Ever since July, when The Illuminerdi reported that Hailee Steinfeld had signed on officially as Kate Bishop in the MCU, there have been several movie fan sites going hard in an attempt to debunk the casting; even claiming an unknown would get the role instead.
Well today, as I said just yesterday, there are now set photos of Hailee on the set of Hawkeye in costume as Kate Bishop.
If I wanted to be a dick, I could post the receipts of all of the sites that spent the last four months trying to claim she didn’t have the role and some imaginary unknown would be cast instead and are now gleefully running stories about her casting like none of that debunking ever happened. But I’ve beyond all of that stupid scooper drama BS now.
Back in March, right when everything was starting to be delayed and shut down due to the pandemic, I heard that Disney was considering doing some kind of premium tier for Disney+ for their first-run theatrical movies. At the time, and after Black Widow was delayed to November, people of course wrote off the report as not true. Until today when Disney confirmed they will be bringing first-run theatrical movies to Disney+ for a premium price.
During their third quarter earnings call today Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced that Mulan will debut on Disney+ for a premium $29.99 add-on purchase on September 4th. This appears to be similar to how UFC Pay-Per-Views are handled on Disney’s ESPN+ where you pay the $5 subscription, and then an additional $65 to view the PPVs.
Chapek was asked if Mulan was a clue as to what is going to happen with future tentpoles like Black Widow, and he said that while they see Mulan as a “one off” they were interested in seeing what happens at the $30 price and later said they would learn from Mulan when it comes to future tentpoles. Meaning, if Mulan does well, this is how many people might be watching Black Widow in November. It’s also interesting that in November, Disney+ will at last launch in Latin America; meaning the service will then be available in nearly every major market just in time for the release of Black Widow.
It’s very unlikely that Disney is spending time to build this functionality into Disney+ for just one movie…
Back in February, I ran a story about the long-rumored Disney+ spin-off for Solo: A Star Wars Story that’s in some form of planning saying that Disney and Lucasfilm were very serious about trying to bring back Lando. At the time I didn’t specify which Lando it was (due to certain people who love debunking), but it was Donald Glover they were trying to bring back.
Today Kessel Run Transmissions reports that they’ve heard that Donald Glover has either signed on or is close to signing on to return as Lando. They stress it’s still early and could still fall through due to how busy he is with other projects. However, it’s a good sign that Lucasfilm’s efforts to get him to come back over the last few months were successful.
Kessel Run Transmissions previously scooped The Bad Batch before Lucasfilm announced it, so they’re building quite a good track record for themselves. Also, this Glover information backs up what I heard back in February about them really wanting to have him return.
The idea I heard back then was for him to appear in the spin-off that’ll likely deal with the Crime Syndicates like Crimson Dawn and Black Sun, but then he’ll get his own Lando series following that. They did set up a Lando series with the ending of The Rise of Skywalker with the original Billy Dee. Even so, Lucasfilm would obviously want flashbacks in that with Glover as well. Which means there are a lot of opportunities for the young Lando to appear in Disney+ shows.
Up next for Star Wars is the second season of The Mandalorian, which will arrive on time in October. Then both the Obi-Wan series and the Cassian Andor series will be filming back-to-back in Pinewood UK. This Solo/Lando show and the rumored Ahsoka series are obviously further out, but with Star Wars Celebration next month cancelled; Lucasfilm could always make reveals of what they’re working on over the next few months.
While fans are excited to see Zack Snyder’s Justice League sometime in 2021 on HBO Max, Warner is looking forward to the future of the iconic team and it appears that they have huge plans to bring the super friends back to the big screen.
I’ve learned today that Warner Brothers has begun development on a Justice League: Rebirth film which is separate from the Snyder Cut and not a continuation of that Justice League story. This movie is live-action, and is not animated.
It’s all very early but it wouldn’t be surprising at all if they were to approach someone like JJ Abrams to direct (due to his overall deal at WB, his stature, and Bad Robot’s involvement in other DC projects), and they might even be interested in someone like Christina Hodson to write it. She’s already involved with Birds of Prey, Batgirl, and The Flash (which will soft-reboot the DC universe prior to this new Justice League). If something like that were to happen, it would position JJ Abrams and Christina Hodson as being DC’s version of Kevin Feige where they have a plan for the future of the DC film universe and will execute it.
There have been lots of previous rumors that WB would want JJ Abrams to take a crack at Superman, and a Justice League movie is right up his big budget blockbuster alley after conquering Star Trek and Star Wars. It’ll also be a big way for DC to establish that they’re serious about these characters and making them a success on the big screen. As the “Rebirth” title hints, this will be a resurrection of Justice League and a reboot of sorts, which is again something JJ has experience with. I’m not saying he’s the one who’ll do it, but it’ll make a lot of sense if WB tried to get him for it.
Obviously this is going to be disappointing for one segment of the fanbase who had hoped that Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max would lead to a sequel to that and a continuation of that storyline. But Warner putting a new, separate, Justice League into development means they are moving on to a new future for the DCEU and it really does seem like they have a plan for it now.
With The Falcon and The Winter Solider and WandaVision wrapping up their filming soon for their debuts later this year and a couple more starting producton this July, the big Marvel Studios Disney+ series that’s deep into filming right now is Loki and as such there are a lot of rumors coming out about what we may or may not see in the series.
The latest rumor comes from Bleeding Cool who believes Squadron Supreme will be appearing in the series, as apparently a producer on the show went into a pretty big comic book store and bought a Squadron Supreme trade paperback. That sort of connection isn’t rare when a show is being made, as we all remember when Daniel Brühl’s manager kept posting pictures of Baron Zemo and Thunderbolts comics on Instagram.
For those unaware, the Squadron Supreme is basically Marvel’s copy of DC’s Justice League. With Loki traveling to alternate timelines and dimensions, their debut in the series makes a lot of sense as they could be a fun alternative to The Avengers in one of those parallel universes.
With the possibility of Squadron Supreme along with the Time Variance Authority, Loki is shaping up to be a very interesting (and potentially major) addition to the MCU…