Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker on the cover of Empire Magazine
The Shazam Family in new promotional images.
‘IT’ director Andy Muschietti is in talks to direct The Flash movie for Warner Bros. with Ezra Miller reprising the speedy role. Christina Hodson, the in-demand screenwriter who reinvigorated the Transformers franchise with Bumblebee and penned the Birds of Prey script, is also reportedly being eyed to write The Flash.
The report stressed that while the studio definitely has Muschietti and Hodson in their sights, official offers have not yet been made.
“Jungle Cruise” director Jaume Collet-Serra and Dwayne Johnson are reuniting for Johnson’s first foray into the comic-book world. Sources tell Variety that Collet-Serra is in negotiations to direct Johnson in the New Line film “Black Adam,” based on the DC Comics character. According to insiders, the film is a priority for the studio following the success of “Shazam!” in addition to the hype surrounding Johnson’s first entry into the superhero realm.
As for Collet-Serra, “The Shallows” director has been a front-runner for the film ever since his work with Johnson and producers Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn on Disney’s “Jungle Cruise.”
Johnson was very impressed with how Collet-Serra handled himself on such a large production and was surprised how seamlessly he was able to transition from darker material to much lighter material with such ease. Once production ended on “Jungle Cruise,” the decision to name him the director of “Black Adam” was an easy one to make.
First poster of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ released
First promo image for Wonder Woman 1984 from Licensing Expo.
Warner Bros. has approved Robert Pattinson as the star of The Batman, the trilogy of films that Matt Reeves will direct later this year, Deadline hears.
Pattinson has been considered a frontrunner because the filmmaker liked him, but the studio was torn between him and Nicholas Hoult, and wanted both of the actors on tape because this is such a big decision on a cornerstone Warner Bros DC franchise.
They’ve got to work out a deal that will clearly include options on at least two more films, but this is considered a formality in a drawn out process. Reeves’ film tracks Bruce Wayne in the formative stages of Batman, which is why they needed an actor in his early 30s.
The film is produced by Dylan Clark, who produced Reeves’ Planet of the Apes films. Expect an announcement imminently. The Batman will in no way carry on the work that Ben Affleck did as the older Batman in Batman V Superman and Justice League.
Now that Matt Reeves has found his Bruce Wayne in Robert Pattinson, done deal or not, the writer-director has turned his attention to The Batman‘s
rogues gallery of villains, which will include the Penguin and
Catwoman, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision newsletter.
Reeves won’t begin casting Batman’s rogues gallery until Pattinson closes his deal, which is believed to be imminent.
While sources say it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top
choice and it’s expected to close shortly. Warner Bros. had no comment.
Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer.