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3 Big Names Join A Few Upcoming DC Films

DC comic movies are back and better than ever. Coming off of the recent success of the Snyder Cut of Justice League, Warner Bros. has brought more good news to follow the next slate of comic book films: new castings. After troubling news of the cancellation of a few promising DC adaptations, it’s relieving to hear some good news about the projects still in the works. However, the castings aren’t just for one upcoming film but rather three. Black Adam, The Flash, and Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods all have already had big names attached but now more fan-favorite characters join the pantheon of heroes and villains.

 

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First, we have the casting of the villain in the sequel to 2019’s electrifying Shazam. Zachary Levi and Asher Angel will reprise their role as Billy Batson/Shazam only to face off against the mysterious Hespera now set to be played by Dame Helen Mirren. Not much is known about the character as she is a new addition to the DC Villain line up making the casting all the more intriguing. Being a goddess of the art of acting Mirren will very likely bring the charm and gusto to rival the fury of the gods.

 

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The Upcoming Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson led Black Adam already teased the arrival of the JSA (that’s Justice Society of America to non-nerds) but now the final casting has arrived from the ashes. The JSA has received their magical powerhouse in Dr. Fate now being played by 007 alum Pierce Brosnan. A quick rundown of the gold helmeted sorcerer, Kent Nelson is an archeologist that discovers the helmet of Nabu, a magical lord of order. With the helmet, Kent transforms into Dr. Fate, a hero of insurmountable magical abilities who is a founding member of the JSA. Brosnan will now join the likes of Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, and Quintessa Swindell playing Hawkman, Atom Smasher, and Cyclone respectively in their efforts to thwart the tyrannical Black Adam.

 

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Lastly, the much anticipated Andy Muschietti The Flash film recasts Henry Allen after a slew of rumors of the character being omitted from the movie. Ron Livingston of Office Space fame will now replace Billy Crudup as the father of the scarlet speedster. Crudup briefly appeared in both of Warner Bros. Justice League films but had to drop the role due to a scheduling conflict. With Livingston at the helm, Henry Allen can once again have the huge parental role in Ezra Miller’s timeline bending film which according to speculation should cover an alternate version of the fan-favorite Flashpoint arc. Henry Allen is framed for murder as his son Barry Allen/ The Flash seeks to become a forensic analyst to clear his name only to find that his superhero persona has much more to do with the alleged crime than he believed.

 

With comic book films returning to form since the start of the pandemic last year, it’s amazing to see that despite the dire circumstances creators take the time to cast brilliant performers in these pivotal roles. The inclusion of fan-favorite characters and new faces to the genre always fills the air with giddiness as comic fans and casuals alike can relish in the performances between the light and color shows. Black Adam is slated for an early June 2023 release with The Flash racing in November the same year. Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods is pegged for a summer 2023 release in June that year.

‘Akira’ Adaptation Gets Release Date!

Taika Waititi’s adaptation of the classic manga, Akira, is set to open May 21st, 2021.

 

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Set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, this cyberpunk story revolves around teenage biker gang leader Kaneda, militant revolutionary Kei, a trio of Espers, and Neo-Tokyo’s military leader Colonel Shikishima to prevent Tetsuo, Kaneda’s mentally-imbalanced childhood friend, from using his unstable telekinetic abilities to ravage the city and awaken a mysterious individual with similar psychic abilities named “Akira”.

Initially serialized in the pages of Young Magazine from 1982 until 1990, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira was collected into six volumes by its publisher Kodansha before Marvel Comics published the book in the United States under their Epic Comics imprint, becoming one of the first manga works to be translated in its entirety into English.

 

AKIRA 1988

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Katsuhiro Otomo adapted his own work, directing the film adaptation in 1988. Akira had a production budget of $9 million, making it the most expensive anime film of its time, but the expense proved to be worth it. The film gained an international cult following following its theatrical and VHS releases, eventually earning over $80 million worldwide from home video sales.

The film paved the way for Japanese popular culture to influence Western culture from animation to comics to film to music to television to video games.

Perhaps it was only inevitable that a live-action adaptation would be made. According to Hollywood Reporter, the film has been in development hell. “Back in 2012, a version that would have starred Garrett Hedlund was shelved, with various filmmakers coming and going on the project that would have been an Americanized version of the story.”

I’m getting Ghost in the Shell flashbacks.

 

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Now Leonardo DiCaprio and Andrew Lazar, through DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, are producing the film with Taika Waititi as director, who “is expected to go a more authentic route, stating back in 2017 that he would want to cast Asian actors in the roles.”

 

Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi is known for his Academy Award nominated short film Two Cars, One Night and his masterpieces Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, as well as this little film called Thor: Ragnarok.

Back in 2017, when Thor: Ragnarok was in full swing, Taika Waititi told IGN:

“Yeah. actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent.”

He also told them that:

I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books

Now, according to Empire, Warner Bros. has dated the film for May 21st, 2021, which puts it up against John Wick 4. Given that John Wick 3: Parabellum has already passed $180 million at the box office, this might be a tough fight.

But as Vulture reports, this could be “an excellent idea for a potential crossover sequel if we’ve ever heard one”.

 

 

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