You might think that since Comic-Con International was last weekend, the amount of additional superhero movie news this week would be low. You would be wrong. Indeed, this week has brought with it explanations of why you can’t see the movie footage you want, rumors of ideal directorial choices, and some last-minute casting that arrived in a flash. Oh, and if you’re missing the Comic-Con experience, there’s some of that as well. Here are the highlights of the last seven days’ worth of superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: More Wonder Woman
Sure, the Warner Bros. Hall H panel at Comic-Con was dominated by Wonder Woman (and for good reason; that trailer looked amazing). But that same day, director Patty Jenkins and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, appeared on a second panel and gave a lot more information about the shooting of the movie and, more importantly, the passion behind it. Following the con, the Wonder Woman 75 panel, which celebrated the three-quarter century anniversary of the character, has been released online for those who weren’t lucky enough to be there:
Why this is super: Just look at how much Gadot and Jenkins believe in this movie, and it’s hard not to be won over by their enthusiasm and love for the project. Even if that trailer wasn’t killer (and it is), this panel alone should be enough to make you want to see the movie. (And also read the Wonder Woman comic that Nicola Scott is drawing, which is also really, really good.)
SUPER IDEA: In Space, No One Can See Your Unfinished Footage
Yes, Marvel debuted some killer Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage at Comic-Con, but don’t expect to see it online anytime soon. After fans asked why the footage hadn’t made it onto YouTube, director James Gunn took to Facebook to explain. “The truth is, the Comic-Con footage, which–we trended last night, ‘Baby Groot’ trended last night, ‘Guardians’ trended last night, we did extremely well just by people spreading the word–but it’s not something that I, nor Marvel, are comfortable with being out there and standing up to repeated viewings because the visual effects just aren’t finished,” he wrote, calling himself a perfectionist about his work. Sharing footage at Comic-Con isn’t the same as releasing it online, he went on to argue, because it’s more akin to showing a friend work in progress that won’t be analyzed and rewatched endlessly by strangers. But that’s… what we do…
Why this is super: Gunn did say that a version of the footage would appear online eventually. Since the movie just finished shooting and is still months away from its summer 2017 release, it’s fair to say that we shouldn’t expect anything too soon. But maybe by New York Comic-Con time (early October), it might be fair to hope that everyone can see Baby Groot for themselves. Over and over again.
SUPER IDEA: A Dope Actress Joining the Flash Movie
The Flash just got so much cooler. Variety reports that Kiersey Clemons is joining her Dope director Rick Famuyiwa in his superhero film for Warner Bros. She’s believed to be playing Iris West, the love interest for Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen/The Flash.
Why this is super: Putting aside the obvious fact that Clemons is a great actress, there’s something exciting from a diversity standpoint to see the movie following the CW Flash show’s lead and turning Iris–who is white in the original comics–into an African-American woman and not making a big deal out of it. More of this, please.
SUPER IDEA: Welcome to Wakanda
Not only were more casting choices for 2017’s Black Panther movie confirmed at Comic-Con (say hello to The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as Okoye, everyone!), but one of the movie’s stars has surprisingly loose lips for someone in a Marvel movie. Talking to Collider, Lupita Nyong’o explained the basic plot of the movie. “The story is that the Black Panther’s leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the CIA and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy,” she said. Well, we already know that Michael B. Jordan is one foe, so does that mean we should expect a return from Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) to fill the secondary role? (The involvement of the CIA, meanwhile, gives Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross something to do.)
Why this is super: Well, now we have an idea of what’s going to happen in the movie, and the most exciting element is confirmation that the Dora Milaje–essentially, the elite bodyguard corps of the Wakandan royalty, each of whom is a hand-picked female warrior from each tribe in the country–will not only be represented, but also an active part of the movie. Fans should just start campaigning for a Dora Milaje spin-off movie right now, correct?
SUPER IDEA: Who Is Captain Marvel’s Commanding Officer?
So Brie Larson is going to be Captain Marvel, but many at Comic-Con were surprised that there was no announcement about who was going to be directing Marvel’s first solo-female-lead movie, due out in 2019. Someone asked Lexi Alexander if she was in the running for the gig, and her answer was an interesting one (if bad news for those who hoped that she would be directing the movie):
I’m not on the list but I believe @rtalalay is and I couldn’t imagine a better director for it https://t.co/JeiXzvufP4
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) July 25, 2016
Why this is super: If true, this is great news. Rachel Talalay has been around for some time–she directed the ill-fated Tank Girl movie in the ’90s–and has come back into a lot of people’s minds recently thanks to her work on Doctor Who, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow, demonstrating how ably she can navigate genre material (and nerd culture, for that matter). Her work is smart without drawing too much attention to itself, and it’d be great to see her given the opportunity to show off with a Marvel-size budget.