Gunn, fired from ‘Guardians,’ to write new ‘Suicide Squad’
NEW YORK (AP) — James Gunn may have been fired from Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," but DC Comics will welcome him with open arms.
Warner Bros. on Tuesday confirmed that Gunn will write the script to the studio's next installment of "Suicide Squad," the DC supervillain team-up franchise. In July, Disney fired Gunn after jokes involving rape and pedophilia he wrote years earlier on Twitter resurfaced.
Netflix greenlights ‘Bright’ sequel, Smith to return as star
NEW YORK (AP) — Despite scathing reviews from critics, Netflix has greenlit a sequel to "Bright," with star Will Smith and director David Ayer expected to return.
The streaming service announced the plans Wednesday, just two weeks after the fantasy police drama debuted. "Bright" is Netflix's first big-budget, tentpole-style release, with estimates that it cost at least $90 million to produce.
‘Bright’ stars discuss their favorite Will Smith movies
David Ayer admits making 'Suicide Squad' was "rough and tough".
The 49-year-old director lost his confidence as a filmmaker after 'Suicide Squad' was savaged by critics and he found working on such a huge blockbuster wasn't a hugely pleasant experience.
He said:" I got some supercharged muscles on 'Suicide Squad', from making a film so big, but it was a rough experience. A tough experience.
Gavin O'Connor has signed up to direct 'Suicide Squad 2'.
The 52-year-old filmmaker - whose credits include 'The Accountant' and 'Jane Got a Gun' - has stepped up to the job of helming the DC Extended Universe sequel after Jaume Collet-Serra pulled out, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
'Shallows' director Collet-Serra was the frontrunner, but reportedly called it quits to work on 'Jungle Cruise' for Disney, which stars Dwayne Johnson.
Will Smith has likened his new movie 'Bright' to a fusion of 'Training Day' and 'Lord of the Rings'.
The David Ayer-directed fantasy crime movie boasts a star-studded cast that also features the likes of Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace - and Will has urged moviegoers to prepare for something special, likening it to two of the most popular films of this century.
Summarising 'Bright', Will told Empire magazine: "It's 'Training Day' smashed together with 'Lord Of The Rings'."
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Imagine "End of Watch" but with orcs and fairies and magic. That's the vibe of Will Smith's big budget Netflix film "Bright ," which unveiled its first full trailer Thursday in a presentation at Comic-Con.
David Ayer has reportedly been dropped as the director of the 'Scarface' remake.
The 59-year-old movie-maker - whose previous credits include 'Sabotage', 'Fury', and 'Suicide Squad' - was initially appointed to helm the much-anticipated reboot of the classic gangster movie, but the studio apparently considers his take on the script to be "too dark".
'Scarface' tells the story of the rise and fall of a gangster and has previously spawned two separate movies, made in 1932 and 1983.
NEW YORK (AP) — DC Comics flashed the box-office might of Marvel at the weekend box office, where its "Suicide Squad" set a record for an August debut with $133.7 million, according to final tallies Monday.
The Warner Bros. release, like March's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," was lambasted by critics. But David Ayer's antihero team-up film nevertheless became one of the summer's biggest hits.
A steep slide on Saturday, after fans flocked theaters on...
‘Suicide Squad’ sets August opening record with $135.1M
NEW YORK (AP) — The supervillain romp "Suicide Squad" shrugged off scathing reviews to open with an estimated $135.1 million in North American ticket sales, scoring one of the year's biggest box-office debuts.
Pressure had risen on the performance of the Warner Bros. film, directed by David Ayer, following the studio's previous poorly received DC Comics film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." But "Suicide Squad" proved a massive draw despite its much-derided lead-in....
Box office: ‘Suicide Squad’ sets August opening record with $135.1 million
The supervillain romp "Suicide Squad" shrugged off scathing reviews to open with an estimated $135.1 million in North American ticket sales, scoring one of the year's biggest box-office debuts.
Pressure had risen on the performance of the Warner Bros. film, directed by David Ayer, following the studio's previous poorly received DC Comics film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." But "Suicide Squad" proved a massive draw despite its much-derided lead-in. It set a record...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The baddies of "Suicide Squad" are getting pummeled by critics, but they're fighting back at the box office.
The film took in an estimated $20.5 million in Thursday preview showings, a record for an August opening according to studio estimates Friday.
The previous August record-holder was "Guardians of the Galaxy," which earned $11.2 million in 2014, not adjusted for inflation.
By comparison, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which...
How Viola Davis shaped her powerful ‘Suicide Squad’ role
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Viola Davis started looking into the role of Amanda Waller, the shadowy government agent who assembles the so-called Suicide Squad in this summer's latest blockbuster, she noticed there were two different versions of the character in the comics.
One looked like a vixen — a sex symbol bursting out of her tiny suit. Davis noted her "Rihanna-like razor cut" and smoking figure. The other? A far sturdier looking woman with "a 'fro and some...
Leto puts his own spin on The Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In portraying The Joker, a man who lives in a world without rules, Jared Leto had only one very specific rule for himself for "Suicide Squad": Don't think about past interpretations.
That's no small thing. The cackling, unhinged character and arch nemesis of Batman is one of the more famous villains in pop culture. He's been portrayed unforgettably by both Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" and Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight." It was one of...
Review: Antiheros prove no antidote for ‘Suicide Squad’
The superhero movie is at a strange crossroads. It generally either takes itself too seriously ("Man of Steel," ''Batman v Superman") or delights in not caring a bit ("Deadpool"). The choice, dear moviegoer, is yours. Do you prefer your costumed heroes to brood or to break bad?
Right now, good is out; self-proclaimed "edginess" is in; and a cape might get you turned away from the nightclub.
Riding the trend is David Ayer's day-glo superhero circus "Suicide Squad," a...