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Rumor: Maz Kanata in Han Solo Movie?

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New evidence suggests that Maz Kanata may be making an appearance in Han Solo. The currently untitled standalone film will be looking at the pre-A New Hope life of the galaxy’s self-proclaimed premier smuggler; spanning six years of the period between the original and prequel trilogy, it’ll show how he became the cocksure scoundrel and met other iconic characters.

As well as Alden Ehrenreich in the main role, we have returns of Lando and Chewbacca played by Donald Glover and Joonas Suotamo respectively, promising a dramatization of how the trio met and the Millennium Falcon wound up in Han’s possession. The rest of the cast – Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge – appear to be playing brand new characters, although there may still be some familiar characters along the way.

As part of his SDCC 2017 coverage, Star Wars podcaster Steele Saunders interviewed Mark, a representative from Funko, about the toy company’s output. In their chat, Mark stated he was excited for Han Solo, citing the impressive including “Emilia Clarke, Lupita Nyong’o, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson“. The obvious out-of-place actor there is Nyong’o, who plays Maz Kanata in the sequel trilogy, which has got fans speculating she may appear in the prequel too.

Maz Kanata With Lukes Lightsaber Rumor: Maz Kanata in Han Solo Movie?

Maz Kanata was introduced in The Force Awakens as the owner of a cantina-like castle and sage advice giver to Rey (original drafts of the script even had her use the Force, something it seems wasn’t cut until post-production). Born before the Clone Wars – and thus having been alive through all previous movies – very little was given up about her past in the film beyond some history with Han and a particular interest in “husband” Chewie. The statement would indicate we’ll see this in the Han Solo film.

So, let’s get this rumor analyzed. It’s gained traction due to the source – Funko are a major force in the collector’s industry and will be privy to a lot of advance information so they can get POP figures ready ahead of time for release. With Solo due out next May, it’s a safe bet they’re already working on the film’s initial wave and thus Mark would know whether there was a Max figure or not.

However, there’s a lot working against it. He could have just plain misspoken regardless of what he knows, getting the movie Nyong’o’s in wrong (indeed, she makes up the impressive cast of both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther, so she is a prominent name), or just got a Maz figure for Episode VIII confused. There’s nothing to suggest he does know more than he lets on, after all.

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Why this one will likely stick until explicitly disproven is how neatly it fits in the canon – Han and Maz’s past was a big dangling thread in Episode VII and this film is arguably the best place to explore it (an example of Star Wars adopting the Marvel formula). It was also recently reported Maz’s role in The Last Jedi was smaller than previously assumed, perhaps to account for having a part in another pressing film. And while we’ve had no other reporting of this happening, as a mo-cap character it would be easy for Nyong’o to record scenes with very few people knowing.

We’ll have to wait and see, although if this is the case (and, being honest, it would be a very interesting move for the film), then you have to hope that Ron Howard maintains continuity; in Star Wars, Han claimed to have never seen anything that made him believe in the Force. Surely Maz would challenge him at least a little?

Source: Steele Wars

 

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Punisher Reviews – What Did You Think?!

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Marvel’s The Punisher Reviews – What Did You Think?!

Marvel’s The Punisher is launched on Netflix on Friday and we’ve created this spot for you to tell us and your fellow viewers what you thought about the series. Let us know what you thought by posting your Punisher reviews in the comments below!

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. Marvel’s The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (GirlsThe Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s DaredevilTrue Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald CityIndian Summers), Michael Nathanson (The KnickThe Wolf of Wall Street), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie).

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Justice League Reshoots Erased Aquaman’s Story

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Justice League Reshoots Erased Aquaman’s Story

 

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Justice League

Fans had high hopes for Aquaman’s story in Justice League, but most of it wound up on the cutting room floor. At least, that’s the impression given by the veritable wealth of underwater shots, Momoa-centric scenes, and hints at the larger DC mythology of Atlantis in the movie’s marketing. Almost all of which, sadly, ended up being tossed aside – including entire performances from acclaimed actors now appearing only in the solo Aquaman movie. But it’s the rich mythology of Atlantis and Arthur Curry’s parents that takes the biggest hit.

Even without diving into specifics (forgive the pun) the theatrical cut clearly makes less of a role for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman than Snyder intended. Even if the actor chose to keep silent on the cuts made for the two-hour runtime, and what was re-shot to fill in the blank, Snyder’s determination to make Aquaman a star suggests much, much more than we get in League.

Jason Momoa promises Aquaman will still be the origin story fans crave, it was clear early on that League would tease out more of his own place in the world, in Atlantis, and in the grey area in between. Until WB and Whedon made their changes to Justice League.

Aquaman’s Story Was Scrapped (Along With Vulko)

Remember when Willem Dafoe was revealed as Vulko, the citizen of Atlantis who watches over Arthur in the comics, grooming him to one day take over the crown as the people’s king? Well, some predicted his role in Justice League was in serious jeopardy when his character was included on an official poster… crudely hidden behind Amber Heard’s Mera (no editing, that is the real poster above).

The early seeds of that lifelong link to Atlantis were expected before Dafoe joined the solo Aquaman movie, and according to Momoa, that’s exactly what Snyder originally filmed:

“What Zack and I did, we were kind of trying to establish that he was taken down there as a boy, and he was an outcast, he was a half-breed. And he was built up as a young boy because he was fed all these ideas by Vulko – that he was the rightful king. And he gets down there and he’s a half breed, he’s impure, and I’m just made to feel like I’m this disease. So after that, I was like, ‘F*** you, f*** you, I’m on my own.’

That’s not the only key piece of Aquaman’s original Justice League arc, but his emotional turn (thanks to Diana’s lasso) still arguably relies on this groundwork being laid beforehand. Now, let’s take a step into the real mythology.

Aquaman Paid a Visit To The Dead King

As further evidence of just how invested Snyder was in doing Aquaman ‘right’ – essentially hoping to stun fans with the true scale and ‘badass’ nature of his modern comic mythology – one need look no further than the very first effects shot of Aquaman in action underwater. The finished footage was impressive, to say the least, depicting Jason Momoa’s Aquaman swimming in Atlantis as easily as Superman flies through the air. Even more impressive was Snyder’s willingness to show DC Comics fans how much of Geoff Johns’s acclaimed Aquaman mythology was being adapted into the DCEU.

The image showed Arthur swimming up to a stone statue, seemingly dressed in the armor he would eventually wear when fighting alongside the League, holding a trident in one hand, seated on something of a throne, and wearing what sure looks to be a crown. In the comics, that’s a clear nod to The Dead King: the entombed body of King Atlan, the first great ruler of Atlantis. As Arthur understands it, his ancestor who possessed the armor, crown, and weapon now rightfully his, should he accept his birthright.

And, no surprise, Momoa seems to confirm this sequence would have been tied to his ‘outsider’ subplot with Vulko:

“There’s a place where [Aquaman] goes down to, and it got cut out of the movie. He knows spots where he can go and he can see these statues, the remnants of [Atlantis]… There just wasn’t enough time in this movie.”

Thankfully, at least some of King Atlan’s role remains in the finished cut. In Diana’s history lesson, the ancient king can be seen placing a Mother Box in its revered spot in Atlantis, wearing the armor Arthur eventually adopts. The most obvious explanation is that, just as the Greek Gods fighting in Justice League‘s ancient battle had their plots trimmed down in editing, Atlan’s role (and crown, and armor, and weapon) were left on the cutting room floor.

Good For The Runtime, Bad For Aquaman

The plan, it seems, was to have Arthur seek out these deserted monuments to Atlantis’s past (an obvious comment on the current state of Atlantis without Arthur as king). Converse with Vulko to not only tease his crisis in the coming Aquaman, but establish the conflict within Arthur as one that causes him to run from his duties – and NOT someone who answers the heroic call being issued by Bruce Wayne. Instead… well, there’s not much to actually replace it.

The original plan was to understand Arthur through his interactions with a character he knows, has known, and who cares for him and his internal conflict (one which was praised ahead of the film as important to both Momoa and Snyder’s pitch, with the actor also of mixed heritage, just like Aquaman). Instead, Heard is saddled with the exposition, scolding him as a man who apparently doesn’t care to be king. Until Atlantis is attacked, and Arthur claims the armor and weapon of Atlantis’s ancient king… off screen.

In the end, it’s an understandable sacrifice for the sake of Justice League‘s studio-mandated two-hour running time. But given how much Snyder teased during production, and how much Atlantis’s rich mythology was teased in marketing… that doesn’t make it any less disappointing to see it erased completely.

 

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Justice League Grosses $82.1 Million Globally on Friday

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Justice League grosses $82.1 million globally on Friday

Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Justice League debuted to an estimated $38.8 million domestically on Friday, with $13 million of that figure coming from Thursday previews. Audiences liked the movie more than critics on Rotten Tomatoes and gave Justice League a B+ CinemaScore.

Internationally, Justice League pulled in an estimated $43.3 million on Friday from approximately 47,500 screens, bringing the international total to $70.7 million after three days of release. The global total stands at $109.5 million so far.

Of the international territories, China easily topped with $15.1 million on Friday from about 21,000 screens. Including sneaks, the total in the country is now $16.4 million. Warner Bros. estimates that the Saturday gross there will be $21 million.

Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeMan of Steel), the screenplay is by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Whedon directed the additional photography for the sequel and oversaw the completion of its post production following Snyder’s family tragedy. Justice League was produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.

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