What you need to know for the Week Ending August 12, 2016

Guess who’s back – back again? It’s Alex, with more of the movie and television news that you need to know this week.  We’ve got some more #SKWAD news,...

Guess who’s back – back again? It’s Alex, with more of the movie and television news that you need to know this week.  We’ve got some more #SKWAD news, some TV teases for the fall, and plenty of other fun tidbits that you can use for conversation starters this weekend.  Here’s your best recap of the week:

 

THE BEST

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Suicide Squad: Surprising absolutely no one, Suicide Squad broke a box office record for an August film release (besting Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) and then a few more records with its box office revenue on the following Monday and Tuesday.  It’s “Super Tuesday” record means that the film has bested records set by Captain America: Civil War and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The film will probably remain #1 this weekend, so #SKAWD fever hasn’t died down yet.

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Aquaman: We won’t be getting the promised Aquaman solo film for a few years, but we now know that he will be facing off against his nemesis Black Manta in the film.  The role hasn’t been cast yet, but seeing as Black Manta hasn’t been seen in film ever before, we’re excited to see who brings the role to life.

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THE WORST

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Ghostbusters: Who ya gonna call? Not the Ghostbusters, apparently, as it looks likely that there will be no sequel to this summer’s reboot of the franchise.  Allegedly, the film is set to lose $70 million dollars, so even though all four leading ladies were contractually obligated for two sequels it looks like their calendars have cleared up for the next few years. We can’t say that we’re pleased we won’t be seeing Kat McKinnon on-screen again any time soon.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Speaking of franchises that were revived from the dead, it turns out that TriStar, the Mark Gordon Company, and Entertainment One are planning to adapt the fourth book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series.  The companies making the film are important, as the three earlier films were backed by larger studios like Fox and Disney.  They let the rights lapse because the films were not well-received, so maybe they shouldn’t make The Silver Chair? Just a thought…

 

STAR POWER  

 

Marvel: In “comic book stories come to life” news, The Hollywood Reporter published a long read on the bizarre legal scuffles of Marvel Chairman and CEO Ike Perlmutter.  Sure, it has absolutely nothing to do with Marvel Comics/stories/characters, but it’s worth a read regardless.

 

THE KEEP-AN-EYE OUT FOR

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More Harley Quinn?: Most people have agreed that Margot Robbie is the best part of Suicide Squad, so it’s no surprise that she’s now lobbying for Joker and Harley-focused film. Believe me, girl, we’re rooting for you!

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The Ray: After premiering a Vixen cartoon series on CW Seed, the digital channel is now planning to create a similar series about The Ray, a DC Comics super hero.  DC plans to premiere the character in the series and then have him make the superhero-sized leap to live-action TV. This iteration of the character will be based on Grant Morrison’s version, and we can’t wait.

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