Geoff Johns Says the DC Universe Films are 100% Connected

Geoff Johns Says the DC Universe Films are 100% Connected

Geoff Johns says the DC universe films are 100% connected

Last week, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson and chief creative officer Geoff Johns were interviewed by Vulture about the DC universe films and while they tried to clarify the plan moving forward for the films, there still was some confusion. The paragraph from the article in question goes as follows:

One of the centerpieces of this new, decentralized strategy is an as-yet-unnamed side label of occasional movies that are completely separate from everything else, set entirely outside the cinematic universe. Total stand-alones based on good ideas from big-name filmmakers. Movies that are just movies, not components of a larger piece of clockwork. The first one they’re talking about is a solo outing about supervillain the Joker, set to be directed and co-written by The Hangover and War Dogs alumnus Todd Phillips. Johns says they’ll be announcing the name of of this side label “soon-ish.”

Sites, such as ours, took this to mean that there will be the main DC universe films, such as the upcoming Justice LeagueAquamanWonder Woman 2, and so on, and there will also be a completely separate line of movies that will have nothing to do with those, such as the above-mentioned, Todd Phillips-directed Joker origin movie, to be produced to be produced by Martin Scorsese and Phillips.

While we still think that is the case, a fan asked Johns the following on Twitter: “Cinematic universe has only begun and you are already pulling the rug out from under it? Please keep the universe connected!”

Here’s Johns’ response:

Is he just talking about the main DC universe films or also this separate side label? We still don’t really know until they reveal their full plan post-Justice League. What are you hoping for? Do you want all the films to connect in some way, even if it’s just a little? Or do you think there should be the main DC universe films and then the side label that has nothing to do with the main films at all? Let us know your thoughts.

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DisneyToons Announced An Untitled Aviation Movie Set in the ‘Planes’ & ‘Cars’ Universe

DisneyToons Space Movie

Just before the weekend, the D23 Expo brought a slew of announcements and teaser footage shown for the likes of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Frozen 2 (and the short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure) from Walt Disney Animation, as well as Pixar Animation movies like The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4 on the sequel side of things, this year’s Coco, and an original, untitled suburban fantasy film. But there was one other project that we glossed over, and it’s actually more intriguing than it initially sounded.

DisneyToon Studios is the Walt Disney production banner behind a lot of low quality direct-to-video sequels, but every now and then they have some solid theatrical releases like A Goofy Movie. They’re also the company behind Planes, the movie that’s set in the Cars universe (as is the film Planes: Fire & Rescue), even though it’s not a Pixar Animation production. Now the company has announced a new movie that takes place in the Cars and Planes universe, and it raises a slew of new questions about the strange animated world.

Kicking off the animation panel at the D23 Expo on Friday, July 15, John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios, revealed a teaser video called “The Speed Test.”

The video began with a broken down anthropomorphic jet in the desert who has been there for years. A higher tech, modern jet flies nearby with another jet close by. They’re racing through chasms, and our own Peter Sciretta said that the sound was so powerful that it could have been a THX commercial.

Suddenly, the video cut to another vehicle in space flying down through the atmosphere. He flies down by the two racing jets before blasting back up into space. The video indicated that this space should be filled by the title for a DisneyToons space movie of some kind coming out on April 12, 2019, but there isn’t a title yet.

An official press release refers to the project as the Untitled DTS Film, as in DisneyToon Studios, and it’s said to explore the future of aviation, taking moviegoers to the edge of discovery in the air and beyond. The movie will be directed by Klay Hall (Planes) and Bobs Gannaway (Planes: Fire & Rescue), and just like those DisneyToon Studio releases, this new movie will take place in the Cars universe.

That means that the universe has some characters who will begin exploring space, but how exactly will that work? Do they not have to breathe as they leave the atmosphere? Will technology on these air vehicles advance far enough that they can head further into space to explore other worlds? Is there any chance that some of the Cars characters are able to hitch a ride in space and maybe stumble upon Earth, finally revealing that the Cars universe exists on another planet?

This will undoubtedly raise even more questions about how the universe of Cars and Planes operates (and we already have a lot of them), and I can’t wait to see what new trains of thought come from this project.

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By the Power of Grayskull! Masters of the Universe Movie Sets 2019 Release

The Masters of the Universe movie has a release date. Look for the Masters of the Universe movie to arrive December 18, 2019.

Sony Pictures has set new release dates for Angry Birds 2 and the Masters of the Universe movie

Sony Pictures has today updated its release calendar, adding two major releases to the schedule. Look for the animated sequel Angry Birds 2 to arrive September 20, 2019 with McG’s Masters of the Universe movie following on December 18, 2019. The still untitled animated Spider-Man movie sees a slight shift, too, moving one week earlier to December 14, 2018.

RELATED: McG is ‘Laser-Focused’ on Making Masters of the Universe His Next Movie

Masters of the Universe follows Prince Adam, who has the ability to transform into a warrior called He-Man. As He-Man, Adam becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

McG, who is directing the Masters of the Universe movie, recently spoke with CS about his plans for the fantastic world of He-Man.

Originally launched as a popular Mattel toy line in 1982, “Masters of the Universe” spawned several animated series (including the female-driven spinoff cartoon series, “She-Ra: Princess of Power”) along with a 1987 live-action film. Directed by Gary Goddard, the first Masters of the Universe movie stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Frank Langella as Skeletor and, in one of her very first big screen roles, a young Courteney Cox as Julie Winston, a teenage character created specifically for the film.

“I think we want to honor the fan base, first and foremost,” he said. “We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it’s both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We’re not going to stop until we get it right.”

The December 18, 2019 release date will see the Masters of the Universe movie opening just two days before both Universal Pictures’ Broadway adaptation Wicked and a mystery live action Walt Disney Pictures fairy tale film. Angry Birds 2, meanwhile, is the first film to claim that date. The animated Spider-Man, then, is now set to face off against Universal’s Mortal Engines.

Who do you want to see star in a Masters of the Universe movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Clip: Who Is the Greatest Pilot in the Universe?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Clip

This past weekend, Nickelodeon had their annual Kids’ Choice Awards, which meant it was a prime time for studios to advertise their latest blockbusters to the coveted younger demographic. The new footage unfurled included the newest trailer for Wonder Woman (which you can watch right here), as well as the first clip from Transformers: The Last Knight. But Marvel Studios also brought a treat for all of the kids who tuned in.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuted another clip featuring everyone’s favorite ragtag team of space criminals, and this time there’s a bit of a disagreement between Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon regarding who is the best pilot in the universe. The argument escalates to the point of one particularly gross threat that brings Drax the Destroyer into the fray.

Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 clip after the jump.

The comedy in this particular scene feels a bit childish, but that’s probably why it was chosen to play at the Kids’ Choice Awards. Just recently another Guardians of the Galaxy 2 clip debuted featuring a bit of gross humor, but James Gunn already confirmed that it wouldn’t be in the movie. However, I don’t think that will be the cast with this clip since it has some finished visual effects for Rocket Raccoon, the ship’s interface, and more.

Though the discussion about “turds” isn’t the most clever of comedy, despite how enthusiastic Drax the Destroyer is about his own bowel movements, it doesn’t have me worried about the quality of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The first film had some goofy comedy as well, and even though the movie will undoubtedly be PG-13, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some stuff that’s funny for the younger viewers. This is a Disney-owned franchise after all.

If you’d like to see more from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, check out the most recently released trailer, which finally introduced us to Kurt Russell as Star-Lord’s father, Ego, the living planet.

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands in theaters May 5.

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‘Castle Rock’ Teaser: J.J. Abrams Dives into the Entire Stephen King Universe

Stephen King Castle Rock Series

The Constant Readers of the works of Stephen King (yes, there’s a proper name for his most loyal fans) will recognize the name Castle Rock for being the fictional town of Maine where many of the author’s stories have been set. Stories like Cujo, The Dead Zone and The Body are set in that location while works like It, Dreamcatcher, Pete Sematary, Sleepwalkers, The Shawshank Redemption and Under the Dome make reference to the town. Now it appears a new show from J.J. Abrams will take us back to this fictional locale and all the terror and mystery that comes with it.

Castle Rock is a new Hulu series from Stephen King and executive producer J.J. Abrams, who all previously teamed for the time travel series 11.22.63, and a new teaser drops the names of plenty of famous characters and locations from the world of Stephen King’s most famous stories. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the Stephen King Castle Rock series teaser after the jump.

Here’s how Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams announced the surprise teaser:

And here’s where that link went, revealing the teaser in question:

While the teaser mentions several characters and locations that have clear ties to Castle Rock, it also drops names like Annie Wiles from Misery, Danny Torrance from The Shining and John Coffey & Mr. Jungles from The Green Mile, all characters whose story takes place far from Castle Rock. But maybe this series will somehow tie all of Stephen King’s stories together. You can read all about the Castle Rock connections in his work right here.

As of now, we don’t know what the story of this endeavor, but Deadline indicates that it will be another limited series, this time from writer and executive producer Sam Shaw (Manhattan). Meanwhile, THR says the series will be an anthology kind of series that weaves together characters and themes from the novels that use the Castle Rock location.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be allusions to other stories and characters (especially since some of them could easily have spent time in the location at any point in their lives), especially since many more are shown in that teaser. But the number of characters and stories referenced might be limited since any potential seasons that could follow would focus on an entirely different set of characters.

As of now there’s no indication as to when this series will debut on Hulu, so it could hit the streaming service later this year or it might not end up premiering until next year. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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New space pics show off the greatest kitten toe beans in all the universe

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As if you had any doubt that cats are the original space cadets. 

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) proves once and for all that cats and space belong together, releasing a new image that showcases some glorious cat toe beans in space. 

The Cat’s Paw Nebula (as it’s legit called) was first viewed by UK scientist John Herschel in 1837, according to the ESO. Might he could only make out the brightest “toepad.” Since then, the full extent of the space paw has become visible and impressed humans with its “God’s kitten about to swipe some cosmic crap off the universe’s coffee table” likeness.  Read more…

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Hugh Jackman Says Logan is Not Set in the Same X-Men Universe

Hugh Jackman Says Logan is Not Set in the Same X-Men Universe

Hugh Jackman says Logan is not set in the same X-Men universe

We knew Logan is set in the near future, quite some time after the current X-Men universe movies, but now Hugh Jackman has gone as far as saying there’s not much of a connection at all.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Jackman revealed 20th Century Fox gave director James Mangold and Jackman a blank canvas when he told them this is the last one he wanted to make. “And so Jim [Mangold] and I had this blank canvas and we wanted to make something really different. Definitely tonally different, I kept thinking The Wrestler, Unforgiven. He was thinking Unforgiven as well and The Gauntlet and these other movies which just seemed to really match his character. Early on we had the idea for the title not having anything to do with Wolverine in it, but making this more about the man. And what the collateral damage of being Wolverine your entire life would be.”

“It’s a standalone movie in many ways,” he added. “It’s not really beholden to timelines and storylines in the other movies. Obviously, Patrick Stewart is in there so we have some crossover, but it feels very different and very fresh.”

He says trying to serve the chess game of the X-Men universe timelines “actually doesn’t help telling a story and it’s sort of been a bit all over the place. I’m not critical of it – X-Men was the first movie really in comic book, no one thought there’d be another and there were different directors and different off shoots.”

“When you see the full movie you’ll understand,” Jackman added about the standalone nature of the film. “Not only is it different in terms of timeline and tone, it’s a slightly different universe. It’s actually a different paradigm and that will become clear.”

The March 3 release follows a weary Logan as he cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Eriq La Salle, Stephen Merchant, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Logan was directed by James Mangold and scripted by David James Kelly. The new film will mark the ninth time that Jackman has played the Marvel Comics character on the big screen.

UPDATE: Director James Mangold has addressed Jackman’s comments with the following tweets:

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Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe Heads to the Big Screen

Plans are underway for movies set in Rob Liefeld's Extreme Universe.

A new deal will bring Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe to the big screen

A new cinematic universe is in the early stages today as Deadline reports that plans are underway for multiple films based on Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe. Graham King and Fundamental Films will work with Akiva Goldsman and Weed Road to flesh out story plans, following the same writers room strategy that Goldsman recently brought to the Transformers franchise. Liefeld himself will produce the Extreme Universe films alongside Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment.

RELATED: Ryan Reynolds Eager for Deadpool and Wolverine Team-Up Movie

Liefeld, best known today for co-creating Marvel’s Deadpool character with Fabien Nicieza, was one of the founding members of the creator-driven Image Comics in the 1990s. His own comic book publishing imprint, initially called Awesome Comics, has seen a lot of changes over the decades, but the current iteration of the Extreme Universe was rebooted a few years back and includes titles like Brigade, Battlestone, Bloodstrike, Kaboom, Regex, Cybrid and Bloodwulf. Absent from this new Extreme Universe deal are notable titles Youngblood and Avengelyne. The latter is set up at Paramount Pictures with Goldsman himself attached to direct, however, so an eventual continuity link is certainly possible there. After all, Paramount was the studio that gave birth to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s Iron Man.

RELATED: Rob Liefeld’s Avengelyne Sets Up at Paramount with Akiva Goldsman

It is noted in today’s announcement that the Extreme Universe films are likely to embrace an R-rated sensibility in tone with last year’s Deadpool.

How do you feel about an Extreme Universe movie franchise? Is there a particular character you’d like to see get his or her own movie first? Let us know in the comments below!

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