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Gavin O’Connor To Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2’

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Gavin O’Connor, who directed Ben Affleck in the hit action-thriller The Accountant, has been tapped to write and helm Suicide Squad 2.

The decision caps off months of Warner Bros. searching for someone to direct the sequel to its all-star movie. Mel Gibson was a frontrunner early in the year, while Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed the shark thriller The Shallows, was the favorite in the summer before he took the job directing Jungle Cruise for Disney.

David Ayer directed 2016’s Suicide Squad, which followed villains Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc, who are forced into the service of the government in exchange for lighter sentences. Ayer is now developing Gotham City Sirens with Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie, which focuses on the female villains of the DC Universe.

It is unclear when the Suicide Squad follow-up will shoot. The cast is expected to return for the sequel, but scheduling will be an issue with the stars’ packed schedules. Will Smith is currently filming Aladdin and then is set for Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, while Robbie is currently filming Mary Queen of Scots.

O’Connor’s feature credits includes the beleaguered Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun. While the director was a late-coming savior for Jane, the movie didn’t find an audience. But O’Connor did find success with Warner Bros. with The Accountant. The movie received solid reviews and earned $86 million domestically, and the studio has since greenlighted the development of a sequel, to which O’Connor is still attached to direct.

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Zachary Levi Is ‘Shazam!’ In Official Teaser Trailer

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Not content with seeing Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ steal all of the DC glory at Comic-Con this weekend. Zachary Levi is taking a much lighter approach to this often brooding universe with ‘Shazam!’, working like a charm in the fun-filled teaser trailer released by Warner Bros.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the initial footage focuses on foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen to channel superpowers through an ancient wizard, ultimately turning into the titular character with the childish sensibilities intact. Super strength? Flying? He seems more concerned on how he’s meant to pee in his red suit. Yet he’s soon having to use his abilities for good, when faced with Mark Strong’s big bad Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

‘Shazam!’ swoops into UK cinemas in April 2019.

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Fantastical Debut Trailer For ‘Aquaman’ Welcomes You To Atlantis

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Still reeling from the critical reception which greeted ‘Justice League’ last year. Director James Wan and leading man Jason Momoa are tasked with keeping Warner Bros’ DCEU above water this December with ‘Aquaman’ and after seeing the action-packed first footage straight from Comic-Con, they seem up for the challenge.

Billed as the origin story of the half-human half -Atlantean. We catch glimpses of Arthur Curry’s (Momoa) family unit, most notably Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna and his feisty red-haired ally Mera (Amber Heard), merely teasing his potential king status as he clashes with half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), allowing Wan to dial up the underwater spectacle and throw in a goat for good measure.

We’re positively drowning in excitement already. Here’s the trailer…

 

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First ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer Is An Atomic Blast

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Well. If you thought there wasn’t enough monster mayhem in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 effort.

Michael Dougherty’s (Krampus) 2018 film seems awfully keen to amend this with the epic debut trailer for ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’, pitting the iconic creature against some of his greatest adversaries. Expect stunning money shots of Mothra, Rodan and a certain three-headed titan by the name King Ghidorah, whilst the human heroics are left to the Russell family consisting of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler.

The film roars into cinemas next May.

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