Killer Croc cast and more DC slate news and rumours from The Fan Carpet’s Shaun Wren
This week’s DC news round up we’ve finally been given a date when the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will drop. Plus the film’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson talked about Ben Affleck’s Batsuit, Jason Momoa talks Aquaman, Guillermo del Toro gives an update on his Dark Universe/Justice League Dark project and we have more Suicide Squad news and casting.
Let’s start with the biggest news of the week and if you weren’t excited enough for Mad Max: Road Fury released May 14, get ready to get even more excited as we FINALLY get the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
I think this is a smart move by Warner Bros because Mad Max is looking set to be one of the best blockbusters this summer and it’ll make millions more at the box office just with the fact we will get the first look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
I’d like it if WB just kept it in the cinema so people have to go out to watch it then release the trailer on YouTube after the opening weekend.
Now the trailer itself will probably be a 80 second teaser (featuring Bats and Supes and maybe a first look at Wonder Woman) much like Star Wars then when Comic Con comes around then they’ll be a full two minute trailer where they will probably show Jason Momoa's Arther Curry and Ray Fisher's Victor Stone.
Elsewhere this week Wilkinson, the film's costume designer, was talking to Fashionisa magazine giving an insight into what to expect from Ben Affleck’s Batsuit and admitted it takes Affleck 25 minutes to get it on and that’s with assistance.
“It does involve multiple costumers," said Wilkinson, who added, turning the actor into the iconic DC, superhero is “not the sort of thing that I could just sit in Ben's trailer and he gets into it himself. It's a six-handed operation."
Wilkinson also revealed how much imput director Zack Snyder has had and wanted to address one of the problems from the past Batman movies which was the ability for the Dark Knight to move his head and neck.
"It’s a very important thing to Zack that the Batsuit would be comfortable and very flexible but then would be able to perform in a very natural and forceful way," and the Oscar nominated designer added the rigidity of the cowl and neck-pieces was “one of the first things that Snyder mentioned to me in one of our initial meetings" and promised “a lot of incredible engineering went into the development of the new black cowl."
The designer is looking forward for fans to pass judgement on his work, adding “It's no longer a designer in his workroom pushing a costume out into the world and that's it. There's a real sense of conversation and engaging in a dialogue about this stuff."
Wilkinson also talked about Jason Momoa’s Aquaman costume confessing it was a “huge challenge” because of past incarnations of Arther Curry saying “People have a lot of complaints about the orange skin and the green tights and that whole thing.”
Momoa himself was talking about the character to Hollywood Reporter whilst publicising season two for his TV show The Red Road and quickly mentioned 2017’s Justice League saying “Justice League is quite a ways off. We don't have scripts and stuff like that.”
The 35 year old also gave us a vision of what his Atlantean king will be like saying "I'll bring my professionalism there. I'll bring my sense of humour. Hopefully people will like that. If they don't I'll modify it."
This was the best thing Momoa could say because no one can a bad thing about his professionalism as he was one of the stars of Game of Thrones and with a character like Aquaman, you will need a good sense of humour and if the fans of the New 52 comic book, because it looks like it’s going that route, aren’t impressed he’s big enough to say he will change things.
The Hawiian also talked about his costume saying "Michael [Wilkinson], the head costume designer, he created all of that, I basically just showed up and he made it happen. And it's all Zack, through his genius mind."
The fact he calls playing a superhero “a dream job” is great because it was better for the film if the actor wants to be there and think it’s more than just a job adding "I'm going to be in one of the biggest movies in history in a minute, playing a superhero. And I have kids so that's cool. My kids can finally see something that I'm in."
Moving to more of the supernatural route in early 2013 Guillermo del Toro talked about bring Justice League Dark to the big screen and near the end of 2014 a script was handed in. Talking to IGN the Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director has said it’s a matter of timing.
"We turned in our [script] revision, and it all depends on the calendar, you know? If I can do it, I would love to do it. And I think that the screenplay and the characters are very solid."
The characters hoping to appear are John Constantine, Swamp Thing, the Spectre, Deadman and Zatanna. However, with Warner Bros and DC focusing on their slate of movies till 2020 and with del Toro’s calendar looking full with Crimson Peak released this year (October 16) and Pacific Rim projects (both movie sequels and an animated series) as well as his TV show The Strain and working with Hideo Kojima on a new Silent Hill game.
With all these projects del Toro may have to step aside, saying “somebody will do it" then explained “You cannot say, 'Yeah, I'll do it after I do this,' or 'I have the first season of [del Toro's FX series] The Strain,'” and added the movie “needs to fall into the plan of the DC Universe."
Finally, I’m ending on some more Suicide Squad news as director David Ayer released a picture which confirms we’re heading to Arkham Asylem and what’s so good about this image is it’s the same logo as the ones in the Batman Arkham games.
It’s been rumoured Suicide Squad will happen inbetween the events of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
We also got three more cast members joining with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje playing Killer Croc (fan art above by Boss Logic) with Latino Review's El Mayimbe reporting that Raymond Olubowale will be taking on TWO roles the first one doing motion capture for King Shark and playing a minor part of Amanda Waller’s security.
The fact we have both Killer Croc and King Shark suggest there’ll be more than just a hallway scene with these two because the one thing the Squad is missing is muscle so Waller could make both characters fight it out.
Also with Arkham obviously playing a huge role in this movie we could see a possible prison break.
The final casting rumour is that Scott Eastmond has joined the cast as Scott Trevor and he will only be a cameo and for those who don’t know Trevor is the primary love interest of Wonder Woman in DC Comics lore, so we could see him pop up throughout Diana Prince’s lifetime.
I think the cameo will see Trevor as an A.R.G.U.S agent and Waller’s supervisor and see him at the beginning with Walller and Rick Flag setting up Task Force X and near the end when things do not go to plan which would result in he and Waller arguing.
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