchmen Animated Movie, Wonder Woman Wednesday, LEGO Batman Movie Home Video & More

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Would you believe Tom Holland hasn’t actually seen The Empire Strikes Back? When does The LEGO Batman Movie hit home video? Are you ready to see a Watchmen animated movie? Want to make a Batman that looks like Boba Fett in Injustice 2? How do Batman and Wonder Woman react to the Thor: Ragnarok trailer? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

A new Injustice 2 video shows how you can customize your heroes, like making a Batman that looks like Boba Fett.

Some new set photos show off a bruised Jon Bernthal as The Punisher on the set of his own Netflix series.

James Gunn shared another behind the scenes photo of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast goofing around.

Captain America star Chris Evans thinks that a solo Black Widow movie would totally clean up at the box office.

Batman and Wonder Woman react to the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok in this amusing fanmade video.

Composer Michael Giacchino is in the studio recording the score for this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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The Justice League unites on another new poster for this fall’s team up of the DC Comics superheroes in theaters.

According to a Warner Bros. survey, there appears to be a Watchmen animated movie in development right now.

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Superhero Bits: ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ Featurette, Pierce Brosnan Responds to Cable Rumors & More

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Who is directing the animated Batman and Harley Quinn movie and how did it come to be made? Would Batman & Robin villain Arnold Schwarzenegger be up for playing a Batman villain again? Who are the coolest super animals from comic books? What does Pierce Brosnan have to say about rumors of him playing Cable in Deadpool 2? Which comic books did Chris Pine read to prepare for Wonder Woman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

See how the new Agents of Hydra storyline continues in the promo for the next episode of Agents of SHIELD.

What are the worst Marvel Comics movies that weren’t made by Marvel Studios and where does Fantastic Four land?

Get to know Squirrel Girl from Marvel 101 before she makes her debut in the New Warriors TV series in 2018.

Collider learned that Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke) is directed the Batman and Harley Quinn movie.

You only get one chance to save the galaxy twice in this new TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 TV.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the worst Batman movie, would be happy to play a Batman villain again.

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Marvel released a new book called Night Night, Groot for all the young Guardians of the Galaxy fans out there.

ScreenRant picked 15 actresses who could play Batgirl and only have two of the same names that we picked.

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Superhero Bits: ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ Voices Revealed, Black Order in Infinity War & More

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How will Black Widow deal with meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy? Who will voice Batman and Harley Quinn in the animated feature with the hero and villain? Will the Black Order be featured in Avengers: Infinity War? What does Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins think of Joss Whedon directing Batgirl? Which DCEU star did Tom Holland hope would end up playing Kraven in the MCU? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Watch this clips from the animated movie Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, available now on Digital HD.

Daredevil star Charlie Cox says The Defenders got the four best directors from the other Marvel shows to direct.

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ScreenRant looks at some of the weirdest things Captain America has done, including accidentally doing drugs.

At an MIPTV event, Disney Distribution Senior VP Mark End?man said Cloak and Dagger has a 10-episode order.

A new installment of Super Powered Beat Down has Batman Beyond square off with Spider-Man 2099.

Scott Speiser (NCIS) has been added to the cast of The Tick as a series regular, but we don’t know his character.

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Here are some new banners for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that could make good Facebook cover photos.

Scarlett Johansson doesn’t think Black Widow will be phased by the Guardians of the Galaxy in Infinity War.

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Catwoman Beats on Batman, Harley Quinn in New Injustice 2 Trailer

Catwoman Beats on Batman, Harley Quinn in New Injustice 2 Trailer

Catwoman beats on Batman, Harley Quinn in new Injustice 2 trailer

Following the bad guy-centric trailer released last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have debuted an all-Catwoman trailer for the upcoming Injustice 2. Check it out in the player below!

Developed by NetherRealm StudiosInjustice 2 offers the latest DC fighting game experience that expands on the previous title’s larger-than-life showdowns. Every battle defines you in a game where players personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. For the first time gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd, and Deadshot. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis.

Featuring a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Injustice 2 will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017. You can pre-order your copy by clicking here.

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