Superhero Bits: Scrapped 'LEGO Batman 2' Details, 'WandaVision' Mailman Rap & More
(Superhero Bits is a collection of stories, updates, and videos about anything and everything inspired by the comics of Marvel, DC, and more. For comic book movies, TV shows, merchandise, events, and whatever catches our eye, this is the place to find anything that falls through the cracks.)
In this edition, of Superhero Bits:
- Find out what the abandoned LEGO Batman 2 movie would have been about
- Editor Kevin Hickman talks David Ayer‘s cut of Suicide Squad
- Dennis the Mailman from WandaVision has his own rap music video
- Check out some spy photos of Rachel Zegler in Shazam! Fury of the Gods
- Load up on Loki Easter eggs, callbacks, and comic references
- And more!
Suicide Squad Editor Opens Up About The Ayer Cut
First up, editor Kevin Hickman has opened up about some of the major changes that were made to David Ayer‘s original cut of Suicide Squad. Hickman explained to CinemaBlend:
“We ended up having to restructure how the characters were introduced. That was something that we toyed with right up until the movie was finished. In the original structure, the characters are kind of introduced in linear fashion and the way that it ended up, we spent the first 20 minutes like bam, here’s this guy, bam, here’s this person, here’s their origin, here’s their backstory. So we kind of shoved everything into the viewer’s face right up front so that we could get the story going. Whereas in the original structure, it kind of happened in many events. So you’re, you know, 45 minutes in the movie and now we’re meeting this person and seeing their backstory. So we found a way to make the film more efficient as far as opening up and introducing all the characters.”
For his part, Hickman hopes David Ayer’s cut of the movie will get released at some point, adding, “It was less comedy. It was a much darker film. It was almost like a Black Hawk Down type thing. It was just very militarized, very serious.” Unfortunately, Warner Bros. has no plans to release it as of now.
WandaVision’s Dennis the Mailman Rap
If you didn’t get enough of Dennis the Mailman in Marvel’s WandaVision series, actor Amos Glick created an amusing little rap that gives us more of the unsuspecting postal service worker who got caught in Wanda Maximoff’s hex. There’s even a reference to Mephisto for all you devilish Marvel fans out there.
Speaking of Mephisto…
Fans of Marvel’s WandaVision know all about the endless and ultimately unfounded speculation about Mephisto being behind the mind-manipulating events of the series. So you can imagine how excited folks were when it seemed like a stained glass window depicting the devil in Loki was a tease of the villain. Unfortunately, director Kate Herron has confirmed it’s not intentional. Herron told Entertainment Tonight:
“It’s honestly just a super weird coincidence. Like, it’s genuinely a reference to Loki – the horns, he was cast out of heaven, that’s what it’s a reference to. I did see all the stuff about that online and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be interesting.’ [Laughs] But no, it’s more relevant to the themes of our show and it’s not a nod to that character.”
For head writer Michael Waldron‘s part, it sounds like he doesn’t know much about the character, so his inclusion is even less likely. Waldron said, “Mephisto, I was just reading about that character. It’s pretty interesting. It would be interesting if he ever showed up in the MCU.”
We’re not going to hold our breath.
Superman & Lois Season 1 – “O Mother, Where Art Thou”
Here’s the promo and official synopsis for the tenth episode of the first season of Superman & Lois:
Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui) reaches out to Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) and Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) when Kyle (Erik Valdez) starts behaving strangely. Meanwhile, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) opens up to Jordan (Alex Garfin). Lastly, Sarah (Inde Navarette) storms out after accusing her mom of always covering for her dad. Dylan Walsh and Wole Parks also star.
The episode was directed by Harry Jierjian and written by Adam Mallinger.
The LEGO Batman Movie 2
There was once talk of a sequel to The LEGO Batman movie happening with director Chris McKay getting back in building brick mode. Unfortunately, that sequel has been scrapped, but McKay offered some details on how far along the movie was in development and what it would have been about.
Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community) and some of his frequent collaborators had apparently finished an entire draft of the script, and it was structured like The Godfather Part II, with a story that took place both before and after The LEGO Batman Movie. But what was the story about? McKay revealed to ScreenCrush:
It was a story about the Justice League and where Batman was in terms of the Justice League now, and the struggles they were going through, as well as flashing back to how the Justice League came together. [It also featured] Batman and Superman’s relationship, as well as Batman’s relationship to a lot of the other members of the Justice League. And Robin, obviously, there was a really great part for Robin.
Sadly, that movie is dead in the water for now. McKay added: “I wish there was a way for us to go do that movie because that would have been a lot of fun.” But he does offer up a consolation idea by saying, “Maybe there will be a LEGO Fast and Furious or LEGO Jaws or LEGO something that I could possibly work on.” Yes, please!
The Flash Season 7 – “Masquerade”
Here’s the promo and official synopsis for the 13th episode of the seventh season of The Flash on The CW:
Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) is forced to confront her past in order to break free from a psychic prison. Meanwhile, Chester (Brandon McKnight) takes over for Cisco but makes a mistake that puts Barry (Grant Gustin) in serious danger. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) investigates Kristen Kramer’s old military ties and discovers an unsettling truth.
Rachel Talalay directed the episode written by Sam Chalsen & Christina M. Walker.
Rachel Zegler Spotted on Shazam! Fury of the Gods Set
Some spy photos that we can’t post here spotted West Side Story actress Rachel Zegler on the set of Shazam! Fury of the Gods. We’re not entirely sure who she’s playing, but she’s wearing some kind of golden superhero wardobe that makes her look like she could be part of the Shazam family. Is there a chance a new adopted kids joins the gang?
Loki Episode 1 Easter Eggs, Callbacks and Comic References
The first episode of Loki is available now on Disney+. We already dove into some of the more interesting and potentially revealing Easter eggs from the show, but ScreenCrush digs even deeper with nearly seven dozen hidden references, comic book details, and MCU callbacks that you might have missed or want to know more about.
Sam and Twitch TV Series Coming
Todd McFarlane is currently working on a huge new line of Spawn comic books and hopefully a feature film adaptation that will do the comic justice. On top of that, he’ll be expanding the Spawn universe to television with an adaptation of the detective spin-off series Sam and Twitch. McFarlane himself announced the news today (via Comic Book Resources):
“My two detective characters Sam Burke and ‘Twitch’ Williams appeared in the very first issue of Spawn #1 back in 1992. Since then, they’ve become fan favorites and have branched out into their own comic series throughout the years. Their stories, blending traditional crime noir and the supernatural, is a combination that I’ve always thought would make for an entertaining television drama. The addition of wiip and the creative writing skills of Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg make for a very compelling team that we all hope leads to the entertaining show we know this can be. If you like cool, moody, creepy, odd crime stories, this will be your cup of tea!”
The Sam and Twitch TV series will be produced by McFarlane Films and Wiip, the studio behind the acclaimed HBO crime thriller series Mare of Easttown. Series producers Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg will adapt the comic and act as executive producers on Sam and Twitch, alongside Todd McFarlane and Wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal.
We’re not sure where the series will be airing, but we’ll keep you posted.
Variety’s Marvel TV Series Superpanel
The Hollywood trade Variety rounded up the main stars of Marvel’s new TV shows on Disney+ for a big 42-minute discussion about their extended work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Listen to WandaVision‘s Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier‘s Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and Loki‘s Tom Hiddleston as they talk all things Marvel and much more.
ThreeZero Hulkbuster Action Figure
Get a look at ThreeZero’s new Hulkbuster figure inspired by the suit’s appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
ThreeZero is excited to announce the second figure from Marvel Studio’s The Infinity Saga series, DLX Iron Man Mark 44 “Hulkbuster” armor. This fully-articulated 1/12 scale collectible figure stands at 11.7? (30cm) tall and is constructed of threezero’s renowned DLX die-cast system with over 65 points of articulation.
DLX Iron Man Mark 44 “Hulkbuster” armor is specially designed to engage in different poses, particularly the signature landing pose. The exterior chest armor and the head of Mark 44 can be opened and the interior panels can slide apart to insert the torso of the Iron Man Mark 43 (sold separately) figure inside. Together, the two figures form the impressive Hulkbuster.
The chest, back, and eyes of the figure light up, and there’s functional forearm armor, three pairs of interchangeable hands, a pair of fists, a pair of relaxed hands, and a pair of hands for shooting repulsor blasts.
ThreeZero’s Hulkbuster figure is listed for $249.99 and set for release in the first quarter of 2022. See more at ToyArk.
Finally, here’s a new IMAX poster for Black Widow, coming to theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on July 9.
Read the previous edition of Superhero Bits right here.
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