As mentioned above, just last week, Variety reported just the opposite in regard to Black Widow. Saying that Walt Disney Studios is considering releasing Black Widow concurrently in both theaters and on Disney+ at a premium price–similar to that of their plans for Disney Animation’s Raya and the Last Dragon in March.
Variety recently published an article going over their expectations of the big film release dates in 2021. Within, they touched upon Black Widow, saying the following:
“As for ‘Black Widow‘, expect the 2020 delay treatment should the theater situation not improve over the spring. Since it’s the first 2020s film from the franchise that propelled the studio to a now fictional-seeming $11 billion global gross in 2019, another delay before a last-ditch Disney+ release is more likely to occur. “
It’s important to note that this is all speculation from on industry expert, with no concrete facts in play. With how everything is currently, and was throughout last year, it’s no surprise that things are still very much in flux and could change at the drop of a hat.
Pascal’s remark goes to show how well the actor understands Din Djarin as a character. Ever since the beginning of The Mandalorian, The Creed has been a staple of Mando’s life, but this was visibly shaken due to the arrival of the Yoda-like toddler.
In an interview with IndieWire, Pedro Pascal opened up about Din Djarin’s decision to remove his helmet for Grogu during the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian. The actor admitted that it was “almost impossible” to imagine the “overwhelming paralysis” of Mando to not remove his helmet, but Pascal pointed out that it had to be done in order to save Grogu.:
The entire idea of getting to inhabit somebody who, since they were a child, no human has seen their face. it was almost impossible to imagine the level of nakedness and exposure, the overwhelming paralysis. It can’t happen, but it’s a mission and the child has to be saved. It was a super-exciting dance of profound, incredible restraint and total exposure. I can count on my one hand the lines the character had. On the other hand, he’s desperately trying to hide in a room without a mask with his face exposed. It was cool and it was strange.”
Pascal then shared his reaction to the impact of Grogu touching his face to the worldwide audience. The actor revealed that Din “tries to not let himself soften” during the scene, but he ultimately surrendered to the moment since “he cannot help himself.”
“At that point, I knew what it would mean for everyone to experience that kind of threshold between the character and the child. We follow this story for two seasons; there’s this bond that grows between the two of them. He tries to not let himself soften, but he cannot help himself. This practical story logic brought something else about that moment, what it would mean to touch his face.”
Season 1 might’ve provided clues that Mando is unwilling to break the aforementioned code, but it’s clear during Season 2 that no rule will ever stop the famed bounty hunter from saving The Child. There were proverbial hints throughout the show’s sophomore run that widely suggest that the helmet rule is poised to be broken. In a way, Din’s act of removing the helmet in front of his allies essentially hints that he is ready to forego the Mandalorians’ creed, and the final nail in the coffin is Grogu’s departure.
As it now stands, Disney+ is the streaming service for all things MCU while HBO Max boasts an impressive library of both DC and DCEU properties with more on the way. Why not continue to add to that library with fresh material that continues a series fans already love?
In a video from Watchtower Database highlighting a segment from Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin’s Fatman Beyond live chat, both Kevin and Marc shared that they’ve both heard rumors about a Batman: The Animated Series sequel.
During the live video, Marc Bernardin said, “…the rumor is HBO Max is looking at making a Batman: The Animated Series sequel that they want to continue that forward.”
Batman: The Animated Series was an Emmy Award-winning series that ran from 1992 to 1995 and was revered for its darker, film noir style with stories that played more towards an adult audience. The series is well-known for having Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame as the voice of the Joker, and for having first introduced the fan-favorite character of Harley Quinn.
Kevin Smith’s reaction to Marc’s comments was telling prompting him to reply saying, “…I’m not involved, but I too have heard this and I’ve heard this from very reliable people.”
Even though Marc and Kevin both emphasized this is all rumor at this point, the fact both had heard this news apart from one another is interesting. In addition, Kevin’s claim that he heard this news from reliable sources definitely makes the rumor worth paying attention to and yields to its credibility.
It’s also no secret that Mark Hamill loved voicing the Joker during the series run. Since he technically made a comeback as Luke Skywalker in Season 2 of The Mandalorian, it’s possible he would be interested in making a comeback as the Joker in this sequel series too.
While Gonzaga’s specific character name isn’t revealed in this report, it does indicate that she will take on the role of Jennifer Walters’ best friend in this Disney+ solo series.
Deadline has exclusively reported that Ginger Gonzaga is joining the cast of Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk, which will release on Disney+ next year. Gonzaga will be playing the best friend of Maslany’s Jennifer Walters
She Hulk! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am join She-Hulk. We will be directed by THE Kat Coiro! Jessica Gao is writing our series, and fam… she. Is. Funny. I get to pal around with Tatiana Maslany who can play ANYTHING, and I get to look fierce while being funny! So stoked to join the Marvel/Disney family, and they have have exuded nothing but support and kindness and next level vibes. I cannot wait! Also tons of rumors going around that Mark Ruffalo is the greatest dude. Will report back! Thanks Marvel!
In recent comics storylines, the role of Walters’ best friend has typically been filled by Patsy Walker, who takes on the superhero mantle of Hellcat. It’s unclear if this will be taken from the comic pages, however, since this character was utilized as Patricia “Trish” Walker in the Netflix-based Jessica Jones series.
It’s no secret that Leto’s Joker was a victim of studio meddling that eventually led to a disappointing finish to the actor’s short DCEU career. However, Leto will have an unexpected return in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and it looks like a well-deserved redemption is in order for the actor.
While speaking with Jake’s Takes, Jared Leto opened up about returning to play the Joker during the reshoots for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The Little Things actor first described Snyder as a “warrior” and a “madman” while also sharing the roles that he’d like to explore if given a chance:
“Well, you know, Zack Snyder is a warrior. He’s a madman. I really love him. With every character I play, I didn’t know if it’s because I work so intently and I intend to dig really deep and put a lot of time and energy into it. When I’m done playing the parts, I do miss them a little bit. And you do all this work anyway, and it’d be nice to go back and explore other…like Niandre Wallace of Blade Runner. I would love to play that part again in a prequel or some…even Albert Sparma I think would be amazing to see in another movie or a prequel. You do all this work and then you’re done.
Leto also admitted that it’s always “nice to revisit” roles like the Clown Prince of Crime as they often produce “lots of laughter” on set:
“It’s nice to revisit things. Parts like the Joker, like Sparma, what’s really great about those roles is they can be intense and dark but there’s also a lot of freedom and abandonment there. That’s really fun for me, it’s fun for the other actors, and it’s fun for the crew. And with both of those roles, there was lots of laughter on the set, and a lot of joy because you would improvise or say something really funny. It’s always fun when you hear people cracking up on the other side of the camera and I like that quite a bit.”
Leto’s remarks about Snyder aren’t surprising due to the pair closely working together in the past months in order to create a compelling comeback for the character. In addition, the actor’s excitement about revisiting the Clown Prince of Crime should mean well for the Snyder Cut since his enjoyment could very well translate on-screen.
Feige may be putting on a brave face here, but the wording in his response to this question is everything.
CinemaBlend asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige if he was upset that Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man never got the chance to meet the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards in the MCU, to which the Marvel boss simply responded, “yes.”
Feige admitted that while he “spends more time thinking about being excited” about what he wants to see in the MCU, he was upset by the reality that two of Marvel Comics’ greatest minds won’t ever cross paths in the cinematic world that he’s built.
The Marvel Studios CCO elaborated that, much like when a new Marvel Comic is written, he “inherits the continuity that is the point in time” when a new MCU story is being told, further enforcing that he feels an opportunity to introduce Mister Fantastic to Iron Man was sorely missed
“Yes. I mean, as the comics always have done, you inherit the continuity that is the point in time that you’re about to tell a new story. And that’s where we are (in the MCU), so yes. I spend more time thinking about being excited about seeing things than I do sad about not seeing things.”
Kevin Feige admitting that he tries to think of more positive things than the missed opportunity of a Stark/Richards MCU mashup because he doesn’t like to spend time being “sad about not seeing things” is, well… Sad.