SPACE JAM Director Says The Sequel is “Doomed”

Last week when I wrote about the how Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is going to direct a Space Jam sequel that will probably star LeBron James, I talked about how the first movie is...to put it nicely, not very good. Yes, '90s kids love it for nostalgic reasons, but have you rewatched it recently? It does not hold up AT ALL.

In any case, the first film's director, Joe Pytka, has some advice for Lin and James:

"Don't do it. It's doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet."

What he's getting at is that LeBron has been eclipsed this year by the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry, who recently won the NBA's MVP award by unanimous vote for the first time in history (not even Jordan accomplished that feat). Pytka's implying that by the time Space Jam 2 actually hits theaters, LeBron might not be the mega-star that he is right now.

"When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing," says Pytka. "They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now."

Look, I'm not interested in seeing Space Jam 2, but whether LeBron is the best current player in basketball at the moment is not the deciding factor of if this movie gets made. He's a huge superstar, has a hell of a lot better comedic timing than Jordan ever did (see: Trainwreck), and is one of the world's most successful athletes. I think people will still know who he is in two years. There are plenty of reasons not to make this movie, but LeBron's perceived lack of star power is not one of them. And those other guys he mentioned? They were great athletes in their own right, but they certainly weren't actors, and I think there are a crop of guys who are in the league now who grew up with new media, cell phone video cameras, and YouTube that have cultivated much better chances for being able to succeed in supporting roles than those old guys did back in the '90s.

SUPERGIRL Lands a Second Season on The CW

I was wondering what was taking so long for Supergirl to get officially renewed for Season 2. We all hoped it was coming, but today it's official! Supergirl Season 2 is coming, and there's also a bit of other interesting news to come along with the announcement. The series is moving from CBS to The CW for its second season, which is pretty much where the series belonged all along. 

I imagine the reason why it took so long to announce was because of all the behind the scenes work involved making the major network change. Before the first season of Supergirl even had a network, there were rumors that it could land at either The CW or CBS. I wonder if The CW let CBS take it first to see if it would be a success there before they brought it into the fold with the rest of the DC TV universe. I think the real test came with The Flash crossover, which was a huge success for the series as it gave the show its biggest ratings.

I surprisingly fell hard for this series and I enjoyed watching the first season with my girls. It turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting it to be after that first trailer for the series hit. It's a wonderfully charming and action-packed superhero series that found its groove.

I can't wait to see what's in store for the second season, but I'm sure we'll definitely be seeing some more DC character crossover episodes.

Source: Variety 

This STAR WARS Lava Lamp is Full of X-Wings and TIE Fighters

Are lava lamps still a thing? They were obviously big in the '70s, and then they had a resurgence in the '90s, but I haven't seen one or heard anybody talk about one in probably fifteen years. I had one when I was a kid, but I wonder if most kids growing up now even know what they are.

UK-based company Pandalone is trying to bring them back with a Star Wars twist, creating a lava lamp full of floating X-Wing and TIE Fighter cutouts. I guess slapping a Star Wars brand on just about anything has the potential to attract an audience, but I'm not sure if this is going to be enough to get people interested — especially when you have to buy a minimum of six of them in order to get one from their website. Amazon sells a single one for around $40 bucks, though.

Bring the entire Star Wars Universe home with this brilliant Galaxy Battle Light glitter lamp.
A beautiful desktop mood light, the Galaxy Battle Light has Star Wars themed glitter pieces that float continually once the lamp has heated up. Featuring ships and characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this unique glitter lamp is a great new spin on the classic lava lamp, enabling mesmeric galactic battles to take place right on your own desktop.

Via: NerdApproved

JURASSIC WORLD’s Derek Connolly Writing PACIFIC RIM 2

After the charming indie Safety Not Guaranteed put him on Hollywood's radar, writer Derek Connolly has become a go-to guy for big studio projects. He co-wrote Jurassic World with his writing partner Colin Trevorrow, is co-writing that movie's sequel, and took a swing at Kong: Skull Island, just to name a few, and I believe he's also co-writing Star Wars: Episode IX. Now he's adding one more big project to his schedule, as THR reports he'll be penning the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2.

This particular project has experienced a lot of ups and downs over the past year or so, but the current configuration is that original director Guillermo del Toro will serve as a producer and Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has stepped in to direct for Legendary Pictures. At this point it's unclear if he's going to start from scratch, or if he'll be doing rewrites of work that's already been done by Jon Spaihts, Zak Penn, and del Toro himself. I'm just surprised this project has continued to exist at all, because for a while it seemed as if it was just going to be another one of those "what if" movies that geeks would wonder about for years to come. Here's hoping Maisie Williams still gets to pilot a Jaeger against some rampaging kaiju in it.

Simon Kinberg Teases X-MEN: APOCALYPSE’s Post-Credits Scene

X-Men: Apocalypse's release date is quickly approaching, and even though I thought the movie didn't live up to its full potential, it still had a couple of standout moments that make it worth watching. One of the things that wasn't attached to the early press screening a few days ago was the film's post-credits scene, so I'm completely in the dark about what that's going to be. The one for Days of Future Past directly hinted at the coming of Apocalypse (which, at the time, we already knew was in development), so will this one do something similar?

Writer/producer Simon Kinberg told Collider about what we can expect after the credits roll:

“It’s a nod toward potentially a lot of different movies. I mean certainly the Wolverine movie is related to what happens at the end of it, but there’s also another character that’s introduced, at least in name, in the tag and he could show up in any host of different X-Men films. Maybe a Gambit movie, maybe another X-Men movie.”

Considering Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has put his name out there as wanting to play the villainous Mister Sinister, maybe that's who Kinberg is referring to. Sinister has a complicated history with Gambit in the comics that would probably be a bit too confusing to incorporate into a live-action movie (even with this film franchise's completely screwed up timeline), but if Kinberg can figure out a way to condense and streamline that history, it'd be cool to see Cranston face off against Channing Tatum on the big screen. Who do you think is referenced in the Apocalypse post-credits scene?

GUNDAM: IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS Picked Up By Toonami

Fans of Gundam will be happy to hear Toonami announced a recent acquisition of a series for its lineup later this year! Looks like Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans will make its debut sometime soon on Toonami! Here's a description:

The series will take the closest-ever look in Gundam’s 35-year history at the bonds and clashes between its protagonists and the drama of their growth to adulthood, telling the story of a band of young boys and the changes their own maturation spurs in the “Gundam”.

Led by Anohana director Tatsuyuki Nagai and written by Mari Okada, IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS will feature an all-star staff of mechanical design by Naohiro Washio, Kanetake Ebikawa, Ippei Gyoubu, Kenji Teraoka, and Tamotsu Shinohara, with character concepts by Yu Ito designed for animation by Michinori Chiba and music by Masaru Yokoyama.

It's been awhile since we've seen a Gundam show on American television so I'm hyped for this! Has anyone watched the Sub? Is it something to look forward to? The animation looks amazing!

PREACHER: Go Behind-The-Scenes With Dominic Cooper in New Video

I can't wait to see AMC's TV adaptation of Preacher, the seminal 1990s comic from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. At this point you probably know all about the major players involved — Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin (from Breaking Bad) — who's been cast in what role, and how the show is going to diverge from the comics, so we don't need to rehash all of that here.

Let's just watch this behind-the-scenes video from Uproxx in which Dominic Cooper (Jesse Custer) shows us around the set. Preacher airs on AMC starting Sunday, May 22nd.

Update: The video embed isn't working for some reason, so you'll have to visit Uproxx to watch it. I'll drop in a YouTube embed if one becomes available.

Info About Willem Dafoe’s Mystery Role in JUSTICE LEAGUE

When Willem Dafoe was cast in a mystery role in Zack Snyder's Justice League, I asked our commenters to give us their suggestions and guesses as to who he might be playing in the movie. The one piece of information we had was that he was said to be playing a good guy, but a majority of our commenters thought this was misdirection; turns out a lot of people really want to see Dafoe as The Joker in some form or another. (The continuity gets a little tricky with that one.) Others took the "good guy" news at face value and suggested the Martian Manhunter (a great suggestion).

BirthMoviesDeath has done some digging, and though they didn't get a specific character name, they did find out that Dafoe will be playing an Atlantean in the two-part superhero saga. Who could that be? Seems like the right age for Arthur Curry's father, but when you look at it, it seems a little preposterous that Dafoe could ever be Jason Momoa's dad.

Additionally, the site says that the Aquaman solo movie is undergoing a page one rewrite, and that new technology is being implemented in Justice League (and presumably Aquaman) to make the underwater scenes look better than they did in the brief cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Aquaman's cameo was marred by the fact that Jason Momoa was very, very clearly holding his breath in a water tank. Like, his cheeks are all puffy as if he were chilling on the bottom of the pool at his parents' house. It's not a good look for an amphibious hero. My sources tell me that rather than shoot in a water tank this time Zack Snyder has set up an elaborate rig on a green screen stage - it's a two armed rig, with Momoa clutched in one arm while the camera is clutched in the other. They two arms are preprogrammed to move in sync so that Momoa can do all kinds of maneuvers while the camera moves around him. I'm assuming there's a similar rig for more elaborate flying stuff. Momoa's hair will be CGIed into a flowy, underwater look. 

Sounds cool to me, and Snyder certainly has a flair for visuals. If Aquaman is playing a larger role here, it stands to reason that he'd devote more time to making sure his scenes look better than they did before.