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‘Wonder Woman’ Release Date Changed by Warner Bros.

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Well, this is good news.

Following the release and critical-panning of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s been a lot of talk amongst the fan community about how Warner Bros. might be approaching the rest of their planned DC Cinematic Universe. With the news of some Suicide Squad reshoots underway currently as well, it seems like the studio may be taking a very close look at the rest of their plans moving forward.

However, it looks like that impressive footage released from the Wonder Woman standalone film might have been even more telling than we had thought initially.

The studio has reportedly moved the film up three weeks ahead of its previous June 23 release date to June 2nd, 2017. In addition, the studio has also pushed the Andy Serkis-directed Jungle Book: Origins, which will incorporate heavy motion-capture technology and performances, back a year to October 19th, 2018, just a few weeks ahead of the theatrical release later this month for Disney’s live-action adaptation of the iconic story.

Serkis commented on the news on Facebook with the following:

“I’ve got to say that personally I’m absolutely thrilled that Warner Brothers have changed the delivery date of our movie. The ambition for this project is huge. What we are attempting is an unprecedented level of psychological and emotional nuance in morphing the phenomenal performances of our cast into the facial expressions of our animals.”

The studio also announced three new movie release dates, with an Untitled WB Event Film grabbing the old Jungle Book slot on October 6, 2017, and a pair of Untitled DC Films set for October 5, 2018, and November 1, 2019, which if I was willing to go out on a limb, would guess that at least one of those was a solo Batman movie directed by Ben Affleck, and the other could possibly be a Man Of Steel sequel, though they could both be entirely different films.

As of right now, I think that despite the poor reviews of Batman v Superman, there seems to be a lot of good will going towards the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe right now, and I legitimately think that all of their standalone films have the possibility of being some of the best and most unique comic book movies ever. It’s just the team-up films I’m worried about at this point.

Wonder Woman will now hit theaters on June 2nd, 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Far, Far Away: Episode 99: The Interrogation of Todd Stashwick

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Alex Welch (@AlexRWelch), Ryan Bailey (@GeekOutBailey), and Oren Kamara (@Sabra14) are back this week with the latest episode of Far, Far Away, and this time they’re joined by actor and writer extraordinaire Todd Stashwick! This week we talk about the latest rumors to come from the set of ‘Episode VIII’, who Laura Dern’s character could be, Andy Serkis’ role in the next installment, and more before then turning to talk to (and slightly interrogate) Todd about his work co-writing the newest, mystery ‘Star Wars’ video game for EA and Visceral, his experiences working on Skywalker Ranch, what he may or may not know about the new films, and more!

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Casts Woody Harrelson as Villain

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There wasn’t much to expect from Rise of the Planet of the Apes going into it for the first time back in 2011, and while it featured a fairly impressive selling point with Andy Serkis providing motion-capture for the lead ape, Caesar, the trailers and even title just seemed to turn some audiences off initially. Then the film actually came out and surpassed every expectation fans of the original movies had, and reintroduced the property back into pop culture, with an awards-worthy performance from Serkis as Caesar.

Rise ended up being a very methodical, character study that incorporated its story into the original 1968 film’s timeline, and going into last year’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to say that fan expectations were high would probably be an understatement. The film delivered in every way imaginable too. It continued to escalate the conflict between the humans and the apes leading into future installments of the franchise, and also continued to develop Caesar into one of the best characters in cinema history.

According to a new report by THR too, it looks like the next film in the franchise – titled War of the Planet of the Apes - may have found its human villain as actor Woody Harrelson has reportedly been cast in the film as a new character. While not much about the movie itself is known yet, the report states that Harrelson will be playing a character called The Colonel, and will be one of the lead humans in the movie. Matt Reeves will be returning to direct following his work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with a script by Mark Bomback.

While a lot about War is being kept under wraps for the time being, the continued evolution of Caesar’s character as well as the now full-blown battle between the humans and the Apes, should be enough to create an intriguing and cinematic continuation. Whether or not Harrelson will be the only villain in the movie is still unknown too, especially considering the slightly ambiguous end to Dawn‘s lead Ape villain, Koba (Toby Kebbell), and it’ll be interesting to see how the movie ends up showing the good and bad on both sides.

Considering how well the movies up until this point have done in creating morally grey characters, especially in Dawn, whether or not War will follow in the same path could end up being one of the biggest turning points in the franchise. With Caesar getting closer and closer to the end of his life though, and the timelines drawing closer to the beginning of the 1968 film, War may just be the most unpredictable installment in the franchise yet.

War of the Planet of the Apes is set to hit theatres on July 14th, 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.