Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest rumors coming out of Hollywood, from casting news to rumored directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week brought us plenty more gossip, including the latest on cameos in the DC Comics universe, the possibility of a Suicide Squad sequel, and some rumored titles for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. Below, check out five of the biggest Hollywood rumors of the week.
1. Superman might show up in Wonder Woman
Ben Affleck’s Batman is expected to show up in Suicide Squad, but what about his soon-to-be movie rival, Superman? According to Heroic Hollywood, Henry Cavill recently confirmed that his superhero character will not be making an appearance in the upcoming movie, outright saying, “Not in Suicide Squad.”
However, Cavill did reveal there’s a chance that Superman could make an appearance in another upcoming DC Comics movie: Wonder Woman. “In Wonder Woman, I haven’t heard anything yet, but … watch that space,” he hinted. Wonder Woman is currently filming in London and is expected to hit theaters next year, so expect more details on Cavill’s potential cameo sooner rather than later.
2. The Green Lantern may not appear in a DC movie anytime soon
Of all of Warner Bros.’ DC movie heroes, it looks like Green Lantern is the only one that we won’t see on the big screen anytime soon. Though there were recent rumors that the character would make an appearance in the upcoming Batman v. Superman, producer Charles Roven recently denied the speculation. In fact, according to him, The Green Lantern may not be introduced until Justice League: Part Two, or even later.
“Every beat of the movie is not yet worked out. So there’s the possibility that he may or may not be in Justice League 2,” Roven told Entertainment Weekly. “For now, we felt that we were introducing enough characters that the best possible place we could put Green Lantern is some introduction in Justice League 2, or barring that, a movie after.”
The Green Lantern Corps movie is currently scheduled for a June 19, 2020 release, but it was widely speculated that, like the other titular heroes, the character would make a cameo in one or more of the DC movies before then. If Roven’s statements are true though, it could be quite some time before The Green Lantern makes his first appearance in the Warner Bros.’ DC cinematic universe.
3. Star Wars: Episode VIII could have one of these titles
We have yet to learn the official title for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII movie, but a couple of rumored titles have recently surfaced online. According to the speculation, the film may (or may not) be called either Star Wars: Tale of the Jedi Temple or Star Wars: The Order of the Dark Side. Both of these possible titles popped up on fan sites, so take this with a grain of salt for now. After all, even if these titles are really under consideration, that doesn’t mean that either of them will necessarily be chosen. We’ll have to wait to hear something official. In the meantime, the movie is beginning to prep for production in Ireland, with filming set to officially begin in May.
4. Suicide Squad 2 may already be underway
Suicide Squad hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but Warner Bros. may already be working on a sequel. A new report from Variety claims that the upcoming movie Bright, which reunites Suicide Squad star Will Smith with director David Ayer, is adjusting its filming schedule so that the duo will be free to shoot the DC Comics follow-up next year. “The hope is to get production rolling this year [on Bright] in order to get both Ayer and Smith ready for a Suicide Squad sequel shoot by 2017,” the report reads.
While a sequel was pretty much always expected, it’s interesting to see that the studio is willing to move on it so quickly, even before Suicide Squad premieres. Still, nothing has been officially confirmed yet, so stay tuned. In the meantime, Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 6.
5. Sony isn’t crazy about the The Brothers Grimsby
For those who don’t know, The Brothers Grimsby is a spy comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen that’s set to hit theaters this month. But while Cohen hasn’t been in the spotlight much since The Dictator, there may be another reason why you’ve never heard of the upcoming movie, despite its imminent release. According to a new report from The Huffington Post, Sony is purposely attempting to bury the film because it’s unhappy with a particular scene in the movie.
Apparently, the scene in question features presidential candidate Donald Trump acquiring AIDS — which, while undoubtedly controversial, is not altogether surprising, given Cohen’s long history of boundary-pushing and often offensive sense of humor. But with the disaster of The Interview fresh in their minds, Sony is reportedly still gun-shy about politically charged jokes and is trying to distance itself from the movie, out of fear of legal retaliation from Trump. Since Cohen has refused to remove the scene from the film, a source told The Huffington Post that the studio is now “subtly trying to make [the film] disappear … because of the political implications.”
Sony, for its part, denies interfering with the release of The Brothers Grimsby and told Variety that Cohen’s new comedy has its full support. That may or may not be true, but it looks like The Brother Grimsby is getting plenty of publicity now anyway — whether the studio intended it or not. You can see what all the fuss is about for yourself when the movie hits theaters on March 11.