It’s been a surprisingly busy week on the superhero movie front, with Marvel making unexpected moves, Warner Bros. progressing on a project looked like a long shot, and a franchise that most people never expected to see again returning to the fore. Never mind this being the highlights of the last seven days’ superhero movie news, it’s also a roundup of stories that you almost certainly didn’t see coming.
SUPER IDEA: From the Big Screen to the Small Screen, Via the Bigger Screen (Or Something)
Fans wondering what had happened to Marvel’s Inhumans movie after it was quietly dropped from the studio’s production slate this summer got an answer this week when it was revealed that Marvel’s TV arm will be making an Inhumans TV series for ABC next year, the first two episodes of which will debut in IMAX theaters next September. It’s a weird deal—IMAX is involved because it is funding the series, which will be an eight episode history of the superhuman race, apparently—not least of all because Marvel is refusing to comment publicly about whether or not this means that the Inhumans movie announced by Marvel Studios in 2014 is actually dead or not. But surely it has to be, right? After all, no one wants that much Inhumans in their life… do they?
Why this is super: Whether or not the small screen is the right place for Inhumans will depend on who ends up making the show. (Right now, nobody’s saying, perhaps because nobody has been signed onto the project yet.) However, this announcement does mean that someone will be making an Inhumans project, which is some kind of step up from the strange limbo the property seemed to be in before this news.
SUPER IDEA: Who Says Fox and Marvel Can’t Make a Deal?
OK, so it’s not the X-Men/Avengers crossover fans are dreaming of, but it was revealed this week that Fox’s Deadpool ended up making Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 possible. The issue, it turned out, was that the Deadpool team wanted to change the power set of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, which required Marvel’s approval. The subsequent deal meant that Fox gave Marvel the movie rights to Ego, the Living Planet, who James Gunn had already written into Guardians 2, unaware that Marvel didn’t have the rights to the character. “I had no back up plan, and it would be nearly impossible to just drop another character in,” Gunn admitted on Facebook. “Thank God Fox came to us and wanted to make a trade.” The weird ways in which movie studios work…
Why this is super: While the machinations seem overly complicated—Marvel has say-so over changing super powers?—this definitely seemed to come out as a win/win for all involved, while also proving that Marvel and Fox really are talking, despite fans’ expectations otherwise.
SUPER IDEA: The Break-Up of the Deadpool Band
Speaking of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds has broken his silence about the departure of director Tim Miller from the franchise’s second installment. “Making the movie was very, very difficult,” he told GQ. “It was the most passionate group of individuals I’ve ever worked with in my life. And for whatever reason, that mercurial crazy burgoo of people is what made this thing work so well, not just because I had this vision and I saw it this way and it had to be this way. It worked because we all had that feeling. But there were vaguely scary fights in the post-production process that escalated quickly.” He didn’t say if those “vaguely scary fights” were behind Miller’s departure, but he did say that he’s “sad to see him off the film. Tim’s brilliant and nobody worked harder on Deadpool than he did.”
Why this is super: With Miller’s departure still being blamed on “creative differences,” Reynolds’ comments make it sound as if it wasn’t the most acrimonious split, at least. Of course, that might just be good PR on behalf of the guy who got to stay on the movie.
SUPER IDEA: Prey for This Writer
Suicide Squad might not have been the hit that people were hoping, but it looks like the spin-off Harley Quinn project is moving forward, with The Wrap reporting that screenwriter Christina Hodson—who’s just finished writing a draft of the Transformers spin-off centering on Bumblebee—has signed on to write the project, which many are referring to as Birds of Prey after the DC comic featuring an all-female superhero team.
Why this is super: Here’s hoping that it really is a Birds of Prey feature, because the idea of an all-female super team feels like something that superhero movies could do with more of. Given the perpetual delays of Marvel’s Captain Marvel movie, what are the odds that Warners will get this into theaters before Marvel even releases its first solo female lead?
SUPER IDEA: The Evergreen Hornet, Apparently
You might have thought that the Seth Rogen Green Hornet had forever killed that franchise’s chance to be a big screen hit, but apparently not; Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures and Chernin Entertainment have gained the movie rights to the character, and are planning an “edgy” reboot with The Assassin director Gavin O’Connor at the helm. “With the rights now in our loving hands, I’m beyond excited to bring The Green Hornet into the 21st century in a meaningful and relevant way; modernizing it and making it accessible to a whole new generation,” O’Connor said. “My intention is to bring a gravitas to The Green Hornet that wipes away the camp and kitsch of the previous iteration. I want to re-mythologize The Green Hornet in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on story and character, while at the same time, incorporating themes that speak to my heart.”
Why this is super: If the idea of a dark Green Hornet sounds unlikely given the previous screen incarnations of the character, it might be worth looking at some of the comic books inside the property. If done well, this could turn out to be a pretty good movie. A dark movie about a hero who pretends to be a villain to get the job done without interference? Yeah, there’s no way that could work (coughTheDarkKnightcough).