You can blame “superhero fatigue” or the fact that everyone knew this version of the DCU was being abandoned, but Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom didn’t perform very well at the box office. It at least earned more revenue than The Flash, taking in $123.6 million to Flash’s $108.1 million, but that’s not saying much as a whole lot of things did better than The Flash.
To say the Fantastic Four haven’t had much luck at the box office is putting it mildly — there have been three attempts so far at translating Marvel’s First Family to screen, the first of them so cheap and rushed that it entered bad movie infamy and its existence eventually became a plot point on Arrested Development. But now that Disney solidly owns the property, they can establish some quality control and push out the first non-embarrassing F4 adaption in history.
With another Super Bowl usually comes a wave of new movie trailers, some for films that aren’t due for ten months (maybe we’ll get to Wicked, maybe we won’t) but the one we were waiting for was Deadpool 3, now called Deadpool And Wolverine. And it didn’t take very long in the game for us to get it.
You may have heard about Rocksteady Studios’ Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, the multiplayer co-op game where DC’s greatest heroes become mind-controlled and go bad, driving Amanda Waller to summon Harley Quinn and King Shark to stop them. It’s been hyped for a long time, but lately, the only news coming out about it is negative. Members of the press who have previewed the game have not walked away with good impressions, and WB Games is refusing to send out review codes prior to the game’s launch February 2….which usually means the publisher has a turkey on their hands.
Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney At Law premiered on Disney+ in the summer of 2022. Critics loved it, but the audience response was middle of the road (it got better ratings than Secret Invasion, but didn’t become as huge as WandaVision). Even still, that would be enough for a second season…at least that’s the hope of those who enjoyed it.
If you’re one of the folks who have been annoyed that Disney hasn’t acted appropriately following the list of allegations against actor Jonathan Majors, your wait is over. A guilty verdict was handed down for Majors this morning, and almost immediately afterward, Marvel announced the actor would no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This is it, folks: this is the last remaining scrap of the Old DC Cinematic Universe before the new James Gunn-led guard takes over. The first Aquaman was a relatively nice-sized hit for WB, but nothing is guaranteed in this Superhero Fatigue plagued world, especially for a continuity everyone knows is being abandoned and doesn’t matter. We doubt Aquaman 2 will sell very well. But it’s happening anyway.
Disney has managed to wrangle back each piece of the Marvel Universe the company sold off to cover its debts in the 90s…with the exception of Spider-Man. The movie rights to that character and everything relating to him solidly belong to Sony Pictures, and the only way Disney can have Spidey in Avengers movies is if they negotiate. In the meantime, Sony is free to make movies out of any Spider-Man character, no matter how obscure or unknown. And they will.
Two years ago, the miniseries Hawkeye premiered on Disney+, about the Avenger and his (maybe) daughter who desired to follow in his arrow-firing footsteps. Like the majority of Marvel shows produced exclusively for Disney+, it was aimed at a family audience. Soon after, Disney announced a spinoff centered around one of the characters introduced in Hawkeye. It’s taken a while it to show up, but it turns out to be very different from what it spun from.
Who guessed that the miracle fourth season of Superman And Lois on The CW would also be its last? If you did, congratulations, you win a leftover candy apple from three days ago.
It was six years ago when The Walt Disney Company first announced it was absorbing 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), and one major motive for that purchase was blatantly obvious: Disney only partially owned the movie rights to the Marvel catalogue. Marvel had given the X-Men away to Fox (as well as the Fantastic Four) and buying the studio outright would mean Disney owned the concept of a mutant again, and wouldn’t have to keep pushing “Inhumans” as a thing.
Well, here we finally go. Nearly a year after everyone expected it to show up, the final half-season of Doom Patrol is finally, definitively scheduled for an October debut. Will we ever know why we had to wait so long? Probably not. But at least we finally have this trailer we’ve been waiting many months to receive.