The Valiant Comics Cinematic Universe began with the recent introduction of Vin Diesel’s “Bloodshot”. It appears that the VCU will move forward with John Cena taking the helm. Reports indicate that he’ll take on the role of XO Manowar, which will be produced and filmed through Sony Production Studios. Sony hopes that the Valiant Universe will one day compete against the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The start hasn’t been positive with Sony having to battle the COVID-19 Pandemic, which prompted low sales for Bloodshot.
The VCU Struggles
Another problem that’s challenged Sony was losing “Harbinger” to Paramount, one of the most notable properties associated with Valiant Comics. That means the chances for an interconnected film series for the VCU is minimal. Vin Diesel approved Bloodshot with the concept that a Valiant Cinematic Universe would be produced, with Diesel acting as the Robert Downey Junior. He hinted multiple times throughout social media that this would become possible over a prolonged period.
Remarks regarding the VCU became non-existent from Diesel after the confirmation that Paramount Studios acquired. It should be noted that Sony Films has worked with the MCU multiple times to bring Spider-Man into their interconnected universe. Similar measures would be implemented with Paramount to ensure connections between Bloodshot, Harbinger and XO Manowar.
There haven’t been confirmations made regarding who’s been cast for the Valiant Cinematic Universe. John Cena hasn’t been cast officially, instead suggesting he’d make the perfect actor for this role via Twitter and Instagram. Those unaware of the XO Manowar character shouldn’t be surprised. Valiant Comics aren’t accessible in comparison to DC or Marvel. XO Manowar stands as their 4th most famous character, with him originally being born in the 5th Century throughout Europe.
He became abducted by the Vine Alien Race, where XO Manowar was thrown deep into space. He’d become trained by the people of Vine and provided the Manowar Armor, enabling XO to save an alien race from planetary destruction. John Cena playing that role would mean the wrestler is integrating with the DC Comics Universe and Valiant Comics Universe. Cena is slated to perform as “Peacemaker” in Suicide Squad Two from James Gunn.
The release date for Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed following the continued coronavirus pandemic. This virus has been detrimental to the entertainment industry, with multiple films slated for theatres being released On-Demand. This extends to various productions being shut down and numerous films being postponed. Cancellations and postponements from the entertainment industry have been accomplished to limit the spread of Covid-19. It should be mentioned that multiple movie theatres and entertainment venues have been temporarily shut down as well. Those who’d be willing to risk their safety won’t have the opportunity following these closures.
Covid-19s circumstances have prompted the cancellations of Hollywood’s next two calendar months. Films expected for May and April were forced into postponement following the government conditions on Covid-19. Those conditions include a limitation on mass gatherings, with ten people allowed in the same location. Self-Isolation Measures with potential enforcement protocols have ensured that there have been minimal mass gatherings. However, some have ignored legislation and met in large quantities. This extended to Spring Break at Daytona Beach, where thousands could be seen in one area.
Box Office Records Zero Revenue
The United States Box Office Commission announced that zero revenues were recorded during the March 20th to 22nd weekend. This followed the closure of all nationals’ theatres for the public safety of citizens. It’s the 1st time in history that Hollywood has earned zero profits in one weekend, with WWI and WWII seeing cinemas remain open to curbing national depression. Considering that the Covid-19 Pandemic is slowing down shortly, there’ll be continued impacts to the entertainment industry.
The financial losses associated with Covid-19 extend beyond these large-scale corporations. Independent businesses with minimal profits will be most affected by the pandemic. It’s expected that numerous companies will shut down following Covid-19. Multinational corporations aren’t immune to the conditional effects of this virus, with the tourism industry also facing significant declines in value. The entertainment industry is right behind them, with all their products and venues being deemed “Non-Essential Services”. The minimal conjuncture of citizens in one location has forced unions to implement shut down policies. It’s suspected that all these closures are costing Hollywood $400 million daily.
Representatives behind the Avatar Films confirmed that production had been postponed following the coronavirus pandemic. New steps were taken following the increasing information coming daily, with James Cameron and film executives determining that this was the best decision to ensure public safety. It should be mentioned that multiple films and television series have terminated their productions for a prolonged period as well. This includes the Stanger Things Season Four, The Voice Australia, American Idol and many others.
The Coronavirus & Protective Measures
Covid-19 or the novel coronavirus became an internationally discussed topic on January 1st. This followed after a substantial outbreak of the SARS-Related virus broke out throughout Wuhan, China, on December 31st. Those infected with Covid-19 would acquire the specialized flu that would lead to symptoms of pneumonia. Individuals of older age, mothers and children are most likely to pass away from this virus. Others with sound immune systems and average ages have been healing. Thousands have died globally from this virus, with that valuation expected to increase.
One hundred nations globally have enacted various measures to ensure public protection and limit the spreading of this disease. This followed after global death tolls continued to rise, financial markets began to crash, and entertainment venues were cancelled. The world has somewhat halted during this period of universal fear, with politicians using this time to calculate the best decisions for their respective populations. It should be noted that sporting venues across the European Union, Middle East, Asia, North America and Africa have been postponed following the global coronavirus pandemic. These sporting events and entertainment venues aren’t expected to open until Summer 2020, with Covid-19 unable to live in temperatures above 27+ degrees.
Avatar Sequels Possibly Delayed
Film enthusiasts that are excited about the Avatar sequels have become concerned that opening dates will be postponed. This doesn’t come as a substantial loss, with James Cameron haven’t confirmed any dates for the three slated sequels. Details, when production will continue, weren’t provided, even with the minimal cases of Covid-19 displayed throughout New Zealand. Production houses like Universal Studios have demanded the immediate postponement of all films or television shows, giving Cameron minimal room to negotiate continued filming and editing.
Thee additional films have been postponed following the increasing spread of the coronavirus, which comes after multiple studios argued that their respective movies wouldn’t be cancelled. The 1st cancellation applies to Fast & Furious Nine, with it being moved back by an additional twelve months until Spring 2021. Everyone is having to react and respond differently to this global pandemic, with the entertainment industry having to take the necessary precautions to ensure public safety.
Multiple venues throughout the entertainment industry have been terminated. Those include CinemaCon, ACE Comic-Con, SXSW and the E3 Expo. Numerous countries across the globe have enforced legislation which ends mass gatherings, which has prompted these immediate venue cancellations globally. It should be noted that additional films like “A Quiet Place Part II” and “No Time to Die” have been postponed by multiple months for public safety. This is the 1st time in Hollywood’s history that an influx of films has had to be terminated following the virus, with the Chinese Government being considered the primary culprits behind COVID-19. The world is currently working towards limiting the exposure, with enforcement actions against China coming later.
The Disney Corporation, unfortunately, had to announce that Mulan, the Live-Action Remake, has been postponed following the continued coronavirus pandemic. It’s growing to be such a substantial concern that the world’s most prominent companies are willing to lose millions in quarterly earnings for the protection of public safety. It should be mentioned that multiple sets have been disbanded, ensuring that the actors and set-staff are protected from a potential outbreak. All variations of mass gatherings must be terminated going forward.
The New Mutants
Another film was delayed with the onslaught of the coronavirus, with this movie experiencing its fourth postponement in recent years. The New Mutants has been delayed three times previously because of production issues and actors’ respective schedules. Disney operated the Fox brand, with this slated to be their 1st film under their newest acquisition. Terminating the New Mutants and Mulan indicates that the Disney Corporation is taking the necessary precautions to ensure the limitations of coronavirus outbreaks. We’ll keep our readers informed of any additional cancellations following the coronavirus pandemic and the entertainment industry.
Multiple films for the upcoming summer season have been postponed for public safety, with others unconcerned with the potential of an increased outbreak. It was confirmed that Fast Nine and Black Window would see their initial launch dates in North America. Considering that 2020 is slated to be one of the most anticipated film seasons of recent memory, it’s unsurprising that studios like Universal and Disney are refusing to limit their releases. That’s why moviegoers can still expect Mulan, A Quiet Place Plat Two and Pixar’s Onward to be released this month.
The 1st film that’s willing to postpone their release date is No Time To Die, which is slated to be the final Daniel Craig “James Bond” movie. It was initially slated to be released this year, with the updated timeframe now indicating a delayed box office opening. Directors expressed that this decision had been made following the pandemic being seen worldwide, with the press tour having already being terminated before this announcement.
Considering this was slated to be one of the most popular films for the summer season, it’s prompted speculation that multiple other studios will be forced to terminate their films initial launch date. Subsequently, we could still see films like Mulan and Fast Nine be cancelled. Both movies will be popular with Asia Moviegoers; it’d be irresponsible for these studios not to postpone the box office release.
James Bond Cancelled
When it applies to James Bond with No Time To Die, it’s received a delay of several months Prompted by the coronavirus; this film had already seen substantial impacts from the virus. Their Chinese Tour and follow-up events around the nation were terminated. Rumours suggested it’d be released for the April 2020 box office, as initially announced. However, MGM Films have pulled back from this release date.
Considering that MGM has spent millions on the marketing campaign for this film, including a one-minute Super Bowl Television Advertisement, it’s shocking that this movie was the first to announce a delay. It could be a financial loss for MGM Films. No Time To Die was slated to be the highest-earning James Bond film yet. The popularity of this film could dwindle in the next several months. It should be noted that Mission Impossible Seven have cancelled their production throughout Italy, with this extending to multiple studios cancelling their appearances at large-scale conventions across the world.
The Disney Corporation has provided detailed insight regarding their next Star Wars Trilogy. This comes weeks after they finished their theatrical release of “The Rise of Skywalker”, which concluded Disney’s failed first attempt into the franchise. After considerable backlash from the three last firms, LucasFilm and Walt Disney Studios are entering into a new time period for the 1st time in this franchise’s history. Star Wars fans will be taken back thousands of years to the High Republic, with this upcoming trilogy slated to coincide with multiple television series on Disney+.
This upcoming trilogy could be a failure similar to the most recent. It was initially confirmed that David Benioff & D.B. Weiss would direct the forthcoming trilogy in the High Republic. However, after these two men had creative differences with Walt Disney Studios, they left the project. It’s now prompted Disney executives to re-hire Rian Johnson for the newest trilogy, with his last Star Wars film being considered the worst ever made.
These executives have received considerable backlash for this decision, with film analysts stating that Disney will continue to ruin Star Wars by refusing to enter any dark subject matters. It should be noted that Kevin Feige, the infamous creator behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is helping produce the upcoming trilogy. He could be their saving grace.
The Disney Corporation has provided the bare minimum details regarding this upcoming trilogy. It’s known that they’ll be released on a two-year time frame starting December 2022. That means the two sequels will follow in 2024 and 2026, with zero details regarding the plot having been provided. This illustrates the secretive nature behind the High Republic Trilogy, with film analysts believing that Rian Johnson will manufacture a childish Star Wars Experience. If Disney cannot perform with their upcoming trilogy, it’ll be the end of this infamous brands cinematic run. The viewer would become bored with Star Wars and being let down.
Star Wars Enthusiasts can anticipate this film to begin production in January 2021, with set development and costume creation already underway. It’s expected that two renditions of the script have already been revised as well. We will keep our readers updated with any additional information regarding the High Republic Trilogy, which won’t be for a minimum of eight months from now.
Supporters of the Shazam franchise were excited to learn that the sequel will begin filming with accordance to the upcoming Black Adam film. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, both of these films are entering production in the summer. Individuals that supported the original Shazam film saw Zachary Levi take on a comedic role, with the film becoming one of DC & Warner Brothers most successful in recent memory. Critic praise was provided to this film for its capabilities to enter deeper themes while keeping self-aware humour for a family-friendly audience.
Individuals anticipated that Black Adam would appear in the 1st Shazam movie but was thoroughly shocked when Johnson didn’t appear in the film. This was because Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson became one of the most notable names in Hollywood, with his presence garnering billions at the box office. It prompted Warner Brothers to provide Black Adam with his respective film, taking the role of this Anti-Hero into live-action cinema for the first time. It’s expected that both characters will meet each other in either Shazam 2 or Black Adam, or both. The showdown between these individuals wouldn’t happen until Shazam Three, with their fallout displayed in the 2nd Black Adam film.
The official production cycle for both films begins in July 2020, with both films releasing three months from each other. The second Shazam film will arrive before the 1st Black Adam, with whatever transpiring events from Zachary Levi’s film entering into Dwayne Johnsons. Overlapping timelines have become the norm with comic book films, with these two characters garnering incredible popularity. This hasn’t always been the case for Warner Brothers and DC, with these companies struggling to provide a consistent universe similar to Marvels.
Potential Storyline Outcomes
It appears that Warner Brothers and DC Comics are trying to recreate the popularity behind Batman Vs Superman: Dawn for Justice. The differences will be a prolonged rivalry which could see additional characters like Wonder Woman or Superman. This could even extend upcoming Batman film from Matt Reeves with Robert Pattison starring as Bruce Wayne. It should be noted that the directors behind Shazam Two have collaborated with the production staff from Black Adam, with insiders with both units expressing that the showdown wouldn’t happen until 2025 or later. Plenty of action between these two characters will play out on cinemas worldwide, with supports hoping that Robert Pattison’s Batman will assist with the Black Adam’s defeat.
Anybody that watched the Superbowl or visited YouTube last week would’ve seen multiple advertisements for “Harley Quinn’s: Birds of Prey”. This film is connected with the DC Extended Universe, which has changed numerous times in the last few years. Warner Brother Studios has struggled to locate the tone of their universe, unlike Marvel. One of the highest-rated films in their universe is the Suicide Squad, which leaned towards a darkly comedic tinge. Birds of Prey marks the 1st sequel since the Suicide Squad was released four years ago.
This time around, Harley Quinn is entirely a different woman, not dating the Joker anymore and experiencing her adventure. Harley Quinn takes on multiple roles in this film, acting as the narrator and main protagonist. It should be noted that various characters are implemented in this storyline and focus on the female mindset. The DC Universe is the 1st to provide a film that centres entirely around female warriors, with that being Wonder Woman. Her sequel is slated to release late this Summer.
The Film, Tonnage & Backlash
The film starts with Harley Quinn searching for the Bettinelli Diamond, which the famed heroine looks to steal for Roman Sionis. Named by criminal organizations as Black Mask, his protection is needed to avoid any future clashes with the Joker after their breakup. These events have Harley come in contact with Renee Montoya, Black Canary and the Huntress. These four woman meetup with an infamous pickpocket, Cassandra Cain, who inevitably becomes a variation of Catwoman.
After determining that Black Mask will use the Bettinelli Diamond to murder millions, this group of heroines combat the associated gang members of Black Mask. There’s a distinct tone of liberation against dominating men, with these woman breaking loose from abusive boyfriends and psychotic employers. All of this is accomplished without the requirement of male heroes like the Batman, Flash or Superman. Female supporters of Birds of Prey have expressed that this film makes them feel supported and accepted.
The backlash has faced Birds of Prey and the DC Universe, with film analysts and male supporters saying that this franchise has abandoned their core audience. Reports from survey firms indicate that 80% of viewers supporting the superhero genre are male. Warner Brothers are limiting potential profits by a possible 80%. Subsequently, Birds of Prey amassed $53 million on their opening weekend. This is minimal in comparison to the same valuations earned by Man of Steel, which stood at $113 Million. It should be noted that Batman vs Superman earned $170 million on their box office.
Comic book enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming Batman film from Matt Reeves. Rumours circulated for months regarding what this film will offer and how it’ll differ from previous incarnations of the Dark Knight. Information regarding the film has begun being released, with it confirmed that Batman would battle against three rogue gallery characters. This includes Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler. Last week it was revealed that Zoe Kravitz is playing the role of Catwoman. However, the actress couldn’t be found for comments or statements regarding her position with this film. That silence has finally been broken, with Zoe Kravitz speaking with Ellen DeGeneres on her role. She first noted that the training has been challenging, with injuries being regular.
This hasn’t stopped the formidable actress from proving herself to Matt Reeves. When speaking with Ellen, Zoe Kravitz noted that she’s fully committed and prepared towards developing her athletic capabilities for the Batman movie. Considering that production on this film has already begun, it’s surprising that this actress is still training. It shows a level of dedication that the actors and director have towards this dark knight reboot. Zoe confirmed that she would be flying to London for filming by January 15th.
Ellen Creates Minor Backlash
Ellen DeGeneres asked Zoe Kravitz if she’d begun preparing her lines for the upcoming scenes. Surprisingly, this actress reported that Reeves told her not to start memorizing lines until on-set. This makes the challenge of playing Selina Kyle dangerous for Miss Kravitz, with film critics bashing Reeves for this uncalled approach. This actress could be performing a life-threatening stunt and mistake herself while trying to remember a line. Incidents have happened in the past with Matt Reeves and his actor’s safety.
The Demanding Workout
The demanding nature for this small woman to perform such an extensive physical routine is unheard of in Hollywood. Actresses like Scarlett Johansson and Elizabeth Olsen haven’t had to work out to this degree. However, it should be noted that Matt Reeves wants to make the most realistic and gruesome Batman film in existence. This will require an incredible level of stamina, dedication and love from his actors. Robert Pattison is fully onboard with this concept, with it appearing that Zoe Kravitz is as well. Those wanting to see Robert Pattison dawn on the dark knight’s cape will have to wait until Summer 2021. We will keep our readers informed of any new details regarding this DC Comics film.
The Netflix Corporation is developing a sequel towards one of their most beloved movies in 2017, Bright. This information comes directly from David Ayer, who developed the original incarnation of Bright and expressed that the sequel is in development. Rumours circulated for a prolonged period that Netflix was working on a follow-up film for the Bright franchise, with confirmation coming in the new year. Ayer expressed that numerous fans have requested for a sequel, providing him with insight on how it could be approached via the storyline. Potential storylines can include greater insight into the previous war amongst the Elves and Orcs.
When the original film was released in 2017, it met negative reviews from the critics. Viewers provided it with an average rating, with a select group expressing their unwavering commitment to this universe. This didn’t stop criticism from reviewers, claiming that he focused on clichés and didn’t provide a heartfelt storyline. These horrible reviews came after David’s previous film, the Suicide Squad. This film also was shamed by critics, claiming that the storyline had continuous loopholes that were covered up by computer-generated imagery. However, David Ayer has the chance to redeem himself with the Bright Sequel.
Overall, eleven million individuals watched this film on its Netflix opening weekend. This was one of the highest-debuting films for Netflix in 2017, which prompted the immediate development for its sequel. Fans won’t have to wait to see Joel Edgerton and Will Smith take to the streets of Los Angeles.
Avatar Sequel Details Released
Details regarding multiple sequels were released in the new year. This included Avatar, which has an additional four films in development. The 2009 blockbuster from James Cameron is returning with a sequel that focuses on Neytiri and Jake, eight years after the first films original war. Throughout those eight years, a child is born and plays a pivotal role in the development of this upcoming film. The first of four sequels for Avatar is slated to release during 2021.
Minimal details have been released, with Cameron noting one small percentage of the storyline. He expressed that there’s a scene shot in the viewpoint of their young child, who remained hidden under a structure. James mentioned that developing Jake as a character was challenging, seeing how he’d react as the father of an alien species. It turns into an emotional rollercoaster throughout the four sequels. How the tribe react to Neytiri having a child with a human remains to be unseen.