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Superman Almost Appeared in The Suicide Squad Movie

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The Suicide Squad crew

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Who would have thought that Kal-El might have appeared in The Suicide Squad? Well, James Gunn wanted to make this a reality. Gunn reveals Superman was the initial big bad for the film instead of Starro the Conqueror in a new interview.

On the latest episode of the Script Apart, a podcast that talks to writers about the evolution of their scripts, The Suicide Squad director James Gunn mentions, “There was a time when I thought The Suicide Squad should fight Superman,” he says. He continues explaining why Starro was a much better choice.

“I thought that was a very interesting story. Then I came up with Starro. He’s a character I love from the comics. I think he’s a perfect comic book character because he’s absolutely ludicrous but also very scary in his own way. What he does is scary. He used to scare the crap out of me when I was a child, putting those facehuggers on Superman and Batman. So I thought he was one of the major, major DC villains that was probably never going to be put into another movie. And if they did, it’d have been a ‘black cloud’ version of Starro. Not a giant walking starfish, a kaiju that’s bright pink and cerulean blue, this ridiculously big, bright bad guy.”

Not only did Gunn think Starro was a better fit, but he talks about how the character of Superman is still feeling its way around the DCEU. “At the time, there were a lot of questions like, ‘Who is Superman in the DCEU? Is this movie outside the DCEU?’, and I just didn’t want to deal with it all that much,” Gunn said. “I just wanted to tell a good story.”

What kind of movie would The Suicide Squad have been with Superman as an antagonist? Let us know in the comments!


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Suicide Squad Director David Ayer is Upset With Warner Bros.

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Will Smith and David Ayer on set for Suicide Squad 2016

Will Smith and David Ayer on set for Suicide Squad 2016
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David Ayer, director of the 2016 Suicide Squad, has taken to Twitter to discuss his experience shooting the film.

The upcoming release of James Gunn’s Suicide Squad film has drummed up old feelings that Ayer needs to get off his chest officially. From his three-page letter posted to his Twitter last Thursday, fans now know a bit more about his experience working on the movie.

Ayer’s letter comes in response to a Tweet from film critic Tim Grierson at Screen Daily who said, “Well, here’s something I didn’t expect to write: I really loved The SuicideSquad,” wrote Grierson. “Many times while watching the new movie, I thought, ‘Yeah, David Ayer should just abandon the idea of that director’s cut.’”

As a writer/director David Ayer is hit (End of Watch, Training Day) or miss (Sabotage, Bright). However, all his films have a signature tone and style that I can admit is missing from his version of the Suicide Squad. The 2016 movie looks and feels it was created in an executive boardroom, so it’s understandable why Ayer has disowned it.

“The studio cut is not my movie. Read that again,” he wrote. “And my cut is not the 10-week director’s cut – It’s a fully mature edit by Lee Smith standing on the incredibly [sic] work by John Gilroy. It’s all Steven Price’s brilliant score, with not a single radio song in the whole thing. It has traditional character arcs, amazing performances, and solid 3rd Act resolution.”

Ayer noted that he isn’t a hater. In fact, he praises Gunn’s version and all involved. “I’m so proud of James and excited for the success that’s coming. I support WB and am thrilled the franchise is getting the legs it needs,” he wrote. “I’m rooting for everyone, the cast, the crew. Every movie is a miracle. And Jame’s [sic] brilliant work will be the miracle of miracles.”

Warner Bros. isn’t going to shell out the same amount of money they gave to Zack Snyder to complete his cut of the Justice League, so let’s hope Ayer’s Suicide Squad doesn’t require any reshoots or additional footage. Can the director garner enough hype around #releasetheayercut to get HBO to acquiesce?

The Suicide Squad is set for release in theaters in the U.S. and on the HBO Max streaming platform on August 6.

 

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Free Guy Trailer—Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer Become Game Heroes

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Ryan Reynolds looks up at a gun-toting Jodie Comer in the new trailer for Free Guy.

Oh, y’know. Video games.
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The less you actually question anything that happens in this two-and-a-half-minute chunk of Shawn Levy’s Free Guy is probably for the best, as the moment you attempt to apply any form of coherent logic to it, it threatens to fall apart as spectacularly as its video game NPC hero’s life does.

But, if you don’t engage that ol’ grey matter of yours, Free Guy—starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular Guy, a bank teller NPC in an open-world online GTA-meets-Fortnite Battle Royale pastiche apparently run by a villainous Taika Waititi—looks like a whole bunch of senseless action fun. Liberally taking its video game influence roots and running with it for a madcap, explosion-filled effects fest, the film follows Guy’s rote life as a cog in the machine until a chance encounter with a woman named Milly (Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer) gives him the realization that being a game protagonist is much more fun than being an NPC.

It’s from there of course that Free Guy goes a bit doolally, turning Guy’s hapless life into a guns-blazing mashup of GTA, Need For Speed, and a little bit of classic Mario or Sonic style platforming and power-up collecting for good measure. Does it barely make any sense? Maybe. Does its understanding of any kind of video game logic or mechanics go out the window almost immediately? Absolutely. But Taika Waititi takes an axe to a server rack at one point, and that’s pretty funny.

According to the press release, the film also has cameos from some of the video gaming world’s most influential figures”: Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Lannan “LazarBeam” Eacott, Seán William “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, and Daniel “DanTDM” Middleton. You know, if that’s something that interests you.

Free Guy releases in theaters August 13.


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Bridgerton’s Freddie Stroma Stars in James Gunn’s Peacemaker

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Freddie Stroma in Bridgerton

Freddie Stroma in Bridgerton
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Freddie Stroma (Bridgerton) is cast in a recurring role as Adrian Chase, aka Vigilante, in James Gunn’s HBO Max series Peacemaker.

According to Deadline, Stroma is replacing Chris Conrad, who originally played the role but left the show due to creative differences.

Peacemaker went straight-to-series order with eight episodes. James Gunn will write and direct and act as executive producer along with Peter Safran, Matt Miller. Star John Cena will act as Co-executive producer.

The show is an action-comedy that explores the origins of John Cena’s character in The Suicide Squad. Based on the DC Comics character, the series follows a man who believes in total peace at any cost. Vigilante is a former New York City district attorney who adopts the alter ego when mobsters killed his wife and child. He was a skilled marksman, a hand-to-hand combat fighter, and has healing powers.

Stroma rounds out a stellar cast, including Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Nhut Le (Kroll Show), with Suicide Squad, film characters Steve Agee and Jennifer Holland returning for the series.

Peacemaker is projected to debut in spring 2022, while James Gunn’s Suicide Squad is scheduled for theatrical release on August 6, 2021.


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John Krasinski Has His Notes READY for A Quiet Place Three

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John Krasinski in A Quiet Place

John Krasinski in A Quiet Place
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John Krasinski never thought A Quiet Place, would have a sequel because the actor/director didn’t think he could pull it off.

But when the first film became a massive success, he was able to get into the right frame of mind to write A Quiet Place Part II. When brainstorming a possible sequel title, Emily Blunt told her husband that his screenplay for Part II felt like the second part of a book trilogy.

During the press tour when asked about writing a sequel, Krasinski told Collider about writing notes to prepare for a third movie: “It’s interesting. I genuinely hadn’t thought about a second one when I was doing the first one. However, I really had these questions while I was doing it. I put the fires out in the distance in the first one, and I always thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we got to explore where those fires lead to? Who’s on the other end of those fires?’ But I never thought that there would be a sequel. So then, when I actually came around to writing the sequel, I started with the fires. And so this time, I think when my brain started wandering of questions of what would this mean, later on, I started to write down notes in case I could prepare myself for a third one.”

Krasinski knows how to raise the stakes, so where would things go from here? What new ways could he expand on worldbuilding and the characters’ internal conflict the third time around? Hopefully, we’ll hear more about the third film soon.

A Quiet Place Part II is currently in theaters and will steam on VOD starting July 12. Let us know what you think in the comments!


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Hulu’s False Positive Trailer: Pregnancy Horror Ilana Glazer

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Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Hindle, Ilana Glazer as Lucy, and Justin Theroux as Adrian in Hulu's upcoming horror movie False Positive

A tale of in vitro fertili-satan.
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Pregnancy and childbirth can be a beautiful process for some and a nightmare of stress, hormones, and body horror for others. In this first trailer for Hulu’s False Positive, Ilana Glazer’s joy at her successful in vitro fertilization falls apart when she begins to have complications… of the potentially infernal variety.

Although director John Lee is best known for directing comedies like Wonder Showzen, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, and Search Party, and Glazer is a comedian best known for Broad City, False Positive seems to be a very straightforward horror-suspense film. Here’s the trailer, followed by the official synopsis:

“After months of trying and failing to get pregnant, Lucy (Ilana Glazer) and Adrian (Justin Theroux) finally find their dream fertility doctor in the illustrious Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan). But after becoming pregnant with a healthy baby girl, Lucy begins to notice something sinister through Hindle’s gleaming charm, and she sets out to uncover the unsettling truth about him, and her own ‘birth story.’ As if getting pregnant weren’t complicated enough…”

The question remains whether Dr. Hindle has done something nefarious to Lucy, if the problem lies in Lucy’s mysterious “birth story,” or if these problems are all just in Lucy’s mind. I’d be a little worried that False Positive is just the misogynist belief “boy, pregnant women are so hormonal it’s like they’re crazy!” in horror movie form, except that the movie is co-written by Glazer herself, who I simply can’t imagine would create a movie that reinforced negative stereotypes about women in any capacity.

False Positive’s due date, as Hulu very smugly puts it, is June 25. It also stars Sophia Bush and Gretchen Mol.


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