Dark Trinity: Movie news from Black Widow, Spawn and Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

Cate Shortland was cast as the director of the Black Widow solo film, of course starring Scarlett Johansson. I know absolutely nothing about all the things she’s directed. Hopefully it works out well.

As much as I know nothing about, I like the fact that Marvel Studios brought on a woman to take charge. We saw the impact Patty Jenkins had on Wonder Woman. For these types of movies, right now, I think a woman’s touch might be the most effective approach. I’d still enjoy it if a guy directed a movie with a female superhero, as I would with a female director and a male superhero.

Bu the studios are trying to hit a target audience. With a Black Widow movie, you’ll still get the comic book nerds (guys or girls), but it’s also a chance to bring in other females that weren’t already part of that world.

Smart business move by Marvel.

Jeremy Renner cast as Twitch in Spawn

I’m fairly new to the Spawn world, but I am very familiar with Jeremy Renner’s work. A consistently good actor. Nothing crazy, but that’s not always a bad thing.

What I find strange is Renner usually plays a tough and rugged character. I know little about Twitch, but he doesn’t strike me as Renner’s typical role. No idea what to predict with this one yet.

All I do know is Todd McFarlane’s heavily involved, so I’m willing to be he’s been very particular about who he involves in this project.

Joaquin Phoenix wanted to play a different DC villain

Steve Weintraub of Collider recently sat down with Joaquin Phoenix to discuss his new role as the Joker. A lot was discussed, but this was the statement that stuck out the most to me.

“Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’…”

I have no idea how Jared Leto originally approached the role, but I know for a fact Phoenix is going about it the right way. This shouldn’t shock anyone either, He’s always seemed to have an intense level of respect for the roles he’s played, whether that be Johnny Cash, Emperor Commodus or any of his other impressive roles.

Not that this is Phoenix’s goal, but he is going to embarrass Jared Leto.

Comic of the Week

I could easily make every Red Hood and the Outlaws my comic of the week. He’s my guy. So I try to stay away from that. Deadpool Assassins #3 was quality stuff, and the third Despicable Deadpool trade came out this week, all great stuff.

But I’ll put it simply why RHATO (just made that up) is back on top (#24), without spoiling anything: Jason Todd is BACK!

Cover of the Week

Very, very competitive week. There was a RHATO variant cover that I liked a lot, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #24, The Flash #50, X-23 #1 and Hunt for Wolverine #3: The Adamantium Agenda were all impressive.

But this week had an unlikely winner: Scooby Apocalypse #27


You put a machine gun in Shaggy’s hands, you have my attention. I have no idea what in the hell they’re doing in that series. If I wasn’t already engulfed in like 15 other things (not that much of an exaggeration) I might give whatever storyline they’re doing a shot, just because of this cover.

The power of great cover art should never be overlooked.

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