The Fantabulous Emancipation begins in the first Birds of Prey trailer

Harly Quinn is emancipated and ready to take the world by storm alongside a bunch of other badass Gotham City women pulled into a world of trouble in the very first trailer for Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) .

Margot Robbie is back as the clown queen of crime looking to make her own place after dumping the Joker, and the likes of Huntress, Black Canary, Rene Montoya and Cassandra Cain are brought into the picture as they all are pitted against the villainous Black Mask and Victor Zsasz.

Written by Christina Hodson & directed by Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosie Perez, Ali Wong, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco and Ewan McGregor. The film opens February 7, 2020.

Sony & Marvel Studios have struck a whole new Spider-Man deal for the MCU

Sometimes relationships hit a bump and the involved parties take some time apart to try and figure out what their future without one another might look like. Often times that break leads them right back together, and they decide to give it another go with no guarantee the same issues won’t come back up in the future.

But for the moment, the parties are happy with their return.

That’s the case with Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios/Disney as after a summer spent wondering what was next for both after they had a pretty public breakup in regards to Spider-Man, the two studios are working together again. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, a new deal has been struck and the two studios will share the friendly neighborhood hero for two more films, one solo Spider-Man film and one other to be named MCU movie (which would likley be something Avengers level big).

Not only are they back together, but they already have staked claim to July 16, 2021 as the date for the next entry in the Spider-Man saga within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is sure to brings sighs of relief to many since the most recent film Spider-Man: Far From Home left on a pretty huge hard to forget or ignore cliffhanger.

Jon Watts, who directed both MCU Spidey films, is in talks to return for the third film.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Marvel and Feige will lead point once more on the creative side for the co-produced film. Details about the deal have not been verified or released, meaning whether Disney or Sony ended up getting a bigger or lesser piece of the pie (originally Disney was getting none of the box office as part of the previous deal) is unknown.

Some sort of compromise or public enduced change or something came about though that made the parties return to the table and hammer out a deal after being so seemingly adamant that it was unlikely.

This previously unprecedented deal has been very fruitful for both sides, as Far From Home was the first Spider-Man starring film to blow past a billion at the box office and Marvel has been able to have Spider-Man, one of thier most iconic characters, stand alongside other big heroes for the biggest moments of their shared universe saga in recent years.

There is no telling what the future will hold though. There is a chance that they could have figured something out that can make future deals easier, or perhaps in a few years time we’ll all be going through this public break up spectacle once more.

We can only hope for the best, and enjoy the more MCU Spider-Man on its way while we can.

Kevin Feige reportedly set to help develop Star Wars films for Disney/Lucasfilm

Under the leadership of Kevin Feige, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has earned a giant fan base, brought in double digits billions of dollars over the last decade and helped solidify Disney’s choice to purchase Marvel Comics. So it makes a lot of sense that Disney is ready to bring Feige’s eye to another of their billion-dollar properties.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Feige and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy are teaming up to shepherd in a new era of Star Wars films. They are making plans for a wave of new projects that will follow the upcoming conclusion of the long-running Skywalker saga with December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

“We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox,” Disney Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Alan Horn said to THR. “With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is surging forward in 2020 with their fourth phase, including large swath of TV shows set to debut on the Disney+ streaming platform while on the Star Wars side they have TV projects with The Mandalorian and Kenobi for Disney+ along with their animated fare and some still-secret trilogies from David Benioff  & D.B. Weiss and Rian Johnson sometime in the near future.

Whether those films will be ones that Feige has a hand in guiding or it will be things that come beyond those is unclear.

Despite a lot of monetary success, things haven’t been smooth on the Star Wars side of Disney from firing of directors (Gareth Edwards & Phil Lord and Chris Miller), reshoot controversies, the soft reception of the Han Solo film as well as a portion of the fandom reacting beyond negatively to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

On the other side, Feige’s leadership alongside others at Marvel Studios has mostly been smooth outside of things like the loss of Edgar Wright from Ant-Man and issues that led to the departure of Terrance Howard from Iron Man (though this did happen during the time that Ike Pearlmutter still has a heavy hand in the MCU, before Feige got Disney to cut the Marvel CEO out of the films).

Jonah Hill reportedly in talks for role in Matt Reeve’s The Batman

Things are getting busy in Gotham City. Shortly after reports of Jeffrey Wright being in talks to play the role of Commissioner Gordon in Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson’s The Batman, anothe well-known actor is ready to dive into the latest Warner Bros.’ DC film.

According to Variety, Jonah Hill is in talks currently with the studio for a currently undiclosed role in the latest Dark Knight focused film. Reportedly the stuio and filmmakers had their eye on Hill for quite a long time but wanted to nail down the Bruce Wayne/Batman role first, and with Pattionson’s casting earlier this year they began to stir up talk again with Hill.

From the current casting it looks like this film likely will follow the move of the upcoming Joker film in the sense of being set apart from the shared universe of films including Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the rest.

Originally Ben Affleck was attached to star in and direct The Batman, but then Reeves was brought in to direct instead and soon enough Affleck announced he was stepping down as Batman as rumors swirled about Reeve’s film being about a younger Batman and after the reception of Justice League there not seeming to be a current place in the shared DC universe for Batman and Superman.

The Batman opens on June 25, 2021.

Jeffrey Wright & Warner Bros. reportedly in talks for James Gordon role in The Batman

Things are slowly coming together for The Batman, Warner Bros. and DC’s Matt Reeves helmed relaunch of their Batman centric films. Robert Pattinson is ready to take up the cape and cowl as the newest Dark Knight, and now one of his closest allies could be close to being cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Wright (West World, Hunger Games series, and more) is in talks to take up the role of Police Commissioner James Gordon for the upcoming Batman film. Depending on where the film takes place in the career of Batman and Gordon, and what take Reeves is using, whether Gordon will be a detective or liutenant or already commissioner is unclear at the moment.

Gordon has always been an ally, sometimes more reluctant than other times, to Batman in the never-ending battle against crime despite at times the local government or his superiors being anti-vigilante in Gotham City. Gary Oldman played the role for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy while J.K. Simmons briefly held the role in Zack Snyder & Joss Whedon’s Justice League.

Wright’s casting seems to further showcase that not only is this a departure from the formerly known as the DCEU films (Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman, Wonder Woman, etc) in having a younger Batman but also it seems a full on continuity departure as well. This would allow Reeves more room to play around with the character rather than having to be building something that matches up to what Snyder and Ben Affleck were doing with the character.

Originally Affleck was attached to star in and direct The Batman, but then Reeves was brought in to direct instead and soon enough Affleck announced he was stepping down as Batman as rumors swirled about Reeve’s film being about a younger Batman and after the reception of Justice League there not seeming to be a current place in the shared DC universe for Batman and Superman.

The Batman opens on June 25, 2021.

Machine on machine action & more Sarah Connor fill the new Terminator: Dark Fate trailer

A lot of film trailers have dropped as of late and Paramount Pictures is joining the party with the newest trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate, the film that sees James Cameron & Linda Hamilton return to the franchise alongside the returning Arnold Schwarzenegger.

New footage alongside some already seen footage fills the trailer, but the main draw is a bit more spotlight put on the return of Hamilton’s Sarah Conner, listing off her resume of averting Judgement Day, as well as how Mackenzie Davis’ character, Gabriel Luna’s new terminator and Schwarzenegger’s return to playing a T-800 all play into the film as they try to protect or hunt down Natalia Reyes’ character.

Directed by Tim Miller, with Cameron producing, this film is the sixth in the long-running franchise but it ignores the actual happening of Judgement Day in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the future set events of Terminator Salvation and the time-travel reboot hijinks of Terminator: Genisys. Instead this film picks up as a new sequel to Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

The film stars Hamilton, Schwarzenegger, Davis, Luna, Reyes, and Diego Boneta. Terminator: Dark Fate opens on November 1.

All it takes is one bad day in the final trailer for Joker

Warner Bros. is diving fully into the mind of madness this fall with the Joaquin Phoenix starring and Todd Phillips directed Joker, which is on full display in the film’s just released final trailer.

Focusing on Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, the man who will become Joker, the trailer dives into the issues Arthur is dealing with and the things that slowly begin to push him into embracing his chaotic side. The Joker side.

“Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Also starring Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais the film opens on October 04.