Weekend @ The Box Office

Want to know the secret to making your presence known at the domestic box office? Make a good movie. Fury took that advice to heart and opened this weekend with $23,500,000. Coming in at the second spot is Amy Dunne’s continued grip on the box office with Gone Girl raking in another $17,800,000. The Book of Life opened in third place with 17 million (much lower than I had hoped for). Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was too long of a title so people only gave it $12,039,000. And finally that pesky Nicholas Sparks sacrificed another virgin to spawn The Best of Me which opened at $10,200,000. Dracula Untold dropping off the top 5 probably means Universal Monsters shared universe is going to go on the back burner. I don’t think anybody is disappointed by that.

Movie News

It’s a good time to be a superhero fan and a bad time to be me because I have lots of superhero news to write about now. As usual, Marvel makes some headlines with a plot leak or casting leak. This time it’s a bit of both with Variety reporting Robert Downey Jr will co-star in Captain America 3 which will be inspired by the Civil War comic series. The original story dealt with a superhero registration act which required superheroes to register their identities to the government. The only problem for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that there aren’t really any secret identities to speak of, so the movies will take a different route. The scale of destruction in Avengers: Age of Ultron is supposed to be unprecedented (and not weightless or unaware of consequences). With SHIELD caput post-Winter Soldier, the superhero group is going to have to take responsibility for the damages. The idea here is that Tony Stark will be supportive of a government regulated Avengers. Meanwhile, Cap will stand up and point out what happened the last time he worked for a government agency. It didn’t end well. The appearance of Tony Stark in Cap 3 is going to have such large ramifications, it may even determine whether or not certain characters will appear in future Avengers films. Speaking of Avengers films, the Russo Brothers are also rumored to be in talks to direct the team’s third, and possibly fourth, outing.

"You better not screw this up for the both of us"

“You better not screw this up for the both of us”

Over on the DC side of things, they couldn’t let Marvel take all the glory with their announcement, so they announced their slate of 9 movies (not including movies for Superman and Batman) during a shareholders meeting. Thanks, Slashfilm! Odd, but effective since it’s got the internet brewing with possibilities. Once Zack Snyder completes the shoot on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (we can all agree that subtitle is laughable, right?) he will shoot Justice League and Justice League 2 back to back. Because why the hell not? The heroes headlining Justice League are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg. The villain of the first film was recently revealed by Latino Review to be Braniac, who will travel to Earth having heard the same distress call that Zod heard in Man of Steel. Braniac is a weird choice for a villain because he’s intelligent and a character with substance, something Zack Snyder is not known for handling well. Green Lantern is rumored to appear at the end of the first JL to warn the heroes about the threat of Darkseid, leading into Justice League 2.

On a smaller scale, David Ayer will be directing Suicide Squad with 4 potential A-list actors in talks to join the cast. Those actors being Will Smith, Ryan Gosling, Margo Robbie, and Tom Hardy. None of these actors are confirmed and are only rumored for the parts.

And one tiny tidbit of a rumor, Jenna Malone was reportedly cast as Robin for BvS. This would go in line with the Dark Knight Returns inspiration from the comics as the Robin in that story was female as well (and doesn’t nearly get enough credit). Even once the Hunger Games ends, Malone will get plenty of work as the Dark Knight’s sidekick. Maybe she’ll even get a chance at the Nightwing crown?

For those too lazy to click the links to see the dates for DC movies, you’re welcome:

  • March 5, 2016: Suicide Squad
  • June 23, 2017: Wonder Woman
  • 17, 2017: Justice League
  • March 23, 2018: The Flash (we assume, based on the wording above)
  • July 27, 2018: Aquaman (Again, based on wording above)
  • April 5, 2019: Shazam
  • June 14, 2019: Justice League 2
  • April 3, 2020: Cyborg
  • June 19, 2020: Green Lantern

Trailer of the Week

I don’t remember the last time a marketing campaign was able to lure me into a film’s emotional scope quite like Mockingjay: Part 1. Will this end up needing to be a two-parter? Probably not. The book was the low point of the series for me. But if these trailers are any indication, they production team has made sure that this won’t be the case for the films.

Tweets of the Week