Sometimes, actors will try to convince you that making big budget movies is a difficult, rough job that is emotionally and physically exhausting, and that they suffer in the name of our entertainment like celluloid saints. Other times, actors tweet things like this—
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 12, 2016
—and you start thinking that you want to be in a superhero movie as well. As we all gird our loins and other body parts in anticipation of Comic-Con International next week, here are the highlights of this past week’s superhero movie news. Stay girded.
SUPER IDEA: Finally Getting a Clue Who the Bad Guy Is in Suicide Squad
In a movie filled with villains and anti-heroes, who is the big bad of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad? We already know that there’s a villain called the Adversary at the root of the team’s troubles, but now it’s beginning to look as if the Adversary is a shared identity of some sort. “You will find out not only who the Adversary is but why they exist, who is part and parcel and who is behind them,” producer Richard Suckle . Another producer added, “there’s multiple adversaries that the Squad has to contend with over the course of the movie of which the Joker is one.” Is he referring to the Adversary, or simply lower-case adversaries? The answer isn’t necessarily as straight-forward as it might seem, as the same ComicBook.com story revealed that the Adversary will control Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress at some point. What if it can have control over people as well?
Why this is super: On one hand, it makes sense that the only thing worse than a team of bad guys is a bad guy who can become a team all by himself. But could Suicide Squad get the jump on Doctor Strange by being the first supernatural superhero movie with some kind of creepy mind-controlling monstrous entity at its heart?
SUPER IDEA: Spider-Man’s Homecoming Is Exactly What You Think It Is
Congratulations, speculative fanboys: Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman has decided to take pity on you and explain just why the new Spider-Man movie has the subtitle Homecoming. (Spoiler: It’s just what you expected.) Homecoming is a pun, Rothman told IGN. “It’s relevant to the story,” he said, “because it takes place in high school and there is a scene—I guess I can give a little thing—at a homecoming dance, and I’ve actually seen the dailies on it, because we did the high school scenes in the first couple of weeks, it’s fantastic. But it’s also a homecoming to Marvel, and to the cinematic universe that Spider-Man belongs in.”
Why this is super: Perhaps more interesting was the effusive (and blunt) praise Rothman threw on the Marvel team working on the movie. “We’re really, really fortunate with this [movie] because Marvel and Kevin Feige have embraced the character, and no one knows it as well as Marvel,” he said. Sure, a chairman should talk up his projects, but he seemed genuinely excited. Could this be (whisper it so as not to jinx anything) a good Spider-Man movie?
SUPER IDEA: Good Bruce Hunting
Fact 1: Matt Damon would like to play a superhero. Fact 2: His dear friend Ben Affleck is lined up to direct a standalone Batman movie. Those two facts become much more interesting when you consider what Damon just told the Irish Examiner. “Id consider anything with the right director,” Damon said when asked if he’d play a superhero in a future project. “I cant imagine there are any superheroes left, I think theyre all taken at this moment.” Asked if he’d be interested in appearing in Affleck’s Batman, he was especially emphatic. “If he was directing me, Id jump on it in a New York minute. Id love to work with Ben.” There’s just one problem. “Every time he directs a movie, he gives himself the best role in it, so until hes willing to give up the best role to one of his friends, were not going to get on with it,” he joked. Well, Commissioner Gordon has already been cast, but perhaps we can get Damon as Dick Grayson?
Why this is super: This one is an easy one: All someone has to do is point out that Batman is never the best role in a Batman movie, and Damon will sign on to do it. But which villain could he play? (The Riddler, right? Matt would make a great Riddler. Warner Bros., are you listening?)
SUPER IDEA: Wonder Woman Earning Her Comic Bona Fides
Good news for comic book fans who were anxious about next year’s Wonder Woman movie: as part of Warners’ press for its Saturday Comic-Con Hall H presentation, the studio finally revealed that writers Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg are penning the script for the Diana Prince feature. If those names don’t sound too familiar to you, it’s probably worth explaining that Heinberg wrote the Wonder Woman comic for a brief period in 2006, and also co-wrote the JLA comic with Johns a few months prior to that. (He’s also a well-known TV writer, who’s worked on Grey’s Anatomy, Gilmore Girls and Scandal.) Johns, meanwhile, is DC Entertainment’s CCO, the man in charge of DC Films, a producer and screenwriter for Arrow and The Flash, and the comic book writer behind fan-favorite runs on Justice League, Green Lantern, The Flash, Teen Titans, and so much more. They’re working from a story by Heinberg and Zack Snyder.
Why this is super: While Marvel’s movies have had input from comic writers since their inception, this might be the first big screen superhero movie to actually be crafted by people who’ve had experience writing the character on the comic page. It would’ve been nice to have a woman on that screenwriting team, but there’s always the sequel, right?
SUPER IDEA: Planning the Films of Future Past
If you’re wondering what’s coming for Fox’s X-Men movie franchise, it turns out you’re not alone. “Were figuring that out now,” screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg told The Hashtag Show. “The first thing up, were shooting the Wolverine movie right now and we start shooting Deadpool 2 at the beginning of next year, then I sit down and start writing the next one of the mainline X-Men movies real soon.”
Why this is super: Two things might leap out at you from this. Firstly, it’s not too late to try and convince Simon Kinberg to make the next X-Men movie an adaptation of that annual where they had to race against the Impossible Man as part of a scavenger hunt around the Marvel Universe. Secondly, whatever happened to the Gambit movie? Turns out, he had an answer for that last one, at least: “We have a great script on that and hope to shoot that movie at the beginning of spring next year,” he said. We’ve waited so long to see Channing Tatum wear purple. Too long, some might say.