Sony Casts Tom Hardy As 'Venom' With Ruben Fleischer As Director And A 2018 Release Date

Sony decided to break some exciting and shocking news when they announced that acclaimed actor Tom Hardy has been cast as the new Eddie Brock aka Venom. Fans will remember that this isn't the first time we will get a live action Venom, as the character was featured in Spider-Man 3 but didn't feel true to his comic book self. Not only did the studio announce that such a big name and proven actor would be playing the title role, but they also announced that Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is in final negotiations to helm the project which is set for a late 2018 release. 

While Sony has been talking about making a solo Venom movie since back when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was in production, not much had been heard about the project. Well this news has certainly made it clear that the studio is taking the project seriously, and has made it a priority to bring on big names and get the movies in theaters sooner rather later. There had been no rumored shortlists for Eddie Brock or the directing gig, so the news came as a shock to just about everyone that has been following this project.
Sadly for fans who were hoping to see Tom Holland's Spider-Man square off against Hardy's Venom, this film will reportedly not be taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will instead be a start of Sony's own new universe. The studio is going for an R-rating in the vein of Fox's Logan and Deadpool, which will allow them to go much darker and violent which suits both the character and actor playing him. But this tone unfortunately doesn't fit in well with Disney's much lighter take on Spider-Man, which is most likely why the studio elected to keep the two separate. It'll be interesting to see who Venom's enemy will be and how they'll change his origins considering the absence of Spider-Man.
Hardy's casting is sure to get many skeptics of the project excited, as the actor has projects such as The Revenant, Inception, Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Dark Knight Rises under his belt. He has proven he can play darker complex and badass characters very well, which is a perfect fit for Venom. We can surely expect something very different from Topher Grace's Eddie Brock is Spider-Man 3, who was more of a jealous immoral version of Peter Parker.  Director Ruben Fleischer on the other hand is certainly less proven, with his second film Gangster Squad falling very far from the success he had with Zombieland. We can only hope he's able to recapture that R-rated magic with this project.
So how do you feel about Tom Hardy playing Venom? Are you disappointed he won't be a part of the MCU? Let us know below!

Zack Snyder Exits 'Justice League' Due To A Family Tragedy; Joss Whedon Has Replaced Him

In a very sad and surprising turn of events, Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have announced the director's departure from the upcoming superhero team-up film Justice League. Snyder has left to spend time with his family following the suicide of his daughter this past March, and will not be directing the film's additional scenes. Instead the studio has brought on Avengers director Joss Whedon to complete the movie and direct the scenes that have yet to be filmed. It has been stressed that this will still very much be Zack's movie, and he is simply passing the baton to Whedon during his time of mourning. 

First off before we get in the business and film related parts of the story, I'd like to send my thoughts and prayers to Zack Snyder and his family following such a tragic loss. I may not have been the biggest fan of Batman v. Superman or some of his past projects, but I have nothing but respect for Snyder and it pains me to think of what he must be going through at this time. I'm sure as much as he cared about doing the film justice, his family and personal life are much more important at the moment. When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the matter, the director stated the following:

“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it. The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realization …I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

The studio has made the interesting decision of not delaying the movie but instead replacing Snyder, at the request of the director himself. Most of the movie has apparently been completed, but we have heard about reshoots and additional scenes that have yet to be filmed. Whedon has of course proven that he is more than capable of handling an ensemble group of superheroes as he already did it for Marvel with The Avengers, and its interesting the director will now be attached to both of the competitor's films.
Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich has made it very clear that the movie will be completed in Snyder's vision, and Whedon won't be changing up anything. Whedon had actually already been involved with the movie, as he was helping with rewrites and scripting the new scenes following a studio test screening of Justice League. Emmerich has stressed that no new characters will be added, and the directing will stick to Snyder's style and tone. 
Once again my thoughts are with Zack and his family, and best of luck to Joss Whedon. How do you feel about this tragic news and turn of events? Let us know below

Rumors Suggest 'Back to the Future' Director Robert Zemeckis May Be In Talks For DC's 'The Flash'

Have you ever had a friend who you are always giving advice to and keep hoping they'll make a constructive change in their life, but they just keeping fucking up. In my eyes, thats currently DC and Warner Bros. A few years back, the idea of a DC cinematic universe that could rival Marvel's was both exciting a realistic. But that vision has been adjusted ever since the officially titled "DC Expanded Universe" has gotten off to a rough start. None the less, I keep hoping one of these upcoming projects could be the one that stirs them back on track (If there was even one to begin with). While it seems that film may be Zack Snyder's Justice League later this year, one character whose solo movie has a lot of potential is Ezra Miller's Barry Allen aka The Flash.

A popular TV show on the CW that you may have heard of that shares the same name has proven not only how interesting the character of Barry/Flash is, but also the interesting storylines he must grapple. The movie will of course try not to tread the same ground as the show, but it will certainly share some elements. One of those key elements is time travel, an ability the Flash has thanks to the speed force that has led to many consequences and serious decisions for the character. So who better to take on all the convoluted timelines of the Flash world then the director of the great time travel film of all time; Back to the Future's Robert Zemeckis.
Thats right, Zemeckis may be making his return to the time travel genre of the rumor suggested by Screen Junkies has any truth to it. According to the site, Zemeckis coming on board for the project is far from a done deal. Reporter Umberto Gonzalez has already come out and stated Zemeckis has simply taken a meeting with WB over the project, but they're still considering several other directors. Also just days after the scoop, it was announced the Zemeckis was attached to direct an upcoming project for Universal set to release in 2018, the same year The Flash is currently set to release. While this seemingly contradicts the rumor, its still possible WB might simply be pushing back the project after all the issues its had.
The Flash movie has already been through several script rewrites, and has had not one, but two directors leave the project. Both Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) were attached to the project, the later even made an appearance at Comic-Con with fellow DC directors. Famuyiwa who would've been an excellent fit for the job reportedly left due to creative differences with the studio over the script. He even brought on Dope star Kelsey Clemens for the role of Iris West, a role she has remained with despite the director's departure. 
So would you like to see Robert Zemeckis director The Flash? Do you have another director in mind? Let us know below!

M. Night Shyamalan Announces 'Unbreakable' and 'Split' Sequel Title, Release Date, and Cast

How times have changed. Just  ten years ago, if you would've mentioned the name M. Night Shyamalan around any movie fan, they would've come at you with a splurge of jokes. A whole generation of young movie goers had only one impression of Shyamalan, his horrendous attempt at making a Last Airbender film adaption. But ten years before that, many considered the director to be the second coming of Spielberg himself. Now Shyamalan falls somewhere in the middle, he isn't quite hyped to the level he was when his career first started, but he's certainly resurrected it. And his next film may seal the deal of his redemption.

Earlier this year, Shyamalan's film Split starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper with several split personalities named Kevin, was a huge success both critically and commercially. The director is known for his twists and this film was no different, as the last scene of the movie revealed the entire story took place in the same universe as Shyamalan's Unbreakable. In Unbreakable David Dunn (Bruce Willis) learns he has superpowers and comes at odds with a man obsessed with becoming his nemesis; Elijah aka Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson).
The twist meant a lot to both the overall story of Split, and to fans of a now 17 year old Shyamalan classic. Willis character David Dunn makes an appearance at the end of the movie (With James Newton Howard's theme from Unbreakable playing in the background), which confirmed that Split was actually all a villain origin story, in the same way Unbreakable was a hero's origin.
No one saw this coming considering how overlooked the first film was, but it has developed a cult following and is considered by many to be before its time. Many have been demanding to get a sequel for years, and now they've got not just one, but two. Shyamalan has confirmed via his Twitter that fans will get to see a crossover between the characters from both movies in a sequel titled Glass in January of 2018. Universal released the following details about the film:

"M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s UNBREAKABLE and last year’s SPLIT—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: GLASS. From UNBREAKABLE, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from SPLIT are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. 

Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men."

News about the sequel is very excited, and has many of us curious about what will happen when all these characters collide. While Mr. Glass (Who the movie is named after) was the original nemesis of the first movie, it seems here he'll be pulling the strings while Dunn and Crumb are the two who physically go after each other. The film should be a nice change from the traditional superhero movies we've been getting, and it'll be interesting to see Shyamalan's spin on the shared universe and blockbuster superhero ideas. 
So are you excited to see Shyamalan's conclusion to his Unbreakable trilogy? Are you expecting another twist ending? Let us know below!

My Top 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

2016 had its hits and misses on the big screen, but now its time to look ahead at a new year of exciting films. You never know which movies are going to be the surprises of the year, the award winners, or even the flops, but we can at least try to take a guess. Based on what I've heard so far from the movies below, as well as their trailers, directors, and cast, I've decided on the fifteen movies I'm most excited to see in theaters this year. I might look back and want to kick myself for putting some picks on the list, or maybe they'll solidify me as the Nostradamus of predicting the success of movies (In which case I'll be expecting a call for Hollywood executives), but only time will tell. 

15. The Lego Batman Movie
Some people may be surprised to see this movie make the list, but if you saw The Lego Movie you know why its here. The Lego Movie took me by surprise, and ended up being one of the most hilarious kids movies I've seen in a long time. Now Will Arnett's Lego Batman, who was a fan-favorite in the former movie, is getting his own standalone film. 

While I'm hoping the movie can replicate the same magic as the last one, I'm worried it might not given that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller won't be behind the camera. Nonetheless, if this can find the same middle ground between fun characters, self-aware humor, and live action cameos that the first movie did, it will succeed in my book.

14. Power Rangers
This is that one movie on the list that could end up being terrible. Having said that, I'm honestly excited to see Hollywood take a crack at a modern Power Rangers movie. I grew up on the Rangers, specifically Mighty Morphin and Time Force, and as did a lot of kids from my generation. 

They seem to be going for a Chronicle feel for this movie, and that hasn't worked out for recent films like Fantastic Four and Project Almanac (Whose director is at the helm of Power Rangers). But a chance to see Megazords on the big screen as well as Rita Repulsa, Alpha 5, and Zordon (Played by Bryan Cranston) is still exciting enough to make me see this movie.

13. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
I think the first Kingsman movie took a lot of movie goers by surprise with how off the walls and unfiltered it was, aside from also being a great action blockbuster. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) has proven himself as an outstanding director, especially with comic book based action projects. 

So the sequel to the film should be no different, and it has already added some very impressive new cast members including Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, and Halle Berry who I can't wait to see interact with Eggsy (Taron Egerton) on the big screen. They will also somehow be bringing back Colin Firth's character Harry Hart, so I'm curious to see how they'll pull that off. 

12. Alien: Covenant 
I'm not a diehard fan of the Alien franchise or anything like that, but I can still appreciate how innovative and creative those movies were for the future of the sci-fi genre. I enjoyed Prometheus for what it was, but it seems like Covenant is going to make up for the former film's faults.

The trailer for this movie that was released this week definitely raised the hype for me, and gave it a higher spot on this list. The cast of this movie is also both impressive and interesting including the likes of Danny McBride, Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Noomi Rapace, and recently announced addition James Franco.

11. The Fate of the Furious
Like any series that makes it to an eighth film, the Fast and Furious movies feel like they've run their course. After the passing of lead actor Paul Walker just a few years ago, many of us thought this series would be coming to a close. Yet that doesn't seem to be the case, as this year we'll be getting yet another Fast and Furious sequel. 

I wasn't initially interested in this movie given the reasons above, but the trailer certainly spiked my curiosity. The idea of having Vin Diesel's character turn against the team is definitely a surprising and interesting twist. The movie also filmed in Cuba and New York, and has talented director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) at the helm.

10. Kong: Skull Island
Originally I didn't have this movie cracking my top ten, but after re-watching the trailer and looking over the cast list, it has earned its spot. Kong: Skull Island has the potential to be the exciting King Kong movie we've been waiting for, and is setting up a larger and more powerful version of Kong that is going to have to face off against Godzilla in a future film. 

I also love how the movie is taking a different approach to the character, by making him less of a villain to audiences while antagonizing the humans who invaded his home. The cast is especially great with the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson all set to take on Kong next March. 

9. Dunkirk
All you have to say is Christopher Nolan is directing, and I'm already sold. The director has proven time and time again that he's one of the most talented and original working men in the business today, and I expect no less from his first war movie.

My excitement in a little dialed down only because this won't be an original story by Nolan (Which I feel is his main strength), and it'll instead be based on true events. But with a cast of Nolan favorites including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, as well as Mark Rylance, and even Harry Styles, its hard not to get excited for this one.

8. Wonder Woman
Much like another DC movie on this list, Wonder Woman isn't as high as I wish it was simply because of movies like Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. DC hasn't given me the confidence that they know what they're doing, and its hard to picture this movie being any different.

While what we've seen so far looks pretty cool, I'm still not sure Gal Gadot can carry her own movie (As attractive as she is). The movie does have both an impressive director and supporting cast, and if the visual effects are done right it can be a step in the right direction for the DC universe that we've been waiting for. We can only hope it is.

7. Thor: Ragnarok
Ask any Marvel fanboy like myself which of the solo movie franchises is the weakest in the MCU, and most people will probably agree its Thor. Captain America has gotten two outstanding sequels since his first film, but all Thor has gotten was the mediocre Thor: Dark World. Ragnarok has all the makings to be the best Thor movie yet, with a director he isn't afraid to take it in a weird connection.

The movie is also going to include Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and a bit of the Planet Hulk storyline, which may work for better or worse. The film is hoping to accomplish a lot including introducing Hela, including Dr. Strange and Hulk, and returning Odin to his throne. Hopefully its able to accomplish all those things without becoming a mess.

6. Justice League
I really wish I could have this movie higher on my list, but sadly I have to be honest with myself. I'm just not as excited about getting a Justice League movie as I should be. Given DC's recent track record of disappointments, and my personal dislike of Batman v. Superman, its hard to convince myself this movie will be any different.

There's some very questionable casting choices amongst the team that I hope prove me wrong, and I'm not sure bringing back Zack Snyder to direct was such a smart decision. None the less its still the Justice League, and I'm just pumped we finally get to see them assemble on the big screen.

5. Logan
I would've never expect this movie to be so high on this list, mainly because we had no idea what it was even about. Aside from the fact that this will officially be Hugh Jackman's last movie in the role, the first trailer for Logan really blew me away.

It seems to be an emotional and personal movie that'll show us a weaker side of Wolverine than we've ever seen before, and may be introducing us to a young X-23. The idea for this movie is just amazing, and if executed correctly it could be one of the best X-Men movies we've ever seen.

4. War for the Planet of the Apes
This franchise has more than proven itself over the years as legit, and despite some changes in director and cast, the quality has remained consistent. Andy Serkis' outstanding and emotional performance as Cesar has been the core of this franchise, and it has worked wonders so far.

This movie seems no different, and we'll finally get to see the big war and boiling point we've been waiting for since Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Woody Harrelson as the villain also seems very interesting, and I think he'll make for a great menace and rival to Cesar that can surpass Koba from the last movie. 

3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
How can anyone not be excited for this movie after seeing the trailers? Guardians 2 is promising another fun time at the movies, with new members joining the team and return of Baby Groot, and might even surpass the first film.

There's some things that have me a little worried about the movie such as the inclusion of Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet, but I trust both director James Gunn and the cast of fan favorites to deliver another great adventure. And of course, I'm looking forward to that soundtrack too. 

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Come on, you knew this was gonna be here. I may talk about a lot of superheroes, but Spider-Man will always have a special place in my heart. As a diehard fan of the character and both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Tom Holland managed to win me over in his Civil War appearance.

Everything about Homecoming screams "perfect Spider-Man movie" to me. We're getting a cast of young actors and new characters alongside a fifteen year-old Peter Parker, Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and even a Spider-Man/Iron-Man team up. What more can you ask for? 

1. Star Wars: Episode 8
After seeing Rogue One this week, I've been reminded about just how lucky we are to have new GOOD Star Wars movies (Unlike certain prequels). After Force Awakens proved itself to audiences by balancing its homage to the original series and introduction of new characters and storylines, how can you not be excited to see where it goes.

Talented Looper director Rian Johnson will be taking over for JJ Abrams and hopefully will reach the same caliber as the last movie. We'll also finally get to hear Luke Skywalker actually speak and hopefully train Rey to become a Jedi. If it meets expectations, this has the potential to be the Empire Strikes Back of the new trilogy.

Honorable Mentions: Beauty and the Beast, The Dark Tower, Baby Driver, Live By NightCocoBlade Runner 2029
So what do you think of my top 15 most anticipated movies of 2017? Are there any movies you feel shouldn't be on the list? Are there any you think should be? Let me know below!

Two 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Trailers Drop With Footage Of Iron Man, Vulture, and Shocker

Ever since Comic-Con, fans have been patiently awaiting some kind of Spider-Man: Homecoming footage, and now we finally got it. Not only did we get the trailer that aired earlier on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but we also got an international trailer which featured some new footage. Theres plenty to be excited about from this trailer, including Tom Holland's witty remarks while under the mask, his interactions with his friends and Tony Stark, and of course our first look at Michael Keaton's Vulture in full costume and in action. Not only that, but we also get some footage of another famed Spider-Man villain; Shocker. 

Below is the trailer that debuted on Jimmy Kimmel:
And here is the international trailer that was also released by Marvel:
We definitely get the coming of age John Hughes movie type vibe that Marvel and director Jon Watts have been teasing for the movie. There's a lot of footage of Peter and Jacob Batalon's character Ned hanging out, as well as Zendaya's Michelle and Laura Harrier's Liz Allen. Allen will apparently be Peter's love interest in this movie, although it seems more like a crush. Although we see a lot of Peter's high school, we surprisingly don't see any of Tony Revolori's Flash Thompson anywhere here.
While we knew Robert Downey Jr. would be making an appearance as Tony Stark given the relationship the two characters formed in Civil War, we didn't know just how important he would be. Judging by the trailer, it seems Tony will basically serve as Peter's "cool rich uncle" type figure, and will also be suiting up with him and some point in the movie. Hopefully we will get to see Peter fight his own battles against Vulture and co. without any help from Iron Man. 
Of course a huge part of this trailer was finally getting to see footage of the enemy Spidey will be facing, Michael Keaton's Vulture. The design for Vulture himself looks great by paying tribute to the comics without looking ridiculous, and instead going for a modern tech based look. It seems Vulture may have an arm of enemies working with him, with Bookem Woodbine's Shocker being one of them as seen in the second trailer.
So what did you think of the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers? What parts were your favorite? Are you more excited for the movie now? Let us know below!