News Round-up – Suicide Squad reshoots, Deadpool breaking records, The Rock in Baywatch photos and more

It has been a busy week in the world of movie news, with superheroes once again dominating the agenda. David Ayer is behind the camera on reshoots for upcoming DC film Suicide Squad and Deadpool continues to smash its way through box office records as well as the fourth wall.

There is also a truly bizarre photograph of The Rock on a beach. I told you it was a busy week…


Suicide Squad reshoots to add “more humour and lightness”

Killer Croc and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad
Killer Croc and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

It’s no secret that the unremitting bleakness of Batman v Superman was a problem for many critics and audiences. Trailers have suggested that Suicide Squad, arriving in August, will have a considerably more playful tone. Apparently that wasn’t originally the case, with a source telling Birth Movies Death that the film is currently undergoing millions of dollars worth of reshoots to add “more humour and lightness”.

I don’t think it’s that much of a surprise when a big movie has reshoots, so it’s not as if this is a last minute panic job. If they make the movie less of a slog than Zack Snyder’s dismally glum film, then that can only be a good thing.


Deadpool breaks R-rating record

Ryan Reynolds as wise-cracking Marvel antihero Deadpool
Ryan Reynolds as wise-cracking Marvel antihero Deadpool

Deadpool has performed better than just about anybody expected. Ryan Reynolds‘ foul-mouthed antihero has hoovered up box office records and the film has now finally become the most successful R-rated movie of all time. After eight weeks of release, it has cracked the $750m mark, eclipsing The Matrix Reloaded‘s previous record of $742m.

It remains to be seen whether the inevitable R-rated cinema trend will continue to bear box office fruit, but there’s no doubting the success of Deadpool. It’s time to make the chimi-fucking-changas!


The Rock dad dances into new Baywatch image

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his Baywatch co-stars
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his Baywatch co-stars

It’s difficult to know where to start with this image of the cast of the 2017 Baywatch reboot, posted on Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram page. The Rock appears to be dad dancing in the centre of the frame, whilst the rest of the cast pull off bizarre stock photo poses seemingly at random.

On the other hand, it tells us nothing about the actual film. I’m also a little concerned about the positioning of Alexandra Daddario so close to The Rock, given that she was his daughter in San Andreas. We wouldn’t want an even creepier version of the Divergent problem.


Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy for X-Men spin-off?

Maisie Williams could star in a new X-Men movie
Maisie Williams could star in a new X-Men movie

There are several major stars in line for roles in new X-Men movie The New Mutants, according to a report over at HitFix. Maisie Williams, of Game of Thrones fame, is reportedly in line to play Wolfsbane and Anya Taylor-Joy, fresh from her tremendous breakout turn in The Witch, is being lined up as Magik.

Fox seems intent on expanding its X-Men universe to rival what is going on over at Marvel and interesting casting choices like these are absolutely the right way to do that.


Oscar Isaac to reunite with Ex Machina director for Annihilation

Oscar Isaac got rave reviews in Alex Garland's sci-fi Ex Machina
Oscar Isaac got rave reviews in Alex Garland’s sci-fi Ex Machina

Ex Machina was a hell of a calling card for veteran screenwriter Alex Garland, with his directorial debut winning Best Visual Effects at the Oscars ahead of Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He will now reteam with one of that film’s stars, Oscar Isaac, for new sci-fi thriller Annihilation, according to a report on The Tracking Board.

It’s great to see the duo back together and Annihilation, which will also star Natalie Portman, sounds like an intriguing project. Portman plays a woman who volunteers for an expedition into a disaster zone and discovers something mysterious there. Count me in!


Is Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote finally happening?

Terry Gilliam might finally make his Don Quixote movie
Terry Gilliam might finally make his Don Quixote movie (Photo: Colin Knowles)

Terry Gilliam has been trying to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for what feels like forever. Stars as varied as Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor and Robert Duvall have all been on board as funding problems and pre-production issues have dogged the project. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film could be set to go in front of cameras in September.

The latest cast sounds like the recipe for success as well, with the duo of John Hurt and Jack O’Connell on board. With a bit of luck, all of Gilliam’s hard work is finally about to pay off.


Are you looking forward to Suicide Squad? Should Deadpool launch an R-rated hero trend? Just how bad is The Rock’s dancing? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.

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