Last Week’s Episode: [Hums Spider-Man Theme]

Last Week’s Episode: [Hums Spider-Man Theme]

Lo, was it only yesterday a Marvel movie to end all Marvel movie was released? And yet here were are again, the afternoon of another Spider-Man. Let's lead with that. Spider-Man Actor Jacob Batalon, Ned Leeds in the MCU, thinks Ned should end up as either a villain...or possibly at SHIELD. It would make sense,

Lo, was it only yesterday a Marvel movie to end all Marvel movie was released? And yet here were are again, the afternoon of another Spider-Man. Let’s lead with that.

Spider-Man

Actor Jacob Batalon, Ned Leeds in the MCU, thinks Ned should end up as either a villain…or possibly at SHIELD. It would make sense, since his comics namesake becomes Hobgoblin after a brainwashing something something. [CBR]

Okay I love that Batalon really wants his character to be a baddie so here’s another cute cast interview where he, Zendaya, and Tom Holland discuss it. [Digital Spy]

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Also I’m now obsessed with Jake Gyllenhaal on this press tour. [Elle]

Tom Holland did a long, paywalled interview over at The Times where he said, among other things, that he’s not opposed to a gay Spidey (though he hasn’t offered up any potential love interests, like Andrew Garfield fancasting Michael B. Jordan as MJ). [IndieWire]

Other Comics Movies

David Harbour, fresh from the disappointing Hellboy reboot (and the upcoming third season of Stranger Things) is now shooting Black Widow, and he says that Cate Shortland is “one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with.” [Comicbook.com]

The Flash movie finds yet another potential director with IT’s Andy Muschietti. Though Grant Morrison teamed up with star Ezra Miller to pen a script, Bumblebee and Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson also in talks work on a script. Miller remains as the star for now. [THR]

Comics TV

Thanks in part to a fan campaign that included billboards, Syfy’s Wynonna Earp will get a fourth season despite IDW’s money troubles. You can catch the cast at SDCC, too. [Vulture]

Netflix is building a team to tackle Vertigo’s Sandman, with writer Neil Gaiman and David Goyer as producers. Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) will write and serve as showrunner. I’m interested to see if Netflix pulls this one out of development hell for reals. [THR]

The Witcher Netflix series is technically based on the books, of which there are comics for, so take a look at some photos of the upcoming production and cast. [Polygon]

Grab Bag

The Academy has invited new 842 members for 2019, and here’s my cursory list of who is relevant to this column (and why! (not why they were invited necessarily, though)): Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad), Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four), Phil Lord & Chris Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel), Sterling K. Brown (Black Panther), Winston Duke (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Lady Gaga (Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Letitia Wright (Black Panther), and casting director Irene Lamb (Brazil, The Empire Strikes Back). [IndieWire]

Riz Ahmed was one of several actors to speak at the CAAS Amplify Summit, where he related the reason he wasn’t at Star Wars: Celebration this year — racial profiling kept him from boarding his flight. [THR]

Eric Margolis digs into the labor problems behind animation in Japan — and how little animators are paid. [Vox]

Blog Before & Afters has an article on directors putting on the mocap suit themselves — see Taika Waititi, Ang Lee, and others behind the scenes. [B&A]

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