Black Manta has Been Cast in James Wan’s AQUAMAN and Nicole Kidman Is in Talks to Join

Last year it was rumored that Black Manta would be one of the main villains in James Wan's Aquaman. That has now been confirmed as the studio has cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the role. That name probably doesn't ring a bell for many of you, but he's a talented young actor who starred in Netflix’s Baz Luhrmann series The Get Down. Nicole KIdman is also in early talks to play Aquaman's mother.

Abdul-Mateen beat out a bunch of other young actors gunning for the role. Wan and the studio obviously saw something in him that no one else had. He will join Jason Momoa, who is taking on the role of Aquaman; Amber Heard as Mera; Willem Defoe as Aquaman’s advisor, scientist Dr. Vulko; and Patrick Wilson, who will play Orm, a villain who is also Aquaman’s half-brother.

For those of you not familiar with Black Manta, he's like the Batman of the ocean. He has no superhuman powers or abilities. He has just developed several skills to near-perfection. Some of these skills include strength, stamina, agility, fighting, leadership, strategy, intelligence, and even mechanical engineering. He’s created several of his own vehicles and weaponry. He’s also incredibly wealthy thanks to all the money he's made through treasure hunting over the years. 

He also wears a diving suit that allows him to survive in the water for long periods of time in extreme depths. Here are some additional details on his suit:

It insulates him against the cold and protects him from pressure changes. It is completely waterproof and bulletproof, and is so completely sealed that it cannot be entered even at the atomic level. It also grants him a level of superhuman strength and durability, allowing him to survive major traumatic injuries. It greatly increases his underwater mobility, primarily through the use of some sort of diver propulsion vehicle, and allows him to leap great heights when shooting out of water. It is also effective as a means of camouflage in dark water. He wears a distinctive manta-shaped helmet with two large eyes that allow for infrared and scope vision, as well as powerful optic blasts capable of hurting or killing metahumans. His helmet connects to an oxygen system that allows him to breathe underwater indefinitely. It also protects his head from trauma.

I like this character because I think he's got some interesting qualities, and I think Abdul-Mateen will be great in the role. The actor was actually one of the finalists to take on the role of Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo spin-off movie that he lost to Donald Glover. It's good to see that his talents still landed him a big role in a high-profile movie. 

As for Aquaman's mother, her name is Atlanna, and she comes from royalty in the kingdom of Atlantis. She leaves Atlantis to be with a lighthouse keeper she falls in love with. Together they have Aquaman, who grows up to be a bridge between the two worlds of land and sea. Kidman's a great actress, and Warner Bros. would be lucky to get her if they can. 

Via: THR

A JOHN WICK Prequel Series Is Being Considered by Lionsgate

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I love the world that was created around Keanu Reeves' character John Wick. There's never a dull moment as it seems like there's always somebody who is ready for an ass-kicking. John Wick: Chapter 2 has yet to be released, but director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad have a lot of stories to tell in this world with this character. We have no idea how many chapters there will be in this franchise, but one thing that Lionsgate is actually considering is a prequel TV series!

During a recent press event for John Wick: Chapter 2, Stahelski revealed the news to /Film, saying:

"Well, we’re not doing a prequel [with Chapter 2]. We wanted to, it just didn’t fit quite where we’re at…. We basically almost have a prequel written, but we’d save that for other aspects of the property. Lionsgate is very interested in doing a John Wick TV show, and that seems very appealing to us, to give those creative ideas to that entity, because I think in TV you could really expand on what that is, and greater than we could in just a two-hour film. We’d like to wrap-up the story we’re telling now and maybe save all our prequel ideas and impossible task ideas for that medium."

So not only is Lionsgate on board for a prequel series, but so are Stahelski and Kolstad. I'd love to see John Wick explored in a TV series. There's so much more story they could tell with a series and so much more brutal action they could show off. It's obviously too early to tell if they would want Reeves to come back and reprise his role, but with the how much better TV is these days, attracting big name stars and directors, who's to say Reeves wouldn't at least consider doing at least a limited series if that's the direction the creative team wants to go? We know that he loves the character, but does he love the character enough to come back and play John Wick for TV? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Of course, if it's a prequel series, they might want to explore a much younger version of Wick.

Hopefully, somewhere down the line, this whole John Wick prequel series idea moves beyond just talk and into development because I want to see it happen. What are your thoughts on a possible John Wick series? 

George Miller Is Reportedly on a List of Five Potential Directors for THE BATMAN

As you all know by now, Ben Affleck has stepped down as the director for The Batman because it was too daunting a task for him to take on. He wanted to make sure that he was able to give everything he had to the character as an actor. 

There's been a lot of discussion among fans over who will replace Affleck as the director. One possible name already leaked, and that was Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. Thanks to Forbes, we now have four other names to add to the shortlist of directors that the studio is reportedly looking at. 

Those directors include Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, who has previously been in talks for other DC movies like the Man of Steel sequel. There's also Gavin O'Connor, who has directed films such as Miracle, Warrior and, most recently, The Accountant, which starred Affleck. The next person on the list is Denis Villeneuve, who recently directed the highly acclaimed film Arrival. Finally, there's Matt Ross, the director of Viggo Mortensen's Captain Fantastic

All of these are great and talented directors, and they each have their own unique styles which would work great for a Batman movie. If I had to choose one of these directors, though, it would have to be Miller, because I want to see what a George Miller Batman movie would be like! If he's available and willing, I hope Warner Bros. jumps on him! 

WB hasn't confirmed any of these names, and even if they are on a list there's no guarantee that they'll end up choosing one of them. It could be someone completely different. Regardless, this is a strong list of talent, so the studio is going after someone with some strong directing skills, which is a plus. 

Who would you like to see come on board to direct The Batman

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Behind-the-Scenes Video Gives Us a Look Inside the New Series

CBS has started production on the highly anticipated series Star Trek: Discovery, and to celebrate the occasion, they've released a behind-the-scenes featurette that gives us a cool little glimpse at what they are developing. It includes video of the set, concept art, costumes, props, and more. It's actually kind of exciting! 

“On March 11, 1964, Gene Roddenberry wrote three words on a blank page – 'Star Trek Is...'. What followed was half a century of stories, unbridled by the constraints of time or space, but always a reflection of what it means to be human.”

The road to bringing Star Trek: Discovery to life has begun. The story is set prior to the events of the original Star Trek series and will center around a new ship, new missions, and new characters that will inspire a new generation of fans.

The series will feature a fantastic cast that includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo. I've got high hopes for the series, and I hope CBS and their creative team can awesomely pull off what they are trying to accomplish. 

Watch THE LORD OF THE RINGS Cast Reunite to Reenact the Cave Troll Battle Scene

The Lord of the Rings trilogy will go down in history as one of the greatest and most epic film franchises of all time. As many of you know, the cast of the film became really close with each other and now all these years later many of them reunited for a little get-together. In the process, awesomely reenacted the cave troll fight scene, which you can watch below. 

The little reunion includes Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Billy Boyd (Pippin), and even Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn). Bloom posted the video on his Instagram, and Monaghan also shared a couple photos as well. Too bad Sean Astin couldn't join in on the fun. Enjoy the video and photos!

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Aaron Sorkin and THE SOCIAL NETWORK Examined in Cool Video

I love Aaron Sorkin. The West Wing, Newsroom, The Social Network...all of it. Sorkin's unique writing style and continuing structure have elevated him above most screenwriters in the same position and made him a familiar face in a profession that oftentimes doesn't come with as much fanfare as other film roles. Lessons From The Screenplay examines Sorkin's style and then breaks down how it can be imitated in the video below! I know I'm biased in loving his work, is there anyone who reads the site who can't stand him? 

James Cameron Defends TITANIC Ending, Says Mythbusters Are “Full of Shit”

James Cameron is one of the rare people in Hollywood who can freely speak his mind without fear of repercussions. He's directed the highest grossing movie of all time twice in his career (topping himself with Avatar), and you get the sense that even if he never made a movie again, he'd be just fine tinkering with submarines or developing camera technology until the day he died. (Incidentally, he's making a bunch more Avatar movies, so we probably won't have to worry about that situation occurring any time soon.)

One of the things he's had to speak out about tons of times since Titanic's release is the ending of the movie, in which Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) dies because he lets Rose (Kate Winslet) float on top of a door. Cameron has been a good sport about this in the past, teaming up with Mythbusters a few years ago to tackle the concept:

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Cameron addressed the "controversy" once again when the reporter asked whether there was room for both of them on the door:

[Laughs] We’re gonna go there? Look, it’s very, very simple: you read page 147 of the script and it says, “Jack gets off the board and gives his place to her so that she can survive.” It’s that simple. You can do all the post-analysis you want. So you’re talking about the Mythbusters episode, right? Where they sort of pop the myth? OK, so let’s really play that out: you’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. Mythbusters asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later—which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you five to ten minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died. They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of shit.

Classic Cameron. I love that guy.