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Rumors are Swirling that ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ and ‘New Mutants’ Will Be Dumped by Disney

There has been no shortage of drama surrounding the last two X-Men films that Fox produced before being sold to Disney, but it’s starting to reach a fever pitch. Initial reports surrounding both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants was that they were troubled and needed some major reshoots to fix their myriad problems. A new set of rumors, however, indicates that once the deal to send Fox’s properties to Disney is complete, the Mouse House intends to dump both films and ensure they never see the light of day.

Now, these are just rumors and should all be taken with a grain of salt, but they’re worth reporting as they line up with most of what we’ve been hearing all along. First up, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is—according to sources who have seen the film—a “disaster with phoned-in performances,” which isn’t too terribly surprising considering that most of the main cast of the First Class reboot has been on cruise control since Apocalypse.

Jennifer Lawrence looked like she wanted to be anywhere else on planet earth for most of that film’s run time, and I don’t imagine it’s gotten any better in the interim. Similarly, Michael Fassbender seemed to be growing weary of Magneto’s flaky nature where he goes from hero to villain and back again—or sometimes vice versa—over the first three films in the series. Rather than sink even more money into fixing these problems, it would make sense for Disney to just bury the thing and write it off wholesale.

The New Mutants is a different animal altogether, with its own set of problems, all of them seeming to do with them not knowing what kind of film they wanted to make in the first place. Apparently the initial idea was to make an R-rated film tonally in line with Deadpool, but told from the perspective of teenagers exploding with mutations and puberty. This was scrapped when The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone was hired and he reversed the course of the film, wanting to make it much more in line with a horror film.

Following a series of disastrous test screenings, the studio determined that a serious retooling of the film was necessary. Apparently Boone had cracked under the pressures of mounting a big budget production—not unlike another famous Josh, Trank, who tanked his reputation on 2015’s Fant4stic—and was more or less removed from the production before those reshoots happened.

One positive to come out of those reshoots is the alleged addition of Dafne Keen’s X-23 from last year’s Logan, whose presence would help further tie the film to the larger X-Men world. However, with the film now on the chopping block, it’s said that they’re looking for a way to bring her into X-Force, which would be the focus of the third Deadpool film.

So, who knows what’s actually happening, but it’s clear that these two films were doomed from the very beginning. It doesn’t seem likely that they’ll ever see the light of day, though perhaps Disney will add them to their upcoming streaming service as a way to boost subscribers. Any way you slice it, it doesn’t look good for either film and any release they get will make them more curiosities than actual event films. As always, we’ll keep you posted on any news that comes in regarding the future of either film.

[h/t ComicBookMovie]

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Tin Foil Hat Corner: Does a Zack Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League’ Actually Exist?

Welcome to Tin Foil Hat Corner where we take a look at conspiracy theories with all the sensitivity and nuance the name of the segment might suggest.

Today, we’re examining whether or not Zack Snyder ever completed a feature length cut of Justice League, and all of the various rumors as to its existence. As soon as Joss Whedon took over directorial duties on the film, rumors began to swirl that Snyder didn’t step down but was actually fired.

The reason Snyder was fired, allegedly, was because his cut of the film was too dark, too much of a mess, and moved further in the direction Man of Steel and Batman v Superman established. They wanted Whedon to come in and take what was there and fix it. That obviously didn’t happen.

DC and Warner Brother consistently dismissed the notion that a Zack Snyder cut of the film existed, even when a group of well-intentioned fans decided to protest outside their offices. Warner Brothers has relented in the past—when a buck was to be made—releasing things like Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II, so it’s not without precedent. A Zack Snyder cut of the film just doesn’t exist, they said.

Then Forbes contributor Mark Hughes argued on Twitter that as far as he knew, there was no complete or nearly complete version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Director and storyboard artist Jay Oliva, who worked on Man of Steel and BvS, responded to this tweet with a whole series of tweets confirming that Snyder’s version was not only shot, it was 99% complete when he left the project…

 

So yeah, conspiracy theorists, I don’t know where this leads us. I do, however, know that harassing WB’s new overlord AT&T about it is not helping anyone…

 

[h/t Slashfilm]

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Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke May be the Villain of ‘Suicide Squad 2’

Following his appearance in the post-credits sequence of Justice League, the suits at DC have been scrambling to find a place for Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke.

The character was first slated to go up against Ben Affleck’s Batman, but director Matt Reeves got rid of the script that contained him. Putting him in the end credits of Justice League felt like a hail mary pass to keep the DCEU going in some way, and it obviously failed.

There was also talk that Deathstroke could get his own movie, directed by The Raid‘s Gareth Evans, but that seems to have fallen apart or been bumped way back since the director is currently tied up with a TV deal in the UK.

Just when it seemed like it wasn’t meant to be, however, along comes a wild rumor that Slade Wilson may yet live again, this time as the villain of Suicide Squad 2, the upcoming sequel from the director of The Accountant.

According to Comic Book Movie, Manganiello confirmed this information to a fan at this past weekend’s Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne, Australia. While it seems wildly speculative, and may just be the delusions of a mad fan, it kinda makes sense.

Pitting fellow bad guys against one of their own is a classic comic book trope, though I don’t personally see Will Smith’s Deadshot admitting that he needs an entire team to take out basically his direct equivalent in the DC Universe. That part of it doesn’t add up for me.

So remember kids, this is all hinging on the word of a redditor, so don’t take it as gospel truth just yet.

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Was Zack Snyder Fired from the DCEU He Helped Create?

In a new piece over at Mashable, the death bell is officially rung on the Zack Snyder era, but there is a huge amount of inference that Snyder was actually fired months ago. Back when we all thought he was stepping aside because of a family tragedy, it turns out that Snyder was being booted and the whole thing with Joss Whedon coming in to complete Snyder’s vision was a bunch of bull roar. It was the salvage job we all thought, and now that DC has seen how poorly that went, they’re completely cutting ties—at least creatively—with Snyder.

According to sources, Snyder will still get his requisite Executive Producer credit, but it will be more an honorarium in the way Stan Lee gets one on every Marvel movie. But actually, that’s not a good analogy, because at least Lee had a hand in the creation of the characters. I guess it’s more of a legal thing, allowing WB to fulfill whatever legal part of that contract they signed with Snyder years ago. But the DCEU is moving forward from its 2017 slate and more or less ignoring everything that came before.

This is also the reason they’ll never release Snyder’s cut of the film. They’d just as soon pretend it never happened basically. They’re planning on ignoring any more of his contributions to this world and doing more rapid course correction, which is what got them into this pickle in the first place. I recommend you read the entire piece at Mashable, as it contains additional details like future involvement—or lack thereof—from people like David Ayer. But what say you? Are you happy Snyder’s gone? Pissed off? Indifferent? Sound off in the comments section below!

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