DCEU News Matthew Vaughn May Join Shazam Directors Reading Recs More

first_imgOnce you’re familiar with Shazam a great read is Flashpoint where you meet the alternate timeline “Captain Thunder”. pic.twitter.com/4qnSoL43WR— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) December 18, 2017It’s no secret that Warner Bros. wants to make a Flashpoint movie. It’s going to be Ezra Miller’s first starring role in a DC film. If Sandberg’s recommending fans familiarize themselves with Captain Thunder, that may be because the alternate universe hero will appear in Flashpoint. Maybe that movie is going to follow its source material more closely than previous comics adaptations have. I still don’t like the idea of doing a whole universe-changing story before really getting to know Ezra Miller’s Flash, but the DCEU does need to reboot itself somewhat if it’s going to survive. It’s looking more and more like Warner Bros. will use Flashpoint to accomplish that.(Via Warner Bros.)Finally, on the TV side of things, HBO’s TV series adaptation of Watchmen is closer to becoming a reality. ComicBook reports that the network is moving forward with the pilot and the series will begin production in March of 2018. Damon Lindelof, fresh off his mostly-successful HBO series The Leftovers, is a longtime fan of the comic book series, and is excited to adapt it for television. “These are dangerous times and we need dangerous shows,” he said earlier this year at Vulture Fest LA.The last adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic series was Zack Snyder’s 2009 movie. It certainly had its problems, but it was probably the best movie adaptation we could ask for. It’s not easy cramming all of watchmen into just under three hours, but he did an admirable job. If anything didn’t work about it, it was that it followed the comic book too closely. It was paced like a comic book, which made for a very pretty, but confusing and slow film. I still love the movie. A lot. But there are definitely things about Watchmen in general that make it more suited to a TV show than a movie. Multiple main characters with tangential stories that come together at the end is something you can pull off in comics and in serialized TV shows. Try to do it in a movie, and audiences get confused. I’m excited to see what HBO and Lindelof can do with Watchmen. The network is already at the top of the adaptation game after Game of Thrones and Westworld. Let’s see if they can make it three for three. Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target This one is a good sampler since you get the origin as well as various newer takes from Jerry Ordway, Jeff Smith, Geoff Johns & Gary Frank, etc. They’re not all full stories though. pic.twitter.com/75X0VEsC6n— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) December 18, 2017 The X-Men may be headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, but not everyone involved in the series may make the trip. Matthew Vaughn is a celebrated director of the comic book movie genre. When it seemed like the X-Men franchise had lost its way under Fox, the Kick-Ass director came in with a prequel that revitalized the whole thing. After the one-two punch of X-Men III: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class was just what the series needed. It was fresh, fun, had a ton of great actors and an interesting, complex story. It and its Bryan Singer-directed sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past were so good, not even the abysmal X-Men: Apocalypse could destroy the goodwill Vaughn helped build. Now, he may do the same for the DCEU.The director appeared on the IGN UK podcast, where he said he’d rather work for DC than Disney’s Marvel. More than that, he’s been talking to Warner Bros. about the possibility of coming on board. “I do love the world of DC, and I’ve been talking to them at the moment about a few things,” he said. “It’s more fun getting involved with franchises when they’re on the down, because then it’s easier to make a good film. So if I got involved with a few of the superhero movies out there that have been disappointing, it’s going to be… if I do OK, it’ll probably be better.”So it’s not a slight at Disney or Marvel. Their movies are so consistently good that the bar is incredibly high. I wonder if that’s made any other high profile directors nervous about joining the MCU. Nobody wants to make the first bad Marvel movie. It’s no secret that the DCEU is in trouble. Even after the unmitigated success that was Wonder Woman, Justice League failed to be a critical or box office success. The future of the franchise is nowhere near as solid as it once was. It’s a similar situation to the one that the X-Men movies found themselves in after X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Vaughn could be just the talent Warner Bros. needs to get DC’s universe back on track.Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (Via Warner Bros.)Currently, Warner Bros. is rumored to be considering hiring Vaughn to direct Man of Steel 2. ScreenRant reports that the director has even spoken with Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar about the Superman sequel. Millar says he and Vaughn are both big fans of Superman, particularly the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve movies. Millar says Vaughn even offered to have him write a Man of Steel sequel, but Millar is contractually bound to Netflix for the next few years.“He’s attached himself to a couple of things and all that,” Millar said. “You know so; it’s one of those things that might, I mean if somebody phones Matthew up and offers him enough money, it could all change tomorrow.”Vaughn would be a fantastic choice to direct a new proper Superman solo flick. Besides if any of DC’s superheroes need a fresh hand at the wheel, it’s Superman. From what Millar said, Vaughn really gets what the character is supposed to be. He says the two actually pitched a Superman trilogy back in 2008. “There’s no point in doing Superman unless you feel good. You should walk out of ‘Superman’ feeling like a million dollars.” he said. That sounds like the kind of attitude towards Superman the DCEU’s been missing. I really hope Vaughn gets he shot at the Man of Steel.In other DCEU news, production of Shazam! is still coming along, but even most comic book fans might not be all that familiar with DC’s hero. One such fan posed a question to director David F. Sandberg, asking what books she should read to familiarize herself with the character. Sandberg’s answers could hint at what to expect for the movie and the future of the DCEU. This is the newest take on Shazam and as seen in the casting announcements characters from this appear in the movie. pic.twitter.com/onrCz5t83c— David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) December 18, 2017Sandberg has previously admitted, that Shazam! wasn’t a character he was super familiar with himself, so these books are perfect introductions to the character. That Geoff Johns trade might be the most important of his recommendations if you want to familiarize yourself with the side characters and villains of the upcoming movie. He did say that you shouldn’t take Billy Batson’s portrayal in it as gospel though. The New 52 version of the character made him an insufferable brat. Sandberg says the movie version of Batson will be much more likable, like he was in the earlier comics. That’s why it’s important to give those classic trades a read too. Interestingly, Sandberg also recommended picking up Flashpoint. last_img