Variety has announced that Warner Brothers recently tapped director Doug Liman to helm their “Justice League Dark” film. Michael Gilio will be penning the script, with Scott Rudin producing.
What do we know about the film so far?
In the words of the (hopefully) immortal David Bowie, “We can be heroes.” Artist/designer VictoryVague (Victoria Haigh) has taken up the cry to remind the women of the world that they have that power, too, with a gorgeous mural found by Twitter user KSully54. You can see the original post on Haigh’s VictoryVague Tumblr and Instagram.
The wall is a beautiful array of misfits, from the current set of Ghostbusters to Jessica Jones to Tank Girl to a mash-up of at least two Clone Club members to a couple of DC’s greatest superheroes.
Back when Rowling was writing the Harry Potter series, she drew sketches of some of the characters as part of her notes. Lately, several of these sketches have made their appearance on Pottermore, giving more fans access to Rowling’s earlier process writing the books.
The conversation pops back up now and again on Twitter, and the results are always devastating–if you ever need a good cry, just type in the hashtag #fictionaldeathsillnevergetover.
It’s fair to say that your average fan has a lengthy list, but here are a few that seem to crop up over and over… along with a few personal asides. (Some spoilers below, obviously, but nothing recent! There will be no spoiling of season finales!)
On the list of Excellent Reasons to Catch Up on Some Reading Over at NPR.org, “letters from Hugh Jackman’s facial hair” oddly never made an appearance. Until today.
Well, until yesterday, if we’re nit-picking about it.
The Telegraph has reported that Ian McKellen turned down 1.5 million dollars in 2013 to officiate Sean Parker’s (of Facebook and Napster) wedding. The Tolkien-themed nuptials could only have been elevated by the presence of McKellen, but it seems that the couple wanted him to dress as Gandalf for the proceedings, to which he replied: “I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings.”
While it is easy to understand McKellen’s reticence, it does get one thinking… if you could pick any SFF character to officiate your wedding, who would you choose?
A new Batman animated movie is on its way, and Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar are back! Check out this trailer for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
We were discussing Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings adaptations, and arguing the relative merits of the Extended Editions versus the Theatrical Releases. (Leah prefers Extended, Emily prefers Theatrical. We’re both correct.) Emily pointed out that there should have been a DVD extra of Bombadil material, and then, naturally, that led to a dreamcasting of Bombadil. We gave ourselves a few restrictions—these had to be people who would have fit the role in 1999/2000, when they would have been hired for The Fellowship of the Ring, and all of the actors have been cast on the assumption that supermodel Claudia Schiffer is playing Goldberry…
So, hey! Come derry dol! Hop along, my hearties! Hobbits! Ponies all! Tor.com readers! We are fond of parties. Now let the fun begin! Let us sing together… or at least take a look at our picks, and tell us yours in the comments.
When Pottermore went through its gargantuan redesign, much of the information that J.K. Rowling wrote for the site vanished. Now those extra bits of backstory will be turned into a set of eBooks titled Pottermore Presents.
Twitter user @lifeofkeira asked actor Kyle MacLachlan for an explanation of Dune, given his expertise having played Paul Atreides in David Lynch’s 1984 film. MacLachlan proved himself a master of emoji-plots by rendering the whole tale in the tiny pictograms, thereby cementing his position as Your Favorite Person On the Internet Right Now. I think the pepper icon for “spice” might make the whole thing.
*starts chanting ‘Muad’Dib! Muad’Dib!’*
Rufio! Rufio! Ru-fi-OOOOOOOOOOOO!
L.A. production company 22 Vision has given the world something that it desperately needed—a photo shoot of Hook’s Lost Boys, all grown up and in costume, for the film’s 25th anniversary.
This is basically what the internet was invented for, right?
After the critical bomb that was Batman v Superman, DC was counting on Suicide Squad to help them save face, going so far as to send the film back into reshoots with rumors of lightening the tone. (It’s important to note that these rumors have not been substantiated, with most of the cast saying that they went back to film more action sequences.) But it seems doubtful that any amount of finicking could have saved Suicide Squad, a film that uses its “dark” content as an excuse to insult its audience’s intelligence on practically every level.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has arrived. The story that follows up with these characters that we’ve known like family for nearly 20 years is available to be read by everyone. It’s Harry Potter’s (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday. You’ve read your copy, probably twice already. There were midnight release HP parties for the first time since 2007.
Group hug, Potter fans.
After years of rumors, Disney’s 1991 cult hit The Rocketeer is finally getting a sequel!
Well, they’re calling it a sequel-reboot? Whatever that means.