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Warners Will Spend $70 Million on the ‘Justice League’ Snyder Cut

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Let’s put this to rest: Clearly, the Snyder Cut was never finished.

For years, Zack Snyder fans clamored for Warner Bros. to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut of Justice League that they claimed was sitting around in a vault somewhere just waiting to be unleashed on the world. They begged and screamed and cajoled and fought and finally Warners acquiesced, announcing that Zack Snyder’s Justice League would premiere soon on HBO Max. What we’re seeing now it that the movie didn’t exist, at least not in completed form. If it did, Warner Bros. would not be spending all this money to finish it now.

They are spending a lot of money on it. According to TheWrap, the Snyder Cut has a budget of “around $70 million.” Earlier reports claimed Snyder would not reshoot anything for his director’s cut, with the money going to finish effects shots that had never been completed. This week we learned Snyder will reconvene much of his original cast to shoot material that was never completed back in 2017.

According to Wikipedia, the theatrical cut of Justice League had a budget of $300 million, meaning the new version could cost almost 25 percent of the original. For further comparison, Shazam’s entire budget is estimated at $80 million. So the completion of the Snyder Cut is a major, major undertaking for Warner Bros. It’s going to need to bring a lot of eyeballs to HBO Max to be considered a success. Zack Snyder’s Justice League — all four hours of it, broken into a quartet of hourlong episodes — is expected to premiere on HBO Max at some point in 2021.

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‘The Suicide Squad’s Peacemaker Is Getting His Own HBO Max Series

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The Suicide Squad is not going to die when the movie is done.

Almost a year before the film is due in theaters, Warner Bros. and HBO Max have announced they’ve ordered a series based on one of its new characters, Peacemaker, who’s played in The Suicide Squad by John Cena. The show will run for eight episodes on HBO Max, and Cena will star. The Suicide Squad’s writer/director, James Gunn, will write the entire show and also direct “multiple” episodes, including the premiere, according to the press release.

Here’s what that press release had to say about the show itself:

While details about Peacemaker are being kept under wraps, the series will explore the origins of the character that Cena will play in the upcoming film, a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The series will extend the world that Gunn is creating for The Suicide Squad movie, which is scheduled to be released in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 6, 2021.

Peacemaker follows Warner Bros. giving another upcoming DC movie, The Batman, a spinoff show; director Matt Reeves is working on a series for HBO Max about Gotham City cops. So that looks to be Warners’ synergistic approach; big movies connected to interesting TV series to draw customers to HBO Max streaming. This plan could backfire; if the movies are bad, will anyone care about a TV series? But if the movies are good, then these high-profile series, with big-name stars and popular DC characters, could give HBO Max an edge in the streaming wars. Per the press release, Peacemaker will go into production in “early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the next Guardians of the Galaxy film.”

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‘Supergirl’ Will End After Season 6

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The Girl of Steel is flying off into the sunset.

The CW and Warner Bros. TV announced today that they have decided to end Supergirl after its upcoming sixth season. The third series in the Arrowverse launched in 2015 on CBS, before transitioning to The CW with its second season. On Instagram, star Melissa Benoist posted her emotional response to the news:

To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless… I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.

Arrow, which launched the current DC TV universe, came to an end in January of this year. Even without it and Supergirl, the Arrowverse will still continue into the future. The CW also has series for The Flash, Black Lightning, and Legends of Tomorrow. They’ve also announced a Supergirl spinoff about Superman and Lois, starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch, which is scheduled to debut in the near future.

Here’s Melissa Benoist’s full post on the news. The sixth season of the show is expected to air in 2021:

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Ellen DeGeneres Addresses Workplace Reports in Talk Show Return

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In the first episode of Season 18, Ellen DeGeneres addressed allegations of “toxic” workplace conditions on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Her opening monologue back on the Warner Bros. lot touched upon several aspects of the controversy, from the mistreatment of employees to DeGeneres’ aloof disposition on set. To an audience of individual video screens featuring viewers from all over the world, DeGeneres began her apology.

"I learned that things happened here that never should have happened," she stated. "I take that very seriously and I want to say I'm so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility. I take responsibility for what happens at my show."

Watch the full monologue below:

DeGeneres went on to confront several crew members’ admissions that the host was not who she appeared to be on TV. “This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be, and if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that,” she said. “I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good, that's my favorite thing to do. That, and Jenga.” DeGeneres’ monologue was sprinkled with similar moments of levity, some of which felt inappropriate given the circumstances.

Warner Bros.’ investigation of The Ellen DeGeneres Show began in July, after Buzzfeed News shared two news stories detailing the show’s “toxic work culture” and sexual harassment allegations. The latter caused WarnerMedia to part with three executive producers named in the report: Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman. The Emmy-winning daytime show has since granted its employees paid time off for birthdays, doctor's appointments, and family events. But DeGeneres' well-known “kind lady” persona remains tarnished in the eyes of many viewers.

Despite all this, DeGeneres wrapped up her monologue with hope for the future of her show: “I want to continue to help all of the people that we help every day, and I am committed to making this the best season that we have ever had.”

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Release Postponed Again

href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: September 11, 2020Warner Bros.

Hollywood analysts are watching the box office grosses of Tenet very closely. If Tenet becomes a hit despite the pandemic, more theatrical movies will follow. If audiences are slow returning to theaters, studios will almost certainly hold back their biggest titles until consumer confidence returned.

Many box-office reporters expected Tenet’s second weekend to effectively determine whether Warner Bros. would move ahead with its next top-tier title, Wonder Woman 1984. But according to The Wall Street Journal, the decision’s already been made and the DC Comics’ sequel will not come out as planned on October 2. According to “a person familiar with the matter … the studio, part of AT&T Inc., is moving Wonder Woman 1984 to a date later in the year.” They did not offer a specific time frame, but according to Variety the movie will now open on Christmas.

Thus far, Tenet has earned about $20.2 million in American theaters. That ranks among the absolute lowest openings of Christopher Nolan’s entire career; even Nolan’s Insomnia, made before he became famous for steering the Batman franchise, had a bigger opening weekend 20 years ago. Tenet has fared better overseas in places where the coronavirus is not as widespread, but its foreign grosses bring it to just $152 million worldwide to date.

Those numbers are okay for Tenet, a brainy thriller based on an original concept released in the middle of a pandemic. But those kinds of grosses would be disastrous for Wonder Woman, a mega-franchise based on a popular DC property. The first Wonder Woman made more than $820 million worldwide. It could be a while before we see it — or any comic book movies. At present, Marvel’s Black Widow is still officially scheduled for a release on November 6.

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Movies That Weren’t Screened For Critics That Were Actually Good

href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: September 10, 2020Paramount/Lionsgate

When you watch and write about movies for a living, there are eight words you get very familiar with — and dread seeing every time.

“We are not screening the film for review.”

Hollywood releases hundreds of movies a year, and almost all of them are screened for critics multiple times. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, studios have continued to pre-screen their upcoming movies online through a variety of secure viewing platforms. So when a movie is not screened at all — as was the case last month with Fox’s The New Mutants — it is typically a sign that the studio is so certain they’ve got a stinker on their hands that they don’t even want to show it to anyone on the off-chance they’re wrong.

Typically … but not always. Warner Bros. didn’t show Tenet to critics prior to its release, at least not in most areas of the United States. It received mostly positive reviews anyway. That’s not an isolated incident, as the following list shows. These movies were not screened for critics for a variety of reasons — but no matter the reason, the ten titles that follow are all worth your time.

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‘Tenet’ Has One of the Lowest Opening Weekends of Nolan’s Career

href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: September 6, 2020Warner Bros.

This is probably not the glorious return to movie theaters Christopher Nolan wanted.

According to numerous media reports, Nolan wanted his new film Tenet to be the movie to reopen theaters after their forced closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although a couple of smaller films have debuted prior to Tenet, Nolan basically got his wish, with the film opening wide in roughly 2,800 theaters around the country. In the end, the movie made an estimated $20 million domestically over the weekend — which is the smallest opening of Nolan’s career since 2006’s The Prestige. Even Nolan’s first Hollywood movie, Insomnia, fared better on opening weekend.

Here’s how Tenet stacks up with all of Nolan’s opening weekends, according to The Numbers:

  • The Dark Knight Rises – $160.8 million
  • The Dark Knight – $158.4 million
  • Inception – $62.7 million
  • Dunkirk – $50.5 million
  • Batman Begins – $48.7 million
  • Interstellar – $47.5 million
  • Insomnia – $20.9 million
  • Tenet – $20.0 million
  • The Prestige – $14.8 million
  • Memento – $235,488
  • Following – $1,636
  • There are certainly some important caveats to these figures. In many parts of the country, theaters are still closed — and in those parts of the country, Warner Bros. wouldn’t even let drive-ins show the movie, diminishing Tenet’s potential audience significantly. Theaters that are open are limiting ticket sales to ensure social distancing. And there have been enough warnings from health experts who insist going to the theater is “not a good idea,” that even in areas where cinephiles could go to the movies, they may have decided it wasn’t worth the risk.

    Of course, no one forced Nolan and Warner Bros. to release the movie this weekend, or to only make it available in theaters instead of on premium VOD. And there’s at least one sign that audiences that did come out didn’t particularly love it: Tenet earned a CinemaScore of B, which is generally pretty low by the company’s standards. That suggests that a lot of viewers were more frustrated and confused by Nolan’s trippy new thriller, instead of pleasantly puzzled.

    Still, Tenet is already nearing $150 million worldwide in ticket sales. In most times, that would hardly qualify it as a blockbuster. But under the circumstances, it could be worse. If you’re curious about what it’s like to go to a theater during the pandemic, see our report right here.

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    Robert Pattinson Contracts Covid-19, Shutting Down ‘The Batman’

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    Earlier today, it was revealed that production on The Batman had suddenly shut down in England shortly after it had resumed following a prolonged pause because of the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, Warner Bros. would not give any details about the member of the crew who was ill, saying only that a “member of The Batman production” had tested positive.

    Now it appears that the member of the production in question is actually Robert Pattinson, the star of the film and the latest actor to portray Batman onscreen. That’s according to Vanity Fair, who confirmed the information with “highly placed sources” on the production.

    Warner Bros. would not verify those details, and only released this statement:

    A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.

    Vanity Fair did not provide any specifics on Pattinson’s condition or how long he has been sick. Production on The Batman was shut down for months because of the pandemic, and has already had its release date pushed back once because of the delays. Pattinson also appears in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which opens in American theaters this weekend following its own postponed release because of the pandemic.

    Here is the first trailer for The Batman, which was released just a few days ago at the DC FanDome virtual convention:

    The Batman is scheduled to open in theaters on October 1, 2021.

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    ‘The Batman’ Halts Production Again Due To Coronavirus

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/claireepting/” rel=”author” title=”Claire Epting”>Claire EptingPublished: September 3, 2020Warner Bros. Pictures

    Matt Reeves' upcoming superhero film The Batman is shutting down production again after a worker contracted COVID-19. The news breaks just days after the movie resumed filming following a several month hiatus.

    "A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.  Filming is temporarily paused," Warner Bros. said in a statement.

    No information has been revealed on who the worker was, or the role the worker held on set. It isn't clear whether this crew member caught the virus from someone else on set or from an unrelated environment.

    Back in July, Warner Bros. created a coronavirus hotline for movie sets, allowing workers to anonymously report health violations directly to the company. They also announced that the film would no longer be shooting on location, opting for studio sets that could be monitored more easily. But with a production the size and scale of The Batman, the odds of someone contracting coronavirus automatically go up.

    The Batman stars Robert Pattinson in the titular role alongside Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, and Colin Farrell as The Penguin. About a quarter of the film had been shot prior to its initial suspension. Despite this, The Batman dropped its first trailer at DC FanDome at the end of August.

    The Batman is currently slated for an Oct. 1, 2021 release. However, that goal is now in jeopardy due to this recent development.

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    ‘Tenet’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s Inverted World

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: September 1, 2020Warner Bros.

    Like the brain teaser about a man who travels back in time and kills his grandfather before his parents were born, Christopher Nolan movies are paradoxes. They’re enormous spectacles and intricate puzzles. They’re incredibly entertaining and sometimes hugely frustrating. Nolan’s latest movie, Tenet, is a mystery so densely constructed that audiences will spend the entire runtime trying to stay with its labyrinthine storyline — and it begins with one character telling another “Don’t try to understand it. Feel it.”

    Whether that’s Nolan offering viewers sincere instructions or simply playing with them, Tenet does not stir many feelings beyond excitement and confusion, at least not the first time through. The irony of Tenet only opening in theaters, even in the middle of a pandemic, is that it’s a movie built for streaming, impressive 70mm visuals and all. It’s filled with so many twists and teases and clues and hints that it practically demands multiple screenings, including at least one played backwards. It seems destined for a long life of home viewing — at least whenever Nolan and Warner Bros. decide to let that long life begin.

    In the meantime, this plot description will be vague — partly to avoid spoilers, and partly because I could not explain everything that transpires even if the fate of the entire world rested upon it. The movie opens with an unnamed CIA agent (John David Washington) taking part in a daring rescue mission in an opera house, where armed men are holding the audience hostage while they search for a MacGuffin of some kind. During the raid, the agent gets kidnapped and tortured. He tries to kill himself with a cyanide pill, and wakes up some time later on a boat. It turns out the mission was a test which he passed. Now, he is a part of an organization called Tenet.

    The agent learns very little about the group beyond its name and their mission, protecting the world from a fate worse than nuclear annihilation. That fate is tied up with something the characters call “inversion,” in which objects have their entropy reversed, giving them the ability to move backwards through time. The agent’s quest to understand and protect inversion technology will send him to destinations like Mumbai, Oslo, and Russia, and into conflict with a dangerous arms dealer named Sator (Kenneth Branagh) who obsesses over his beautiful wife Kat (Elizabeth Debicki). The only person the agent seems to trust is Neil (Robert Pattinson), the fellow spy he recruits to help him save the world.

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    No matter the actual villain, time is always the enemy in a Christopher Nolan film. Whether it’s Leonard’s short-term memory slipping away in Memento, or a spaceship carrying Coop away from his family, clocks only ticks ominously in Nolan’s cinematic universe. Nolan often metaphorically weaponizes time to play with viewers’ perceptions and expectations — like in Dunkirk, where three different stories play out across three time frames simultaneously. In Tenet, time is literally a weapon. Eventually, existence itself hangs in the balance of the protagonist and Neil’s actions. Leave it to Nolan to see time travel for all of its darkest and most ominous potential.

    Leave it to him to also see enormous potential for unique action setpieces. Tenet contains fights, chases, and even a large-scale battle sequence that flow through time in different directions simultaneously. A man will fight another while he moves backwards, or will run through a hail of bullets that are returning to guns instead of being fired from them. The sheer complexity of these scenes make them hard to process in real time. Perhaps that is part of Nolan’s point; that if this inversion technology were real its impacts would be so complex our feeble linear brains could never hope to comprehend it all. Even at their most bewildering, the raw imagination and distinctive imagery on display are always thrilling.

    Tenet’s characters are a lot less exciting. Most, like the protagonist and Neil, are barely characters at all. They have no backstories, few motivations, and less emotions. The members of Tenet are actors in a cold war so immense they barely understand why they’re fighting it. (It could be to preserve their absurdly stylish wardrobes, which are fabulous.) Kat comes the closest to becoming a fully realized person in her need to untangle herself from her toxic husband. On the other hand, her main focus is protecting a son who barely appears onscreen. He feels so abstract he could almost be a figment of her imagination, or maybe a traveler from another time. (Expect a Tenet theorist to explore these ideas at some point down the line.)

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    I have no doubt these people and their actions in Tenet’s time-scrambled world make perfect sense to Nolan. But do they make sense to the audience? I saw Tenet with one other person, and we spent the entire drive home asking questions of one another. “Why did this happen? What were they hoping to do here? Why didn’t they just do this instead?” In some cases, we were able to piece together things we didn’t initially catch. In others, all we could do is hazard guesses.

    To be fair, both of us were amused enough by Tenet, even when it befuddled us, to want to decode these mysteries. I’d like to watch the film again to see what I missed and to find out whether there is more to Tenet beneath its dazzling surface — to try to understand it and feel it. I would probably rather have that second viewing at home though.

    Additional Thoughts:

    -If someone tried to make Primer and a James Bond movie all at once, it would be Tenet.

    Tenet needs its own version of The Shining Forwards And Backwards.

    -Go ahead, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Explain the physics of this one.

    RATING: 7/10

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    Everything New on HBO Max in September

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 26, 2020HBO Max

    Each monthly lineup on HBO Max tends to go like this: One or two big new shows or movies, plus a ton of interesting older titles. True to form, September on the service sees the premiere of Raised By Wolves, the first TV series from director Ridley Scott, along with catalog titles like JFK, the original Point Break, Three Kings, and 2020’s excellent reboot of The Invisible Man.

    Here’s the full list of what’s coming to HBO Max in September:

    September 1:
    93Queen, 2018
    All The Right Moves, 1983 (HBO)
    The Astronaut Farmer, 2007 (HBO)
    Badlands, 1973
    Ballmastrz: 9009, 2018
    Bandidas, 2006 (HBO)
    Barnyard, 2006 (HBO)
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2012 (HBO)
    Black Dynamite, 2012
    Blood Diamond, 2006
    The Bodyguard, 1992
    The Brak Show, 2000
    Butterfield 8, 1960
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958
    Caveman, 1981 (HBO)
    Charlotte's Web, 1973
    The Cider House Rules, 1999 (HBO)
    City Of God, 2003 (HBO)
    Clara's Heart, 1988


    Clerks, 1994 (HBO)
    Cold Creek Manor, 2003 (HBO)
    Congo, 1995 (HBO)
    The Conversation, 1974
    Cop Out, 2010
    The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, 2008 (HBO)
    Date Movie, 2006 (Unrated Version) (HBO)
    Dave, 1993
    The Devil Inside, 2012 (HBO)
    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, 2002
    Doctor Who, Season 12
    Dog Day Afternoon, 1975
    Dolores Claiborne, 1995
    Election, 1999
    Fatal Attraction, 1987
    Father of the Bride, 1950
    Final Destination 5, 2011 (HBO)
    Flight Of The Phoenix, 2004 (HBO)
    Forensic Files II, Season 1
    Going the Distance, 2010
    A Good Year, 2006 (HBO)
    Grease, 1978
    Harlem Nights, 1989
    Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, 2000
    Heartbreakers, 2001 (HBO)
    A Hidden Life, 2019 (HBO)
    Honeymoon in Vegas, 1992
    Idlewild, 2006 (HBO)
    Impractical Jokers, Seasons 5-8
    Impractical Jokers: After Party, 2002
    Impractical Jokers: The Movie, 2020
    Infomercials, 2013
    In Good Company, 2004 (HBO)
    Jackson, 2016

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    JFK, 1991
    Joe Pera Talks With You, 2018
    Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 2012 (HBO)
    Joyful Noise, 2012
    A Kiss Before Dying, 1991 (HBO)
    The Lake House, 2006
    Lassie Come Home, 1943
    Lazor Wulf, Season 1
    Lean on Me, 1989
    Life with Father, 1947
    Little, 2019 (HBO)
    Little Women, 1949
    Lost in Space, 1998
    A Man Apart, 2003
    Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart, Episodes 1-30
    Marathon Man, 1976
    The Mexican, 2001
    Miracle Workers, Season 1
    Midnight Run, 1988 (HBO)
    Miracle At St. Anna, 2008 (HBO)
    Miss Congeniality, 2000
    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, 2005
    Moral Orel, Seasons 1-3
    Murder by Numbers, 2002
    Netizens, 2018
    Observe and Report, 2009
    Off the Air, 2011
    An Officer and a Gentleman, 1982
    OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Seasons 1-3
    The Operative, 2019 (HBO)
    The Outsiders, 1983
    Over the Garden Wall, 2014
    Over The Hedge, 2006 (HBO)

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    Point Break, 1991 (HBO)
    Private Benjamin, 1980
    Prometheus, 2012 (HBO)
    PT 109, 1963
    Red Riding Hood, 2011
    The Replacements, 2000
    Replicas, 2019 (HBO)
    Reversal of Fortune, 1990
    A Room With A View, 1986 (HBO)
    Sealab 2021, Seasons 1-5
    See No Evil, 2006 (HBO)
    Shrek Forever After, 2010
    Sin Cielo, 2018 (HBO)
    The Sitter, 2011 (Unrated Version) (HBO)
    Snakes on a Plane, 2006
    Son of the Mask, 2005
    Squidbillies, Seasons 1-12
    Star 80, 1983
    Sunrise at Campobello, 1960
    Superjail!, Seasons 1-4
    Tennessee Johnson, 1942
    Three Kings, 1999
    Tigtone, Season 1
    Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Seasons 1-5
    Too Beautiful: Our Right to Fight, 2018
    Two Weeks Notice, 2002
    V for Vendetta, 2006
    Victoria and Abdul, 2017 (HBO)
    The Wedding Singer, 1998
    Wes Craven's New Nightmare, 1994
    When We Were Kings, 1996 (HBO)
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966
    The Wind and the Lion, 1975
    Young Sheldon, Seasons 1-3

    HBO Max

    September 3:
    Raised by Wolves, Season 1 Premiere

    September 4:
    Lo Dejo Cuando Quiera (Aka I Can Quit Whenever I Want), 2019 (HBO)

    September 5:
    Spies in Disguise, 2019 (HBO)

    September 10:
    Unpregnant, Film Premiere

    September 11:
    Detention Adventure, Season 1
    Huracán (Aka Hurricane), 2019 (HBO)
    Make It Big, Make It Small, Season 1

    September 12:
    Coastal Elites (HBO)

    September 14:
    The Third Day, Limited Series Premiere (HBO)
    We Are Who We Are, Drama Series Premiere (HBO)

    September 15:
    Re:ZERO, Season 2

    September 17:
    Weston Woods, 2020

    September 18:
    Habla Now (HBO)
    La Musiquita Por Dentro, 2019 (HBO)


    September 19:
    The Invisible Man, 2020 (HBO)

    September 23:
    Agents of Chaos Part 1 (HBO)
    Agents of Chaos Part 2 (HBO)

    September 25:
    Fandango at the Wall, 2020 (HBO)

    September 26:
    Just Mercy, 2019 (HBO)

    September 27:
    Patria, HBO Europe Series Premiere (HBO)

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    Meet ‘The Suicide Squad’s Full Cast in Its First Teaser

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 22, 2020Warner Bros.

    Writer/director James Gunn has successfully achieved a rare crossover from Marvel to DC Comics; after making two Guardians of the Galaxy movies (and before he makes a third), he made the new Suicide Squad movie. While it is technically a sequel to the first Suicide Squad movie, and includes returning cast members like Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang),Gunn’s The Suicide Squad also includes new stars like Idris Elba and John Cena. But who are they playing?

    At DC FanDome, we finally learned all the details. Idris Elba is Bloodsport! John Cena is Peacemarker! Peter Capaldi is Thinker! Pete Davidson is Blackguard! Alice Braga is Solsoria! And on and on and on. You can meet the entire cast of The Suicide Squad in the new roll call teaser that just debuted at FanDome:

    Gunn also unveiled a behind-the-scenes video with tons of footage from the set:

    This piece of concept art shows you the entire team in their costumes:

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    Every single character got their own character poster:

    Last but not least, here’s the very first The Suicide Squad poster:

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    Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

    YOU. ARE. NOT. READY. But here we go anyway!  Starring: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Michael Rooker, Flula Borg, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Mayling Ng, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Storm Reid, Taika Waititi, Joaquín Cosío, and Juan Diego Botto

    The Suicide Squad is scheduled to open in theaters on August 6, 2021.

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    Dwayne Johnson Reveals First Look at His Black Adam Costume

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/screencrushstaff/” rel=”author” title=”ScreenCrush Staff”>ScreenCrush StaffPublished: August 22, 2020DC Comics

    DC FanDome is upon us. In a few minutes, a back-to-back-to-back onslaught of all of of Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC Comics movies begins. While The Suicide Squad and the director’s cut of Justice League might be getting the most attention, we’re the most curious about Black Adam, the long-in-the-works Shazam spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson. The movie has been rumored for years — four years ago, we were writing about Warners’ plans to split Shazam into two movies, one for the hero and one for Black Adam, his frequent antagonist — and this will be one of the first time we hear the concrete plans for the movie.

    Even before the Black Adam panel, we’ve already got our first look at Johnson’s superhero costume. He unveiled it himself on his Instagram account, with a video hyping the movie’s FanDome panel, and featuring his voice announcing “The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change.”

    You can watch the whole thing below:

    The costume looks close to the character’s signature comic book look with a heavier emphasis on armored pieces on the arms and shoulders. (Black Adam tends to have more of a Spandex-y kinda suit.) We can expect more from Black Adam during its DC FanDome panel today at 6:10PM ET.

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    First ‘Tenet’ Reviews Call It a Thrilling Spectacle

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 21, 2020Warner Bros.

    After many months — or was it just a couple seconds? Time travel can be so confusing. — Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is finally ready to open in theaters. It’s scheduled to premiere in the United States on September 3, with early access screenings on August 31. Before any of that, though, it’s opening in numerous foreign markets. In countries like England, the review embargo for Tenet just lifted. Which means we’ve got our first reviews of the film right now.

    Overall, the word is positive, if surprisingly mixed. Most critics praise Nolan’s eye for spectacle and the blend of action and excitement. A lot mention heavy doses of exposition, and even some befuddlement over trying to piece together the convoluted plot. Others were even more skeptical; The Guardian put their review very bluntly: “Tenet is not a movie it’s worth the nervous braving a trip to the big screen to see.”

    Here’s a sample of the first reviews:

    Guy Lodge, Variety:

    A concrete cornucopia of global chaos and threat, in which humanity’s survival depends on the minor matter of reshaping time and space, “Tenet” looks well suited to an anxious age.

    Jessica Kiang, The New York Times:

    “Tenet” dazzles the senses, but it does not move the heart.

    Robbie Collin, The Telegraph:

    Don’t try to understand it – just rewind and enjoy the ride.

    Nicholas Barber, TheWrap:

    Has the spectacle and the apocalyptic “event movie” grandiosity to tempt people into cinemas.

    Jason Gorber, /Film:

    Tenet should exclusively be experienced on the biggest screen possible, which, admittedly, is no small feat given our current COVID circumstances.

    Mike McCahill, Indiewire:

    Like witnessing a Sermon on the Mount preached by a savior who speaks exclusively in dour, drawn-out riddles. Any awe is flattened by follow-up questions.

    Adam Woodward, Little White Lies:

    There are scenes where there is so much information being parsed out, so much expositional heavy-lifting happening all at once, that the words start to lose meaning.

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    Matt Purslow, IGN:

    While Tenet frequently has (very serious) fun with its ideas, the time concept sometimes feels like it’s working more in service of creating exciting visual spectacle than the story itself.

    Eddie Makuch, Gamespot:

    A mind-bender of a movie that has action galore, characters you can for the most part connect with and understand, and a time travel story that doesn't get bogged down in the details.

    Jordan Farley, Games Radar:

    At times, Tenet can feel like a $200m remake of Primer, with a fiendishly brilliant but confounding narrative that practically demands one or two rewatches to fully appreciate the big picture.

    Scott Davis, Hey U Guys:

    Its complexities and nuances are such that it is, on first viewing at least, a little hard to follow and some will struggle, more so than ever.

    Alex Godfrey, Empire:

    By the time it’s done, you might not know what the hell’s gone on, but it is exciting nevertheless. It is ferociously entertaining.

    Laura Potier, Starburst:

    A staggeringly ambitious sci-fi and sleek, compact action-thriller all in one: Tenet is technically excellent and challenging, pushing boundaries and subverting expectations with the director’s usual elegance.

    Catherine Shoard, The Guardian:

    Tenet is not a movie it’s worth the nervous braving a trip to the big screen to see.


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    Tenet opens in American theaters on September 3, with early access screenings on August 31. If your local theater is open. If not, you may need to time travel to a point when it was welcoming customers.

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    Matt Reeves Unveils First ‘The Batman’ Poster and Logo

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 20, 2020Warner Bros.

    It looks like Warner Bros. is going all-out for this DC FanDome virtual convention they’ve got planned this weekend. Hours after Zack Snyder unveiled the first pre-teaser of his director’s cut of Justice League, The Batman director Matt Reeves debuted his own first look at his movie on Twitter, revealing for the first time the movie’s official logo, along with a poster for the movie by DC Comics legend Jim Lee:

    Here’s a better look at Jim Lee’s poster, which features his interpretation of The Batman featured in Reeves’ movie, portrayed by Robert Pattinson:

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    You can see how closely Lee mirrors the design of The Batman’s Bat-costume in this behind-the-scenes photo from the film’s European shoot. The gauntlets and shoulder pads are particularly distinctive:

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    The red and black from both the logo and the poster mirrors the look of the very first footage of Pattinson in costume that was released to the web late last year:

    So why all the red and black? Maybe we’ll find out during The Batman’s DC FanDome panel this Saturday, August 22 at 8:30PM ET. The film is scheduled to open in theaters on October 1, 2021.

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    Everything New on Hulu in September

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/screencrushstaff/” rel=”author” title=”ScreenCrush Staff”>ScreenCrush StaffPublished: August 18, 2020Hulu

    Good news Pen15 fans: The show, about the cruel reality of middle school (starring its creators, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, as their 13-year-old selves), returns for its second season on Hulu on September 18. Hulu’s also getting a new Madagascar show, A Little Wild, the critically acclaimed indie Babyteeth, and the season premieres of The Simpsons, Archer, and Fargo. If older stuff’s more your thing, there’s also The Birdcage, The Terminator, or the all-too-timely Outbreak. Save us, Dustin Hoffman!

    Here’s the full list of what’s coming to Hulu in September:

    Available September 1
    Mike Tyson Mysteries: Complete Season 4 (Adult Swim)
    Jeopardy!: Episode Refresh (ABC)
    50 First Dates (2004)
    Absolute Power (1997)
    Aeon Flux (2005)
    American Dragons (1998)
    An American Haunting (2006)
    Any Given Sunday (1999)
    Anywhere but Here (1999)
    Back to School (1986)
    Bad Girls from Mars (1991)
    The Bank Job (2008)
    Because I Said So (2007)
    The Birdcage (1997)
    Broken Lizard's Club Dread (2004)
    Call Me (1988)
    Carrington (1995)
    The Cold Light Of Day (2012)
    Cool Blue (1990)
    Criminal Law (1989)
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
    De-Lovely (2004)
    Demolition Man (1993)
    Desperate Hours (1990)
    Deuces Wild (2002)
    Employee of the Month (2006)
    The End of Violence (1997)
    Evil Dead II (1987)
    Extreme Justice (1993)
    The Festival (2019)
    Hanoi Hilton (1987)
    Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
    Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
    Hoosiers (1986)
    The House on Carroll Street (1988)
    I Feel Pretty (2018)
    The Impossible (2012)
    Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
    Jessabelle (2014)
    Julia (1977)
    The Last Boy Scout (1991)
    The Last House on the Left (1972)
    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
    Love Is All There Is (1996)
    Mad Money (2008)
    Man of La Mancha (1972)
    The Mechanic (1972)
    Mississippi Burning (1988)
    Mr. North (1988)
    Music Within (2007)
    Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
    Notorious (2009)
    The Omen (2006)
    Outbreak (1995)

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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
    Pieces of April (2003)
    Practical Magic (1998)
    Rambo (2008)
    Reasonable Doubt (2014)
    Religulous (2008)
    Slow Burn (2007)
    Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
    Stargate (1994)
    The Terminator (1984)
    Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2001)
    This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)
    Top Gun (1986)
    Trolls World Tour (2020)
    Turkey Bowl (2019)
    Twilight (2008)
    The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
    Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
    The Weight of Water (2002)
    Wanted (2008)
    The Woods (2006)

    Available September 2
    Hell on the Border (2019)

    Available September 3
    Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)

    Available September 6
    Awoken (2019)

    Available September 7
    Madagascar: A Little Wild: Complete Season 1A (Hulu Original)

    Available September 8
    American Ninja Warrior: Season 12 Premiere (NBC)
    Brother vs. Brother: Season 7 Premiere (HGTV)

    Available September 9
    Woke: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)

    Available September 10
    Prisoners (2013)

    Available September 11
    My Hero Academia: Episodes 64 – 76 (DUBBED) (Funimation)


    Available September 16
    Archer: Season 11 Premiere (FXX)

    Available September 17
    The Good Shepherd (2006)

    Available September 18
    Pen15: Complete Season 2 (Hulu Original)
    Sherman’s Showcase: Black History Month Special (IFC)
    Babyteeth (2019)
    The Fight (2020)
    Gemini Man (2019)
    StarDog and TurboCat (2020)

    Available September 20
    The Haunted (2020)

    Available September 21
    The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards: Special (ABC)

    Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures

    Available September 22
    Filthy Rich: Series Premiere (Fox)
    The Addams Family (2019)

    Available September 23
    Cosmos: Possible Worlds: Special (Fox)
    If Loving You Is Wrong: Complete Season 5 (OWN)

    Available September 24
    Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans (2019)

    Available September 25
    Judy (2019)

    Available September 26
    The Wilderness of Error: Series Premiere (FX)

    Available September 28
    Bless the Harts: Season 2 Premiere (Fox)
    Bob's Burgers: Season 11 Premiere (Fox)
    Family Guy: Season 19 Premiere (Fox)
    Fargo: Season 4 Premiere (FX)
    The Simpsons: Season 32 Premiere (Fox)

    Available September 29
    Inherit the Viper (2020)
    Trauma Center (2019)

    Available September 30
    Southbound (2015)

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    ‘Tenet’ Gets Early Access Screenings on August 31

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/claireepting/” rel=”author” title=”Claire Epting”>Claire EptingPublished: August 18, 2020Warner Bros.

    Are you itching to see Christopher Nolan's upcoming thriller Tenet? Does September 3 just seem too far away? According to Deadline, Tenet will be coming to select cities starting August 31, three days before it hits theaters. The announcement was made by President of Warner Bros. Pictures Domestic Distribution Jeff Goldstein earlier this morning.

    Said Goldstein: “Warner Bros. is proud to support our partners in exhibition as they reopen their doors. And there could be no better film to welcome audiences back to a true big-screen experience than Tenet.” While this sentiment may be true (Nolan’s newest offering does look epic), that doesn’t mean the country at large is ready to accommodate a blockbuster theatrical release just yet.

    While many states have technically allowed movie theaters to reopen, plenty have opted to keep their doors shut. California Governor Gavin Newsom briefly approved the operation of movie theaters, but has since changed his mind. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that movie theaters are too “high risk” to reopen, but ordered for the reopening of gyms on August 24. Typically, Hollywood and New York City are the cities that receive early access to buzzy movies. But this time around, odds are both California and New York will be sitting out of Tenet’s early release.

    It’s worth noting that if you live near a Cinemark that’s offering “private watch parties” where you can rent out an auditorium for yourself and a bunch of friends for $99 (or more in some locations), Tenet appears to be one of the movies available in some locations on August 31. According to their website, you can book a private screening of Tenet on August 31 for $149, which sounds … like maybe the only good way to see this movie at present?


    Canada, on the other hand, will be able to view Tenet as early as August 27. Lucky Canadians.

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    LeBron James Says There Was No Way He Could Turn Down ‘Space Jam’

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    Space Jam: A New Legacy wrapped up filming in summer of 2019, with LeBron James starring in the sequel. While the movie's release is a long way off, a recording of James’ farewell speech to his cast and crew has been released by TMZ. And spoiler alert: It gets emotional. You can listen to the full audio on TMZ Sports, but here is the entire transcribed speech. James started by acknowledging what a nostalgic 1990s icon the original Space Jam is:

    I’m gonna be honest completely with you guys — when I found out about the project, I was like it’s Space Jam! It’s a movie that I grew up watching. People in the movie that I idolize. I was like absolutely, I gotta do it. There’s no way I can turn down 'Space Jam'!

    He admitted he had second thoughts after realizing what a huge time commitment the movie was, but embraced the opportunity all the same. Then, James got personal about his small-town roots:

    I’m just a small kid from Akron, Ohio — a very small town outside of Cleveland. From a single-parent household, I’m the only child, my mother had absolutely nothing. She was walking around high school when she was 16 years old and she was pregnant with me as a high school sophomore. So, I’m really not supposed to be here.

    James also touched upon his racial background, and how societal expectations made him feel like he was beating the odds with his success:

    Growing up in the inner city, as an African-American kid, there’s no way you’re supposed to f—ing make it out. And, the fact that I’m who I am as an African-American adult now with 3 kids of my own, and I made it out of the situations that I was in. This s— is like extra credit for me man.

    Well, that got deep. James’ impassioned speech has us ready for more behind-the-scenes Space Jam content, but we might have to wait a while. Space Jam: A New Legacy is currently set to be released next July, but that could be affected by Warner Bros.' ever-changing release schedule due to Covid-19.

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    DC FanDome Schedule Includes Big Movie Panels

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: August 14, 2020Warner Bros.Warner Bros.

    Filling the void left in the summer by the lack of a San Diego Comic-Con (at least not an in-person one), DC Comics is launching a virtual con they’re calling “DC FanDome,” with all the stuff you expect from a great convention — panels, screenings, exclusive merch — all available virtually on the computer.

    The DC FanDome website has just been updated with the full schedule of events, which includes panels in a variety of different “rooms” like the “Hall of Heroes,” which is the FanDome equivalent of the massive Hall H where San Diego Comic-Con holds its premiere panels. Just about every current or upcoming DC movie and television series has its own spotlight — including far-off projects like Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson as the DC villain, which has been talked about for years and never materialized.

    Johnson will be on hand for the Black Adam panel on Saturday; you’ll also get a chance to watch the creators and stars of The Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman 1984, and Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Obviously Zack Snyder will be there hyping his upcoming director’s cut of Justice League for HBO Max. On the TV side, there are panels dedicated to Doom Patrol, The Flash, and the upcoming Superman & Lois. 

    We’ve put together some of the highlights below; he full schedule for DC FanDome is here:

    1:00 PM – Wonder Woman 1984 – Panel (Hall of Heroes)

    Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, and director/co-writer/producer Patty Jenkins join forces with Brazilian hosts Érico Borgo and Aline Diniz to celebrate the fans in a big way. They will answer questions from fans from all over the world, talk fan art and cosplay, and reveal an all-new sneak peek at the upcoming film — plus a few more surprises! 25 min

    1:00 PM – The Flash – Panel (WatchVerse – Monarch)

    Executive producer Eric Wallace joins cast members Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Nicolet, Kayla Compton and Brandon McKnight to discuss all things Flash with Entertainment Weekly’s Chancellor Agard. Team Flash will break down both parts of season six and look ahead at what is to come with an exclusive trailer for season seven. Fans will also get a look at the exclusive black-and-white noir episode “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach,” which will be available on The Flash season six Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 25. 40 min

    1:45 PM – Black Lightning – Panel (WatchVerse – Monarch)

    Join Black Lightning stars Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Jordan Calloway and James Remar with actor/filmmaker Robert Townsend moderating as they pay homage to the ’90s. Whether it was hit television shows like Living Single and Family Matters, films such as Boomerang, House Party and Blade, the Chicago Bulls domination of the NBA, or rap artists breaking ground — the ’90s were lit! 35 min


    2:30 PM – Pennyworth – Panel (WatchVerse – Monarch)

    Join series stars Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Paloma Faith, Emma Paetz, and executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon as they talk about this unique origin story of the famed butler behind Batman, Alfred Pennyworth. Join in for a fond look back at the show’s exciting first season and the inspiration behind its stunning and edgy 1960s London setting, plus a few unexpected secrets about the new season ahead! 20 min

    3:00 PM – The Suicide Squad – Panel (Hall of Heroes)

    What else would you expect from The Suicide Squad but the ultimate elimination game? First up, writer/director James Gunn takes on fan questions, then brings out Task Force X for a fast-paced, no-holds-barred Squad Showdown that tests every team member’s Squad knowledge — and survival skills! 30 min

    3:00 PM – DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Panel (WatchVerse – Monarch)

    Unicorns, encores and aliens…oh my! The Legends have encountered a mess of creatures, villains and time periods over the course of the show, and you, the fans, have been on this wild ride right along with them. Join the cast and producers of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for a Q&A and, of course, lots of laughs! Be sure to tune in to get the inside scoop on favorite moments from past seasons and what they have in store for season six. Series stars Caity Lotz, Nick Zano, Matt Ryan, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan, Olivia Swann, Amy Louise Pemberton and Shayan Sobhian join executive producers Phil Klemmer, Keto Shimizu and Grainne Godfree for a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Chancellor Agard. 35 min

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    4:15 PM – Doom Patrol – Panel (WatchVerse – Monarch)

    From DC FanDome to FanDOOM! Join the “world’s strangest heroes” — the Doom Patrol — for a deep-dive discussion into the beloved and bizarre series. Panel will feature executive producers Jeremy Carver and Chris Dingess, co-executive producer Tamara Becher-Wilkinson, and series stars Matt Bomer, Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Timothy Dalton, Karen Obilom, Abigail Shapiro, Riley Shanahan and Matthew Zuk. 35 min

    5:35 PM – Superman & Lois – Panel (WatchVerse – Kandor)

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman & Lois! Join DC Chief Creative Officer/Publisher Jim Lee in a conversation with executive producer/showrunner Todd Helbing and series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as they discuss the history of Superman from the comics to the screen, what fans can expect from the upcoming series, and the significance of the characters in the world of today. Fans will be encouraged to follow along as Jim Lee shows the panelists how to draw the iconic Superman emblem and then share their own versions. Join the fun and Show Your Hope using #DCFanDome. 30 min

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    5:45 PM – The Snyder Cut of Justice League – Panel (Hall of Heroes)

    Zack Snyder fields questions from fans and a few surprise guests as he discusses his eagerly awaited upcoming cut of the 2017 feature film and the movement that made it happen. 25 min

    6:00 PM – Black Adam – Panel (Hall of Heroes)

    Star of the first-ever Black Adam feature film Dwayne Johnson sets the stage for the story and tone of the new movie with a fans-first Q&A…and a few surprises. 15 min

    8:30 PM – The Batman – Panel (Hall of Heroes)

    The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves joins host and self-professed fangirl Aisha Tyler for a discussion of the upcoming film…with a surprise (or two) for the fans! 30 min

    DC FanDome is Saturday August 22.

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    DC’s 1st Interactive Movie Lets You Decide If Robin Lives or Dies

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerWarner Bros.

    The “Death in the Family” storyline rocked the world of DC Comics in the 1980s. After Dick Grayson decided to retire as Robin and become Nightwing, Batman found a new ward to replace him named Jason Todd. But Jason’s Robin proved to be deeply unpopular with readers, and eventually the decision was made to put his fate in the hands of comics fans.

    In the pages of “Death in the Family,” the Joker captured Jason and imprisoned him in a warehouse rigged to explode. DC readers could then dial a 1-900 number to determine whether Jason should survive the explosion or die. When the final tally came in, it was a close vote, but the “Yes, kill him!”s won out over the “No, don’t!”s. Jason Todd was no more. (For a while; he came back eventually because comics.)

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is now turning “Death in the Family” into one of their animated DC movies — and they’ve arrived at a very clever way to adapt that choose-Robin’s-fate gimmick. Batman: Death in the Family will be an interactive cartoon, allowing viewers to choose not only whether Robin lives or dies, but how he survives — either by escaping on his own, or with the help of Batman. The choices viewers make will impact the story they see play out in the film. Here’s the trailer:

    Via The Beat, here’s the movie’s official synopsis:

    Produced, directed and written by Brandon Vietti, Batman: Death in the Family offers an inventive take on the long-demanded story. In the new animated presentation, the infamous murder of Batman protégé Jason Todd will be undone, and the destinies of Batman, Robin and The Joker will play out in shocking new ways as viewers make multiple choices to control the story. And while Batman: Under the Red Hood provides a baseline, the story also branches in new directions and features several characters previously unseen in the original film.

    The film should have significant replay value, since you can go back and change your mind and watch the different ways the story can play out. If you always regretted that Jason Todd died, you can now make it right. (Or you can kill him over and over again, if that’s your weird thing.) Batman: Death in the Family will be available on Blu-ray and Digital HD this fall.

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    ‘Tenet’ Opens in 70 Countries on August 26 – But Not In the U.S.

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    Christopher Nolan’s Tenet held onto to its original release date longer than any other 2020 summer blockbuster. For months, Warner Bros. insisted the movie would open on July 17. Then, starting in mid-June, came a flurry of moves; first to July 31, then to August 20, then last week the movie was taken off the release schedule entirely.

    At that time, Warner Bros. insisted they would “share a new 2020 release date imminently” for Tenet, while hinting that they were “not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release.” Today they made good on both of those statements, with the announcement of the latest (final?) release plan — with the movie opening internationally by the end of August, but not in the United States until Labor Day weekend.

    Here’s the latest announcement from Warner Bros.: Now Tenet “will open in over 70 countries worldwide starting on August 26. Major territories will include: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, and the UK. The film will open in the United States over Labor Day weekend in select cities.”

    The fact that Warner Bros. is trying to release Tenet overseas — where many countries have brought their coronavirus cases way down in comparison to the United States — before they release it here is not shocking. The surprising part is that after all that drama last week about pulling the film completely off the schedule, they put it back on the schedule essentially two weeks later (or less, internationally). Why not just announce this plan last week? And do we really think things will be that much better in the United States in early September compared to late August?

    They probably will not be, which is why Warner Bros. now wants to release Tenet in “select cities” on Labor Day — i.e. the few places where the virus is contained enough to allow theaters to open. This sort of staggered rollout is likely the only kind that’s remotely possible right now. Whether or not it will prove financially successful — or safe! — remains to be seen.

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    ‘Tenet’ Might Open Overseas Before It Plays in the U.S.

    href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerWarner Bros.

    Just last month, movie theaters confidently announced they would be back up and running by mid-July, with new safety measures designed to protect guests from exposure to Covid-19.

    The coronavirus had other plans. Cases around the country have skyrocketed, and now all of the movies that were left on the summer release calendar — the ones that were inspiring exhibitors to try to open back up by mid-July — are postponed to a later date. AMC has already said they now won’t open their theaters until mid-August at the earliest. Even if they did, without Tenet, Mulan, and A Quiet Place: Part II there wouldn’t be much to show.

    Other countries have done a far better job at containing the coronavirus, and in some areas, theaters can reopen, or have already. (Many Chinese movie theaters were expected to reopen today, with rules about social distancing and a ban on eating and drinking in the theater.) When they reopen, they need movies to show. The studios have movies sitting on the shelf just waiting to be released. Could they skip the American market for now, and release their movies internationally?

    Variety says yes. In fact, their sources claim that Warner Bros. is considering a plan to release Tenet in Europe, where theaters are already open, in a month:

    Exhibitors in the U.K., France and Spain have been told by the studio to plan for an Aug. 26-28 launch. The dates are not confirmed, though sources indicate that talks are positive. It’s understood the studio is also aiming to release the film early in Asia, with exhibitors in the region expecting to receive a new date in the next few days.

    When Warner Bros. delayed Tenet’s American release, they said in a statement that they were not going to treat it “like a traditional global day-and-date release,” suggesting that the movie could open in certain international markets before others. The main reason not to try it, particularly with a movie like Tenet, is because as soon as the movie is playing in theaters, the internet will be swamped with spoilers (and possibly even pirated copies), which could severely hurt the film’s box office potential in places where it’s yet to open.

    On the other hand, if you can’t release Tenet anywhere until you can release it everywhere at once, it might not be screened for a very long time. If only there was some kind of technology that allowed people to move forwards and backwards through time, these kinds of tough decisions would be easier to make.

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    Paramount Pushes ‘Quiet Place 2’ and ‘Top Gun 2’ Back to 2021

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    We take you to this live look at the 2020 movie release calendar:

    Yes, the dominos are falling. First Tenet, then Mulan, and now Paramount’s two biggest movies for the remainder of 2020. A Quiet Place: Part II, the horror sequel which had originally been scheduled for March — and had even had a few advance press screenings and a premiere before the movie theater industry shut down amidst coronavirus fears — and later was delayed until September will now open on April 23, 2021. That’s more than a year after its first planned release.

    Paramount also delayed Top Gun: Maverick for a second time. Originally scheduled for release to theaters on July 12, 2019, the studio initially shifted it to a holiday 2020 release on December 23. I was all excited! That was my birthday! I could go see a new Tom Cruise Top Gun movie on my birthday! Well, guess what? The birthday party is over. The plan is canceled. Top Gun: Maverick will now open in theaters on July 2, 2021.

    That leaves the release calendar all but barren for the next two months. Warner Bros. currently has Wonder Woman 1984 scheduled for early October. Black Widow is scheduled to follow in early November. But you have to be very optimistic to think those movies — any movies — will open in theaters in 2020 given how badly the United States has bungled its response to the pandemic. At this rate the rest of the world is gonna have movie theaters up and running and desperate for product … and studios aren’t going to want to release any because they can’t play their films here. Not good.

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    ‘Mulan’ Remake Now Delayed Indefinitely

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    Mulan was so close to being released before the coronavirus pandemic got bad that it had an American premiere. There were early reviews! At the last minute, Disney decided to postpone the movie to July — and then, when the pandemic did not improve by early summer, to push it back again to August. Now they’ve decided to postpone it a third time. And they offered no new release date at present, a chilling sign of just how bad things have gotten in this country, and how uncertain the future looks to people whose finances rest on selling tickets in movie theaters.

    Disney’s announcement coincides with the news that they are delaying all their Star Wars and Avatar sequels for at least a year. (The first new Avatar was previously scheduled to arrive a year from this coming Christmas.) And it follows Warner Bros. decision to postpone the release of their last summer 2020 holdout, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Ominously, they didn’t give that movie a new release date yet either.

    This leaves the state of theatrical movies looking about as grim as it has at any point in the last six months. There are no big movies scheduled to open exclusively in theaters until A Quiet Place Part II in early September. After that, it’s Wonder Woman 1984 in early October. In a sign of the increasingly dark forecast for theaters, Bill & Ted Face the Music announced today that they would be premiering on VOD the same day it “opens in theaters” on September 1. That sort of release soon be the rule, not the exception.

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    ‘Tenet’ Will Never Skip Theaters For a VOD-First Release

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    Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has left us with a lot of questions as of late. Namely, when are we actually going to see it? As the movie was pushed back once more due to continuing coronavirus concerns, fans have begun to wonder if Tenet will pull a Trolls World Tour and simply side-step its theatrical release altogether. But John Stankey, CEO of WarnerMedia parent AT&T, confirmed that Tenet will have a theatrical release.

    According to Deadline, Stankey shared his thoughts on future titles going straight to VOD during a conference call this morning. “Is it going to happen with a movie like Tenet or something like Wonder Woman?” Stankey said. “I’d be very surprised if that would be the case. In fact, I can assure you with Tenet, that’s not going to be the case.” Phew. No one should have to figure out Tenet on a small television screen. While Stankey said that there will be “some shifts” in movie releases in the future, he guarantees that films that are meant to be seen in theaters will be.

    As movie theaters remain shuttered, Universal and Disney have experimented with forfeiting certain titles' theatrical runs in favor of an advanced debut on their streaming platforms. Same goes for Hulu, who released their romantic comedy Palm Springs straight to digital (plus a limited drive-in theater run). But Tenet differs from Palm Springs in that it is a blockbuster of the highest degree. With its multi-million dollar budget and wildly ambitious premise, Tenet has a lot more to lose by failing to perform at the box office. So do the movie theaters who aren’t able to show it. That's why AMC is pausing the reopening of its theaters until Warner Bros. is ready to go with Tenet and other major titles.

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    Warner Bros. Creates Covid-19 Violation Hotline For Movie Sets

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    In the age of coronavirus, Warner Bros. has developed a new way to hold movie sets accountable as filming begins again in Europe. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has launched an anonymous Covid-19 hotline that allows crew members to report any safety violations found on set. The news was announced by Warner Bros. executive vice president of physical production Kevin Trehy at an industry panel last week.

    As blockbusters including Fantastic Beasts 3 and The Batman gear up to continue filming, Trehy stated that the hotline will encourage crew members to become their “own strictest police force.” He also explained that the studio has shifted its views on production schedules, since “no one knows what a schedule looks like in the new normal.” This means that if there’s an outbreak on set, filming must be delayed until new precautions can be set in place. That’s why a hotline may be crucial for nipping that problem in the bud.

    Perhaps the best thing about Warner Bros.’ coronavirus safety hotline is that its anonymity allows for junior crew members to speak up without fear of any consequences. It creates a direct, discreet path to detecting any irresponsible set behavior, which will hopefully help eliminate a lot of it. Plus, the extra layer of accountability is bound to make everyone feel safer on set. Who knows? Other studios may soon follow suit.

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    Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Postponed Indefinitely

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    Christopher Nolan reportedly wanted Tenet to be the movie that reopened theaters this summer after the pandemic. The film held firm to its original release date, July 17, for months, long after most of its competition had vacated its original release dates for later in 2020 or the summer of 2021. Then, when the pandemic worsened and it became clear theaters couldn’t safely reopen in July, the movie was bumped back to late July, then to August.

    Things have still not gotten better — and today Warner Bros. announced the film was now postponed indefinitely, although the claim they will provide a new release date “imminently.” Here’s Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures statement on the news:

    Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates. Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases. We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature. We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that.

    Emmerich also announced that The Conjuring 3 was also getting delayed, to June 4, 2021.

    This decision marks major news, not only for fans waiting to see Tenet but to the theatrical movie industry, which has been hoping to finally reopen for the first time since March for movies like Tenet and Disney’s Mulan, which is still technically dated to open on August 21, but seems likely to move as well. Without Tenet (and perhaps without Mulan, if that gets delayed), even if theaters can reopen at some point in the near future, they won’t have much to show besides older titles and smaller indie films. Forget about risking your life to see a new Christopher Nolan movie, would you risk your life to see The Goonies or Jaws? That’s a lot to ask.

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    ‘Scooby-Doo’s Velma Is Gay Says ‘Mystery Incorporated’ Producer

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    If you have spent any amount of time wondering about the sexual preferences of the Scooby-Doo gang, this information may be of use to you. After years of fan theories, one producer of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated confirms that the show always intended its Velma Dinkley was gay.

    Mystery Incorporated ran on Cartoon Network in the early 2010s. In an Instagram post captured by CBR, supervising producer Tony Cervone, who also directed the recent Scoob! movie, offered these comments about the version of Velma that appeared in his Scooby series:

    I’ve said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She’s gay … We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why. There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems as clear as we could make it 10 years ago.

    James Gunn, who wrote both live-action Scooby-Doo movies from the early 2000s before going on to a much more high-profile career directing movies for Marvel and Warner Bros,, also commented on Twitter that Velma was “explicitly gay” in the script he wrote. The studio (that would be Warner Bros. again) “kept watering it down” until all traces of that element of the character had been removed.

    So there you have it. One Scooby-Doo mystery solved. Now if they could only figure out where that ghost haunting the old amusement park came from.

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    Joel Schumacher Made a ‘Darker’ 3-Hour Cut of ‘Batman Forever’

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    While the late Joel Schumacher’s tenure as director of the Batman franchise tends to get boiled down these days to the camp madness of Batman & Robin, his legacy is a bit more complicated than that. Schumacher’s first Bat-film, 1995’s Batman Forever, is a lot closer to the Tim Burton movies than some remember. It’s got its outsized comic moments — mostly thanks to Jim Carrey’s bombastic interpretation of the Riddler — but it rarely gets credit for all the ways it’s weird and dark.

    Apparently, it could have been even weirder and darker, too. Variety has confirmed a rumor that began circulating since Schumacher’s death that the director had initially made a “170-minute cut” of Batman Forever that was “much darker in nature” than the theatrical release. Clearly, Schumacher took the movie’s title very literally.

    Here’s how they describe the differences in this longer cut:

    This version opens with a sequence involving the villain Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) escaping from Arkham Asylum, and features extended scenes with the Riddler (Jim Carrey) when he invades the Batcave and uses his signature cane as a weapon. The bulk of this version’s runtime focuses on the emotional and psychological issues that led Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) to decide to become Batman, including a sequence of Wayne facing down a giant, human-sized bat.

    Schumacher did talk about some of these cut scenes in interviews and on DVD supplements. And there are deleted scenes featuring this material — including the giant bat:

    Still, no one has ever seen a longer cut of the movie that would have maintained Schumacher’s original vision. So will we get to see it now? Variety contacted Warner Bros, who says there are “no discussions about distributing a director’s cut of Batman Forever,” if the extended version even survives somewhere in a vault. (Forever is now 25 years old.) Of course, fan outcry has led to studios ponying up to finish coveted director’s cuts before— Warner Bros. is currently finishing Zack Snyder’s vision of Justice League. So why not a #ReleaseTheSchumacherCut movement?

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    ‘Mulan’ Gets Bumped Back to Late August

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    Let’s just call it what it is: The summer movie season is all but officially over.

    While a few titles had held on to dates in mid and late July, with a couple movies to follow in August, it’s become increasingly clear that audiences will either not be able to return to theaters in a few weeks — or won’t want to for fear that they might get sick as coronavirus cases around the country have risen steadily. Yesterday, Warner Bros. moved Tenet from July 31 to August 12. And today, Disney moved its live-action remake of its animated classic Mulan from July 24 to August 21.

    Here was Disney’s Alan Horn’s statement on the news, via Deadline:

    While the pandemic has changed our release plans for ‘Mulan’ and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance. Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs – on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.

    The movement of the summer’s last two tentpoles caused a ripple effect through the releases of the smaller movies still hoping for their own theatrical runs in July and August. Most notably, Bill & Ted Face the Music jumped from August 14 (where it would now have to compete with Tenet) to August 28.

    Of course, all these little moves assume that the situation around the country will improve next month. At this moment, there’s scant evidence available that will happen. I’m not entirely sure why you would push a movie back just a few weeks at this point, unless these studios believe there’s some chance the larger markets around the country might be open again soon — or if these constant, small moves are a good way for a steady flow of free press because any time they adjust the release calendar sites like this one have to write about them. Either way, I’m more skeptical Mulan and Tenet will open this summer now than at any other point. But I would be happy to be wrong.

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