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James Gunn reveals ‘Suicide Squad’ reboot cast

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The writer-director of a new Suicide Squad film took to social media earlier on Friday to post an announcement revealing the entire cast.

Fans of the DC cinematic universe — and comic book movies in general — can now look forward to the soft-reboot from James Gunn.

After being fired, at least temporarily, from Disney back in July of 2018, Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. to helm one of their newest films.

After the first Suicide Squad came out back in August 2016, fans and critics were vastly disappointed in the end result. The dark and gritty vision of David Ayer had been replaced with a vibrant, flashy, style-over-substance approach.

The company who was hired to cut the second trailer of the film, known as the “Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer”, was then brought in to re-cut the film into something more “fun”, and all this was in reaction to the negative response brought on by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

After the announcement that Gunn would write and direct the soft-reboot, the DC fanbase was buzzing with excitement. The man responsible for making characters like Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot household names during his tenure with Marvel was about to take a dive with the likes of Harley Quinn, Rick Flag and Amanda Waller.

Some of the familiar names in the list include Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn). The new names in the list include David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker. Gunn posted an image with the cast names arranged with bullet holes earlier today.

Not returning are Will Smith (Deadshot), Jared Leto (The Joker), Cara Delevingne (June Moon/Enchantress), Karen Fukuhara (Katana) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc)

Aside from Courtney, Kinnaman, Davis and Robbie, there aren’t any confirmed roles for everyone just yet, and most may remain a secret until closer to release. The plot is also tightly under wraps, but Gunn has said on social media that he looked to much older issues of the Suicide Squad for inspiration.

The Suicide Squad is expected to begin filming this fall with a release date of Aug. 6, 2021.

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MGM holds preliminary talks to sell properties

The studio will be the next one looking to get rid of their assets.

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The studio has sought potentially interested companies in purchasing their assets which contain one of the biggest franchises in film history.

The film studio MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) has sat down with interested buyers for their film assets which includes the James Bond catalog.

The two biggest interested parties are Apple and Netflix. The outcome of either one would lead to an interesting future for franchises like Bond where any subsequent instalments in the franchise could lead to streaming-only content.

Apple’s new streaming service launched with very little hype, at least in comparison to its recent competitor in Disney+, but adding something like James Bond to it could draw some subscribers, especially if any future movies, or series, are kept exclusively to Apple TV+.

Should either of these companies move ahead with the acquisition, it will also lend to a shift to the ‘big six’ of media companies, which include; Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, AT&T and Apple.

Aside from Bond, one of the other large properties coming with an MGM acquisition includes The Handmaid’s Tale which has been a popular show on Hulu for the past couple of years.

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‘Captain Marvel 2’ officially in development

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Carol Danvers’ sequel has officially been greenlit at Marvel Studios and is aiming for a 2022 release.

Debuting twice in a small window of March – May 2019, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) thundered into the MCU and became an icon for young women everywhere. Now, in a world post-Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios is moving ahead with a sequel for 2022.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, however, are not expected to return. Marvel is still looking to keep the female eye for the director’s chair but no frontrunners have been announced. Boden and Fleck will remain with Marvel Studios in some capacity, and are rumoured to be discussing an upcoming Disney+ property.

The film is expected to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame despite the mild cliffhanger teased in the first film which hinted at a long-running war between Carol and Ronan The Accuser.

The sequel will be written by WandaVision scribe Magen McDonnell.

Captain Marvel 2 will come to theatres in 2022. ■

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‘Clone Wars’ trailer drops ahead of final season

The anticipation builds for a finale.

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Get ready to fly back to a time in that galaxy far, far away you haven’t visited in six years.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning for one more highly-anticipated seventh season and a trailer released on Wednesday has this galaxy buzzing with excitement.

It will of course release on Disney+, the streaming home of all Star Wars. Though in the past six months alone we got our first Star Wars live action TV series with The Mandalorian, the final film of the 40-year Skywalker Saga and a new video game with Fallen Order, fans are hungry for more.

There will be 12 episodes to bring an end to the iconic series with weekly releases starting on Feb. 21, a Friday.

Showrunner Dave Filoni returns to direct the new Clone Wars episodes, continuing the storylines introduced in the original series and exploring the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Featured heavily in the trailer are fan favourite characters from the series and Star Wars universe as a whole. Anakin Skywalker, Ashoka Tano, Captain Rex, Darth Maul, Yoda and others are back for what appears to be a wild ride to the end.

The series ran for six seasons between 2008 and 2014 but it was cancelled when Disney purchased Star Wars from George Lucas, ending the much-beloved show without giving Filoni and his team a chance to properly bring it to a conclusion.

But now the director who was behind Star Wars: Rebels and played a big part in The Mandalorian is back to give The Clone Wars what it has always needed: a proper finish. ■

Reporting by Eli Ridder;
Editing by Nicholas Seles.
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