Movie Talk: Charles Roven’s Reduced Role at DC Films; Mark Ruffalo Talks Hulk in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

     May 25, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 25th, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • The Dark Knight & Batman v Superman producer Charles Roven to shift positions at DC Films
  • Simon Pegg and Mike Myers join Terminal
  • Adam Sandler to write/produce/star in new animated movie
  • First trailer released for Sing
  • AMC Rewind
  • Mail Bag

batman-v-superman-posters-unused-2In a report from THR, veteran producer Charles Roven, who has worked on every DC Comics movie at Warners since 2005’s Batman Begins, is no longer producing certain DC titles. Talks are underway to have Roven shift to a different role going forward, likely as an executive producer who is not involved in the day-to-day productions. The move comes as Warner Bros. continues to scrutinize its DC line up in the wake of Batman v Superman’s performance with audiences and fans at the box office. The movie, released March 25, wrapped its run with $871 million worldwide with a production budget of $300 million plus. While Warner’s insists the movie will be profitable, it was meant to kick off the studio’s DC Cinematic Universe with a billion-dollar take, but instead was met with mixed responses from the fans and critics.

Marvel made a great impression with the fans with their recently released casting announcement for Thor: Ragnarok, but as for an official confirmation of the plot, we have yet to be given a synopsis. Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Mark Ruffalo shed some light on what we can expect from the movie in which his Bruce Banner/Hulk role has been confirmed. When he was asked about the size of his role in the movie, he described it as an “intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor” with him also talking about how much Hulk we can expect. He confirmed you’ll see a lot more Hulk in the movie, while also revealing that Cate Blanchett’s role in the movie is “so evil” and how great a part she’ll get to play. Thor: Ragnarok opens in theatres November 3rd, 2017.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers are joining Margot Robbie, Max Irons and Dexter Fletcher for Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal, which is currently shooting in Hungary. Terminal follows two hit men played by Fletcher and Irons as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a large paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair discover that a dynamic woman named Annie played by Robbie, may be more involved than they had originally suspected. Production is scheduled to wrap at the end of the summer with a possible release date set for late summer of 2017. 



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A new extended look at Independence Day: Resurgence has been released, giving fans five whole minutes of plot and character, setting up what seems to be the major set pieces and story from the movie. The next chapter in the Independence Day franchise shows humanity using recovered alien technology and collaborating with the nations of Earth on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare them for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force when they return to finish what they started. Resurgence sees the return of Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox with new additions Liam Hemsworth, Jesse Usher, Maika Manroe and Sela Ward. Independence Day Resurgence hits theatres on June 24th.

Deadline is reporting that Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions are set to make an untitled family animated project at STX Entertainment. Sandler has a long-standing working relationship with STX chairman and CEO Robert Simonds and together they’ve made eight films with Sandler in the lead role including such popular entries as Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy. Plot details are currently unknown but the deal calls for Sandler to write, produce and star with the movie reported to be aimed more towards kids. No release date has been set.


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Illumination Entertainment has released its first trailer for Sing, the newest talking animal movie that tells the story of Buster Moon voiced by Matthew McConaughey, a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Taron Egerton voices a gorilla who wants to use his musical talent to win the singing competition instead of following in his father’s criminal footsteps. The movie also features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman, and SNL’s Leslie Jones. Sing will debut in theatres on December 21st.


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Albert Kunz writes

Hello everyone at Collider!

I often admire a film that goes the extra mile to end in a less conventional way or to not end where the hero always wins. Such films like Ex Machina, Memento, and Seven have endings that hits you because the hero doesn’t necessarily “win” or where a character doesn’t survive. While it isn’t really a good feeling for audiences, I do think that the film has more of an impact on you if it doesn’t have a fairy tale ending. Just think if Batman V Superman didn’t have that final scene, it might have gotten a little more respect from fans. Should films end less happily, if it fits the story, instead of something conveniently happening that saves the day for all characters involved? What films did you like, or would like to have seen, where the ending wasn’t a conventional “happy ending”?

Thanks and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Chris writes:

I was watching THE PATRIOT the other day and I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to leap through the screen and wring the neck of a character any more than that of COLONEL WILLIAM TAVINGTON (the British baddie played by Jason Isaacs).  Question – which movie character has done the same for you and provoked an equally murderous response?

Thanks and keep up the great work.



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