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The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Oct. 19th
Last week Robert Downey Jr. made the talk show rounds and broke our hearts by announcing that there were no current plans for a fourth Iron Man film. In the same breath he promised that he would still reprise his Iron Man role in a smaller capacity and it looks like he wasn't pulling our chain.
Rumors sprouted this week that Iron Man may make an appearance in the third Captain America film which is set for release on May 6, 2016. Though the chances look promising, there is a lot of red tape to cut through including salary negotiations and dealmaking between Marvel and Downey's agents at Creative Artists Agency.
Whether or not Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role is left to be seen. He certainly wouldn't be doing it for lack of money. Downey was paid $50 million for his work in The Avengers and $75 million for Iron Man 3.
Speaking of the upcoming Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice, a huge possible spoiler was released this week when an unidentified extra on the set of the film went public and made some very interesting statements.
The extra says that he/she knows without a doubt that Robin will star in the film alongside Batman, the catch: Robin may be a woman, a woman who may or may not be played by Jena Malone (Sucker Punch).
The possibility of Robin being a woman should not be a surprise to hardcore Batman fans who may remember The Dark Knight Returns, a comic book that director Zach Snyder once listed as an inspiration for his film. In that comic, female Carrie Kelley is Batman's faithful sidekick.
DC and Warner Bros. announce a new slate of Superhero Flicks:
This week, Warner Bros. announced their plans to release 13 upcoming superhero films based on DC properties over the next six years. The slate includes a lot of expected films as well as a few surprises. The list:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - The upcoming Batman flick that we all know about.
Suicide Squad (2016) - Bad guys do good.
Wonder Woman (2017) - A long time in the making.
Justice League Part One (2017) - DC's version of The Avengers: Part one!
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) - Really necessary?
The Flash (2018) - No connection to the current CW show.
Untitled Batman Project with Ben Affleck (201X) - The sequel to Batman v Superman.
Aquaman (2018) - Fish does good.
Untitled Man of Steel Sequel (201x) - The sequel to Man of Steel. Wait? Isn't that Batman v Superman?
Shazam (2019) - A more experimental superhero film, think Guardians of the Galaxy-esque.
Justice League Part Two (2019) - Part two of Justice League one.
Cyborg (2020) - A lesser known superhero.
Green Lantern (2020) - Hopefully an improvement on the 2011 disaster of the same name.
Pacific Rim 3 News:
As most fans of the original probably know, creative genius Guillermo del Toro is working on a sequel to his modest box office hit Pacific Rim. Although the first Pacific Rim film was not very successful in the United States, worldwide markets helped the film earn a $411 million box office from a $190 million budget.
Pre-production for the second film is set to start in August of next year and del Toro has apparently written the second film's script in hopes of continuing with a third Pacific Rim film to follow. del Toro says that he will be going in different directions for the 2nd and 3rd film, a plan that will hopefully pull in more American movie goers.
Good News Friendo:
Big news hit the web this week when it was announced that Spanish actor Javier Bardem (Skyfall) is in early talks to play the villain in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film which is due to film next year.
Bardem's villain is described as “a ghost captain who blames Sparrow for the death of his brother and is searching for a supernatural object to aid him” in the film which will be directed by Joachim Ronnin and Espen Sandbreg.
The casting news is made even more exciting due to the fact that Javier Bardem is famous for playing really awesome villains such as the characters he played in Skyfall and No Country for Old Men.
Star Wars Casting News:
Actor Warwick Davis has been tapped to return to the Star Wars universe for J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode 7. Davis, who was 11 years old when he starred as Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi will return to the galaxy far, far away in a yet undisclosed role.
The film is currently filming at Pinewood Studios in London and is set for a December 18, 2015 release.
Box Office Projections:
Weekend Box Office*:
- Fury - $18 Million+
- Gone Girl - $14 Million+
- The Book of Life - $10 Million+
- The Best of Me - $9 Million +
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - $5 Million+
The Brat Pitt led wartime drama, Fury will come in at number one this weekend, pushing Gone Girl out of that spot after two weeks on top. The third place entry, The Book of Life, which is produced by Guillermo del Toro will take third place while this week's other new release, The Best in Me took fourth. Dracula Untold's second weekend gross dropped by 65 percent, forcing it out of the top five.
*predictions based on Saturday's numbers
The Movie You Didn't See:
Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, was released in a limited theatrical run of four theaters this weekend. The film, which also stars Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Edward Norton (Hulk), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Naomi Watts (King Kong), centers around washed-up actor Riggan Thomson, famous for playing the superhero Birdman, and his struggle to find himself while trying to re-ignite his career.
Check out the trailer below: