Pull Box: January 16

A new villain! Or is she a hero? Victorious and her purpose is still up in the air, but she is most certainly a tool for one of Doctor Doom’s many schemes. This one saw her act as a lure for Galactus, most likely as some sort of display of power for Latveria, though he doesn’t exactly need it. It’s nice to see the team back in action together, though. It’s also much appreciated that they didn’t forget the history between Franklin Richards and Galactus, one of my favorite pairings from Marvel in many years.

This lead-up to Detective Comics #1000 is so fascinating. It’s such a strange mystery, with all of Batman’s past on display. His origin, being picked apart by a ruthless creature that knows his story as well as he, himself, knows it. It’s still unclear, but if I had to wager a guess, this is most likely a returning Clayface, who vanished to keep Cassandra safe after he was manipulated and turned into a weapon against Gotham City. Perhaps he blames Batman for all that’s happened to him? We’ll find out soon enough.

The Deathbringers have returned. But that’s the least important thing that happened this issue. Carter Hall slipped through time to a Krypton on the brink of destruction, meeting his past self, Catar-Ol, as he witnesses the death of his world. The realizations about Kal-El and Kara, and their past interactions with each other were beautiful in a way, connecting those characters in a way that feels fresh and new. One of the best things this book has done from the start is manipulate the past of the DC Universe in such effortless ways, and it’s fantastic.

That slight detour that Wonder Woman’s arc took us on has diverted back to the Otherkind, and it immediately picked up. The Otherkind are invading Earth and its realms at an alarming rate, taking root in the tales and whispered stories of the Magical World. Unknowingly, Man-Bat is helping spread the word, as he’s the odd man out in all of this. The rookie to the world of demons and evil… naive to its many nuances. The addition of S.H.A.D.E. and the numerous magical heroes and villains across the DC Universe is adding so much flavor to these books, and I love it.

As per usual, no one listened to Superman when the time was right, and now they’re all just realizing that, yes, Jor-El is a crazy person who has manipulated things for years in his own favor. I’m honestly a little sad about the Jonathan Kent time-skip thing because he was actually an endearing kid-hero, who was fun to read and actually believable in his wonder and amazement at everything. Hopefully the new Jonathan, albeit older and more serious is still a good read.

This was considerably better than the first issue, but only slightly. It took forever to get moving, and something about the story just doesn’t sit right with me. It feels off, and uninteresting for a Batman story. Even with The Batman Who Laughs, and The Grim Knight, two interesting parallel versions of Batman at its disposal, it uses them sparingly, going for spectacle and attempts at mystery. I’ll give it one more issue to wow me, and we’ll see what happens.

Gemini finally makes their move, manipulating Psych, who was manipulating Flash for Gemini. It sounds way more confusing than it really was. It’s interesting how these new Force Users are so adept at using their powers. They’re skilled in the way that Flash is skilled with the Speed Force, as if they’re meant to have these powers, and they’ve finally found their proper host. Now, in the next issue, it looks like we’ll get a full breakdown of the history of speed force, and these new forces themselves. That could change Flash comics forever, if it’s done well enough.

A bit of an anticlimactic ending to an otherwise fantastic arc, this did exactly what it needed to do. It put Ares down, while also putting him on a quest to find Athena and the other Gods, who seem to be scattered to the winds. Aphrodite is now with Diana, who seems lost in all the confusion of the Greek Pantheon ascending to the Earthly plain once again. I think that soon enough we’ll be heading back to Themyscira. With the Gods in the winds, perhaps the whole world will be heading to Themyscira soon enough?

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Disney Announces Hunchback of Notre Dame Adaptation

Making official what we all knew was inevitable, Deadline is reporting that Disney is developing a live-action adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which will be based on both Victor Hugo’s original novel and the studio’s own 1996 animated film. Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has been tapped to write the live-action musical with Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz penning the music.

Coincidentally, Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) is producing, and is also set to play the star of the film, Quasimodo, in what is most certainly some genius casting.

Anne Hathaway Joins The Witches Remake

It looks like that upcoming remake of the film based on the Roald Dahl classic, that has horrified children for years, The Witches, is moving forward. Variety is reporting that Anne Hathaway has joined the film in the role originally made famous by Anjelica Huston, as the Grand High Witch.

The update is said to be set closer to Roald Dahl’s original story, set in the “gothic south in the 1960’s.” Robert Zemeckis is writing the script with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo Del Toro on as producers, and Nicolas Roeg, the director of the original film, in the director’s chair. Quite an impressive team, already.

New Ghostbusters Film On The Way

In an incredibly surprising announcement, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that director Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director, Ivan Reitman, announced that he’s written a screenplay for a new Ghostbusters film in secret, and will direct the film. The new Ghostbusters is a sequel to the first two films, and is set in the same universe as the 1980’s classics.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Reitman told the outlet. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.”

The film will release in the summer of 2020, with the main characters confirmed to be four new, teenage Ghostbusters. It’s currently unknown if any of the original cast will be returning.

UPDATE: Check out the first, fantastic teaser trailer for the film. This would have been quite the amazing surprise to see in front of a film for the first!

First Poster for John Wick 3 – Parabellum Debuts

Lionsgate has released the first official poster for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, confirming that Keanu Reeves is most certainly back. With this poster out now, and Glass hitting theaters this weekend, expect the first trailer sooner, rather than later, in the final film of the action-packed trilogy. Hit the jump to check out the poster in full.

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

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Back-to-Back Mission: Impossible Sequels Announced

It would seem that Tom Cruise isn’t quite finished with his most successful franchise just yet. Variety is reporting that two more Mission: Impossible films are now in production, with star Tom Cruise, and director Christopher McQuarrie both returning for the films, set for release in summer 2021, and summer 2022.

No other details are known, but it’s also being reported that McQuarrie turned down his “pick of the litter” with DC Entertainment films to helm the next two installments in the M:I franchise.

First Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home Drops!

Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first official trailer for the sequel to the wildly successful Marvel Studios film, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The new film sees Peter Parker taking a school trip to Europe where he’s recruited by Nick Fury to stop an international terrorist in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

Tom Holland is returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, with Zendaya and Marisa Tomei as “MJ” and Aunt May. Jake Gyllenhaal will play Mysterio while Michael Keaton is set to return as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture. New additions include comedian J.B. Smoove and Numan Acar as Dimitri, with Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders signed on to join the sequel as Nick Fury and Maria Hill respectively. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5th. You can also hit the jump to check out the first official poster for the film.

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Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Uncharted

It would seem that Sony still has their eyes set on a live-action adaptation of the award-winning video game franchise, as Variety is reporting that Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is now in the director’s chair for Uncharted. The series follows adventurer Nathan Drake across numerous globe-trotting adventures.

Tom Holland is still set to star as a young Nathan Drake, with a screenplay by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker.

Several Notable Projects at Fox Cancelled

While not much of a surprise, it’s been reported by Daniel Richtman that the much-talked-about Disney and Fox deal will close in less than two months. With that timetable, several long-time and notable projects on the Fox Studios schedule has been cancelled. This includes Gambit, Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, Kitty Pryde, Multiple Man, and X-Force.

This will officially make the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants the last Marvel property films to release from the studio. Let’s hope they go out on a high note.

Lady Sif Series for Disney+ In The Works

According to a report from Discussing Film, Marvel Studios is potentially developing a Lady Sif TV series for the Disney+ streaming service. Kevin Feige is said to be producing the show, with Jaimie Alexander potentially reprising her titular role as Lady Sif.

It’s placement in the timeline is still very much unknown, and Alexander’s busy schedule with Blindspot is sure to make things difficult. Given that each series of Disney+ has been a mini-series, though, it’s not entirely off the table for the actress.

New Trailer for City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes

The official website for the upcoming adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo’s classic manga, City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes has debuted a new full trailer for the film, with plenty of new footage and surprises. The trailer even reveals that the titular trio of sisters from Hojo’s Cat’s Eye manga will appear in the film.

The film sees the return of much of the original cast and crew from previous adaptations, including director Kenji Kodama. You can hit the jump to check out the full cast of returning, and new characters. City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes hits theaters in Japan on February 8th.

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New Trailer for Super Robot Wars T

Bandai Namco has shared an incredible, 11-minute new trailer for the upcoming Super Robot Wars T. The footage shows off the classic gameplay the series is known for, and many of its iconic returning characters, and original characters.

Super Robot Wars T releases on March 20th in Japan for the PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the Asia version with English subtitles launches on March 20th, as well.

Mortal Kombat Animated Movie In The Works

According to Revenge of the Fans, Joel McHale (Community) has landed a secret role in what will presumably be a direct to home video release for an upcoming Mortal Kombat animated movie. There have been rumblings of a live-action movie for years, particularly after the release of the successful web-series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

Nothing is known about the story, but we do presumably already have a voice cast for the film that includes Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Darin DePaul (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV), Fred Tatasciore (Tangled), Grey Griffin (The Fairly Oddparents), Ike Amadi (Avengers Assemble), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman), Patrick Seitz (Redline), Robin Atkin Downes (Suicide Squad), Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop), and Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird). Any guesses as to their roles? Though still unknown, Seitz voiced Scorpion in more recent games, with Blum often voicing Sub-Zero. Maybe McHale is Johnny Cage?

Full Trailer for The Punisher Season 2 Drops

Netflix has released the first full look at what is certain to be Frank Castle’s last go-around on the streaming service, with Marvel’s The Punisher Season 2. After being given a second chance at the end of the first season, Frank comes across Amy Bendix, an obscure character from the comics in need of his help, giving him reason to pick up his guns once again.

The trailer is great, and packed to the brim with ultraviolence that the character is already known for. Marvel’s The Punisher Season 2 hits Netflix on January 18th.