The anticipation culture surrounding blockbuster movies, superhero films in particular, is the fuel that keeps online film journalism chugging along. Every last drib and drab of information pertaining to a project that may or may not even be in production yet is fodder for online regurgitation, speculation, and dissection. We here at The Dissolve are not immune to this, though we try our best to distinguish between rampant speculation and actual information.
But every now and then there’s a day like today, where actors on the promotional circuit just can’t help themselves from letting little tidbits about their upcoming superhero project fall from their lips and watching as hungry little news-aggregators furiously gobble it up, hoping to gain what little informational sustenance they can from this non-news. The pure volume of pre-pre-pre-hype masquerading as information today is such that we must draw your attention to it, in helpful roundup form so as to minimize its news footprint and/or highlight its collective worthlessness. Or, hey, maybe you’ll be able to glean something worthwhile from these various pull-quotes, and feel slightly more excited about a movie you won’t be able to actually see for months and months. Let’s review:
- News.com.au asked Ryan Reynolds if “his old mate” Hugh Jackman would show up in the upcoming Deadpool movie. You may recall that Reynolds’ take on the Merc With A Mouth originated in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was so poorly received it was all but scrubbed from continuity two years later with the not-bad The Wolverine (unofficial subtitle: The Do-Over). Origins’ performance also presumably contributed to the delay in a proper Deadpool movie, which is finally happening after much advocacy and push from Reynolds himself. But clearly what everyone really wants to know is whether Hugh Jackman will show up in a cameo appearance and link this new Deadpool feature to a Wolverine movie probably everyone involved wishes never happened. Reynolds, ever the good sport, told News.com.au, “God, I hope so, that would be really nice.” Would it be really nice, Ryan? Or are you just saying that to humor us and/or keep us talking about your movie? At least he hedged his bets properly, saying that such a development would be “more of a scheduling issue than anything else,” perhaps acknowledging that Jackman has been preparing to say goodbye to his adamantium-clawed creation for some time now. But, hey, Deadpool will arrive in theaters a full year before the next (last?) Wolverine movie, so maybe this could be part of Jackman’s extended farewell tour. God, I hope so, that would be really nice.
- Speaking of Marvel characters poorly served by X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Remy LeBeau, a.k.a. Gambit, is also getting another shot at big-screen immortality, this time from human charisma factory Channing Tatum. (Sorry, Taylor Kitsch. You tried.) Manly Tater’s take on the card-flippingest member of the X-Men will presumably show up in next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse on his way to a solo film that we’re just going to call Chanbit for the time being, currently set for late 2016. That’s less than a year and a half away, which means it’s time for The Big Brisket to start teasing us proper about the movie, and the charming hunk of man-meat does not disappoint, confirming to Empire magazine that Chanbit will be an origin story. You don’t say, Chan-Chan? A solo superhero spin-off film reintroducing a secondary character from a willfully forgotten movie will be an origin story? Man, this development could really turn the comic-book-movie industry on its head. Tatum also said of Gambit, “He’s kind of a tortured soul and he’s not a good guy. But he’s not a bad guy, either. He walks his own path.” Okay, but how do you feel about Gambit, Charming Potato? “I love Gambit,” Tatum “exclusively” told Empire. Wow. Careful, Channing, you don’t want to set the whole Internet on fire at once.
- In fairness, this one flirts with being actual new information, though it’s so many degrees removed from current reality that it still functions as non-news at this time. Speaking to Flicks And The City in an interview that touches on black superheroes, Dear White People’s Tyler James Williams implied that he would love to be considered as Miles Morales should Sony decide to go that way with a new Spider-Man feature—which, got some bad news for ya, Tyler—but also seemed to let slip that Jaden Smith will be starring in the DC adaptation Static Shock. Said adaptation is not actually a movie, but rather a digital series from Warner Bros., which was announced last year along with a host of other “short-form, live-action series.” More to the point, though, Warners hasn’t confirmed anything regarding Smith’s casting as the electromagnetically powered black superhero, though the hesitation Williams displays before dropping that bit in the interview suggests he’s certainly heard something that he’s not sure he’s supposed to be sharing. With Jaden’s father Will currently filming Suicide Squad as another DC character, the assassin Deadshot, and his mom Jada Pinkett-Smith having just wrapped a run on TV’s Gotham, the idea that their progeny would be joining them in the DC cinematic/television/”digital content” universe is certainly appealing from a family-branding standpoint, which may be why this is getting so much traction. Or maybe we’re all just hoping a new project for Jaden will presage his glorious return to Twitter.