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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

COMIC REEL: "Black Panther" Is Coogler's "Most Personal Movie To Date"; Rogen Explores "Preacher's" Theology


via Comic Book Resources

BLACK PANTHER
In an interview with Fast Company, "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler spoke about the film and his personal connection to it.

"It’s a specific challenge," said Coogler of the film. "What Marvel’s doing, and what you see a lot of studios doing now that Marvel has done it so successfully, is making content that exists in a particular universe, where the characters tie in and crossover, and I think that’s a great creative challenge to me -- to make this movie as personal as possible. It’s going to be my most personal movie to date, which is crazy to say, but it’s completely the case. I’m obsessed with this character and this story right now, and I think it’s going to be very unique and still fit into the overall narrative that they’re establishing. I grew up as a comic book fan, and the same things used to happen in the comic books. You’d have Wolverine’s books, and they’d be so much darker and more brutal than the X-Men books, but they’d still fit in when you open the pages of the X-Men book. It’s new to movies, but it’s not new to storytelling."

Opens February 16, 2018

DC FILMS
Warner Bros. is reportedly contemplating a new spinoff film focusing on Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn as well as other female DC heroes and villains. While a specific roster has not been revealed, THR notes that Batgirl and the Birds of Prey have been floated -- although it's not clear in what capacity. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Robbie is attached to the project and expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn as well as produce the film.

Robbie's also reportedly the one who pitched the movie to Warner Bros.; after landing the role in "Suicide Squad," it's said that she researched Harley Quinn's history, "fell for DC's female characters," and brought on a female writer to help develop the ensemble film. She presented it to Warners, who have "snapped it up," according to THR. The writer attached has not been revealed, although she is said to be working on a draft.

GOTHAM
You can read a recap of last night's "Gotham" right here on CBR. There's also a promo for the season finale, which you can see below.

Airs Mondays on Fox

I KILL GIANTS
Deadline has learned that Umedia will finance the upcoming film adaptation of "I Kill Giants" with backing from London's Ingenious. The film will star Zoe Saldana and Madison Wolfe and mark Anders Walter's feature film directorial debut.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
In an interview with CB.com, executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke about the guest stars and DC heroes that might appear in "Legends of Tomorrow's" second season. That includes Jonah Hex, who debuted in a season one episode.

"I also think that Johnathon Schaech was an incredible Hex, and we were talking last night about doing another episode with him already," said Guggenheim. "We really -- when it comes to something like having Jonah on the show, we didn't look at it as something that would thrill the fans -- we look at it as a bucket list. We wanted to do Jonah."

"We love the idea that the show is a gateway to the whole of the DC Universe, and we have an actual opportunity to go to every corner of the DC Universe, any time or any place that the story makes sense," he added. "I will say that you'll see even more DC characters in Season Two. By a large margin."

Airs Thursdays on the CW

PREACHER
In an interview with Variety, "Preacher" executive producer Seth Rogen spoke about AMC's upcoming adaptation of the acclaimed Vertigo series.

“The comic creates a world where anything is possible and anything can happen," said Rogen. "It’s very funny, but it’s also f—ed up... ['Preacher' creator/writer] Garth [Ennis] was a big advocate of taking a new path, to allow a new audience to discover the show and not strictly adhering to the comics.”

Rogen also spoke about the show's theological leanings: “There’s some theological elements, but it has more to do with the characters’ morality instead of whether they believe in God or not, or believe in this or that. It speaks more to the characters than us trying to make some statement about religion,” said Rogen. “When we made this, we thought we were going to come under fire from a lot of religious groups. If it’s operating under any idea is that it’s all true. Not all the characters believe it and not everyone on the show likes it. Just because people are religious, doesn’t mean they’re all willing to get up in arms about it.”

Premieres Sunday, May 22 on AMC

X-FORCE
In an interview with Den Of Geek, "X-Men" producer Simon Kinberg spoke about "Deadpool's" impact on superhero films and which films should be rated R.

"[N]ot every movie should be," said Kinberg. "I don't think that the main X-Men movies should be R-rated; I don't think they're R-rated stories. But if we were to make an 'X-Force' movie, that probably should be R-rated. And what we're doing with the 'Wolverine' movie... that wasn't impacted by 'Deadpool.' We'd made the decision for 'Wolverine' to be R-rated before 'Deadpool' came out. But I think there's even more confidence about having made that decision now that you see that an R-rated 'Deadpool' movie can do better than any 'X-Men' movie's ever done."

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