It’s all about the mutants this week, with a lot of activity on Fox’s X-Men franchise on three different projects. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’s Suicide Squad is continuing its apparent quest to hire every single actor who isn’t already signed on to appear in another superhero movie. Oh, and one of the CW’s leading men is getting a plum role as a hero in a comic book movie, but it’s really not what you’re expecting. Here are the highlights of this week’s superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: DC’s Suicide Squad Grows Yet Again
The already-sizable cast of David Ayer’s DC Entertainment adaptation is getting even larger, with the news that (deep breath) Scott Eastwood will be playing Steve Trevor, boxer Raymond Olubowale will be playing King Shark, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Batman villain Killer Croc, and Karen Fukuhara will be playing Plastique in the movie. Considering there are already a lot of characters in this movie, it’s relatively safe to assume that these are all going to be something similar to cameo appearances. Either that, or there are going to be a hell of lot of people onscreen at any one time.
Why this is super: Ignoring the sheer volume of people who are going to be appearing in this movie for a second, just look at the diversity of those new announcements. If nothing else, it’d be nice if Ayer manages to convince studios that comic book heroes don’t have to be white dudes all the time. (Looking at you, Marvel. Yes, Black Panther is on the roster, but still.)
MEH IDEA: Jubilee Slouches on the Settee
Proving once and for all that Fox’s X-Men franchise is moving into the 1990s in terms of inspiration, news broke last week that Lana Condor would be joining the cast as Jubilee, the mallrat-turned-superhero that plagued the ’90s comics and animated series. (No, we’re not fans; sorry, Jubilee obsessives.) Meanwhile, director Bryan Singer is continuing to post production art on social media, suggesting that Angel might be showing up in the movie as well.
Why this is villainy: As if Gambit wasn’t bad enough, now we have to deal with Jubilee, as well? At this rate, perhaps we should expect all of the characters to be wearing lots of buckles and pouches when the movie opens next summer. Wasn’t this supposed to be the movie set in the 1980s?
SUPER IDEA: Wolverine No More (Again! Maybe!)
Speaking of X-Men, Hugh Jackman also took to Instagram to suggest that he would only be playing Wolverine in one more movie … maybe. Jackman’s gone back and forth about this a lot in the last few years, and it’s worth bearing in mind that the caption “Wolverine… One Last Time” could refer to his planning only one more solo Wolverine movie, rather than only agreeing to play the character one final time overall.
Why this is super: It sounds odd to celebrate the idea of an actor quitting a role, but it seems like most people would be happy to see Wolverine go back on the shelf for a little time, wouldn’t they? And it’s not as if the character himself would have to go away, given that almost every other major role in the franchise has been recast by this point. But who could follow Jackman as the grumpiest mutant around?
SUPER IDEA: Negasonic Teenage What?
And sticking with the X-Men movies for one last bit, it’s been revealed that newcomer Brianna Hildebrand will be playing Negasonic Teenage Warhead in next year’s Deadpool movie. If you’re thinking “Who’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead?” then answer is, “She’s an amazingly obscure character who was created and killed in the same issue about a decade ago,” leading everyone to believe that the Deadpool movie might be even wackier than first seemed to be the case. (Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds is taking his costume from the movie for a test drive on social media, underscoring just how much weirder this flick might get.)
Why this is super: The stranger the Deadpool movie sounds, the better. Bringing back a character who pretty much didn’t even have a comic book career at all outside of dying? That’s pretty damn weird.
SUPER IDEA: The TV-to-Movie Jump You’ve Been Waiting For (Kinda)
After three seasons of the CW’s Arrow, fans have been ready to see Stephen Amell play a comic book hero on the big screen, instead of the small one. They’ll get their chance soon, but Amell won’t be playing his DC Entertainment hero—instead, he’ll be taking on the role of Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, alongside Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and a bunch of CGI heroes in a half-shell. Like you saw that coming.
Why this is super: Amell’s done his time in the television salt mines, and the surreality of Jones’ persona might be a nice payoff to the relatively thankless, humorless Oliver Queen that he’s been stuck with for the last few years. Of course, this also means that Flash‘s Grant Gustin should get a big role in something soon as well, right…?