The Splash Page Blog: July 3rd 2015

On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; Deadpool’s director makes comparison to Fight Club, Melissa Benoist talks about Supergirl’s look, Justice League Script is done, Bryan Lee O’Malley gets Snotty over at Image, Agent Carter Season 2 might bring in Comic Villains, and Ava DuVernay not doing a Marvel Movie.

Deadpool director says the film’s tone is hard-R, similar to Fight Club

A stunning new pic of Ryan Reynolds in his Deadpool garb has been released, and the director has opened up about what fans can expect from the long-awaited X-Men spinoff.

Producer Simon Kinberg and director Tim Miller opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the film’s tone, which they promise is nothing like what fans might expect after watching the X-Menseries of films (and the period-set First Class run). This whole project has always hinged on making a hard-R comic-book movie, and the duo promises they’ll deliver. If nothing else, get ready for F-bombs and a whole lot of chimichangas. 

Here’s an excerpt from their comments:

Kinberg: “Deadpool is a hard R. It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.”

Miller: “I felt Fight Club and Tyler Durden were good corollaries. We are in strip clubs and dive bars and crappy apartments and far away from the shiny X-Men world.”

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In anticipation of her Comic-Con International appearance and the show’s upcoming October premiere, “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist sat down with Entertainment Weekly to describe what it was like to wear the costume for the first time, what she hopes the show will achieve and her DC Universe know-how.

Though she didn’t grow up reading the comics, Benoist is no stranger to the DC Universe. “Strangely, I was a DC fan, not so much the comics. I loved Michael Keaton’s ‘Batman.’ I grew up with those movies,” she explained, but that doesn’t mean she’s unfamiliar with the world of comics. On the contrary, “One of my closest friends is a huge comic book reader and has been since he was very, very little. He really turned me onto them in college — more graphic novels than comic books. I have had to play some catch up specifically with the ‘Supergirl’ books. I’ve been reading the new 52 series and more of the newly published ‘Supergirl’ comics.”

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Justice League Movie Script Is Already Complete

Justice League: Part One isn’t scheduled to hit movie theaters until November 17, 2017. However, according to a new report in the Comic-Con print edition of Entertainment Weekly, Warner Bros. already has a complete script for the film.

Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio, who was brought in to rewrite the Batman V. Superman script, has reportedly already finished the script for Justice League. According to EW, Terrio and director Zack Snyder locked themselves in a room with a large supply of Diet Coke to help them stay alert as they plotted the films.

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In the closing moments of this year’s Image Expo, “Scott Pilgrim” creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and artist Leslie Hung briefly took to the stage to announce that they are working on a series called “Snotgirl” for Image Comics. While not much was said about the series during the presentation, USA Today has a rundown of what the series will entail.

Described as a “dark comedy centered in the world of fashion blogging,” “Snotgirl” will feature O’Malley’s debut as the writer of a monthly comic book series, following a career working mostly in graphic novels. Series protagonist Lottie is described as a “dynamic” blogger who has a “flawless and fun” online persona that is the polar opposite of her day to day life.

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Agent Carter Season 2 To Feature Villain From Marvel Comic Book Universe

When Agent Carter returns to television, she’ll bring some familiar Marvel Comics faces with her.

Rather than continue the Winter Soldier storyline teased during Season One’s climax, Marvel’s Agent Carter will blaze new territory with established Marvel Comics Villains. According to Executive Producer Michelle Fazekas, Agent Carter’s second season will feature multiple Marvel Universe villains that comic readers will instantly recognize.

“People who are fans of the Marvel comic book universe will recognize our villain and there’s more than one villain,” Fazekas told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re certainly taking inspiration from the comic book universe, so anybody who knows that will be rewarded.”

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Ava DuVernay has decided to pass on directing Marvel Studios upcoming “Black Panther” film starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role, according to Essence.

“I’m not signing on to direct ‘Black Panther,'” she told Essence. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.

“I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs,” DuVernay said. “In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later.”

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