By: Adam Basciano
We heard that Chris Pine was wavering between playing Hal Jordan, or Steve Trevor. He’s made his decision; “Chris Pine has closed a deal to play Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” TheWrap has learned. Pine joins the DC Movie Universe in a multi-picture deal that includes sequel options, according to insiders. Steve Trevor will be no mere love interest for Gadot’s Diana Prince, as there will be plenty of action to keep him busy, though plot details remain under wraps.” I was perfectly fine with this choice when it was first rumored, and I’m still happy with it now. It’s also good to hear that he’ll be more than just a love interest. Speaking of Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins is in London, England getting ready to shoot the film in the fall.
Empire Magazine did a cover story feature on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. In it we learn a few interesting details. Ben Affleck’s Batman is 45-46 years old, and has lost several allies over the years. He’s currently living in a high-end boat house type of location, as Wayne Manor is run down. Also, regarding Batman, the article stated that he had a hand in putting away every member of the Suicide Squad, Meanwhile, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are living together, as their relationship progresses. Director Zack Snyder says not to look at Batman or Superman as the villain, because their confrontation is an ideological conflict. From a geographically standpoint, the production designer said Gotham is essentially Detroit, while Metropolis is “Toronto on steroids.” If this is the case, then I have to side with Superman, since I’m from Toronto.
Regarding the larger DC Extended Universe (that’s what it’s called), and the other directors and films that come into play, Zack Snyder said; ” “I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.” Producer Charles Roven echoes those sentiments by saying; “We call it the sandbox. It has borders around it, but everybody gets to play in the sandbox. On Suicide Squad, David Ayer has a lot of specific control over his area of the sandbox. Even if he crosses the line a little bit, we see if we can push our boundaries back a little bit.” Ultimately though Zack Snyder says; “”What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.” So it seems like a good mix of individual director creative control, and universe building collaboration. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
(Sources: The Wrap, Empire Magazine)