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WONDER WOMAN 2 Director Patty Jenkins Teases New Love Interest and Characters

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Following the huge success of Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. is quickly moving forward with a sequel. The studio recently brought its release date up to November 1st, 2019, while Patty Jenkins will return to direct and co-write. Also, Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana Prince.

Now, Jenkins has shed some light on what to expect from the sequel. Appearing on Variety's Playback podcast (transcription via Collider), Jenkins teases her approach to Wonder Woman 2, which is similar to the structure of the first film. But most interestingly, she hints at a new love interest for Diana, along with new characters. "It’s really still going to other values of hers, and a similar formula insofar as making a great, enjoyable fun movie but that ultimately in its third act turns some very big issues, and a very big experience that will aim to have slightly more weight and profundity than it has to have. Because that’s a formula that I really like, and I like the idea of taking somebody on …

THOR: RAGNAROK Passing $800 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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Marvel Studios has had a wildly successful year, with its first two films grossing well over $800 million apiece at the worldwide box office. Its third title of the year, Thor: Ragnarok, is no exception.

Per Variety, the critically acclaimed sequel is expected to surpass $800 million sometime today. This success pushes Disney past the $5 billion mark for the third year in a row. Ragnarok is the seventh Marvel title to crack $800 million, and it is easily the biggest Thor movie so far.

Ragnarok is currently the eighth highest grossing movie of 2017 worldwide, and the sixth highest domestically. That's only going to go higher as its run continues.

Stay tuned for more updates as we have them.

JUSTICE LEAGUE Passes $500 Million at the Worldwide Box Office

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DC Films' Justice League is heading into its third weekend, but ahead of that, the movie has hit a key box office milestone.

According to Forbes, Justice League has surpassed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office. So far, the film has made about $179 million domestically, bringing its worldwide total to $505 million.

Due to its colossal $300 million production budget (not counting marketing), Justice League reportedly needs to gross at least $700 million in order to break even. Thankfully, we're just $200 million away from that happening. Hopefully, the movie maintains enough legs to cross that hurdle and generate at least some sort of profit for Warner Bros.

Stay tuned for more news as we have it.

Ranking the Arrowverse Crossover Events So Far

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Ever since 2014, The CW has aired an annual crossover event for its DC Comics shows. The first two crossovers just had Arrow and The Flash, but with the introduction of Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow on the network, the crossovers expanded to four shows. And they're only getting bigger and bigger each year.
With The CW just finishing its biggest event yet, "Crisis on Earth-X," we figured we'd go back and rank all four of the Arrowverse crossovers up to this point.
#4: Heroes Join Forces (2015)
"Heroes Join Forces" was a two-episode crossover between The Flash and Arrow. The story establishes the backstories for Hawkgirl, Hawkman, and Vandal Savage, leading into Legends of Tomorrow. While the first Arrowverse crossover was basically two stories in two episodes, this one tells a single story across both, so you can't really watch one without the other.
While the first half of "Heroes Join Forces" felt stuffed with characters and plots, it bec…

The First Trailer for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is Here and it's Glorious

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The Avengers are back and are facing their greatest challenge yet. Thanos is on a quest to get the all-powerful infinity stones, and only the Avengers can stop. You probably already know this just watch the trailer.
There was an idea... The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people remarkable people. To see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we need them to, to fight the battles that we never could. - Nick Fury

Avengers Infinity War hits theaters May 4th, 2017.

Rumor: DC Films Emphasizing on the Legion of Doom for the Future

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With Justice League's box office results being lackluster so far, there has been much speculation over the future of the DC Films franchise. There are three movies that are definitely happening - Aquaman, Shazam, and Wonder Woman 2 - but beyond that, the future is very much uncertain. However, a new rumor suggests that Warner Bros. does have plans for the foreseeable future, with an iconic supervillain team at the center of it.

[Warning: The Following Contains SPOILERS From Justice League.]
The end-credits scene for Justice League saw Deathstroke meeting with Lex Luthor, who pitched the idea of forming their own League. This was a good indicator that a potential sequel would unite the Legion of Doom/Injustice League, a team of DC's biggest supervillains. While a sequel is uncertain right now, this other League is said to be very much part of the studio's plans.
According to El Fanboy, DC Films will use the Legion of Doom as "connective tissue" for the next few mo…

FEATURE: Why the DC Films Were Destined to Fail

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Two weeks ago I wrote a piece about the Future of the DC films. After seeing what a mess Justice League seems to be at the box office, and what happened before and after the film's release, I think it's time to talk about the elephant in the room. Why the DC Films were destined to fail. To get a complete understanding of what's happening with The DC Extended Universe, we're going to have to do some research.
We can trace things back all the way to 2011 with the release of Green Lantern: this was Warner Bros. first attempt at a Cinematic Universe. They tried their best to copy Marvel. The film is more light-hearted than the Batman films release at the time. It had a post-credit scene. Amanda Waller played a role and everything. Unfortunately, it just didn't work. After that, they tried again with Man of Steel in 2013. This time they went in the opposite direction. The movie was more in line with The Dark Knight trilogy, which wrapped up just a year prior. It was da…

FLASH SPOILER Review: Episode 4x07 "Therefore I Am"

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MULTIPLE MAN: James Franco Confirms Development on X-Men Project, Teases "Hard R" Rating

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A few days ago, it was reported that James Franco is joining the X-Men universe as star and producer of Multiple Man, based on the character of the same name. The film centers on Jamie Madrox, a mutant who has the ability to create clones of himself. Now, Franco has addressed his involvement with the project.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Franco confirms that he's working with producer Simon Kinberg on an X-Men project, but doesn't say the name of it. "I do have a superhero that I am developing. I don't know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it. It's early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there's a need to develop more."

Franco then explains what attracted him to the franchise in the first place. Basically, both he and the X-Men team had the same goal: breaking new ground. "Our bottom line MO is, how can we push this into new ground? A little bit, but still make it entertaining?…

Astonishing Marvels Staff Weighs In: Thor Ragnarok

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Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is the latest sequel to reach box office hit acclamation, and has surpassed $700 million worldwide. The film has also successfully revived the Thor franchise, turning the god of thunder into a suave, hysterical leader of Asgard.

What did we here at Astonishing Marvels think of Thor: Ragnarok? Look below to see the crew's reviews, and check out Mike's full review HERE.

Michael:
"Thor: Ragnarok takes everything we know about the character and turns it on its head. It's a hilarious space adventure, but also the darkest Marvel film yet. Director Taika Waititi delivers his signature style of humor and the spectacle Thor deserves. I had a smile on my face almost the entire time. It's pretty much everything you could want and then some."

Paul:
"Thor: Ragnarok is a successful reinvention of the franchise, taking the God of Thunder into exciting new territory. The film is hilarious, action-packed, and just plain fun. Hulk fits perfe…

SUICIDE SQUAD: That Joker Batsuit Was Never Actually in the Movie

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There was a lot of merchandise released for the Suicide Squad movie last year, but there was one thing that caught fans' attention. Hot Toys released a figure of Joker wearing a Batman suit, covered in classic Joker colors and graffiti. Funko released a Pop! figure with the same design for this year's San Diego Comic-Con. This Batsuit never appeared in Suicide Squad, and considering all that has been cut from the movie, was it ever going to? Turns out it wasn't.

Writer-director David Ayer set the record straight on Twitter, saying that the Joker Batsuit was never actually made for the movie. Rather, it's just a toy gimmick. Not the most shocking news in the world, but nice to have some clarification.
This was only a toy concept. No wardrobe like this was created. https://t.co/L0PUAK47Yp — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) November 26, 2017
 Do you wish that the Joker Batsuit was in Suicide Squad?

JUSTICE LEAGUE Falls to Second Place This Weekend, Nears $500 Million Worldwide

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DC Films' Justice League has not only earned mixed reviews from critics, but it has struggled at the box office too. Its $94 million opening weekend was the franchise's lowest to date, while it is supposed to make at least $700 million worldwide if it were to break even. We don't know if that's happening yet, but we have the estimates from its second weekend.

Per Box Office Mojo, Justice League grossed an estimated $40.7 million over the three-day weekend $59.6 million over five days, putting it in second place behind Pixar's Coco ($49 million/$71.2 million). This is a nearly 57% drop from its opening weekend; that's a bigger drop than Wonder Woman (43%), but smaller than Man of Steel (65%), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (69%), and Suicide Squad (67%).

Justice League's domestic total is now $171.5 million. The movie is doing better overseas, where it passed the $300 million mark. Its worldwide total is now $481.5 million. So, it should crack the $500 m…

FEATURE: Five Villains We Want to See in DC Films' Injustice League

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[Warning: The Following Contains Some SPOILERS From Justice League.]
The Injustice League is one of several villain teams in the DC Universe, where some of the world's greatest antagonists join forces to take on the Justice League. And based on the post-credits scene for Justice League, it looks like that's the plan for the future.
In the scene, Deathstroke/Slade Wilson meets with Lex Luthor, who just broke out of prison. Lex talks about the formation of the Justice League, and he asks Slade, "Shouldn't we have a league of our own?" This perfectly sets up the Injustice League for a sequel, if it happens.
We can definitely expect Lex and Slade to be on this team, but what about the other members? Below, we've compiled a list of five villains that we want to see in DC Films' Injustice League.
The Joker
You can't have a team of DC's biggest villains without the Clown Prince of Crime, can you? We met Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad, where he is…