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Superhero Corner: Cumberbatch gets ‘Strange,’ Batfleck deals with the past, Oscar winner joins ‘Wonder Woman’

Superhero Corner: Cumberbatch gets ‘Strange,’ Batfleck deals with the past, Oscar winner joins ‘Wonder Woman’

Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs

Michael Stuhlbarg set to join impressive ‘Doctor Strange’ cast

Who would’ve thought Marvel could create such an eclectically interesting cast as they have for the one with Doctor Strange?

The Wrap reports that Michael Stuhlbarg, who was just seen in Steve Jobs and Trumbo, is set to join the cast for Doctor Strange, which is currently filming. The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Steven Strange with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelson, and Tilda Swinton rounding out the main players.

Stuhlbarg caught attention in the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and has since become a staple character actor, as seen this year. He is a welcome addition to a cast that includes so many big name stars that  you can’t help but get a little excited for whatever director Scott Derrickson and Marvel are cooking up.

The actor will play Strange’s rival scientist, Nicodemus West, in the film, according to The Wrap.

Doctor Strange opens on November 6, 2016.


Batman could be dealing with a death in the past in solo films, according to rumor

Rumor time. While we haven’t seen much of Ben Affleck’s version of Batman aside from the trailers for Batman v. Superman, the word on the street is that Warner Bros. is very happy with what they’ve seen from the actor, so much so that they’re hoping to put him front and center for this new universe. That includes a set of solo films, which JoBlo says will be about a death from the past for the Dark Knight.

According to the website, the solo film (which Affleck will direct/write) will follow A Death in the Family. The comic shows the Joker killing Robin, or Jason Todd, who actually doesn’t die, thanks to the Lazarus Pit, and becomes the Red Hood. In the solo movie, he will apparently “return and work in secret, trying to frame the Dark Knight as a villain, while leaving clues for Bruce Wayne to find regarding his true identity. It will all build to a finale that has a showdown between Batman, Red Hood, and Joker, the latter also being a pivotal villain in the picture.”

The site also adds that Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, will also step in to help Batman with a reference to the sidekick in Batman v. Superman. This sounds like an interesting plot and one that is different from the past Batman movies, which is a good move for this new universe. It will also incorporate The Joker, played by Jared Leto, who will first be seen in Suicide Squad next year.

But again, this is all a rumor.


Hugh Jackman may return as Wolverine in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

It is now known that Wolverine 3 will be the final bow for Hugh Jackman as the character, but it looks like we may be getting a tad more time with his version before he goes off on his swan song.

Comic Book reports that Jackman is apart of reshoots that are taking place in Montreal in January for X-Men: Apocalypse. This means that Wolverine will appear in the film shortly, something that Jackman has been saying won’t happen up to this point.

The extent of the reshoots are unclear, but it may mean that director Bryan Singer decided some more Wolverine was needed in the film and decided to bring the actor in. He is set to follow the “Old Man Logan” storyline for Wolverine 3 with the possibility of Patrick Stewart playing a big role in the film as Professor X.


Benedict Cumberbatch on set as Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch grows a beard, seen on set of ‘Doctor Strange’

With Michael Stuhlbarg joining the cast, it seems like everything is in motion for one of the upcoming Marvel film, Doctor Strange. Now, pictures have surfaced of the star sporting a long beard for the role.

Multiple Twitter accounts have tweeted out photos of Benedict Cumberbatch in Nepal for the filming of Doctor Strange with the actor sporting a nice beard in anticipation of becoming the Sorcerer Supreme. The film is currently filming and is set to hit theaters on November 6, 2016 with a cast that includes Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkselsen, and Tilda Swinton.

See the other photos here and here.


Nicole Kidman returning to comic books in ‘Wonder Woman’

After making a small stop in the ill-fated Batman Forever, it seems like Nicole Kidman hasn’t sworn off superheroes for good.

The Wrap reports that Kidman is in negotiations to star as a high-ranking Amazonian warrior in Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which stars Gal Gadot. The film also includes Chris Pine as Steve Trevor.

According to the site, “while Kidman’s potential role has yet to be confirmed, the Queen of the Amazons in the ‘Wonder Woman’ comics is Hyppolyta, who also happens to be Diana Prince’s biological mother — though it’s unclear whether the film will remain faithful to that storyline.”

Patty Jenkins is directing the film while Wonder Woman will first be seen in next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Kidman has been seen recently in Paddington and also stars in The Secret in Their Eyes, which comes out this winter.