Superhero News – July 20, 2015

In the immortal words of Stan Lee…Greetings true believers! Here is your Superhero News Update for July 20, 2015…

Sometimes, big things can come in small packages…Ant-Man, Marvel’s latest action-adventure starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, has scored $58 million at the weekend box office, making it #1 this past weekend! And speaking of Ant-Man, could The Wasp be a part of the Marvel Phase 3 universe? Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios head, thinks it will happen.

While many have retracted their feelings about Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman after seeing the latest trailer to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, one writer is not happy with the results. Grant Morrison, who wrote Wonder Woman: Earth One, feels that the new Wonder Woman does not envision what the original creator William Marston had intended when he created the character. However, we will have to wait until March 25, 2016 to see if that’s true.

Many have been kind of complaining about Oscar Isaac‘s look as Apocalypse in the next X-Men movie, which was unveiled in Entertainment Weekly. Isaac had this to say about the costume:
“We had to do some adjustments here and there and be like, alright, maybe this is too alien. He also is someone who people would want to follow and not just be terrified of. So the balance, and then making sure that there’s some great elements from the comic but also making our own thing as well. In the comic, he generally is like 12 feet, 600 pounds.”

Ava DuVernay recently spoke about how she was attracted to direct Black Panther only to drop out and of course, the reason was clear: creative differences. This is what DuVernay had to say about dropping out of the project:
“What my name is on means something to me – these are my children. This is my art. This is what will live on after I’m gone. So it’s important to me that that be true to who I was in this moment. If there’s too much compromise, it really wasn’t going to be an Ava DuVernay film.”

Sam Raimi recently spoke out about the Spider-Man reboots, which arrived after his trilogy of films from 2002-2007. This is what he had to say about The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2 and the upcoming Spider-Man Marvel/Sony co-production set for 2017:
“I saw [both Marc Webb movies], they’re great. And I’m really glad that Marvel’s taking it to high school. I think that’s gonna be refreshing, and just like my favorite of the Spider-Man comic-books. And I have a lot of faith that they really know their stuff… The difficulty of going through high school is so unique to a superhero. It’s unique and that’s what Spider-Man’s all about, so that they’re gonna explore that head on is very exciting.”

Supergirl is about to possibly be in a love triangle of sorts. Producers are looking to cast an actress to play Lucy Lane, the sister of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane. The character is being portrayed as an ex-girlfriend of Jimmy Olson (Mehcad Brooks) and could end up in a triangle with him and Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist).

Wrapping things up, we have some Arrow and The Flash updates on casting. Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) has been cast as Arrow’s season 4 main villain, Damien Darhk. Comedian Echo Kellum will also be joining the cast in the recurring role of Curtis Holt, better known as the superhero Mr. Terrific – an athlete and the third smartest man alive. Here, he will be working for Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) at Palmer Technologies. Arrow will also have Alexander Calvert in the recurring role of Anarky. In this version, Anarky is a deranged freelancing criminal who is willing to do whatever it takes to impress a potential employer. Meanwhile on The Flash, Adam Copeland, best known for his days as Edge in World Wrestling Entertainment, will play Albert Rothrstein, aka Atom-Smasher, who will start out as a villain. In the comics, the character is a hero.

And that’s your Superhero News Update…Excelsior!

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