Sony Hack Reveals The Studio's Alleged Plans (Or Lack Thereof) For The Future Of The 'Spider-Man' Franchise

For the guys over at Sony studios, this holiday season has literally been a living hell. After the tremendous amount of controversy their most recent film The Interview caused prior to its release, along with the initial backlash after the studio pulled the film from its Christmas release date, its hard to imagine the lengthy recovery process the company will have to go through next year. But as if Sony didn't already have enough problems on their hands, numerous emails between several important executives and company president Amy Pascal leaked online pertaining to the company's most important franchises including the likes of 21 Jump Street, Men in Black, Ghostbusters, and of course Spider-Man himself.

The Spider-Man franchise is probably one of the only comic book movie franchises whose future is in question at this point. With studios such as DC and Marvel revealing that they have their entire upcoming movie slates mapped out, and Fox surprisingly getting their X-Men films back on track for the near future as well, it's crazy to think one of the world's biggest comic book characters has no upcoming film set in stone at this point. Sony had initially announced a plan for their own cinematic universe, which would kick off with a Sinister Six movie next year, as well as an eventual Venom spin-off. These plans have apparently been put on hiatus after the poor reception of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with that film's proposed sequels being put into question as well.
The recent array of leaked emails have revealed many possible solutions that Sony is currently considering for the future of the character. The majority of these scenarios are simply just suggestions, and all though none of it has been officially confirmed, it does give us a rough idea of what the studio has in mind. One such scenario would see the studio themselves rebooting the character once more, moving on from director Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield's current series (With the latter rumored to have already been fired by the studio).  The studio has an impressive group of director in line for the project which includes the likes of Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible 4), Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Frozen), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Don Hall & Chris Williams (Big Hero 6), Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim), David Yates (Harry Potter). This film would feature an older adult Spider-Man, and would closely follow the storyline of the Kraven's Last Hunt story arc.
Of course a lot of those names are more wishful thinking than anything else, but the idea for the reboot is certainly an intriguing one, especially in comparison to another one of their ideas which was to reboot Spider-Man with an animated film (Directed by Lord and Miller). Another scenario would see Sony moving forward with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 with either Phil Lord and Chris Miller or Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) taking over for Webb. It's unknown whether Garfield would return if Sony were to move forward with this idea, especially if those rumors of him being fired due to tension with Sony execs has any truth to them. Amy Pascal and Sony have apparently both suggested the idea of having Sam Raimi (The original Spider-Man trilogy) or the Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) come on board to produce the film.
If the latter two were to produce the film, this would seemingly open the door for Marvel Studios to gain the rights to use the wall crawler in their films (A possibility that has been discussed amongst both studios). Apparently initial plans feel through due to lack of agreement on the terms of the deal, with the plan having been for Sony to retain 40% while Marvel would have 60% of the rights (Including profits, creative input, etc.). While the plan was thought to be dead, there still is apparently a chance for the studios to come to terms on some sort of deal. Sony will be holding a Spider-Man summit in January where they'll discuss all these future plans for the character, and ultimately decide on one. Marvel Studios' own Kevin Feige is rumored to attend, with his plan being to reboot Spider-Man without Garfield, and for Sony producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad not to be involved with the film.
The possibility of the Russo's producing a Spider-Man film for either studio seems highly unlikely considering how busy they'll be directing both parts of The Avengers: Infinity Wars. Having said that, the duo will still be responsible for introducing the newly rebooted version of the character. The proposed plan is to introduce Spidey in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War in a cameo appearance where he'd be given the Iron Spider suit by Iron Man, and later make appearances in both Infinity War films, leading to his own solo film. Unlike Sony's plan, Marvel wants a young high school age Spider-Man once again, likely even younger than Garfield's version. Personally I think Tye Sheridan (Mud) would be a good fit, and with a director like Brad Bird at the helm, this possible version of Spider-Man could be the greatest one yet.
We'll keep you posted on any further information pertaining to Sony's plans webhead, but until then which scenario would you prefer for the future of the Spider-Man franchise? Let us know below!

The First 'Terminator: Genisys' Trailer Pays Homage To The Originals While Finally Making The Plot Coprehensible

The last few weeks have brought about a series of nostalgic trailers for fans of some of the best science fiction movie Hollywood has to offer. Who could ask for more when you get the trailer for Jurassic World and Star Wars: Episode VII within the span of just one week. Well in case you aren't exactly impressed by the formula of dinosaurs terrorizing an island, or prequel trilogies made you lose faith in any new material coming from the Star Wars brand, I might have the perfect eighties nostalgia induced trailer for you (That is, if you're a Terminator fan of course). The recent news and plot details we've been hearing about Terminator: Genisys has been confusing to say the least, but now we finally have some footage to clarify what the new installment is going for.

Below you can watch the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys (Nope, that isn't a type-o):
The film has been described as a cross between last year's X-Men: Day of Future Past and Back to the Future 2.  Like with Back to the Future 2, Genisys will revisit many of the plot points, characters, and key scenes from James Cameron's first two movies, which will be shown through an alternative timeline. While this concept was pretty heard to understand when it was just a serious of bullet points in an article, the trailer gives us a better idea on how Alan Taylor (Thor: Dark World) is planning on accomplishing this feat. The timeline of the original timeline will apparently be alternated in some way but the presence of the older version of Arnold's T-800, who was apparently be sent back to the 1960s to protect a young Sarah Connor and train her for once it arrives.
While most of those plot points were suggested in earlier rumors, the many shots the trailer consists of seem to confirm that they're legitimate. Most of the future that we'll be seeing at the beginning of the film matches correctly with what was described and partially shown in Cameron's films, which shows a future where John Connor (Played here by Jason Clarke) leads the resistance and fights alongside Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) who he decides to send back to protect his mother from being killed by the original T-800. But what we'll apparently see happen here is the Sarah (Emilia Clarke) that Reese will encounter will have been trained and protected by the older T-800, much to the surprise of Reese.
We also get a glimpse of many scenes that resemble those shown in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, arguably the most beloved film in the franchise. This is primarily suggested by the inclusion of the T-1000 model made famous by Robert Patrick in T2, but will be played here by Byung-hun Lee. It's still unknown whether this is in fact the same model that Patrick played, or an entirely different T-1000. The lack of the inclusion of a young John Connor in any of these scenes could suggest that unlike in T2, this T-1000 may be yet another Terminator sent after Connor (Or the older T-800) in the year 1984.
There are still may lingering questions about the films complex plot and multiple characters, many of which will not be clarified until the actual film is released. We can only assume that the time periods we'll be seeing in the film are the 1960s (Sarah's childhood), 1984 (When both the original T-800 and Reese were sent back), and John Connor's future, the present day and 1995 (When T2 took place) also a being a possibility. There are also several members of the film's cast absent from the trailer, including J.K.Simmons (Spider-Man) as a detective, Dayo Okeniyi (Hunger Games) as Miles Dyson's son Danny, and Matt Smith (Dr. Who) in a mystery role.
Oh and there's also this poster that I should probably put here, which literally shows absolutely nothing (But I guess it's better than just a logo):
So what do you think of the trailer for Terminator: Genisys? Are you interested in the convoluted plot Taylor going for? Do you believe it will redeem the franchise after Terminator: Salvation and Rise of the Machines? Let us know below!

DC's 'Suicide Squad' Gets An Official Cast Which Includes The Likes Of Will Smith, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, and More

Given all the recent news and rumors surrounding DC's upcoming films, it starts to become difficult to tell fact from fiction after a certain point. With most of the Batman v. Superman drama behind us for now, fans and news outlets alike have turned their attention to the studio's many other upcoming projects. Believe it or not, it has already been two months since DC shocked us all by unveiling their full line-up of upcoming films (Prior to Marvel doing the same thing a few weeks later), yet we haven't heard any official news from them since. Well now we finally have some news on one of their more surprising upcoming projects; Suicide Squad, specifically in regards to which actors will be headlining the film.

Variety initially revealed the confirm cast for the film, which has since been verified by WB President Greg Silverman as well. The report reveals that the film will star the long rumored Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as our next Joker, alongside Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street)as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys)  as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne (Pan) as Enchantress, and Will Smith (I Am Legend) as Deadshot. Will a majority of those actors had been rumored to have some part in the film already, their exact roles were still a mystery until this point. The only two cast members whose roles we already knew about were that of Leto and Robbie, who were said to be in final talks for the project a few weeks ago.
Hardy, Smith, and Courtney all had their names attached to the lead role of Deadshot at one point or another (Along with Ryan Gosling and Jon Bernthal), but in the end Smith ended up taking the cake. Previous reports had suggested that Courtney would play Deadshot, while Smith would play Boomerang, but the official casting seems to make more sense considering both the character of Boomerang and Courtney are Australian. The star power of Smith will certainly be a major marketing tool for the Warner Bros. going forward with the project, especially if the character of Deadshot is portrayed as the leader or primary protagonist of the film.
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The rising star power of the likes of actors like Tom Hardy will also serve as a major selling point for some of the film's lesser known characters, although it'll be a bit odd for fans to adjust to seeing him in yet another DC role such a short time after his turn as Bane in TDKR. Courtney, Robbie, and Delevingne won't have as much pressure on them considering this is the first time any of their characters make an appearance on the big screen, but it'll be interesting to see how they hold their own alongside their fellow more experienced actors. Leto is of course carrying the most baggage though, with the challenge of following Heath Ledger's iconic take on the Joker less than a decade after The Dark Knight. Leto has a very impressive resume at this point in his career, including an Oscar win last year, so if there's anyone who can do the Joker justice, it would be him.
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Now having said that, many fans are still confused about how Joker will tie into the overall story of the film. While it's been suggested that he may be a member of the team, the Joker is definitely not the type of character who'd be a team player working for the greater good, which may suggest he could be the film's villain. So far the possible inclusion of Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor has started speculation that he could fall at either end of the spectrum as well (Antagonist or member of the team) but most of the argument that can be made for why Joker wouldn't get involved can be made for Luthor as well. Aside from that speculation, the only antagonist so far said to be in the film is Amanda Waller, with WB eyeing the likes of Viola Davis (Ender's Game), Octavia Spencer (The Help), and Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) for the part.
So how do you feel about the cast WB has put together for Suicide Squad? Are you more interested in the film now given this announcement? Which actress would you like to see portray Amanda Waller? Let us know below!

The 'Jurassic World' Trailer Makes Its Way Online With Screaming Visitors, Velociraptors, and Chris Pratt In Tow

As if a trailer showing us the Millennium Falcon soaring through the skies dodging a couple of TIE fighters to the sound of John Williams' majestic score wasn't enough to satisfy our nostalgic cravings, this weekend has also brought us the first trailer for Jurassic World. Fans have been skeptical about how a fourth installment to the classic series would play out, and the involvement of relatively unknown director Colin Trevorrow didn't exactly ease their concerns. Luckily the director was able to put together an impressive cast of talented actors for the film, and now we have a glimpse at what they all have in store for the JP series and its fans come next summer.

Below is the first trailer for Jurassic World:
With a trailer for a film of this caliber, there's bound to be a lot we still have yet to see, and many questions that remained unanswered. Namely the shot of Chris Pratt's character riding alongside a pack of velociraptors has been a major topic of discussion, and one could only imagine how many action sequences (Or even characters) weren't given any screen time during the entirety of the trailer. But the most important aspect of the film we have yet to see is its new deadly dinosaur, which is said to be a hybrid of a T-Rex and velociraptor called a "D-Rex" which will be the primary source of the protagonists trouble this time around. While we didn't get a glimpse of it in the trailer, some supposed concept art has leaked online, which gives us a rough idea of what we should expect.
Like with the trailer for The Force Awakens, Trevorrow uses a heavy dose of some of the Jurassic Park series' most iconic trademarks to really sell trailer. Some specific shots pay direct homage to the original film (Such as Bryce Dallas Howard holding the flare), while others are less obvious such as the piano rendition of John Williams' score in the background. None the less Trevorrow makes it very clear with this trailer that we'll be getting a very different take of the Jurassic Park world, particularly one that's much more modern than any we've seen in the past. 
For that exact reason, many fans have been left a bit concerned about the quality of the CGI seen in the trailer. We get many shots of the very impressive design of the park, including its many attractions and scenery, but many of the effects do seem a bit dodgy. The original Jurassic Park films were well known for their extensive use of practical effects and sets, which was part of what really helped sell the idea of these dinosaurs once again roaming the Earth. While it's best to reserve judgement until we see more footage further down the line, one can only hope that this more modern version of Jurassic Park also progresses in the CGI department. 
So what did you think of the trailer for Jurassic World? Do you agree the film's CGI needs some work? Let us know below!