It’s time for another edition of The Pulse. Because you were too busy to read it the first time, we wrote it a second time.
Brendan Fraser Joins HBO Max’s Batgirl
Very few actors have successfully followed the same career path as George of the Jungle’s Brendan Fraser. At this point, it seems like Fraser can only (Dudley) Do-Right as he continues to Bedazzle(d) us, resurrecting his career from its Tomb (of the Dragon Emperor) and claiming his (Furry) Vengeance on those who prematurely pronounced it dead. Fraser, who already voices Robotman on Doom Patrol, will double up on DC roles as he joins the production of HBO Max’s Batgirl as the film’s main villain, Firefly.
Doctor Strange Sequel Plans Additional Additional Photography
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was recently delayed by two months and now we might know why. After previously undergoing 4 months of planned additional photography, the film is now scheduled for 2 more months set to take place in November and December. The film originally started production in November of 2020, so by the time it’s all said and done, it’ll have been filming on and off for over one year.
Zawe Ashton Will Live Kree and (Probably) Die Hard in ‘The Marvels’
Earlier this year, Zawe Ashton joined Captain Marvel 2 in a role, DESCRIBED BY THE TRADES, as “THE VILLAIN”; now we have a pretty good idea of who that villain will be. Ashton will be playing a gender-swapped version of an incredibly obscure comic book character named Ael-Dan. Ael-Dan was a short-lived Emperor of the Kree, meaning we’ll see the extraterrestrial race return for the The Marvels.
Ana De Armas Will Grande Jete in Blood in John Wick Spinoff
The era of the John Wick Cinematic Universe is upon us. A fourth John Wick film, a prequel series (The Continental) and now Ballerina, which will see Ana De Armas expand on the role of a character we briefly saw training in JW3. De Armas is a rising star and could easily carry a franchise of her own, so let’s hope this is just first position for the Ballerina.
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Ubervisionary megaauteur Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, Part 1 has begun streaming on HBO Max and has received all kinds of positive reviews from fans and critics alike. It looks like the positivity was enough to get WB to get off their asses and greenlight the sequel, which DV says will film late in 2022 ahead of an October 20, 2023, theatrical-only release. The inspired creator has hopes that he’ll also be give the go ahead for DUN3, which could possibly adapt the novel Dune Messiah (which I just learned existed about 48 hours ago).
Shang-Chi and The Legends of The Ten Rings has been Marvel Studios’ best movie of 2021 so far and, according to GWW, the sequel is reportedly set to begin filming in 2023. The first film left some room for interpretation as to what we could expect in a sequel (though not quite as much as some people might think) and it makes sense that Marvel Studios would get a sequel on this film going again pretty quickly as you can bet stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina will have other things on their plates.
Justice Like Lightning
GWW had a big week. Not only did they report on the Shang-Chi sequel being in the works at Marvel, but they also mentioned the studio is developing a Thunderbolts film set to go into production in 2023. Fans have been speculating about this project for a long, long time and the makings of a great Thunderbolts team already exists within the MCU. We can’t wait to see what they put together and how it develops over the next couple of years.
The MCU Joins Bill Murray
Is there anything Bill Murray can’t do? The legendary comedian has joined the cast of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania…according to him…or has he? Murray told a German reporter he had joined the MCU and then quickly told Jimmy Kimmel that he couldn’t talk about his comments, joining the long list of people who have found themselves denying their involvement with Marvel. The real question here isn’t if Murray is in but rather who should he be playing if he is.
MBJ’s Val-Zod Film Finds Its Writers
In July, it was revealed that Michael B. Jordan was developing a Val Zod Superman project, and now the film, being developed for HBO Max, has a writing team! Writers Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters were hired to tackle the HBO Max’s adaptations script. It’s still unclear if Jordan will also take on the role of Val Zod, which still remains uncast. He is only set to act as an executive producer alongside Outlier Society’s Elizabeth Raposo.