by Andrew Kiess
With Jon Berg now exited from his role as co-President of Production at DC Films (alongside Geoff Johns) last month, Warner Brothers have been expected to announce a replacement this month.
We have our replacement.
Walter Hamada, who had been an executive at New Line, oversaw successful horror films such as The Conjuring and It, has been named as President of DC Films production. By implication, Geoff Johns is no longer in his co-president role, although, according to reports, he will remain closely involved with Hamada as he oversees all production of films based on characters licensed by DC Comics.
While many may want to jump to conclusions about this announcement, I think it is best to play a game of wait-and-see. This move has been a long time coming, but the problems faced by DC Films have often stemmed from higher up the ladder.
Hamada, however, has already played a role in New Line produced Shazam! and has a strong relationship with Aquaman director James Wan.
The next few months should prove to be more revealing as to what the future of DC Films will look like. Fingers crossed for more good news in the near future.
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by Drew Kiess
In what seems like a lifetime ago, Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello was announced as the villain in The Batman. It’s been unspoken for some time now that he would no longer appear in that feature, but Manganiello as Deathstroke the Terminator was just too good of casting to go completely to waste.
Now, friend of Shanlian on Batman Umburto Gonzalez from the Wrap is reporting that The Raid Director Gareth Evans is in negotiations to write and direct a Deathstroke film. The Raid and its sequel are renowned for their incredible action sequences, and so just what kind of movie Warner Bros. wants out of Deathstroke likely falls right in line with this style of film.
Evans reportedly was offered Justice League Dark, but impressed DC executives with his Deathstroke pitch.
What remains to be seen, of course, is just who or what Deathstroke will be up against. Will it be one of the many DC heroes populating the universe already or someone else entirely? Only time will tell, but that won’t stop anyone from speculating. This may be the perfect opportunity to bring back Will Smith’s Deadshot, but I will be excited to see whatever Evans has come up with.
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by Andrew Kiess
We have been hearing for some time now that a sequel to Suicide Squad was high on Warner Bros.’s priority list, and after announcements for projects that will take place after the sequel, it only seemed natural that we would be getting news on a director soon.
After several rumors near-misses, we finally have our director for when the worst heroes ever return to the bigscreen. Gavin O’Connor, according to Deadline, will be that director, all that’s left to do is to agree on salary. O’Connor will rejoin his Jane Got A Gun and Warrior screenwriter Anthony Tambakis to tell the continuing stories of Amanda Waller’s group of misfits starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as the Joker, among the the other presumed returning cast.
No release date has been announced for Suicide Squad 2, but reports have been circling that production could begin as early as next year, meaning the movie could hit theaters as early as 2019.
O’Connor has been a personal choice of mine to helm a comic book movie for sometime. He is still currently attached to the Green Hornet reboot, but no news has come of that recently. One would imagine this would spell the end of that project for him.
Warrior and Miracle are among some of my favorite films of the 21st century, and The Accountant was a huge hit for Warners. Jane Got A Gun was a film saved from oblivion by O’Connor, which, despite the critical drumming, had some terrific character beats. There is no question that O’Connor is talented, and I am ecstatic to see what he comes up with for this franchise.
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Justin is at it again with his YouTube videos exclusive for Shanlian on Batman and he is bringing you the Suicide Squad news. Justin talks about his hopes and concerns for the upcoming film as well as some box office predictions.
Mark Hughes makes his first appearance on Lords of Film to talk with the guys about The Oscars. Everything from the diversity and/or lack of, picks, and predictions! Also being the Batman fans we all are we get into some Batman V Superman stuff as well. Enjoy and don’t forget to like, comment, and share these podcast, your input really helps out the show!
Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is just 35 days from its premiere on the big screen, many people have been wondering when tickets for the film would be going on sale. Luckily for us “DKR” is back again with information that will shed some light on when he thinks tickets for the film will be made public.
Our source “DKR” said that “I haven’t heard anything other than February 29th so far, and I had to dig for that information. I’m confident thats when the theater has it scheduled.
Now “DKR” did mention in a follow up email to us that anything can change with the scheduling from Warner Bros.
“Warners always has the right to change it, but it’s very rare. I’ve been hearing that date for a while now. It’s 100% what Warners is telling the theater.”
So there you have it folks, it looks like Warner Bros. will begin selling tickets for the film on February 29th. But like “DKR” said anything can change since we are still 35 days away and that they have yet to actually begin booking the film into theaters, so for now it is wait and see. As soon as tickets to become available make sure that you check out Shanlian On Batman for the latest news in regards to that.
Another episode of Lords of Film is underway! Lots and lots of trailers to be discussed today, some good, some bad, some in the middle but we are going over them anyway! Then we get into Star Wars talk, everything that we are thinking, hoping for, mad about, and excited for all in one podcast!
On this Special Edition of Shanlian on Batman, we are coming to you the NIGHT OF with a SoB exclusive trailer break down. Make sure you sync up your internet browser with ours on the new trailer and lets do it again, the “and stop game”! Follow along with the guys while they break down everything they can for the new trailer.
So it finally happened thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Live with a nice little appearance by Ben Affleck (who was only refered to as Batman) we got to see the new trailer for Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice. Make sure you watch it a few times there’s a lot to take in! What are your thoughts on the trailer?
Welcome Back to Lords of Film. Episode 7 is here and we are going to do a nice round table talk about all kinds of film related topics that are circulating around various social medias. Topics such as Brian singer, Momento, George Lucas, Fant 4 Stic, Peter Jackcson, and Spectre. Kick back and enjoy another information packed Lords of Film.