Original Spawn Star Michael Jai White Weighs in on Todd McFarlane's Reboot

When will we see it? That’s the question.
When will we see it? That’s the question.
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Patty Jenkins is already getting asked specific details about the recently announced Wonder Woman 3. Details of Marvel’s Eternals surface thanks to action figures. Plus updates from Star Trek series Picard and Discovery. Spoilers away!

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Static Shock/Batgirl

In a recent New York Times profile, DC Films president Walter Hamada talked about the company plans for theaters and HBO Max when it comes to Warner Bros’ superhero properties:

The most expensive DC movies (up to four a year, starting in 2022) are designed for release in theaters, Mr. Hamada said. Additional superhero films (two annually is the goal, perhaps focused on riskier characters like Batgirl and Static Shock) will arrive exclusively on HBO Max, the fledgling streaming service owned by WarnerMedia.

In addition, DC Films, which is part of Warner Bros., will work with filmmakers to develop movie offshoots — TV series that will run on HBO Max and interconnect with their big-screen endeavors.

“With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?’” Mr. Hamada said.


Wonder Woman 3

Patty Jenkins teased we’d “just have to see...” if Cheetah returns in the newly fast-tracked Wonder Woman 3.


The Scorpion King

In conversation with CBR, Kelly Hu stated she’d be “honored” to reprise her role as the sorceress, Cassandra, in the upcoming Scorpion King reboot.

[Dwayne Johnson] has this charisma that everybody wants to be a part of his world. Being able to work with him again at this stage he’s at now, when he’s one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, would be such an honor and be so fun to be able to get back in there and see how much he’s evolved.

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Spawn

CBR also spoke to Spawn actor Michael Jai White regarding his skepticism of Todd McFarlane’s proposed reboot starring Jamie Lee Foxx.

[McFarlane has] been trying to get a new movie up and going for 23 years so I don’t know. [Laughs] The last time I saw him, he was telling me about his idea of Spawn being ethereal fog that you don’t see, like Jaws, and he strikes and you never see him and I’m like ‘Okay, good luck with that!’ Personally, I wish him well, that would be a major investment. I don’t know Todd to be a director at all. It’s kind of like Stan Lee: He created the character but he doesn’t direct him and I guess somebody would have to pony up a lot of money for Todd McFarlane to direct for his first time directing this movie idea that he has. I’ve heard about Jamie Foxx starring in it and wish them well. I don’t know, maybe it continues because this is what people like to hear from Todd McFarlane. He can get attention by promising another Spawn; I don’t get it.

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The Eternals

A dedicated Eternals wave of Marvel Legends action figure packaging describes Gilgamesh as “the strongest and kindest Eternal” who “becomes Thena’s (Angelina Jolie) de-facto partner when the events of the past exile them from the other Eternals.”

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Stranger Things

In a recent interview with People, David Harbour stated the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things is his “favorite” yet.

[The show’s creators, The Duffer Brothers are] very responsive to the fan response, [but also] a step ahead with the script. [You will] see a lot of your favorite characters doing the thing that you love them for … but you’ll also see them twist it and turn it into other colors and other flavors. And one of the great things that you can see with Hopper is that he was a protector, he’s a man of justice [and] he now has become a prisoner. He’s trapped and he’s isolated. And we get to see an entirely other color of him that has been hinted at… You really do get to see a lot of his backstory. Who he was as a warrior in a sense. And sort of the mistakes he made in the past come back to visit him.

This season is my favorite. [Hopper] really is going to show you some new colors and what he’s really made up of.

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The Spectacular Spider-Man

Greg Weisman replied “sadly, no” when asked if there was “any possibility” of a third season of Spectacular Spider-Man.

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Resident Alien

Syfy has released two behind-the-scenes featurettes discussing Alan Tudyk’s new Syfy series, Resident Alien— with the second diving into the creative liberties the series takes with the original comic book.


Star Trek: Picard

Filming on Star Trek: Picard resumes February 1, according to Jeri Ryan on Twitter.

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Star Trek: Discovery

Finally, Osyraa (played by Margot Kidder’s niece, Janet) has plans for the Discovery’s spore drive in the trailer for next week’s episode, “The Good of the People.”


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DISCUSSION

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Steve

Why is it every time I see anything from WB regarding the DC Universe I feel like head-butting a table? Let’s recap shall we? Marvel have made a talking racoon and a sentient tree household names, brought a couple dozen movies to a genuinely satisfying conclusion without killing interest in the franchise and are about to embark on a set of movies that sound like they might help the local police figure out who bought up all the mind-altering substances that were stolen from impound.

DC: “Batgirl is a risky character so she can go on HBO Max.”

*THUD* *THUD* *THUD*

Batgirl should be a home run you beepity beeping beepers. Barbara is one of the easiest characters ever to put on screen if you want a straight up adaptation or if you want to give it a more pop-culture edge just go with Stephanie Brown (in fact, do that anyway, she’s awesome and her Batgirl run is phenomenal!). Hell make it Babs and put her as the voice of reason between the justice system and vigilantism if you want to hit real world issues. She’d have a great POV on that.

Oh and then there’s this gem: “With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, ‘What’s the potential Max spinoff?”

ARGHHH! No, bad exec, bad, no cookie! That’s the exact wrong way to do this! With every character you’re thinking of look at the potential stories, work out what’s good and interesting and then decide what fits into a movie timeline / budget and what needs the room to breathe that a show gives you. This isn’t complicated damn it. Stop looking at things with a ‘let’s build a media empire’ head and do what’s right creatively. Sure, that needs to make sense on the balance sheet but let the creative forces do what they do best and the rest will come.