Warner Bros. Announces Its Hall H Panel For SDCC 2016
It’s summer with July here and nearing that time again! Yes, craziness as usual will ensue at Comic-Con International: San Diego where fans will attend Hall H to see what’s new and exciting with any number of hotly anticipated titles. Warner Bros. Pictures put the word out on Monday with all the goods, including film titles and guest appearances, as well as some extra details therein.
SUICIDE SQUAD Wraps Filming!
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 28, 2015
SDCC 2015: Studios Considering Keeping Leaked Exclusive Footage Unreleased
Like all movie sites and blogs therein, there’s a certain limit to the content I share which embodies my own guidelines differently from how other blogs operate. One such rule includes not making a habit of sharing smartphone footage taken from specific events like this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con where attendees gained exclusive access to merchandise and exposure to a number of things, including the bustling slate of movies where Warner Bros. stayed on deck to present sizzle reels for their films, including David Ayer’s forthcoming DC Entertainment property, Suicide Squad.
Like everyone interested, I can’t wait to see the footage being shared. Unfortunately, there’s a price to be paid with the nature of netizens and all their fandom with the way things go viral once leaked. Studios are very strict about these things which is personally frustrating to me because I would rather they just unveiled the footage online so everyone who can’t afford a plane ticket and a weekend stay at a hotel to go to a convention can be able to see and share in the excitement everyone else gets to feel; Hell, I’ve only ever gotten to attend one convention in my life and that was in New York City in 2004. I shook Peter Mayhew’s hand – highlight of my life right there!
Alas, it doesn’t look very good for the Comic-Con crowd this weekend either. I just prepared a draft for a possible online unveiling of the Comic-Con trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool and now word from Deadline suggests the notion that studios might be pulling back from not only releasing Comic-Con footage online, but also showcasing exclusive footage to Comic-Con audiences altogether. Furthermore, Sue Kroll from Warner Bros. who had this to say about the leaked Comic-Con teaser for Suicide Squad:
“We have no plans currently to release the Suicide Squad footage that leaked from Hall H on Saturday. It’s unfortunate and ultimately damaging that one individual broke a long-standing trust we have enjoyed with our fans at the convention by posting early material, which, at this point, was not intended for a wider audience. We are still in production on Suicide Squad, and will have a big campaign launch in the future. Our presentation yesterday was designed to be experienced in that room, on those big screens!”
As much as I hate that studios hold out like this and would rather just release the footage since it’s going to go viral anyway, I respect that they might…just MIGHT have reasons for not doing so. Simultaneously, it’s also sad that as much as Comic-Con audiences are being trusted, they simply refuse to respect rules being applied to them – I’d like to think that doing so would allow studios to be a little more lenient when officially releasing footage for blogs to write about in clarity. Plus, the last thing I want to see is some tiny, shitty ass screen blurring all the content filmed from a low-angle with some dude walking in front of the lens. And the funny thing is that some people would have the audacity to call me ungrateful for that.
No, no. Fuck you. At best here, gratitude should be observed by the very people who are simply asked to do one specific thing – DON’T RECORD THE FOOTAGE.
Yeah, I’ll say it: As it stands, the people failed, not the studios. Sure, they could just release these trailers and let that be that, but this also exemplifies the sheer lack of responsibility that a certain portion of these Comic-Con goers feel when it comes to rules, merely believing that just because they can bring their phones in, the rules don’t apply to them.
Well, judging by appearances here, the studios are about to fix that. Otherwise perhaps this will implure you to tell your Comic-Con neighbor to put their phone away. My two cents here.
Suicide Squad opens on August 5, 2016. As for a teaser for this film and apparently the February 12, 2016 release of Deadpool, I guess we’re getting it when Warner Bros., Marvel and 20th Century Fox are damn good and ready.
QUESTION: Do you think studios should be lenient and simply release the footage they show at Comic-Cons? Or are they correct in dialing back from lack of trust? Comment below and say your peace!
[UPDATED] Meet David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD In A New Cast Photo!
UPDATE: Other photos are coming in. Stay tuned!
Joel Kinnaman Plays A Father From Hell In New Thriller, BACKCOUNTRY, Now Filming
Actor Joel Kinnaman‘s latest thriller is releasing this Friday in the form of Jaume Collet-Serra’s Run All Night with leading badass Liam Neeson. In the meantime, Kinnaman has at least two other films he’s currently filming soon so far in Canada, the first which, as of last week sees the actor on the snowy end of Sudbury in Ontario for Backcountry, the new thriller from Drive Productions, JoBro Productions and global rights holder Tajj Media.
Will Smith To Star And Produce BOUNTY For Paramount
Actor Will Smith may not be battling aliens anytime soon in any capacity for an Independence Day sequel, and following 2013’s After Earth, the jury is still out on how he feels about doing big-scale films aside from his current obligations to director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad over in Vancouver this April. His latest film, Focus, with Suicide Squad co-star and leading lady Margot Robbie is certainly an exemplary change of pace and one that will hopefully set Smith in a more comfortable state of mind when it comes to doing bigger films.
For now though, his attention is slightly geared toward more smaller projects which still sound equally intriguing given the plot set ups. In this instance, Paramount Pictures’s newly announced action flick, Bounty, serves quite the example. The film’s Boston, Massachusetts setting will accomodate Smith‘s role as a man wrongfully convicted for a murder he didn’t commit, now on the loose as he must prove his innocence with the victim’s widow offering a ten-million dollar bounty for his capture, fatal or other. Smith is producing the film under his banner at Overbrook Entertainment with Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Pictures with a script by Sascha Penn.
Personally, I dug After Earth and my review is here in case you’re curious, so I hope that the film’s shortcomings don’t hinder him from doing larger projects. He’s still a good actor who can sell movies, and his chemistry with son, actor Jayden Smith was quite good for that particular film’s tone. At any rate, Bounty is coming with Smith set to star…and since every action thriller needs a villain to accomodate its hero, let’s see who’s going to do the hunting. Stick around!
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Joel Kinnaman Now In Talks To Join SUICIDE SQUAD For WB
The pre-production of director David Ayer‘s live-action contribution to the Warner Bros./DC Cinematic Universe, Suicide Squad, has since been a bit of a casting rollercoaster for one of the leads. Actor Tom Hardy departed the film last month due to his own issues pertaining to the script, prior to the entry and subsequent exit of actor Jake Gyllenhaal, thus continuing the search for a replacement.
As such, and as timely as it is, the theatrical release of the new Liam Neeson thriller, Run All Night is set for March 13 April 17, and one of its co-stars is about get some good momentum going if the talks go well. Variety says Robocop star, actor Joel Kinnaman is now up for the role of ensemble character Rick Flagg alongside the powerhouse cast that includes stars of the upcoming drama, Focus, actor Will Smith as Deadshot and actress Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn with Oscar winner Jared Leto as the Joker, Divergent series cast member Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Pan co-star Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.
Ayer is also behind the script with at least five specific comic book issues in mind pertaining to what lies ahead for the potential plot which may focuses on a ragtag team of supervillains out to save the world under the adminstration of an off-the-books government program. Actress Viola Davis is currently mentioned to star in addition to actor Jesse Eisenberg following his upcoming role as Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice next March.
Suicide Squad is being produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns executive producing for the film’s August 5, 2016 set date.