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‘Doctor Strange’ to Shoot in U.K.


Marvel Studios is moving quickly with its plans for a Doctor Strange movie, with multiple sources this week reporting the studio plans to begin filming at Pinewood Studios in the U.K.

Both Screen Daily and THR have reported that Marvel is in final negotiations to shoot the movie at Pinewood’s Shepperton Studios, the same studio where scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: First Class and Captain America were shot.  Oh, and Star Wars VIIis currently shooting there.

Screen Daily said that the film will begin shooting in May 2015, with plans for the film to release on the July 8, 2016 date that Marvel reserved for an “untitled” film back in 2013

‘Titans’ Live Action


Warner Bros. is near getting a pilot order for Titans, a one hour live action drama, from TNT, according to Variety.  The new series would be based on the 80s DC Comics NewTeen Titans series, probably the most popular print iterations of the characters, and feature Nightwing, Raven, Starfire, and Cyborg, according to the report.
Writers Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes will exec produce.  Goldsman was attached as executive producer of a feature film based on the property back in 2007.  Goldsman was a consulting producer and writer on Fringe, and won an Oscar for his screenplay for A Beautiful Mind, and fewer accolades for his scripts for Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

Dwayne Johnson to Play Black Adam in Shazam!


Despite saying just two weeks ago that he couldn’t decide between playing the titular Shazam or his arch-enemy Black Adam, actor Dwayne Johnson took to Twitter today to announce that he will be playing Black Adam in the upcoming film. No further details are known about the film however, including writer, director, or a release date, but check back here for more on the film as we learn it.

Originally Teth-Adam of Kahndaq, the character first appeared in Marvel Family #1 in 1945 and has gone on to be both a villain and an anti-hero throughout his history. The character has powers comparable to that of Shazam, including flight, strength, agility, lightning manipulation, as well as magic.

Johnson has been in talks to star in a DC film for many years at this point, and earlier this year hinted that Black Adam was one of his favorite characters. A rumor back in June pointed toward a Shazam film opening in 2016 along with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and though there is a DC-based film set for release August 5 of that year, it hasn’t been confirmed as being Shazam.


James Gunn Reveals Stan Lee’s Alternate Guardians of the Galaxy Cameo

Every time a new Marvel Studios film is released, fans often find themselves anticipating their favorite Easter egg – legendary comic writer Stan Lee’s cameo. Despite saying back in January that he wouldn’t have a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Generalissimo indeed appeared in the film, but his cameo was almost a little different. Director James Gunn took to Facebook yesterday to reveal a new behind-the-scenes image from the film and to tell the full story on Lee’s original cameo appearance.

“In the original cut of the film, when the Guardians enter the Collector’s museum, Rocket looks over and sees Cosmo the dog in one display case, Quill looks over into another display case and is surprised by a tentacle slapping against the glass, and Groot looks over and sees, in another display case, Stan Lee. In one take, Stan Lee just slowly turns up his finger, flipping off Groot. We shot this footage with a Stan Lee double because Stan wasn’t able to come to the UK at the time. The plan was to shoot Stan in the same lighting when I was back in LA, and we’d digitally replace the double’s head with Stan’s actual head (not quite as difficult as it sounds). Although I thought the cameo was funny, I thought the flipping off joke was too similar to the moment earlier in the film where Quill flips off the Nova Corps, so I excised that part of it immediately. A couple of the guys at Marvel thought Stan Lee in a case was too broad of a joke in general, and that it took the audience out of the movie. I argued about it for a bit, but we ended up not keeping it in the film.”



Gunn went on to clarify that the cameo was cut for creative reasons and not because of objections by Marvel’s parent company, Disney.


Ant-Man Begins Production


Director Peyton Reed announces on Twitter that it’s time get small.

On Twitter today, Peyton Reed, the director of the upcoming Ant-Man film, which has been through some tough times since Marvel has tried to make it, had this to say.

Fans can finally rejoice because Ant-Man is actually underway! While there have been doubters of whether or not Ant-Man would work as a film, most of the skepticism has gone away after seeing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy do exceptionally well, for a movie about a group of space-misfits and a talking tree based off of second-tier Marvel characters.

Ant-Man will star Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Evangeline Lily as Hope Van Dyne, and The Strain’s Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. What do you guys think about this upcoming film and its characters?

Ant-Man is schedules to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015.