Movie Talk: ‘The Flash’ Loses Its Director; ‘Batman’ to Feature Rogue Gallery of Villains

     May 2, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 2nd, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp and Dennis Tzeng discuss the following:

  • Box Office report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Dylan O’Brien injuries delay Maze Runner sequel indefinitely
  • Stand alone Batman movie to feature rogue gallery of villains
  • Mail Bag


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It’s Monday which means its time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. Disney wins the box office battle again with a dominating, third week performance by The Jungle Book. The live action adaptation took in $42.4 million dollars for an easy win at the No 1 spot, with $252 million domestic well on its way to becoming 2016’s fourth $300 million-plus domestic grosser. In a battle for the No 2 spot, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and the weekend’s top newcomer Keanu, were practically neck and neck. Huntsman took in $9,390,000 for the No 2 spot, with Keanu taking in $9,350,000 for the No 3 spot. The other wide release, Mothers Day, took the No 4 spot with $8.3 million and at No 5, Barber Shop: The Next Cut took in $6.1 million.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Flash director Seth Grahame-Smith is leaving the project due to “creative differences.” Grahame-Smith, the screenwriter of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, was suppose to make his directorial debut but will now only be credited as screenwriter, having penned a draft of the movie based on a treatment by Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. This story had a ripple effect on the industry, with many sites reporting after that Aquaman director James Wan was also rumored to be having problems with the WB execs. To set the record straight, Wan took to Twitter, tweeting out a picture of himself in front of a picture of Aquaman seemingly confirming he is still hard at work on the project. The Flash has a release date set for March 16th, 2018 with Aquaman set for July 27th, 2018.


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We learned back in February that the Ready Player One movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, found its Wade Watts in X: Men: Apocalypse actor Tye Sheridan. He has since been joined by Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and Olivia Cooke. Speaking with Collider’s own Christina Radish about his other upcoming movie Last Days in the Desert, Sheridan talked a bit about what it was like to audition for Spielberg, and Spielberg’s process. He also talked about the advancements in technology and how the virtual reality world in Ready Player One is something he thinks is the next step in our video gaming world.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Fox’s The Maze Runner: The Death Cure has shut down production for the foreseeable future because of star Dylan O’ Brien’s injuries sustained in an accident on set. Though many reports at first stated his injuries were not that serious, THR states they are actually more severe than initially reported, with their sources saying that on March 18th, O’Brien was in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was pulled off unexpectedly and hit by another vehicle. A report from WorkSafeBC described his injuries as including a “concussion, facial fracture and lacerations.” The Fox project was slated for release on Feb. 17, 2017 but sources believe the date will move in order to let O’Brien recover.



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Although rumors suggest there is trouble behind the scenes at Warner Brothers with their DC connected universe movies, their ace in the hole — a stand alone Batman movie written by Geoff Johns and Ben Affleck, with Affleck directing — seems to be taking shape in an interesting way. In a new report posted by Devin Faraci at Birth.Movies.Death, Affleck and Johns are apparently utilizing a number of classic Batman villains to appear in the film, with “many, if not most, members of Batman’s rogue’s gallery” making an appearance in the movie. Faraci’s sources are claiming Affleck and Johns want to make “a definitive Batman film,” including the most iconic Batman villains in the movie. The report doesn’t name any of the villains at this time but speculates that villains such as the Joker, Penguin and the Riddler are perfect for the movie. The stand alone Batman movie is currently without a release date.

Speaking at a press junket to promote his latest movie, Last Days in the Desert, Ewan McGregor set the record straight about the latest comments he made about a rumored stand alone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. Collider’s own Christina Radish asked if McGregor had heard anything from Lucasfilm after his spin-off comments, to which he replied he would be happy to do the movie, but as of now, Lucasfilm has not contacted him. Also, he wanted to make clear that he is not campaigning for the movie, it’s just that everyone continues asking him about it.

From a report in Deadline, producer Marc Platt has announced partnering with video game maker Sega to develop and produce a feature film based on its video game franchise Shinobi. He and his production company will work with Sega’s production arm in a joint venture on the property. Shinobi is a property well known among gamers, with Shinobi meaning “ninja” in Japanese, originally beginning as an arcade game. No other plot details are available and a release date has yet to be determined.


David Dearing writes

Hey all, love the show! I’ve heard you guys mention numerous times about January and late August/early September being “The Toilet Bowl” where studios avoid putting promising movies out in theaters. As a novice when it comes to the movie industry, my question is why would you keep a potentially good film from releasing during those times? If it’s a good film, wouldn’t it be better to put it out against little to no competition?

Thanks for taking my question!

PredatorXzX writes

I’m a huge fan of the terminator franchise do you think there is a chance to redeem the franchise and how do you think they could do it. Thanks



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