Movie Talk: ‘Suicide Squad’ Reveals Batman’s Role; ‘Wonder Woman’ Screenwriters Announced

     July 12, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 12, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, Kristian Harloff, Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Wonder Woman screenwriter revealed to be Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg
  • Javier Bardem eyed for Frankenstein role in Universal’s Monster Universe
  • Fast 8 set photo reveals twist for Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs
  • Quentin Tarantino says he could return after retirement
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


Clay Enos/ & © DC Comics Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

Yesterday, Collider’s own Adam Chitwood released an extensive report from the set of Suicide Squad, detailing a ton of new information about what we can expect from the David Ayer-directed movie. The biggest news out of the visit had to do with the appearance of Ben Affleck’s Batman in the movie. In the interview Ayer summed it up, explaining that Suicide Squad is something like a Batman movie from the villains’ point of view. In regards to the plot of the movie, Ayer explained that the film isn’t entirely linear and involves the use of many flashbacks, with the present day scenes beginning at Belle Reve prison. As for how The Joker was added to the movie, Ayer explained he really wanted to include the Joker in the movie – who in this version is holed up in an old, decrepit Arkham Asylum, where Harley Quinn is also being housed. The full Suicide Squad report can be found on

When Warner Bros. announced their Comic-Con film lineup, there was a quiet Easter Egg hidden within: a confirmation of the screenwriters for the upcoming Wonder Woman film. Originally, there were five writers brought in to give treatments for the story, with Jason Fuchs winning that bid (and IMDB still reporting him as the screenwriter). Now, thanks to WB’s own Comic Con press release, we know that Wonder Woman was in fact penned by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns. The two have worked together before, notably in writing a five-issue arc of JLA and the re-launch of Wonder Woman. Johns is also the Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, and has written for the CW’s The Flash, Arrow and the Justice League TV series. The press release also revealed the synopsis for Wonder Woman. The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. It opens in theatres on June 2, 2017.


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Having already filled its upcoming monster universe with A-list talent including Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe, Universal is now eyeing another star to revive a famous character. According to a report from Variety, Javier Bardem is in talks to star as Frankenstein in Universal’s classic monster movie series. It’s currently unknown which monster feature Bardem will first appear in. Cruise and Crowe will both appear in The Mummy, the first film in the monster series, which is nearly done with filming. Universal is also developing Bride of Frankenstein but Variety’s sources indicate that Bardem’s Frankenstein would likely appear in another monster pic first with the possibility of getting a spin-off down the road. No other information has been revealed.


Back in April, the first teaser poster for Kingsman: The Golden Circle hinted at the return of Colin Firth’s secret agent Harry Hart with the character’s signature glasses over a text that read, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Now, a new snapshot from the set via co-star Pedro Pascal’s Instagram seems to reveal that Colin Firth’s Harry will be in the movie. No other information is provided from the post so there’s no telling whether or not Firth’s character is a twin (as rumored), resurrected or just appearing in a flashback. Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy for Kingsman: The Golden Circle along with Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Vinnie Jones and Sir Elton John. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be released on June 16, 2017.


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Taking to his Instagram account yesterday, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson dropped a huge hint about his Fast 8 character Hobbs in a new a new set photo of himself wearing a familiar orange jumpsuit and handcuffs in a prison setting. Johnson wrote the same caption for the new photo as he did for another set photo of Hobbs that he shared a couple of weeks ago: “The Iceman cometh. And don’t f—eth around.” The prison shot is the most recent of sneak peeks that Johnson has shared from the set of the upcoming Fast 8. The movie stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren and is directed by Straight Outta Compton helmer F. Gary Gray. It is set to be released on April 14, 2017.

In the wake of The Hateful Eight release, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino addressed his long-promised retirement and revealed who he thinks is the best character he’s ever written in the process. For some time now, Tarantino has been saying that after his 10th film, he’s going to retire from moviemaking and switch gears to writing film criticism and books. Which means he only has two movies left if he is to be believed. Speaking at the Jerusalem Film Festival via a report from Screen Daily, Tarantino talked about his retirement, saying he does reserve the right to return if he comes up with a story he wants to make. In regards to his best character creations, Tarantino said that Landa is the best character he’s ever written and maybe the best he will ever write.

OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)

Ghostbusters – Paranormal researcher Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.


Ryan Benfield writes

Hey guys,

I watch your show everyday and absolutely love it. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of watching the classic Tarzan movies with my grandfather when they came on AMC. I recently lost my grandfather back in December so the release of the new Tarzan movie brought back old memories. My question is, Is there a movie/TV show that you love to watch simply because of the memories you have of it even though it may not be a great movie? Thanks and keep up the good work!

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Hey Collider Movie Talk crew, I’m a huge fan and long time viewer. I was wondering, in your opinion what are some of the best last performances of an actor or actresses career? One of my picks would be Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Thanks and keep up the amazing work!



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